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Alabama

Last updated 5/21/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/21/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopening Alabama Responsibly

May 1: Most businesses may reopen. Specified higher risk businesses remain closed.
May 8: Restaurants
May 11: Personal care services, gyms and fitness centers
May 22: bowling alleys, arcades, concert venues, tourist attractions, theaters, casinos

Masks: Required for some businesses, recommended for all others
Employee health screenings: Recommended for all employers

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here
List of executive orders, health department orders, and industry-specific guidance here

 

Alaska

Last updated 5/20/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Health Mandate 016 5/6/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopen Alaska Responsibly

Phase 1-A, April 24:
•Restaurants – limited dine-in services
•Retail – limited in-store shopping
•Personal care services businesses (ie. barbers, nail salons, hairdressers) – limited services
•Non-essential businesses (ie. professional business services) – limited services
Phase 2, May 8:
•Gyms and fitness centers, bars, museums, libraries
Phase 3, May 22:
•All businesses open; all recreation and sports, museums and libraries

Masks: Required for reopening businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for reopening businesses

Links to guidance:
List of health mandates and and industry-specific guidance here

 

Arizona

Last updated 5/14/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/12/2020
Reopening Plan: Return Stronger

May 8: non-essential retail businesses, barbers and cosmetologists
May 11: restaurants for dine-in service
May 13: gyms and fitness centers

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
List of industry-specific guidance here

 

Arkansas

Last updated 5/20/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/5/2020
Reopening Plan: Arkansas Ready

May 4: gyms and fitness centers
May 6: personal care services
May 11: restaurants
May 18: large indoor venues, casinos
May 20: bars that are connected/part of restaurants
May 22: pools, splash pads, water parks May 26: free standing bars

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific health directives here
Industry-specific guidance here

 

California

Last updated 5/26/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Health Order 5/7/2020
Reopening Plan: Resilience Roadmap

Phase 2, May 8:
•Non-essential retail (curbside pickup)
•Manufacturers
•Logistics
•Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
•"Select services": car washes, pet grooming, landscaping
•Outdoor museums
Phase 2, May 25:
•Non-essential retail (in-store shopping permitted statewide)

Expanded Phase 2: dine-in service at restaurants, shopping malls, hair salons, barbershops

Counties that have been permitted to move to expanded Phase 2 are listed at the County Variances site (link below).

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
County variance information here
Industry-specific guidance here

 

Colorado

Last updated 5/25/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Health Order 5/4/2020
Reopening Plan: #DoingMyPartCO

April 27:
•Critical businesses remain open
•Non-essential retail businesses (curbside delivery)
May 1: Non-essential retail, personal care services
May 4: Non-critical commercial businesses, manufacturing
May 27: restaurants for dine-in service

Masks: Required
Employee health screenings: Required

Links to guidance:
County variance information here
General best practices and industry-specific guidance here

Littler ASAP: Colorado Amends Its Safer At Home Order (May 6, 2020)

 

Connecticut

Last updated 5/27/2020

Status: Stay At Home
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/18/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopen Connecticut

May 20:
•Restaurants for outdoor seating
•Non-essential retail
•Office-based businesses
•Hair and nail salons only
•Outdoor museums and zoos
•University research programs

June 20:
•Restaurants (indoor seating)
•Lodging
•Gyms and fitness centers, pools
•Movie theaters
•Remaining personal care services
•Outdoor event and entertainment venues
•Amusement parks
•Bowling alleys
•Museums, zoos, aquariums

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:
Guidance for essential and reopening businesses here
Industry-specific Phase 1 guidance here and Phase 2 guidance here

Littler Insight: Reopen Connecticut Phase One (May 14, 2020)

 

Delaware

Last updated 5/24/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/7/2020; Executive Order 5/22/2020
Reopening Plan: Delaware's Recovery and Reopening

May 8:
•Non-essential retailers (curbside pickup)
•Hair care services
•Drive-in movie theaters

May 22:
•Non-essential retail (in-person shopping by appointment only)

June 1:
•Restaurants and bars
•Non-essential retail (30% occupancy)
•Malls
•Realty
•Casinos and racetracks
•Youth sports

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
Guidance for reopening businesses here

 

District of Columbia

Last updated 5/27/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/27/2020
Reopening Plan: ReOpen DC

Phase 1, May 29:
•Non-essential retail (curbside pickup, delivery, and minimum basic operations)
•Restaurants; taverns and bars that serve food (outdoor dining only)
•Hair salons and barbershops
•Farmers' markets

Masks: Required for essential businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for essential retail businesses

Links to guidance:
General and industry-specific guidance here

 

Florida

Last updated 5/15/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/29/2020Executive Order 5/14/2020
Reopening Plan: Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step

May 4: retail, restaurants for dine-in, museums
May 11: personal care services
May 18: gyms and fitness centers

Applies to all counties except for Broward and Miami-Dade.

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
Guidance for businesses here

Littler Insight: Re-Opening Florida: The Step-by-Step Plan (May 1, 2020)

 

Georgia

Last updated 5/14/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/12/2020
Reopening Plan: Reviving a Healthy Georgia

April 24:
•Gyms and fitness centers
•Bowling alleys
•Hair designers, massage therapists, estheticians, body art studios
April 27:
•Movie theaters and cinemas
•Bowling alleys and indoor amusement businesses
•Infrastructure and all other businesses, corporations, and nonprofits

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:
General and industry-specific guidance for businesses here

Littler ASAP: Georgia Pushes Forward: Latest Order Offers Detailed Reopening Steps (April 25, 2020)

 

Hawaii

Last updated 5/14/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/5/2020
Reopening Plan: Economic and Community Pathway to Recovery

May 1: florists
May 7:
•Landscaping, nurseries, plant growers
•Auto dealerships
•Non-essential retail
•Repair services
•Shopping malls
•Pet grooming

Different reopening schedules apply in Honolulu County and Maui County.

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
General guidance for businesses here

 

Idaho

Last updated 5/14/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/30/2020
Reopening Plan: Idaho Rebounds

May 1: Non-essential businesses other than those excluded in the executive order
May 16: Restaurant dine-in service, gyms, indoor recreation, hair salons
June 13: bars, nightclubs, large venues

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

Illinois

Last updated 5/21/2020

Status: Stay At Home Order, reissued 4/30/2020
Reopening Order: None
Reopening Plan: Restore Illinois

May 1:
•Non-essential retail stores may take online/phone orders and offer pickup and delivery
May 29:
•Restaurants (outdoor seating)

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General guidance for businesses here

Indiana

Last updated 5/21/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/1/2020, Executive Order 5/21/2020
Reopening Plan: Back On Track

May 4: Phase 2, most counties
May 11: Phase 2, Lake and Marion Counties
May 18: Phase 2, Cass County
May 22: Phase 3, all counties except for Cass, Lake, and Marion
June 1: Phase 3, Cass, Lake, and Marion Counties

Stage 2, week 1:
•Manufacturers, industrial operations, and other infrastructure that has not been in operation
•Retail and commercial businesses
•Shopping malls
•Office settings
Stage 2, week 2:
•Restaurants for dine-in
•Personal care services

Phase 3:
•Gyms and fitness centers
•Sports and recreational activities
•Pools

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for reopening businesses

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler ASAP: Indiana's Roadmap to Get Back on Track (May 6, 2020)

 

Iowa

Last updated 5/26/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/13/2020Executive Order 5/20/2020, Executive Order 5/26/2020
Reopening Plan: N/A

May 1: in specified counties, restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, race tracks, non-essential retail
May 8:
Statewide: tanning salons, drive-in movie theaters, medical spas, campgrounds
In specified counties: fitness centers, malls, non-essential retail
May 15:
Statewide: restaurants, fitness centers, malls, non-essential retail, libraries, race stracks, all personal care services
May 22:
Statewide: movie theaters, museums, aquariums, zoos, pools
May 28:
Statewide: bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and social/fraternal clubs
June 1:
Statewide: outdoor performance venues, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement parks, skating rinks, skate parks, outdoor playgrounds

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here

 

Kansas

Last updated 5/26/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/30/2020
Reopening Plan: Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas

•Phase 1, May 4: all businesses except for bars and nightclubs, casinos, theaters, museums, indoor leisure/recreation spaces, fitness centers and gyms, personal care services, large entertainment venues, camps, pools, organized sports facilities
•Phase 1.5, May 18: personal care services, gyms and fitness centers (no group fitness)
•Phase 2, May 22: gyms and fitness centers (group fitness classes); indoor leisure spaces; sports facilities and organized sports; casinos
•May 26: Ad Astra state recovery plan no longer mandatory. Counties will have authority to issue local reopening orders.

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

 

Kentucky

Last updated 5/20/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/8/2020
Reopening Plan: Healthy At Work Initiative

•May 11: manufacturing; construction; vehicle or vessel dealerships;
professional services; horse racing (no spectators)
•May 20: retail not already open (33% of capacity)
•May 22: restaurants (outdoor seating, 33% of capacity)
•May 25: personal care services
•June 1: movie theaters, fitness centers
•June 8: museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, distilleries

Masks: Required for all businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for all businesses

Links to guidance:
Requirements for all businesses here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler ASAP: Kentucky’s Reopening and Return to Work – Questions Remain (April 30, 2020)

 

Louisiana

Last updated 5/14/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/14/2020
Reopening Plan: Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana

Phase 1, May 15:
•Gyms and fitness centers
•Barber shops and hair and nail salons
•Casinos, video poker, racetracks (no spectators)
•Theaters
•Museums, zoos, aquariums
•Bars and breweries with food permits

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here

 

Maine

Last updated 5/27/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/30/2020
Reopening Plan: Restarting Maine's Economy

Statewide:
May 11: gyms and fitness centers (outdoor classes only)
June 1: lodging, retail, restaurants (indoor seating except for Androscoggin, Cumberland, and York Counties, which may permit outdoor seating only)

Rural Reopening Plan:
May 11: retail in selected counties
May 18: restaurants for dine-in in selected counties

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here
Industry-specific guidance here
Rural reopening plan here

 

Maryland

Last updated 5/27/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/13/2020
Reopening Plan: Maryland Strong

Phase 1, May 15:
•Non-essential retail
•Personal care services
May 29:
•Restaurants (outdoor seating)
•Drive-in movie theaters
•Pools
•Youth sports

Montgomery County and Prince George's County will not move to Phase 1 yet.

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler Insight: Maryland Initiates its Reopening Plan (May 19, 2020)

 

Massachusetts

Last updated 5/19/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/18/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopening Massachusetts

May 18:
•Manufacturing
•Construction
•Firearms dealers and ranges
May 25:
•Non-essential retail (curbside pickup only)
•General use offices (except for within the city of Boston)
•Personal care services (hair services only)
•Laboratories
•Car washes
•Pet groomers
•Drive-in theaters
June 1:
•General use offices within Boston

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here

Littler Insight: Massachusetts Releases Four-Phase Reopening Plan (May 19, 2020)

 

Michigan

Last updated 5/21/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/21/2020 (Safe Start), Executive Order 5/21/2020 (Worker Safeguards)
Reopening Plan: MI Safe Start

April 24: "Resumed activities":
•processing or fulfilling remote orders for goods for delivery or curbside pick-up;
•bike maintenance;
•garden stores, nurseries, landscaping, and pest control;
•maintenance and groundskeeping for outdoor recreation places;
•moving and storage workers.
May 7:
•wholesale suppliers and distributors
•forestry, outdoor power equipment workers
•construction
•real estate
•certain manufacturing; start-up activities at manufacturing facilities
May 11:
•remaining manufacturing, but only after certain workplace safeguards have been implemented
May 22:
•Non-essential retail, in-person office work, restaurants, and bars (Regions 6 and 8 only)

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler Insight: Michigan is Moving Toward Reopening (May 6, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Michigan Extends “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order Through May 28 (May 8, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Michigan Sets Forth Additional Requirements for Businesses that Reopen (May 19, 2020)

 

Minnesota

Last updated 5/27/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/13/2020
Reopening Plan: Safely Returning to Work

April 27: Non-critical exempt businesses
May 4: Non-essential retail (curbside pick-up only)
May 18: Non-essential retail and "main street businesses" may open for in-person customers
June 1: restaurants and bars (outdoor service); personal care services

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here

Littler Insight: Minnesota Update: Reopening and Returning to Work (May 27, 2020)

 

Mississippi

Last updated 5/14/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/24/2020
Reopening Plan: N/A

April 17: Non-essential businesses and operations
April 27: All businesses except those listed in the executive order as remaining closed
May 7: Restaurants 
May 11: Personal care services

Masks: Required for certain businesses statewide;
Required for all businesses in specified counties
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses statewide;
Required for all businesses in specified counties

Links to guidance:
Guidance for specified counties here

 

Missouri

Last updated 5/14/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Health Order 4/27/2020
Reopening Plan: Show Me Strong

May 4: all businesses may reopen subject to the sanitation and social distancing requirements
in the order and accompanying guidance

Cities and counties are permitted to establish their own timelines.

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here

Littler Insight: Missouri and the St. Louis Region Get Back to Work (May 13, 2020)

 

Montana

Last updated 5/19/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/22/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopening the Big Sky

Phase 1
April 27:
•Designation between essential and non-essential businesses ends
•"Main Street" and retail businesses
•Outdoor recreation
•Organized youth activities
May 4:
•Restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, and casinos
May 7:
•Gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, certain museums

Phase 2:
June 1:
•Bowling alleys, concert halls, other places of assembly

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for all businesses

Links to guidance:
Phase One guidance and FAQ here

 

Nebraska

Last updated 5/22/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Statewide Directed Health Measure 4/29/2020
Reopening Plan: N/A

Phase 1:
May 4, specified counties:
•Restaurants
•Personal care services
May 11, remaining counties:
•Restaurants
•Personal care services
Phase 2:
June 1, statewide:
•Rodeo
•Certain categories of team sports
June 1, specified counties:
•Bars and bottle clubs
•Gentlemen's clubs
•Gyms and fitness centers

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
Directed Health Measures by county here
Industry-specific guidance here‚Äč

 

Nevada

Last updated 5/27/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/7/2020
Reopening Plan: Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery

Phase 1, May 9:
•Retailers
•Restaurants for dine-in
•Drive-in movie theaters
•Vehicle sales
•Personal care services (nail salons, hair salons, barbershops only)

Phase 2, May 29:
•Gyms and fitness facilities
•Indoor shopping malls
•Bars and taverns
•Personal care services (aesthetic services, massage, spas, body art and piercing)
•Aquatic facilities,pools, water parks
•Museums, art galleries, zoos and aquariums
•Indoor and outdoor amusement venues and theme parks

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:
General Phase 1 guidelines here
Industry-specific guidance here

 

New Hampshire

Last updated 5/22/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/1/2020
Reopening Plan: Economic Reopening Task Force

May 11:
•Non-essential retail
•Drive-in movie theaters
•Golf courses
•Personal care services
May 18:
•Restaurants (outdoor dining only)
May 22:
•Sports and recreation
June 1:
•Gyms and fitness centers
•Massage, body art, cosmetology

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

New Jersey

Last updated 5/21/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/13/2020
Reopening Plan: The Road Back

May 18:
Non-essential construction
Non-essential retail
May 22:
Vehicle dealerships; batting cages, golf ranges,
Shooting and archery ranges, horseback riding, tennis clubs

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
General guidance for businesses here

 

New Mexico

Last updated 5/27/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/27/2020
Reopening Plan: New Mexico Reopening Plan

May 18:
•Non-essential retail
•Other non-essential, lower risk businesses
(e.g. office-based businesses, call centers)

May 27:
•Restaurants and bars (outdoor seating)
•Any business that is not identified in the Health Order as an “essential business”, a “close-contact business”, or a “recreational facility”

McKinley, San Juan and Cibola Counties will remain under a stay at home order.

Masks: Required for all businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for all businesses

Links to guidance:
General guidance for businesses here

 

New York

Last updated 5/26/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/14/2020
Reopening Plan: New York Forward

Phase 1:
Construction
Manufacturing
Retail (for curbside pickup)
Wholesale Trade
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

May 15: Central New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, North Country Region, and Mohawk Valley enter Phase 1 
May 19: Western New York enters Phase 1
May 20: Capital Region enters Phase 1
May 26: Mid-Hudson Valley enters Phase 1
May 27: Long Island enters Phase 1

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
Regional monitoring dashboard here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler Insight: A Return to Work Roadmap for New York Employers (May 21, 2020)

North Carolina

Last updated 5/20/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/5/2020Executive Order 5/20/2020
Reopening Plan: North Carolina Staying Ahead of the Curve

May 9:
All businesses may reopen except for
personal care services, gyms and fitness centers,
and entertainment facilities without a retail or
dining component as defined in the executive order.

May 22:
Restaurants for dine-in service
Personal care services
Pools

Masks: Required for certain employers
Employee health screenings: Required for certain employers

Links to guidance:
Phase One guidance here

 

North Dakota

Last updated 5/16/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/29/2020Executive Order 5/15/2020
Reopening Plan: North Dakota Smart Restart

May 1: all closed businesses except for large venues
May 15: large event venues, sports and recreation venues, entertainment venues

Masks: Required for certain employers
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
Universal protocols here
Industry-specific protocols here

 

Ohio

Last updated 5/26/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/30/2020
Reopening Plan: Responsible Restart Ohio

May 4: manufacturing, construction, distribution, general office
May 12: non-essential retail
May 15: personal care services; restaurants and bars (outdoor seating)
May 26: gyms and fitness centers, dance studios, no-contact sports activities

Masks: Required for all employers
Employee health screenings: Required for all employers

Links to guidance:
General protocols here
Industry-specific protocols here

Littler Insight: Ohio's "Stay Safe" Order Effective May 1, 2020 (May 4, 2020)

 

Oklahoma

Last updated 5/14/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/24/2020
Reopening Plan: Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) Plan

Phase 1
April 24:
•Personal care services
May 1:
•Restaurant dining rooms
•Movie theaters
•Gyms
•Sporting venues
•Tattoo parlors

Phase 2
May 15: Bars, taverns, nightclubs

Masks: No provisions
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

 

Oregon

Last updated 5/25/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/14/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopening Oregon

Phase 1
May 15:
•Restaurants and bars
•Personal care services

All counties have been approved to enter Phase 1 except for Multnomah and Washington.

Masks: Required for certain employers
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
County Phase status here
General guidance here
Industry-specific guidance here

 

Pennsylvania

Last updated 5/22/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/21/2020; Executive Order 5/27/2020
Reopening Plan: The Plan for Pennsylvania

Red Phase
•May 1: construction, golf courses, marinas
Yellow Phase (in-person retail, gatherings of up to 25 people allowed)
•May 8: specified counties permitted to enter Yellow Phase
•May 15: additional counties permitted to move to Yellow Phase; remaining counties remain at Red Phase
•May 19: real estate industry may operate in Red and Yellow Phase counties
•May 22: additional counties permitted to move to Yellow Phase; remaining counties remain at Red Phase
•May 29: specified counties move to Green Phase, additional counties to Yellow

Masks: Required for most employers
Employee health screenings: Required for certain employers

Links to guidance:
General guidance here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler ASAP: Certain Businesses in 24 Pennsylvania Counties Permitted to Reopen (May 5, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Certain Businesses in 37 Pennsylvania Counties Permitted to Reopen (May 13, 2020)

 

 

Puerto Rico

Last updated 5/26/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/1/2020, Executive Order 5/21/2020
Reopening Plan: N/A

May 4:
•Commercial businesses and professional services as listed in the order
•Banking by appointment only
May 11:
•Construction
•Manufacturing
May 26:
•Non-essential retail
•Open format shopping centers
•Closed format shopping centers (employees only)
•Restaurants (reservation only)
•Information technology businesses
•Car washes
•Car dealerships (by appointment only)
•Personal care services (by appointment only)
•Travel agencies (by appointment only)
•Armory shops (by appointment only)
•Pawn shops
•Laundromats/laundry services
June 8:
•Closed format shopping centers (open for customers)

Masks: Required for most employers
Employee health screenings: Required for most employers

Links to guidance:
Opinion Letter implementing reopening plan

Littler ASAP: New Employer Requirements to File Auto-Certification and Adopt COVID-19 Exposure Control Plans (May 2, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Governor of Puerto Rico Extends Curfew and Expands List of Businesses Allowed to Reopen (May 26, 2020)

Rhode Island

Last updated 5/18/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/8/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopening RI

Phase 1
May 9: non-essential retail reopens.
May 18: restaurants may open outdoor dining.
Early June (date TBA): personal care services

Masks: Required for most employers
Employee health screenings: Required for all employers

Links to guidance:
General business guidelines here
Industry-specific guidelines here

Littler Insight: Reopening Rhode Island Phase 1: A Practical Guide for Employers (May 8, 2020)

 

South Carolina

Last updated 5/20/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/20/2020
Reopening Plan: AccelerateSC

April 20:
•Furniture and home furnishings stores
•Clothing, shoes, and accessories stores
•Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores,
•Department stores
•Sporting goods stores
•Book, craft, and music stores
•Florists
May 4: restaurants (outdoor seating)
May 11: restaurants (indoor seating)
May 18: personal care services, gyms and fitness centers, pools
May 22: amusement parks, water parks, mini golf,
bingo parlors, zoos, museums, planetariums, aquariums
May 30: youth and adult sports leagues

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General and industry-specific guidelines here

 

South Dakota

Last updated 5/14/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/28/2020
Reopening Plan: Back To Normal Plan

April 28: All businesses open

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General reopening guidelines here

Tennessee

Last updated 5/22/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/22/2020
Reopening Plan: Tennessee Pledge

April 27: restaurants for dine-in
April 29: non-essential retail and most other businesses (consult executive order for list of businesses remaining closed)
May 1: gyms and fitness centers
May 6: close contact personal services
May 8: small group, non-contact recreation businesses
May 22: bars, nightclubs, concert and performance venues, amusement and water parks, auditoriums, theaters and dinner theaters, zoos, museums

The metro areas of Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga
may establish their own reopening procedures via their county-level
health departments.

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

 

Texas

Last updated 5/26/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/5/2020, Executive Order 5/18/2020
Reopening Plan: Open Texas

April 24: non-essential retail (curbside pickup)
May 1: non-essential retail (in-store shopping), restaurants for dine-in, movie theaters, shopping malls, museums, libraries, golf courses, single-person offices
May 8: personal care services, swimming pools
May 18: manufacturing, gyms and exercise facilities, multiple-person offices, tattoo parlors
May 22: restaurants may permit 50% occupancy; bars may reopen at 25% capacity; bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks; rodeos
May 26: mall food courts, driver education programs
May 29: water parks (25% capacity)
May 31: professional sports, youth sports, adult recreational sports

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
Minimum standard protocols here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler ASAP: The Open Texas Plan: A State and Local Update (May 1, 2020)
Littler ASAP: The Open Texas Plan: Phase 2 (May 6, 2020)
Littler ASAP: The Open Texas Plan: Expanding Phase 2 (May 26, 2020)

 

Utah

Last updated 5/22/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/6/2020Executive Order 5/15/2020
Reopening Plan: Utah Leads Together

May 1:
•Restaurants
•Gyms and fitness centers
•Personal care services

May 16: all areas of the state except Salt Lake City, West Valley City,
Wasatch County, Summit County, and Grand County move to yellow/low risk phase

May 22: Summit and Wasatch Counties move to yellow/low risk; certain cities in San Juan County move back to orange phase

Masks: Required for all employers
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here

 

Vermont

Last updated 5/22/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Orders:
Executive Order 4/17/2020 (Phase I)
Executive Order 4/24/2020 (Phase II)
Executive Order 5/1/2020 (Phase III)
Executive Order 5/4/2020 (Phase IV)
Executive Order 5/6/2020 (Phase V)
Executive Order 5/13/2020 (Phase VI)
Reopening Plan: RestartVT

April 20:
•Business operations deemed “essential” may continue to operate
•Retailers previously deemed non-essential
•Outdoor businesses and small construction sites
•Low or no contact professional services
May 4:
•Construction
•Manufacturing and distribution operations
May 11:
•Outdoor recreation
May 22:
•Lodging businesses may accept new reservations for qualifying guests
•Restaurants and bars
May 29:
•Personal care services

Masks: Required for all employers
Employee health screenings: Required for all employers

Links to guidance:
General guidance here

 

Virginia

Last updated 5/27/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Orders: Executive Order 5/8/2020
Reopening Plan: Forward Virginia

Phase 1, May 15: non-essential retail, outdoor dining at restaurants, personal care services, gyms and fitness centers
May 29: northern Virginia counties, Richmond, and Accomack county join Phase 1

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here
Order for Northern Virginia region

Littler ASAP: Virginia Plans Gradual Three-Phase Lifting of Restrictions (May 6, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Virginia Delays Phase One of its Business Reopening Plan (May 12, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Virginia Prepares for Statewide Entry Into “Phase One” of Reopening (May 27, 2020)

Washington

Last updated 5/26/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Orders: Executive Order 5/4/2020
Reopening Plan: Safe Start Washington

Phase 1:
•April 24: certain construction
•May 5: landscaping, vehicle and vessel sales, car washes, non-essential retail (curbside pickup and delivery)
•May 19: real estate operations; gyms and fitness centers

Phase 2:
•Restaurants and bars for dine-in
•Remaining manufacturing
•Additional construction
•In-home/domestic services
•Non-essential retail (in-store service)
•Real estate
•Professional services/office-based businesses
•Personal care services, pet grooming 

Counties approved to proceed to Phase 2: refer to county variance phase map.

Masks: Required for all employers
Employee health screenings: Required for most employers

Links to guidance:
General and industry-specific guidance here

 

West Virginia

Last updated 5/24/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Orders: Executive Order 4/30/2020, Executive Order 5/21/2020, Executive Order 5/22/2020
Reopening Plan: The Comeback Plan

•May 4: small businesses, personal care services, restaurants (outdoor dining)
•May 11: wellness centers, drive-in theaters
•May 18: gyms, fitness centers, dance, martial arts, indoor recreation
•May 21: restaurants (indoor dining); large/specialty retail stores; lodgin; tanning businesses; indoor shopping malls
•May 26: bars
•May 30: spas/massage
•June 5: casinos

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
General and industry-specific guidance here

 

Wisconsin

Last updated 5/14/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Orders: Health Order 4/20/2020Executive Order 5/11/2020
Reopening Plan: Badger Bounce Back

May 11: Standalone or strip mall-based retail stores
with exterior entrances may offer in-person shopping

Note: On May 13, the state supreme court struck down
the stay at home and business restrictions order. Some
counties have subsequently adopted the terms of the order.

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
General guidance here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler Insight: Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down COVID-19 Safer-at-Home Order (May 14, 2020)

 

Wyoming

Last updated 5/27/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/27/2020
Reopening Plan: Transition Plan For a Healthy Wyoming

April 29: Gyms
May 1: Personal care services
May 15: restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments for dine-in
June 1: movie theaters, performance venues

Counties may seek a variance to reopen on
a different schedule from the statewide schedule.

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:
General and industry-specific guidance here
County variances and interactive map here

 

COVID-19: The Next Normal – An Interactive Map

Across the country, states have developed pathways toward reopening their economies and are implementing protocols for businesses to reopen and for employees to return to workplaces. The overall framework of each state’s plan is similar: a series of phases with gradual loosening of restrictions made possible by a downward trend in new cases of COVID-19 and an increase in testing capability, contact tracing capability, and the level of preparedness of hospitals and public health agencies to respond to and combat new cases. The finer details of each state’s timetable for reopening various industry sectors, along with the health and safety protocols for reopening, however, vary significantly from state to state, making it a challenge for employers to comply with these new requirements. Clicking on each state in the map above will display an overview of the state’s reopening posture, including a list of the sectors permitted to reopen and the accompanying executive orders and official guidance describing the applicable health and safety requirements. Contact your Littler attorney for further information on reopening business operations.

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