Bouncing Back: A List of Statewide Return to Work Protocols

Government officials across the country are easing up, or preparing to ease up, on the stringent business closures and stay at home orders that helped the nation successfully slow the spread of COVID-19. Each jurisdiction will emerge from this collective state of suspended animation by implementing different measures, and on different timetables.

In many instances, businesses can expect two types of guidance from their governors and public health officials: (1) overarching framework materials, setting forth various phases of the anticipated reopening process and identifying criteria for advancement through the recovery period; and (2) more specific orders that supersede prior closure directives and permit particular operations to resume on certain dates and under certain conditions. Employers can also expect that these materials will establish new health and safety protocols for the workplace—such as mandatory health screenings and face coverings—that may remain in place for the foreseeable future. Indeed, many reopening plans include multiple mitigation steps, such as limits on occupancy, sanitation and physical distancing requirements, and new posting duties.

The chart below provides links to general reopening plans and orders that have been issued thus far, at the statewide level. Employers should bear in mind that these materials typically offer detailed instructions for reopening, which often vary by industry. As a result, it is important to review each order along with any accompanying official guidance to get a complete picture of all requirements and how they may impact each employer’s operations. We will update this list regularly but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made. Employers might also wish to review our interactive reopening map.

Note that this chart does not cover orders or guidance issued at the local level. Employers should consult with counsel for our additional resources on orders that may apply to their operations. 


Reopening Framework Materials

Specific Orders, Guidance

Last Updated


Opening Up America Again

U.S. CDC Activities and Initiatives Memo (5/19/20)



Reopening Alabama Responsibly (Phase One)

Amended Safer at Home Order (5/8/20)

Amended Safer at Home Order (5/21/20)

Amended Proceeding with Caution Info Sheet and Flyer (5/21/20)

Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses 

List of All Orders and Guidelines



Reopen Alaska Responsibly

Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan Summary (5/6/20)

Health Mandate 016 (Phase 1-A, with attachments; as amended)

Health Mandate FAQs

Announcement of Phase Two (5/6/20)

Health Mandate 018 (intrastate travel)

All Alaska Health Mandates

Announcement of Phase Three (5/19/20) and General Guidance

Industry-Specific Guidance Materials



Return Stronger and Announcement Presentation

Arizona Together - Reopening Guidance

Executive Order 2020-33 - Returning Stronger (4/29/20)

Executive Order 2020-34 - Building on COVID-19 Successes (5/4/20)

Department of Health Services - Various Guidance for Reopening Businesses

Executive Order 2020-36 - Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger (5/12/20)




Executive Order 20-25 (5/5/20)

Health Directive on Resuming Restaurant Dine-in Operations (4/29/20)

Health Directive on Reopening Gyms, Fitness Centers (4/30/20)

Health Directive on Close Contact Businesses (5/1/20)

Health Directive for Businesses, Manufacturers, Construction and Lodging (5/4/20)

Health Directive for Large Indoor Venues (5/4/20)

Health Directive for Large Outdoor Venues (5/4/20)

Health Directive for Limitations on Businesses (5/8/20)

Health Directive for Bars and Clubs (5/22/20)

List of all COVID-19 Health Directives - Timeline and Resources 



Roadmap to Modify the Stay-at-Home Order

Resilience Roadmap Presentation (5/7/20)

Resilience Roadmap 

Updated announcement of four-staged plan

Update on progress toward Stage 2 Reopening (5/4/20)

Executive Order N-60-20 (5/4/20)

Announcement of Updated Industry Guidance (5/7/20)

Statewide Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk

Dine-In Restaurant Guidance (5/12/20)

Retail Guidelines (5/19/20)

Guidance for Hair Salons and Barbershops (5/26/20)

Information about County Variances




Timeline for Decision Making Under Safer at Home Phase (5/11/20)

Executive Order D 2020-044 (Safer at Home)

Public Health Order 20-28 (Safer at Home)

Executive Order D 2020-79 (5/25/20) (Amended Safer at Home)

Amended Public Health Order 20-28 (5/26/20) (Safer at Home)

FAQs for Restaurants, Summer Camps, Private Camping (5/25/20)

Draft, Proposed Restaurant Reopening Guidelines

Accommodations Guidance



Initial Framework Announcement

Reopen Connecticut Report (5/26/20)

Sector Rules for May 20th Reopen (5/9/20) and Enforcement Plan

Updated COVID-19 FAQs (5/9/20)

Executive Order 7MM (5/12/20)

Self-certification Requirement 

Executive Order 7PP (5/18/20)

Phase Two reopenings tentatively scheduled for June 20



Delaware's Recovery and Reopening

Small retailers/hair care services (5/5/20)

FAQ for Businesses Opening 5/8/20

Announcement re: June 1 Target for Phase 1 (5/8/20)

Announcement re: Farmers' Markets (5/11/20)

Announcement re: Beaches and Related Vendors (5/14/20)

Announcement re: Retail by Appointment (5/19/20)

Announcement re: Short-Term Rentals, Quarantine (5/26/20)

19th Modification of State of Emergency (5/22/20)

Revised Phase 1 Guidance and Customer Protection Standards

Guidance on Outdoor Gatherings and Face Coverings


District of Columbia

ReOpen DC

ReOpen DC Advisory Group’s Recommended Plan (5/21/20)

Phase One Announcement - May 27 Situational Update

Reopening Checklists for Restaurants and Retailers

Phase One Page, with Order and Sector-Specific Guidance

Phase One Order (5/27/20)



Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step

Executive Order 20-112

Guidelines for Barbers and Cosmetologists 

Executive Order 20-120

Executive Order 20-123

Announcement re: Full Phase 1 as of May 18 and Summary Sheet

Executive Order 20-131




Executive Order (, minimum operations)

Executive Order (, Reviving a Healthy Georgia)

Executive Order (, guidance for food service, bowling alleys, theaters)

Executive Order (, guidance for restaurants, industry-specific duties)

Executive Order (, overnight summer camps)



Economic and Community Recovery & Resiliency Plan

Beyond Recovery: Reopening Hawaii (5/18/20)

Announcement re: Unveiling Plan (5/18/20)

Seventh Supplementary Proclamation (5/5/20)

Eighth Supplementary Proclamation (5/18/20)



Idaho Rebounds

Stay Healthy Order - Stage 1 (4/30/20)

Business-specific protocols for opening

Stage 2- Protocols for Opening

Stay Healthy Order - Stage 2 (5/15/20)



Restore Illinois (5/5/20)

Announcement re: Updated Statewide Model (5/11/20)

Restore Illnois Page

Executive Order 2020-32 (4/30/20)

Announcement re: Regions On Track to Advance (5/11/20)

Regional Phase Dashboard

Descriptions of Phase 2 and Phase 3

Phase 3 Industry-Specific Guidance

General Business Toolkit (posters, checklists, etc.)

All COVID-Related Executive Orders and Proclamations



Back on Track Indiana


Executive Order 20-26 - Stages 1 and 2 (5/1/20) 

What's Open, What's Closed?

Back on Track General & Industry Guidelines

Executive Order 20-28 - Stage 3 (5/21/20)




Proclamation (4/27/20)

Proclamation (5/6/20)

Proclamation (5/13/20)

Proclamation (5/20/20)

Proclamation (5/26/20)



Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas (Not mandatory. Advistory as of 5/27/20)

Authority to restrict business operations and gatherings rests with county health officials as of 5/27/20

Executive Order No. 20-29 - Phase One (4/30/20)

Announcement re: Phase 1.5 of Ad Astra Plan (5/14/20)

Announcement re: Modified Phase 2 (5/19/20)

Executive Order No. 20-34 (5/19/20)

Announcement re: Expiration of Ad Astra Emergency Declaration (5/26/20)



Healthy at Work

Press Release (4/29/20, outlining initial reopening)

Healthy at Work: 10 Rules to Reopening

Minimum Requirements for All Businesses (effective 5/11/20)

Announcement of Phase 2 (5/7/20)

Announcement re: Kentucky State Parks (5/15/20)

Announcement re: Museums, Outdoor Attractions, Libraries, etc. (5/19/20)

Announcement re: Child Care, Auctions, Bars, Event Venues (5/21/20)

Kentucky Healthy at Work Site (Benchmarks, Calendar, All Industry Guidelines, etc.)




Proclamation 52 JBE 2020 (Extended Stay at Home) 

Guidance - Can This Business Open? (5/1/20)

Fire Marshal's Interpretive Memo on Outdoor Dine-In Seating Criteria (4/30/20)

Announcement re: Move to Phase Statewide on May 15 (5/11/20)

Proclamation 58 JBE 2020 (5/14/20) (Phase 1)

Link to Register with Open Safely LA



Restarting Maine’s Economy

Executive Order 49 FY 19/20 - Stay Safer at Home (4/29/20)

COVID-19 Prevention Checklists for Businesses Reopening

Announcement re: Rural Reopening Plan (5/8/20)

Announcement re: Lodging Restrictions Eased/ More Openings (5/14/20)

Announcement re: Delay of Gyms and Salons (5/19/20)



Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery

Executive Order 20-05-06-01 (5/6/20)

Back to Business: Industry-Specific Guidelines for Reopening Businesses

General Business Best Practices

Executive Order 20-05-13-01 (5/13/20) and Interpretive Guidance Memo (5/13/20)



Announcement re: Four-Phase Reopening Approach (5/11/20)

Reopening Massachusetts Report (5/18/20)

Reopening: Four-Phase Approach

Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces

Sector-specific Protocols and Best Practices

Reopening Massachusetts Executive Order (5/18/20)

Safer at Home Advisory (5/18/20)



MI Safe Start

Executive Order 2020-60 (food seller protocols)

Executive Order 2020-70 (5/1/20)

Executive Order 2020-77 (5/6/20)

Executive Order 2020-92 (5/18/20)

Executive Order 2020-96 (5/21/20)

Executive Order 2020-97 (reopening preparedness requirements) (5/21/20)

Executive Order 2020-100 (5/22/20)



Safely Returning to Work

Executive Order 20-40 (4/23/20)

Executive Order 20-48 (4/30/20)

Executive Order 20-49 (5/5/20)

Executive Order 20-54  (5/13/20, antiretaliation provisions)

Executive Order 20-55 (5/13/20, protections/accommodation for at-risk individuals)

Executive Order 20-56 (5/13/20, reopening)

Announcement re: Outdoor Dining (5/20/20)




Executive Order 1477 (4/24/20)

Executive Order 1478 (5/4/20)

Executive Order 1481 (5/12/20)

Executive Order 1486 (5/15/20)



Show Me Strong Recovery Plan

Health Mandate (4/27/20)

Phase 1 Guidelines and FAQs



Governor’s Phased Approach to Reopening the Big Sky

Phased Reopening Directive (4/22/20)

Additional Phase One Guidelines (5/7/20)

Directive re: Phase Two (5/19/20)




Announcement re: New Directed Health Measures (4/24/20)

Announcement re: Relaxed Health Measures (4/29/20)

Announcement re: New, Relaxed Directed Health Measures (5/9/20)

Announcement re: Relaxed Directed Health Measures (5/11/20)

Announcement re: New Directed Health Measures for June (5/21/20) and Outline of those Changes

COVID-19 Nebraska Guidance Documents

All County Directed Health Measures with Effective Dates

State Overview and DHHS COVID-19 Site



Framework Announcement 

Nevada United - Roadmap to Recovery Chart

Phase One Guidelines and Protocols for Reopening

Directive - Phase One Reopening Plan (5/7/20)

Industry-Specific Phase One Guidance (5/15/20)

Announcement re: Moving into Phase 2 on May 29 (5/26/20)


New Hampshire

Economic Re-Opening Task Force Roadmap

Emergency Order #40 - Stay at Home 2.0 (5/1/20)

Stay at Home 2.0 Industry-Specific Guidance

Stay at Home 2.0 Schedule with General and Specific Guidance


New Jersey

The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health

Executive Order No. 142 (5/13/20)

Executive Order No. 146 (5/16/20)

Executive Order No. 147 (5/18/20)

Agricultural Guidance (5/20/20)

Executive Order No. 148 (5/22/20)


New Mexico

"Preparation Phase" Announcement

Public Health Order (4/30/20)

Department of Workforce Solutions Guidance (5/4/20)

Announcement re: Limited Retail Reopening (5/13/20)

Executive Order 2020-30 (5/15/20)

Announcement re: Restaurant Soft Reopening and Public Health Order (5/27/20)


New York

New York Forward

Framework Announcement (4/28/20)

Regional Approach Annoucement (5/4/20)

Executive Order 202.31 re: Regional Approach (5/14/20)

New York Forward Website

Announcement re: PAUSE Lifted as of May 15 (for approved regions)

Announcement re: PAUSE Extended to May 28 (for regions not reopening)

Regional Map and Metrics/Status for Regional Reopening

Initial Reopening - Announcement re: Three Regions Qualify to Proceed (5/11/20)

Industries Reopening by Phase, with Industry-Specific Guidelines

Announcement re: Western New York Region (5/18/20)

Announcement re: Capital Region (5/19/20)

Executive Order 202.33 (5/22/20)

Announcements re: Mid-Hudson Valley and Long Island Regions (5/26/20)


North Carolina

Staying Ahead of the Curve

Executive Order No. 138 (5/5/20)

Executive Order No. 141 (5/20/20)

Announcement re: Count on Me NC Training Program


North Dakota

ND Smart Restart

Executive Order 2020-06.4 (4/29/20)

Executive Order 2020-06.6 (5/15/20)

ND Smart Restart Protocols



Responsible Restart Ohio

Sector-Specific Operating Requirements

Stay Safe Ohio Order (4/30/20)

Announcement of Order Reopening Restaurants, Bars and Personal Care Services (5/7/20)

Announcement re: Enforcement Team (5/18/20)

Announcement re: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory (5/19/20)

Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Advisory (5/21/20)

Public Health Orders re: Gyms and Personal Fitness Venues, and Non-Contact Sporting Activities (5/22/20)



Open Up and Recovery Safely (OURS) Plan

Executive Order 2020-13 (4th am.) (4/24/20)

OURS Plan Industry Guidance

Oklahoma entered Phase 2 of its plan as scheduled on May 15



Reopening Oregon

Plan Announcement (5/7/20)

Prerequisites for Phased Reopening of Oregon (5/7/20)

Phase One Reopening Guidance for Industries and Individuals here

Additional Phase One Information

County Status and Phase Information 

Oregon Health Authority Guidance and FAQs

Executive Order 20-25 (5/15/20)



Plan for Pennsylvania

Process to Reopen Pennsylvania

Consequences for Violations (5/11/20)

Construction Industry Guidance (4/23/20)

Announcement re: 24 Counties Advance to "Yellow" (5/1/20)

General Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate (5/4/20)

COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses Flyer (5/4/20) (available here)

Governor's Yellow Phase Order (5/7/20)

Health Secretary's Yellow Phase Order (5/7/20)

Announcement re: 13 More Counties Advance to "Yellow" (5/8/20)

Announcement re: 12 More Counties Moving to "Yellow" (5/15/20)

Real Estate Announcement and Guidance (5/19/20)

Announcement re: Cocktails-to-Go Law (5/21/20)

Annoucement re: 12 More Counts Moving to "Yellow" (5/21/20); Related Orders from Governor and Health Secretary

Announcement re: More County Advancements (5/22/20)

Announcement re: Centre County (5/26/20)


Puerto Rico


Executive Order 2020-038 (5/1/20)

Littler's ASAP re: May 21 Executive Order 2020-041


Rhode Island

Reopening RI

Further Detail on Phase I

Executive Order 20-32 (5/8/20)

General Business Highlights and Explanations (5/6/20)

General Business Guidelines (5/6/20)

Control Plan Template (5/6/20)

Restaurant Guidelines and Illustration (5/11/20)

Non-critical Retail Guidelines and Checklist and Sign (5/7/20)

Announcements re: Beaches and State Parks

Preview of Phase 2 (5/22/20)

Posters and More Guidelines are available here.


South Carolina


Executive Order 2020-28 (4/20/20)

Restaurant Reopening Guidelines - Phase One (5/1/20)

Restaurant Reopening Guidelines - Phase Two (5/8/20)

Temporary Outdoor Seating Guidelines (5/1/20)

Executive Order 2020-31 (5/3/20)

Department of Health and Environment Control Guidance

Announcement re: Close Contact Providers, Gyms, Pools (5/11/20)

Executive Order 2020-36 (5/15/20)

Announcement re: Attraction Facilities (5/20/20)

Reopening Guidelines Available from accelerateSC


South Dakota

Back to Normal Plan

Executive Order 2020-20 (4/28/20)



Tennessee Pledge: Reopening Tennessee

Executive Order 30 (4/28/20)

Executive Order 33 (5/5/20)

Executive Order 35 (5/7/20)

Announcement re: Lifting Retail/Restaurant Capacity Limits (5/15/20)

Executive Order 38 (5/22/20)

Tennessee Pledge Business Guidelines



Strike Force to Open Texas

Governor’s Report (4/27/20)

Executive Order GA-17 (Strike Force)

Executive Order GA-21 (5/5/20, reopening)

Phase Two Announcement and Executive Order GA-23 (5/18/20)

Health Protocols

All Reopening Checklists by Business Type

Department of Health and Human Services Minimum Recommended Protocols

Executive Order GA-24 (5/21/20)

Proclamation Amending GA-23 (5/26/20) and Announcement



Utah Leads Together

Utah Leads Together 2.0 Report

Utah Leads Together 3.0 Report (5/20/20)

Utah Leads Together 2.0 Phased Health Guidelines

“Moderate Phase” Announcement (4/25/20)

Executive Order Updating Guidelines (5/6/20)

Phased Health Guidelines Version 4.4 (5/16/20)

Color-Coded Guidance to Phases and Map

Executive Order - Move to Yellow Phase (5/16/20)

Executive Order - Yellow Phase for 4 Jurisdictions (5/22/20)

Executive Order - Orange Phase for Bluff and Mexican Hat (5/22/20)




Addendum 10 to Executive Order 01-20 (4/17/20; Phase I)

Addendum 11 to Executive Order 01-20 (4/24/20; Phase II)

Addendum 12 to Executive Order 01-20 (5/1/20; Phase III)

Addendum 13 to Executive Order 01-20 (5/8/20)

Addendum 14 to Executive Order 01-20 (5/15/20)

Addendum 15 to Executive Order 01-20 (5/22/20)

Updated Interpretive Health Guidance from Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD)

Resource Center: All Sector Specific Guidance

VOSHA COVID-19 Safety Training



Forward Virginia (4/24/20)

Forward Virginia Announcement (4/24/20)

Forward Virginia - Phases I and II Outline (5/4/20)

Executive Order 61 - Phase One Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions (5/8/20)

Guidelines for All Business Sectors

Executive Order 62 - Delayed Reopening for Northern Virginia Region (5/12/20)

Executive Order 63 - Face Coverings (5/26/20)



Washington’s Recovery Plan – Policy Brief

Phased Approach – Reopening and Modifying Physical Distancing Measures

Safe Start Washington (5/4/20)

What's open and closed (5/1/20)

Proclamation - Safe Start Washington - Phase I (5/4/20)

Guidance for Retail, Pet Walking and Landscaping (5/8/20)

Memo re: Dine-In Restaurant Service - Phase II and Reopening Requirements (5/11/20)

Memo re: Partially Resuming Limited In-Store Retail Operations - Proclamation 20-25 and Related Phase 2 Retail Requirements (5/12/20)

Memo re: Resuming Additional Manufacturing Operations - Proclamation 20-25 and Related Phase 2 Manufacturing Requirements (5/12/20)

Memo re: Customer Log Requirements (5/15/20)

Information about and Status of County Variances

Safe Start Plans and Guidance

All COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers        


West Virginia

West Virginia Strong – The Comeback

Executive Order 32-20 (Safer at Home) (4/30/20)

Executive Order 37-20 (5/15/20)

Executive Order 39-20 (5/19/20)

Executive Order 40-20 (5/22/20)

Full Schedule and Guidance for West Virginia Businesses



Badger Bounce Back Plan

Plan in Brief

Health Services Page

Emergency Order #28 (4/16/20, Safer at Home) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down most of this order on 5/13. As of now, no new statewide order governs.

Emergency Order #31 (4/20/20, Badger Bounce Back)

Emergency Order #34 (4/24/20) and FAQs

Reopen Guidelines

Executive Order #36 (5/11/20)

WEDC Industry-Specific Reopen Guidelines



Transition Plan for a Healthy Wyoming

Announcement re: Gyms, Personal Care Services and Relevant Orders

State Public Health Orders and Guidance, County Orders, County Variances

Interactive Map of County Variances

Modified Order re: Public Spaces (5/13/20)

Modified Order re: Gatherings (5/13/20)

Modified Order re: Personal Services (5/13/20) 

Guidance for Screening Employees


Because the COVID-19 situation is dynamic, with new governmental measures each day, employers should consult with counsel for the latest developments and updated general and industry-specific guidance.

Information contained in this publication is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of an attorney.