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Where Can You Hold Events? Here's the State-by-State Reopening Status

As new cases have surged throughout the U.S., several states paused their reopening plans while California, Florida and Texas reinstated some restrictions.

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The U.S. has seen a surge in new COVID-19 infections, with almost all states reporting an increase in cases and some, including Arizona, Florida and Texas, reporting a record numbers of new cases. It has caused some state officials (including those in Louisiana, North Carolina, Utah and Washington) to pause their reopening plans, and others to reinstate restrictions that had been lifted (including in Texas, Florida and parts of California, where bars have again been closed). A growing number of states, most recently Kansas and Oregon, have imposed statewide orders requiring that masks be worn. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut leaders expanded their 14-day quarantine on visitors from states seeing a spike in cases to include 16 states total.

But while reopening is slowing in many states, some locations, including Illinois, New Hampshire and Vermont, entered new phases of their reopening plans.

State-by-state updates follow. See anything missing? Please email us with new information. 

Reopening Status and Event Restrictions for Every State

Alabama
As the statewide stay-at-home order expired, it was replaced by a Safer at Home order went into effect throughout the state on May 22. Under that order, non-work gatherings of all sizes are prohibited if six feet of distance can't be maintained between participants. Bars, restaurants and retail stores can reopen at up to 50 percent maximum occupancy. Schools are still limited to virtual instruction. Beaches are open, with social-distancing guidelines. Barber shops, hair salons have been allowed to reopen, though night clubs, theaters and bowling alleys remain closed. Casinos reopened on June 8. Its next reopening phase, Safer Apart, is slated to begin July 3.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size permitted, as long as social-distancing rules can be followed.

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Alaska, which has the fewest coronavirus cases of any state, entered phase 3 of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's "Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan" on May 22 — allowing most businesses to reopen at full capacity, with a handful of restrictions still in place. Large gatherings are again permitted, but with strict social-distancing and hygiene practices. Visitors are required to be tested within 72 hours to five days prior to arrival or take a test upon arrival, and may only enter the state if they test negative. Those who do not get a test must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Alaskans are asked to contact health officials before organizing a major event to coordinate communication and ensure a proper plan is in place.

Current meeting limits: Large gatherings are permitted, with social distancing and permission of state public health officials.

Arizona

Arizona has seen a rapid increase in cases, hitting new records for the highest number of new daily cases. On June 29, Gov. Doug Ducey shut down bars, gyms, theaters and water parks, partially reversing a number of the steps taken as part of phase 1 of its "Returning Stronger" plan, which began in mid-May. During a news conference, Ducey urged Arizonans to "arm yourself with a mask," but he has stopped short of requiring that masks be worn in public. Ducey has said he has no plans for cancelling upcoming summer events.

Current meeting limits: No limit to gathering sizes as long as social-distancing guidelines are followed.

Arkansas

No statewide stay-at-home order was put in place here, and restaurants began serving guest at limited capacity on May 11. On June 15, the state fully entered Phase 2 of reopening, allowing restaurants and other businesses to expand to two-thirds capacity, but with social distancing and mask-wearing encouraged. Outdoor recreation and personal-care locations have reopened. Large indoor venues, including movie theaters, museums and casinos, are open at 33 percent capacity, as are bars with social-distancing limits.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 50 or fewer people are permitted.

California

Many parts of the state have seen recent surges in COVID-19 cases, leading Gov. Gavin Newsom to again close bars, indoor restaurants, movie theaters and other venues in 19 counties, including Los Angeles. Due to the increase in cases, Disneyland officials announced that the park would not be reopening in mid-July as previously planned and would not determine a new reopening date until new state guidelines are determined "sometime after July 4." Most of the state had entered stage 2 (reopening "lower-risk" workplaces such as retail, offices and manufacturing) or the early phases of stage 3 (with "higher-risk" workplaces reopening, including limited personal care and recreational venues) of Newsom's four-stage Resilience Roadmap. A timeline for stage 4, in which concerts, conventions and sports events with live crowds will be permitted, has not yet been announced. San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced on June 26 that the city would delay its reopenings planned for June 29, which included nail salons, barbershops and outdoor bars.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited in most of the state.

Colorado

On June 1, Gov. Jared Polis transitioned the state from Safer at Home to "Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors," in which high-risk individuals are now encouraged to spend time out of doors. Gatherings remain limited to fewer than 10 people, while indoor gyms, bowling alleys and other recreational facilities are open at 50 percent capacity. Restaurants are allowed to operate at either 50 percent dine-in capacity or 50 persons maximum, whichever is less. Bars are now allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 10 people or fewer are permitted.

Connecticut

On May 20, Gov. Ned Lamont began the first phase of his four-phase plan, allowing offices and store to open their doors at 50-percent capacity and restaurants could provide outdoor seating. On June 1, hair salons and barber shops could accept clients again. On June 17, the state began Phase 2, in which hotels, gyms and indoor restaurants are allowed to reopen. Outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people and indoor gatherings of up to 25 people are now permitted, and Lamont expects outdoor-gathering limits to increase to 250 people by mid-July, if social-distancing rules are followed. The state's leaders joined New York and New Jersey in requiring visitors from 16 states seeing surges in COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Current meeting limits: Indoor gatherings of up to 25 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people permitted.

Delaware

The state entered Phase 2 of its recovery plan on June 15, allowing restaurants, casinos, hotels and retail establishments to expand from 30 percent to 60 percent capacity, with face coverings required. Outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people currently are permitted, but recreation facilities, including bowling alleys, skating rinks and sporting facilities, remain closed.

Current meeting limits: Indoor gatherings of 10 or fewer and outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed.

District of Columbia

On June 22, the city entered phase 2 of reopening, allowing for gyms and camps, as well as indoor retail and restaurant dining to resume. Gatherings of up to 50 people are also now permitted. The city entered into phase 1 on May 29, allowing outdoor seating at restaurants, as well as curbside pickup and delivery from nonessential retail stores. Barbershops and hair salons also are now available for appointments.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted.

Florida

As new COVID-19 cases in the state skyrocketed, Gov. Ron DeSantis first paused, then reversed steps in the state's reopening. On June 26, the state ordered bar owners to stop selling alcohol at their establishments, requiring many that had been opened to close their doors again. Aside from that, the state remains in phase 2 of its "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step" plan, which allows gyms and stores to operate at full capacity. Gatherings at large venues and beaches are limited to fewer than 50 people, though DeSantis has advised Floridians to avoid large indoor gatherings. As a result of the surge in cases, beaches in Miami and Fort Lauderdale will be closed over the Fourth of July weekend, while Jacksonville will now require face masks. The Florida Keys are accessible once again, discontinuing checkpoints from South Florida and passenger screenings at the airports, with lodging limited to 50 percent capacity. 

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of more than 50 are prohibited.

Georgia

Beginning June 16, Gov. Brian Kemp permitted gatherings of up to 50 people (with those over 50 banned unless there is at least six feet between each person). Capacity limits have been lifted on movie theaters, restaurants and dining rooms . Bars can now welcome 50 people or 35 percent capacity, whichever is greater. Atlanta has moved ahead with its reopening more slowly, and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced a five-phase plan for the city. On July 1, conventions will be permitted and live performance venues will be allowed to reopen. But by late June, the state was seeing record levels of new daily cases, leading Kemp to urge the wearing of masks in public, without explicitly mandating them.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited when six feet of social distance can't be maintained. 

Hawaii

Governor David Ige extended Hawaii's stay-at-home order and the mandatory 14-day quarantine for all visitors through June 30, but on June 1, most businesses — including gyms, dine-in restaurants and personal services — were allowed to accept clients again, with some variations among islands. The state lifted its quarantine requirement on inter-island travelers on June 16. Ige has announced that beginning Aug. 1, all out-of-state travelers will be required to get a COVID-19 test prior to arrival and show proof of a negative result in order to avoid the 14-day quarantine.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted.

Idaho

Gov. Brad Little announced a four-phase reopening plan, beginning May 1. On June 13, the state entered Phase 4, which allows for gatherings of any size, as long as social-distancing and precautionary measures are in place. Large venues and nightclubs are permitted to reopen, as long as physical distancing is followed. On June 25, as the state saw record numbers of new COVID-19 cases, Little announced that the state would be "tapping the brakes" on its reopening, with those counties in stage 4 remaining there for at least two more weeks; one county was moved back to stage 3.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size permitted, with social distancing.

Illinois

On May 29, most of Illinois became eligible to enter phase 3 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's five-step "Restore Illinois" reopening plan, which allows for for gatherings of up to 10 people and the return of gyms and outdoor classes (Chicago entered Phase 3 on June 3). On June 26, much of the state entered phase 4, in which gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted and health and fitness clubs, theaters, museums, zoos and indoor restaurant dining can open or expand with capacity restrictions.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted.

Indiana

On June 12, the state entered Phase 4 of Gov. Eric Holcomb's five-stage Back on Track Indiana plan. This allows for social gatherings of up to 250 people, for retail and commercial businesses to open at full capacity and for restaurants to expand indoor dining to 75 percent capacity. Museums, aquariums, bars, movie theaters and bowling alleys can welcome guests at 50 percent capacity. On June 15, casinos were permitted to reopen with approval from the Indiana Gaming Commission.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 250 people are permitted.

Iowa

Beginning May 15, an order from Gov. Kim Reynolds loosened restrictions on all 99 of Iowa's counties. Barbershops, tattoo parlors, massage therapists and salons are allowed to see clients again. Partial reopenings of restaurants, libraries and fitness centers are permitted across the state (previously, these restrictions had been loosened for 77 of the counties). Effective June 12, businesses were permitted to operate at full capacity and theaters, performance venues and swimming pools are allowed to reopen in compliance with state guidance.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 10 or fewer are permitted.

Kansas

On June 8, the state entered phase 3 of its "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas," which raised limits on gatherings to 45 people and removed restrictions on nonessential travel. Those counties that had seen low numbers of new cases and hospitalizations were permitted to enter Phase Out on June 22, in which gatherings of all sizes are permitted with social distancing. As the state had seen a rise in cases overall, Gov. Laura Kelly issued an executive order mandating the use of masks in stores, restaurants and in any public situation where social distancing cannot be maintained, beginning July 3.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 45 or fewer are permitted in most of the state.

Kentucky

The state is currently in phase 1 of its "Healthy at Work" program, with government offices and agencies now open, as well as stores and restaurants. Beginning May 25, social gatherings of up to 10 people were again allowed, and throughout June, the state will see the reopening of movie theaters, museums, campgrounds and childcare services. By July, the state is expected to permit groups of up to 50 people. NASCAR will return to the Kentucky Speedway, with no spectators, beginning July 9.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 10 or fewer are permitted. 

Louisiana

On June 5, the state entered phase 2 of its reopening, allowing previously opened businesses to expand to 50-percent occupancy, and bars, breweries, bowling alleys and other entertainment venues to reopen with capacity limits. On June 22, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the state would remain in phase 2 for at least 28 more days due to a rise in cases.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of more than 10 are permitted, as long as social-distancing rules are followed.

Maine

On June 1, Maine began stage 2 of its four-step "Restarting Maine's Economy" plan, allowing lodging businesses to open to Maine residents or those who have completed a 14-day quarantine. Gatherings of up to 50 people are now permitted, and all retail stores and museums are now allowed to reopen. Effective June 17, the state's remaining three counties were allowed to reopen indoor dining with additional health and safety protocols, as well as open bars, breweries, gyms, tattoo parlors and nail salons.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 50 or fewer are permitted.

Maryland

Most of the state has entered Phase 2 of the "Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery" reopening plan. Beginning June 12, restaurants and pools are allowed to open indoor dining at 50 percent capacity. On June 19, indoor gyms and fitness studios were allowed to resume at 50 percent capacity and casinos and malls are allowed to reopen with strict precautions.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 10 or fewer are permitted.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts' stay-at-home advisory expired May 18, as the state entered the first of its four-phase plan. Step 2 of phase 2, allowing additional businesses to reopen, with indoor dining at restaurants and close-contact personal services to reopen, began on June 22. This allows for the gradual reopening of businesses, starting with manufacturing and construction, with the addition of outdoor recreation facilities, hair salons and retail on May 25, and gatherings of up to 10 people. 

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 10 or fewer are permitted.

Michigan

On June 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved the entire state to phase 4 of its reopening plan, allowing groups of up to 100 people to gather outdoors and 10 people indoors. On June 8, swimming pools, libraries and museums reopened. On June 10, two of the state's regions moved to phase 5, in which indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people will be permitted. Residents are required to wear face coverings when indoors.

Current meeting limits: Outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people and indoor gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted.

Minnesota

Beginning May 18, the state's stay-at-home order expired, and the state began to implement its "COVID-19 Preparedness Plan." On June 10, the limit to outdoor gatherings increased to 25 people and restaurants will be open for indoor dining at 50-percent capacity, while entertainment venues open at 25-percent capacity.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 25 people permitted.

Mississippi

On June 1, the state shifted from a "safer-at-home" order to a "Safe Return" order. in which groups are capped at 20 people indoors and 50 people outdoors when social distancing is not possible. When social distancing is possible, group gatherings of up to 50 people indoors and up to 100 people outdoors are permitted. The state has begun lifting restrictions in three phases. It is currently in phase 2, in which restaurants, bars and retail stores are allowed to open as long as they operate at 50 percent capacity and abide by strict sanitization rules. Outdoor and indoor arenas can open with restrictions, such as limiting seating to 25 percent capacity.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted indoors, and up to 100 people outdoors, as long as social-distancing rules are followed (or up to 20 people indoors and 50 people outdoors without social distancing).

Missouri

Missouri became the first state to allow the resumption of live events when Gov. Mike Parson's "Show Me Strong Recovery" plan went into effect on May 4. It entered Phase 2 on June 16, in which all businesses, including large concert venues and theaters, have resumed operations, at limited capacity and with social-distancing measures in place. The March 21 ban on large gatherings has been allowed to expire.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted, as long as social-distancing practices are followed.

Montana

The state's stay-at-home order expired April 26, and Gov. Steve Bullock began the three-phased "Reopening the Big Sky" plan, beginning with houses of worship, retail, restaurants and bars, and a few schools. The state entered Phase 2 of reopening on June 1, raising the cap on gatherings to 50 people and for restaurants, bars, pools and gyms were allowed to fill up to 75-percent capacity.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 50 or fewer are permitted.

Nebraska

On June 22, 89 counties entered phase 3 of Gov. Pete Ricketts' "Steps to Get Nebraska Growing" plan. Indoor gatherings expand to 50 percent of the venue capacity and outdoor gatherings expand to 75 capacity, with no gatherings to exceed 10,000 people. All indoor and outdoor venues that hold 500 or more individuals must submit plans to their local health department for approval before reopening or expanding to new capacity limits. Restaurants and bars can expand to 100 percent occupancy (though groups are limited to eight individuals or fewer). Gyms, fitness centers and health clubs can operate at 75 percent capacity. 

Current meeting limits: For those counties in phase 3 of reopening, gatherings of up to 10,000 people permitted, following capacity and social-distancing guidelines.

Nevada

As the state saw record-breaking numbers of new cases, Gov. Steve Sisolak mandated that masks be worn in public, including at casinos. The state began Phase 2 of its "Roadmap to Recovery" on May 29, with restaurants allowed to welcome guests in their dining rooms, with restrictions, and most businesses to reopen, but on June 24, Sisolak announced that it would remain in this phase until further notice and that "any discussion of entering Phase 3 will be tabled." The limit on public and private gatherings was raised to 50. On June 4, much of the gaming industry reopened, with strict social distancing and hygiene practices in place. Sinks for hand-washing, mask and glove dispensers and plexiglass around table games are among the safety measures that have been put in place.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 50 or fewer are permitted.

New Hampshire

Gov. Chris Sununu's "Stay at Home 2.0" order expired on June 15, lifting the cap on gatherings, which had been limited to 10 people. Museums, art galleries, bowling alleys and more are allowed to reopen following state guidance. Beginning June 5, hotels were allowed to resume business for in-state residents and out-of-state travelers who had completed a 14-day quarantine. Beginning June 29, indoor movie theaters, performing arts centers, amusement parks and adult day centers were allowed to open with capacity limits. 

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of more than 10 people permitted.

New Jersey

Following Gov. Phil Murphy's "The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health" plan, the state entered phase 2 on June 15, in which nonessential retail businesses reopened at 50 percent capacity and outdoor dining resumed. Barbershops and salons followed on June 22, and then gyms and personal-care services shortly thereafter. On June 22, Murphy raised the limit on outdoor gatherings to 250 people (which is expected to be raised to 500 people on July 3) and indoor gatherings to 25 percent of capacity with a maximum of 100 people. On June 29, Murphy announced that the planned reopening of indoor dining would be delayed because of "knucklehead behavior" in which people have not been wearing face masks or complying with recommendations for social distancing. The state's leaders joined New York and Connecticut in requiring visitors from 16 states seeing surges in COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Current meeting limits: Indoor gatherings of 25 percent of a building's capacity or 100 people (whichever is lower) are permitted, as are outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people.

New Mexico

Beginning May 16, the state began its "All Together New Mexico" plan, allowing retailers to operate at 25-percent capacity, with masks required of everyone in public. Groups remain limited to a maximum of five people. "We're going to continue to prohibit congregating in large groups and numbers of people. We're going to keep that tight and small, we're going to be in our bubbles of five," said Gov. Lujan Grisham. As of June 1, restaurants could open for indoor dining at 50-percent occupancy, malls could open at 25-percent occupancy and 14 state parks reopened for day use.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 5 people are permitted.

New York

On June 22, New York City entered phase 2, allowing outdoor dining and in-store shopping, as well as the reopening of salons, barbershops and car dealerships. Mayor Bill de Blasio had previously announced that the city would ban all public events through June. More broadly in the state, by June 12, five regions had entered phase 3 of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's four-step "New York Forward," allowing indoor dining at restaurants and personal-care services to return and raising the limit on indoor gatherings from 10 to 25 people. Outdoor, socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people will be permitted beginning June 26. The state's leaders joined Connecticut and New Jersey in requiring visitors from 16 states seeing surges in COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted in regions that have entered Phase 3.

North Carolina

On May 22, the state entered phase 2 of Gov. Roy Cooper's "North Carolina: Staying Ahead of the Curve" plan, which increased the size of gatherings to up to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, while allowing for the limited reopening of restaurants. Bars, nightclubs and indoor gyms remain closed. As new cases surged throughout the state, on June 24, the governor paused the state's reopening and mandated that masks be worn by all residents when in public.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors are permitted. 

North Dakota

On May 29, the state moved from moderate to low risk on Doug Burgum's "ND Smart Restart" plan, allowing for dine-in service at restaurants at 75-percent capacity, movie theaters to expand to 65-percent capacity and gatherings of up to 500 people "provided that health criteria is met."

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 500 or fewer are permitted.

Ohio

The state entered the latest phase of Gov. Mike DeWine's "Responsible Restart Ohio" plan on June 1, in which catering services, banquet halls and day care centers were allowed to reopen, under strict safety rules. On June 10, entertainment facilities including art galleries, museums and movie theaters were reopen and on June 19, this was extended to casinos, amusement parks and water parks.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 300 people at restaurants and banquet halls are permitted, following social-distancing rules.

Oklahoma

On June 1, the state entered phase 3 of Gov. Kevin Stitt's three-phase "Open Up & Recover Safely (OURS) Plan," under which businesses can resume unrestricted staffing and summer camps can reopen, in addition to the loosening of restrictions permitted under previous phases (such as allowing bars to open and sports activities to resume, while practicing social distancing). 

Current meeting limits: People are directed to avoid groups "that do not readily allow for appropriate social distancing." 

Oregon

The state continues to move forward on Gov. Kate Brown's county-by-county multiphase "Building a Safe & Strong Oregon" reopening plan. By June 19, 29 counties had entered phase 2, which increases the limit on gatherings to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Restaurants and bars can remain open until midnight, while movie theaters and other large indoor venues can increase their occupancy to 250 people. On June 24, seven counties imposed a requirement that masks be worn in indoor public spaces, and this was expanded statewide beginning July 1. "I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing," Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement. "If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public."

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors are permitted for those counties that are in phase 2 of reopening.

Pennsylvania

Following Gov. Tom Wolf's "Process to Reopen Pennsylvania," restrictions began to lift on May 8, depending on how much the virus had impacted each part of the state. A region or county needed to average fewer than 50 new positive cases of the virus per 100,000 residents for 14 days, at which time retail could begin to reopen and other businesses could start back up. By June 19, 54 counties were in the green phase, with restaurants and bars operating at 50 percent capacity, and most other businesses expanding to 75 percent capacity; the phase allows gatherings of up to 250 people. Twelve more counties are expected to move to the green phase on June 26.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 250 people are permitted for those counties in the "green" phase. 

Puerto Rico

On June 16, Puerto Rico entered phase 3 of Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced's "slow and gradual" reopening, allowing beaches, movie theaters and gyms to reopen, and restaurants to expand capacity to 50 percent. Indoor venues such as the Puerto Rico Convention Center reopened on July 1. Garced has also announced that the island will begin welcoming tourists on July 15, though they will be required to produce evidence of a negative result to a COVID-19 test or to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted.

Rhode Island

On May 9, Gov. Gina Raimondo's "Reopening RI: Charting the Course" plan kicked off, with the lifting of the state's stay-at-home order. Retail stores, and some hair salons and barbershops reopened within limits. On June 1, the state entered phase 2, which increased the group limit to 15 people, restaurants to open up to 50-percent capacity and outdoor recreation and entertainment venues to reopen. In Phase 3, the limit increases to 50 people.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 15 people are permitted.

South Carolina

Gov. Henry McMaster began his "Accelerate South Carolina" plan on April 20, with retail stores limited to 20-percent capacity. Outdoor dining services are now allowed and daycare facilities are open. On May 22, attractions such as zoos, museums, aquariums and more were permitted to reopen, though a state of emergency remains in place.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted.

South Dakota

Gov. Kristi Noem's "back to normal" plan permitted businesses to reopen, beginning April 28, if the surrounding area had seen cases decreasing for 14 days. There is no cap on the number of people who can meet, but the plan urges individuals to "consider steps to maintain reasonable physical distancing."

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted, as long as social distancing is practiced.

Tennessee

When the statewide stay-at-home order expired on April 30, and "the vast majority of businesses in 89 counties" were allowed to reopen May 1, entering phase 1 of Gov. Bill Lee's "Tennessee Pledge" plan. Restaurants must operate with 50-percent capacity. On May 21, Lee signed an executive order that raised the maximum number of people allowed to gather for social and leisure activities from 10 to 50.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted.

Texas

As Texas saw a skyrocketing number of cases, with the spread taking what Gov. Greg Abbott called a "swift and very dangerous turn," the state first paused its reopening plan and then reinstated some restrictions. The governor has again closed bars and reduced indoor dining at restaurants to less than 50 percent capacity (it had previously increased to 75 percent), and shut down river rafting and tubing. Public outdoor gatherings of 100 people or more will now require approval by local officials.

Current meeting limits: No explicit maximum has been stated, but outdoor gatherings of 100 people or more require approval of local officials.

Utah

On May 16, much of the state (excluding the more populous areas, such as Salt Lake City) entered the "low-risk" phase of Gov. Gary Herbert's "Utah Leads Together 2.0" plan, in which team sports are allowed, all businesses can operate and groups of up to 50 people can gather. On June 12, Herbert released updated reopening guidelines and moved one county to the "new normal" phase, which lifts restrictions on gatherings with the caveat that "hygiene measures, physical distancing, face coverings and symptom monitoring are encouraged for all group gatherings." But as the state saw an increase in cases, Herbert announced on June 24 that the state would pause any additional reopenings for at least two weeks.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are permitted for those counties in the "new normal" phase.

Vermont

Starting June 1, Gov. Phil Scott's "Play Smart and Play Safe" plan allowed for social gatherings of up to 25 people, as well as the reopening of gyms, fitness centers, spas and more. On June 8, restaurants were allowed to permit indoor dining at 25-percent capacity and lodging businesses could open at 50-percent capacity and a week later, low-contact recreational sports were permitted to resume. Beginning June 26, events can now have up to 75 people indoors and up to 150 outdoors, while cultural and entertainment venues, as well as restaurants, can expand capacity for events and dining to 50 percent.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 75 people indoors and up to 150 outdoors are permitted.

Virginia

On June 5, much of Virginia entered phase 2 of its "Forward Virginia Plan," allowing restaurants to open at 50-percent occupancy and fitness centers to open at 30-percent capacity, as well as the reopening of museums, zoos, outdoor sports and performance venues, and more. It also raised the limit on gatherings from 10 to 50 people. Phase 3, in which gatherings of up to 250 people will be permitted, is scheduled to begin July 1.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted in those areas that are in phase 2 of reopening. 

Washington

As COVID-19 cases rose throughout the state, Gov. Jay Inslee halted any further reopenings. Eight of the state's 39 counties were prepared to move to phase 4, which would lift virtually all restrictions, allowing for gatherings of all sizes. Following Insleee's Safe Start plan, by June 11, 23 counties had entered phase 2 (which allows limited in-store retail, personal care and outdoor recreation) while 10 had entered phase 3 (which allows for gyms, museums and movie theaters to open at 50 percent capacity and for gatherings of up to 50 people). 

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted for those counties that have qualified for phase 3 of the reopening plan. 

West Virginia

Restrictions from the statewide "stay-at-home" order began lifting on certain businesses May 4, while Gov. Jim Justice continued to encourage citizens to stay home. The state is moving forward on Justice's "West Virginia Strong - The Comeback" plan, which allows in-restaurant dining, as well as the reopening of fitness centers and large retail stores.  Indoor shopping malls were allowed to begin reopening on May 21. On May 26, bars began to reopen at 50-percent capacity, as well as museums and zoos. On June 5, the limit on public gatherings increased from 25 to 100 people and Justice is expected to start permitting fairs and festivals beginning July 1.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted.

Wisconsin

As Gov. Tony Evers' "Safer at Home" initiative expired at the end of May, much of the state entered Phase 1 of his "Badger Bounce Back" plan, allowing for the gathering of up to 10 people, and up to 50 people outdoors. Most businesses, including restaurants and gyms, opened at 25-percent capacity. as well as the reopening of K-12 schooling and childcare services. Phase 2 will expand the limit on gatherings to 50 people, and Phase 3 will remove any cap.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors are permitted.

Wyoming
While Gov. Mark Gordon never issued a stay-at-home order, he began lifting restrictions on gyms, personal-care services and more, on May 1. By June 15, gatherings of up to 250 people (both indoor and outdoor) were permitted, and restaurants, movie theaters and retail businesses were all allowed to reopen.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 250 people are permitted.