What You Need to Plan for Recovery
Updated Jan. 12, 2020
Covid-19 cases continue to spike across the United States. In response, many states are taking steps to slow or reverse their reopening plans. In the latest news, Gov. JB Pritzker of Illinois has banned gatherings of more than 50 people until June, although some regions can begin moving to tier 2 of reopening if they meet certain metrics (see below). In Nevada, a statewide pause has been extended for 30 days, until mid-February (see below). In Washington state, a new two-phase recovery roadmap has been introduced, with limits on dining and gatherings that vary by region (see below). (Click here to read about international gathering restrictions.)
New restrictions in Massachusetts limit restaurants, casinos and cultural facilities to 25 percent capacity (see below). In Tennessee, indoor gatherings of more than 10 people have been banned, and events in Nashville remain restricted to eight people (see below). A three-week pause on social gatherings in Rhode Island ended on Dec. 20. Indoor dining can resume and event venues can now operate at 25 percent capacity, up to 125 people (see below).
Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania eased statewide Covid-19 restrictions on Jan. 4, allowing certified restaurants to reopen for indoor dining. Philadelphia, however, has extended its ban on indoor dining and indoor gatherings until Jan. 15 (see below). The Maryland Department of Health has prohibited all indoor gatherings of more than 10 people (see below). California has imposed regional stay-at-home orders on areas where less than 15 percent of intensive care beds are available (see below).
Mask mandates have spread throughout the country, with more than 33 U.S. states now requiring facial coverings to be worn in public.
Meanwhile, some state leaders have begun to ease restrictions around travel and events. Delaware has lifted a curfew on restaurants and bars (see below). North Dakota increased capacity limits for event venues, bars and restaurants on Jan. 8 (see below). Puerto Rico’s new governor announced he would eliminate an islandwide lockdown on Sundays, and reopen marinas, beaches and pools (see below). Hawaii has reduced its quarantine period from 14 days to 10 (see below).
State-by-state updates follow. See anything missing? Please email us with new information.
Reopening Status and Event Restrictions for Each State
Gov. Kay Ivey extended the statewide Safer at Home order until at least Jan. 22, including a statewide mask requirement. Under that order, non-work gatherings of all sizes are allowed if six feet of distance can be maintained between participants. Restaurants and bars can offer dine-in services with limited seating, partitions between tables or six feet of distancing. Retail stores and entertainment venues are open, with physical-distancing guidelines.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted, as long as physical-distancing rules can be followed.
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Alaska 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 permitted in the state with strict social-distancing and hygiene practices. Some cities, however, have imposed stricter guidelines. In Juneau, indoor events cannot exceed more than 20 people, while Anchorage has limited indoor gatherings to six people and outdoor meetings to a maximum of 10 guests.
Visitors are required to submit a travel declaration and show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result taken with 72 hours prior to travel. Those who do not get a test must
self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, or purchase a Covid-19 test when they arrive in Alaska and quarantine until they get the results. 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: Gatherings are permitted, with physical distancing and permission of state public health officials. Some cities have imposed restrictions on gathering sizes.
Guidelines from the Arizona Department of Health Services allow restaurants to provide dine-in services at no more than 50 percent occupancy in areas with minimal or moderate transmission levels. Counties with a substantial rate of Covid-19, which is defined as more than 100 cases per 100,000, must close indoor dining. Public gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, unless the event organizers have received permission from the city, town or county. Private gatherings cannot exceed 50 percent of the permitted fire-code occupancy.
Current meeting limits: Public gatherings are limited to 50 people or fewer, unless granted permission by the city, town or county. Private events are limited to 50 percent of venue capacity.
On June 15, the state fully entered phase 2 of reopening, allowing restaurants and other businesses to expand to two-thirds capacity, but with physical distancing and mask-wearing encouraged. On Nov. 20, Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order requiring bars and restaurants that serve alcohol to close by 11 p.m. The Arkansas Department of Health released new guidelines for indoor venues on Jan. 2. Gatherings of 10 people or less can take place without submitting a plan to the Secretary of Health. For larger events, a safety plan must be submitted and approved. Venues with an approved plan can operate at 66 percent capacity.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 10 or fewer people are permitted with no approved plan. Larger events at indoor and outdoor entertainment venues can be held for up to 66 percent of a venue's capacity, with approval from the Secretary of Health.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced that the state will impose regional stay-at-home orders on areas where less than 15 percent of intensive-care beds are available. The state will be divided into five regions: Northern California, the Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. Any region that meets the ICU capacity threshold will automatically be placed under a three-week stay-at-home order, during which all museums, movie theaters, bars, wineries, amusement parks and personal-care services must close. Retail stores can operate at 25 percent capacity and restaurants can only offer takeout and delivery. Counties can come off the stay-at-home order if their projected hospital ICU capacity for four weeks out reaches 15 percent. These areas will then return to the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy four-tiered system.
As of Jan. 4, 47 of California's 58 counties have been moved back to the first tier of the state's reopening plan, representing 98 percent of the state's population. Tier one, which is the most restrictive, only allows outdoor gatherings between a maximum of three households. Restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and museums can only provide services outdoors. Bars, breweries and distilleries that do not serve meals must close. Other counties in different tiers of reopening are subject to looser restrictions, which can be found here. Everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a face mask in public.
Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county and depend on the state's four-tiered system.
Gov. Jared Polis has extended the state's mask mandate until at least Jan. 6. Covid-19 restrictions vary by county depending on a dial framework, which includes six risk levels. In "level green" areas, restaurants can offer indoor and outdoor dining at 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 500 people. Gatherings are subject to the same restrictions. Counties with an extreme risk of Covid-19 fall under "level purple," where all events are prohibited and restaurants can only offer takeout and delivery
Current meeting limits: Event capacities depend on the local risk of Covid-19 within the area.
Connecticut is currently in phase 2.1 of reopening. Restaurants are limited to 50 percent capacity and no more than eight people can be seated per table. In addition, restaurants and entertainment venues, including bowling alleys, movie theaters and arcades, must close by 9:30 p.m. Takeout and delivery services are allowed to continue past this time. Event venues are restricted to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, while performing arts venues and movie theaters cannot exceed more than 100 guests. Religious gatherings are limited to 50 percent capacity, or a maximum of 100 people.
Current meeting limits: No more than 50 people are permitted at indoor event venues and a maximum of 100 people are allowed at outdoor event venues.
A stay-at-home advisory remains in effect, but Gov. John Carney has lifted the 10 p.m. curfew on restaurants and bars. Restaurants must operate at no more than 30 percent capacity. Indoor public gatherings continue to be limited to 30 percent of a venue's capacity or 10 people, whichever is fewer. Outdoor public gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed. Larger outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people must be approved by the Delaware Division of Public Health.
Current meeting limits: Indoor public gatherings are restricted to 30 percent of a venue's capacity, with a maximum of 10 people. Outdoor public gatherings cannot exceed 50 people, unless approved by the Delaware Division of Public Health.
District of Columbia
Museums have been ordered to close and indoor dining is prohibited until Jan. 15, under a new executive order from Mayor Muriel Bowser. Current gathering restrictions limit outdoor events to 25 people and indoor meetings to no more than 10 guests.
Travel restrictions remain in place. Visitors from high-risk states are required to take a Covid-19 test within 72 hours before traveling. Those staying in D.C. for more than three days will need to get tested again, within three to five days after arrival. The travel advisory applies to all but two states: Maryland and Virginia. Previously, Mayor Bowser issued an executive order requiring that masks be worn by residents
age 3 and older outside the home, including outdoors; the mandate will be enforced with a $1,000 fine for those who do not comply.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 25 people outdoors and 10 people indoors are permitted.
Florida entered phase three of reopening on Sept. 25. Bars and restaurants are allowed to operate at full capacity when following social-distancing protocols. While there are no restrictions on gathering sizes, event organizers are encouraged to follow guidelines from the state's health department. There is no statewide mask mandate, but a number of cities have added face covering requirements. For details on what's open in Orlando, click here.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are allowed, but event planners are encouraged to follow safety guidelines from the Florida Department of Health.
Gov. Brian Kemp has extended a public health state of emergency through Feb. 7. Bars can now welcome 50 people or 35 percent capacity, whichever
is greater. Restaurants must abide by strict safety guidelines, but have no capacity limits. There are also no capacity limits for conventions, but event organizers must follow 21 safety requirements outlined by the state.
Current meeting limits: Conventions must follow the state's safety guidelines, but are not restricted in terms of capacity.
On Dec. 17, Gov. David Ige reduced the state's quarantine period from 14 days to 10. A pretravel testing program allows most visitors to avoid quarantining. Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and the Island of Hawaii currently participate in the program. Travelers visiting these islands must complete a Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure from the final leg of travel. Proof of a negative result must be uploaded to the Safe Travels system. Hawaii will only accept results from a list of approved testing partners. The island of Kauai has suspended its participation in the program. All visitors to Kauai must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine, even if they test negative for the virus.
Previously on Nov. 16, Ige issued an emergency proclamation expanding the state's mask mandate. Residents and visitors are required to wear face coverings while in public and when entering a business or waiting in line. The new guidance advises business owners and operators to refuse service to anyone who fails to wear a mask, unless they qualify for an exemption. Businesses that do not comply could be subject to fines and mandatory closures. Currently in the Act With Care phase of reopening, most businesses — including gyms, dine-in restaurants and personal services — have been allowed to accept clients again. Gathering restrictions vary among islands. Maui, for example, has lowered gathering limits to five people. Meanwhile, Hawaii County allows indoor gatherings of groups of 10, with a maximum of 50 people, and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people.
Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by island.
Idaho remains in stage two of Gov. Brad Little's four-phase reopening plan, which
allows for gatherings of no more than 10 people with physical-distancing and precautionary measures in place. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs can offer indoor service, but patrons must remain seated at all times. Indoor movie theaters and recreational facilities can reopen, as long as they follow strict safety protocols.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted, with physical distancing.
On Nov. 20, all regions in the state were placed under the toughest restrictions, as part of tier 3 of the "Restore Illinois" plan. Beginning Jan. 15, areas can move to tier 2 if they meet the following criteria from the Illinois Department of Health: The test-positivity rate is below 12 percent for three consecutive days, more than 20 percent of staffed ICU and hospital beds are available, and the number of Covid-19 cases has declined in hospitals for seven out of 10 days. A ban on gatherings of more than 50 people (or 50 percent of a building's maximum occupancy if the occupancy limit is less than 50) will remain in effect for 150 days until early June. The emergency order can be found here.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has extended a stay-at-home order until Jan. 22. During this time, residents are asked to leave their homes only for essential reasons, including work, school, medical reasons or food. When leaving the home, residents must wear face masks and practice physical distancing. According to the advisory, all nonessential, out-of-state travel should be avoided. All meetings and social events, both indoors and outdoors, cannot exceed more than 10 people.
Current meeting limits: Venues are prohibited from holding events under the state's tier 3 restrictions. Areas in tier 2 or tier 1 cannot hold gatherings of more than 50 people until early June.
The Indiana Department of Health has established a color-coded map that tracks the number of Covid-19 cases in each county and the corresponding restrictions. In blue counties, social gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed, while yellow areas can host events of up to 100 people. Orange counties are restricted to gatherings of no more than 50 people, and red counties cannot exceed the 25-person meeting limit. Everyone in the state 8 years and older is required to wear masks in public indoor spaces, on public transportation and while outdoors when it's not possible to physical distance, according to the statewide mask order.
Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions depend on the level of Covid-19 transmission within the local county.
Gov. Kim Reynolds lifted gathering and restaurant restrictions, from Dec. 17 to Jan. 8. During this time, events of all sizes are allowed as long as social distancing and health measures are followed. Previously, gatherings had been restricted to 15 people indoors and 30 guests outdoors. Reynolds also removed a 10 p.m. curfew on indoor dining at restaurants and bars. Everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask in indoor public spaces, and while within six feet of individuals from another household for 15 minutes or longer.
Current meeting limits: There are no limits on gathering sizes, but event organizers must enforce physical distancing and implement safety measures.
Gov. Laura Kelly imposed a statewide mask mandate on Nov. 18. Counties with their own face covering orders can keep the local rules in place. Any counties that did not previously have a mask mandate will now have to follow Kelly's executive order, which requires face coverings be worn in public places and while waiting in line to enter public spaces. Masks are also required in businesses, as well as outdoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Gathering restrictions have been set by individual counties. In Sedgwick County, for example, gatherings are currently limited to 25 people and venues must receive approval from the local health officer to host larger meetings.
Current meeting limits: Restrictions on gathering capacities differ depending on the county.
On Dec. 14, Gov. Andy Beshear eased Covid-19 restrictions, allowing bars and restaurants to reopen at 50 percent capacity. Gyms and indoor recreational facilities can also operate at 50 percent capacity. Private indoor gatherings are limited to no more than eight people from a maximum of two households. There is no limit for outdoor gatherings. Venues and event spaces are allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. A mask mandate for anyone over the age of 5 is in effect. Face coverings are required in businesses, restaurants and bars, and any indoor or outdoor public settings where it is difficult to maintain six feet of physical distancing.
Current meeting limits: Meeting venues can hold events at 50 percent capacity. Private indoor gatherings cannot exceed more than eight people from two households.
The state will remain in the modified version of phase 2 of reopening until at least Jan. 13, according to an executive order by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Restaurants, gyms and movie theaters can operate at 50 percent capacity. Meanwhile, indoor gatherings at event venues are limited to 25 percent capacity, with a maximum of 75 people. Outdoor gatherings at event venues are not to exceed 25 percent capacity, or 150 individuals. Sporting events have also been capped at 25 percent capacity. The statewide mask mandate remains in place.
Current meeting limits: Indoor gatherings of up to 25 percent of a venue's capacity, or 75 people, are permitted. Outdoor gatherings are allowed up to 25 percent capacity, or 150 guests, if physical distancing can be maintained.
On Nov. 4, Gov. Janet Mills reduced restrictions on gatherings to 50 people indoors. Outdoor events cannot exceed 100 people, with physical distancing and masks required. Bars and tasting rooms were scheduled to reopen on Nov. 2, but this has been postponed until further notice. Maine is currently in phase 4 of its "Restarting Maine's Economy" plan.
Current meeting limits: Outdoor gatherings of 100 or fewer, and indoor gatherings of 50 or fewer are permitted.
On Dec. 17, the Maryland Department of Health prohibited all public and private indoor gatherings of more than 10 people. Residents are also encouraged to limit travel to essential purposes only. Previously, on Nov. 20, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that all bars and restaurants must close between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., with exceptions for delivery and carryout only. On Nov. 11, indoor dining capacities were reduced from 75 percent to 50 percent for the state.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott issued an executive order on Dec. 11, shutting down all indoor and outdoor dining in the city. Carryout, delivery and drive-through services are allowed. Casinos and museums can operate at 25 percent capacity.
Current meeting limits: All indoor gatherings cannot exceed 10 people.
New Covid-19 restrictions took effect in Massachusetts on Dec. 26. Restaurants, casinos, museums, theaters and indoor recreation businesses are all subject to a 25 percent capacity limit. Gatherings cannot exceed more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Anyone over the age of 5 must wear a mask in public.
Current meeting limits: Indoor gatherings of 10 or fewer are permitted. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.
Following a month-long temporary pause on social gatherings and group activities, Michigan lifted some coronavirus constraints on Dec. 21. Casinos, bowling alleys and movie theaters are allowed to reopen, with a maximum capacity of 100 people. Indoor dining and indoor group fitness classes remain prohibited. Meanwhile, indoor residential gatherings are limited to up to 10 people from two households. Outdoor residential gatherings of up to 25 people from three households are allowed. Indoor gatherings outside the home are not allowed at this time. Outdoor nonresidential gatherings are limited to 25 people or less, with six feet of physical distancing.
Current meeting limits: Nonresidential gatherings are not allowed indoors, but are permitted outdoors up to 25 people. See details here.
Gov. Tim Walz has issued new restrictions, effective Dec. 19 to Jan. 11. Indoor dining is not allowed at this time. Bars and restaurants can remain open for outdoor service at less than 50 percent capacity, with a maximum limit of 150 people. All indoor and outdoor gatherings will be restricted to no more than 10 people from a maximum of three households. A mask mandate, issued July 25, requires residents to wear face coverings in stores and in indoor gathering spaces.
Current meeting limits: Indoor and outdoor gatherings cannot exceed 10 people.
Gov. Tate Reeves issued new guidance for gatherings on Dec. 11. Public and private events where social distancing cannot be maintained are not to exceed more than 10 people in a single indoor space, and no more than 50 people in an outdoor space. Restaurants, bars and gyms must stay within a 75 percent capacity limit. Bar hours are restricted to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted indoors, and up to 50 people outdoors.
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 physical-distancing measures in place. There are no statewide gathering restrictions currently in place, but some counties have implemented their own regulations, such as Jackson County, which has limited gatherings to no more than 10 people. On Nov. 19, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued a public health warning advising counties with an extreme risk of Covid-19 to cap social gatherings at 10 people. Critical-risk counties should permit events up to 25 people. For areas with the least amount of risk, the state recommends that gatherings abide by physical-distancing guidelines, but there is no need for a capacity limit.
Current meeting limits: The state permits gatherings of any size, as long as physical-distancing practices are followed. Recommendations have been issued based on Covid-19 risk levels. Some counties have implemented capacity restrictions.
The state remains in phase 2 of its "Reopening Montana" plan. Bars, restaurants and casinos are limited to 50 percent capacity and must close between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. For gatherings where social distancing is not possible or observed, no more than 25 people are allowed. Larger events are permitted if guests can maintain proper physical distancing. As of Nov. 20, masks are required in all Montana counties.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are allowed, if physical distancing can be maintained. If not, groups cannot exceed more than 25 people.
Nebraska moved to the blue level of its five-tier coronavirus framework on Dec. 24. Restaurants, bars and gyms can now operate at full capacity, but guidance urges businesses to restrict tables to no more than eight people and maintain physical distancing from other groups. Gatherings at outdoor events can resume at 100 percent capacity. Indoor event venues are restricted to 75 percent capacity. Social distancing is recommended but not required.
Current meeting limits: There are no limits on outdoor gatherings, while indoor events must remain within 75 percent of the venue's capacity.
Gov. Steve Sisolak has announced that a statewide pause, which began on Nov. 24, will be extended until mid-February. Restaurants, bars, gaming operations and other businesses will be limited to 25 percent capacity. Retail and grocery stores will remain at 50 percent capacity. Public gatherings will be capped at 50 people or 25 percent of the venue's capacity, whichever is fewer. Private gatherings cannot exceed more than 10 people from a maximum of two households.
Previously, attendee limits had been raised on Oct. 1, to 250 people per room or 50 percent capacity, whichever is fewer, with a limit of 1,000 per group, not including staff or talent. This applied to both indoor and outdoor events, including houses of worship.
The state simultaneously released a 22-page "Nevada Guidelines for Safe Gatherings"
document, with which all events, ceremonies and celebrations must comply. The guidance covers everything from capacity limits and spacing restrictions to entertainment parameters and much more. Gov. Steve Sisolak's mask mandate remains in effect,
which means face coverings must be worn in public, including at casinos.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has launched the Meet Smart, Vegas Smart citywide campaign to encourage a responsible return to business. See latest updates from LVCVA here.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings cannot exceed 50 people or 25 percent of the venue's capacity, whichever is fewer.
Gov. Chris Sununu imposed a mask mandate requiring anyone over the age of 5 to wear a face covering in indoor and outdoor public settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. The order took effect on Nov. 20 and will remain in place through Jan. 15. Business guidelines for restaurants, hotels, museums and more can be found here. There are no capacity limits for gatherings.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are permitted.
On Dec. 7, Gov. Phil Murphy lowered the number of guests allowed for outdoor gatherings from 150 people to 25. Exceptions will be made for religious or political activities, funerals, memorial services and weddings. The limit on indoor events was lowered from 25 people to 10 on Nov. 17. Indoor gatherings for weddings, funerals, religious services, political activities, movie theaters, performing arts centers and concert venues cannot exceed 150 guests or 25 percent of the room's capacity, whichever is lower.
Previously, Murphy tightened restrictions on dining. As of Nov. 11, food and drinks cannot be served indoors between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. This applies to restaurants, bars, lounges, clubs and casinos. Indoor seating in bars is prohibited, while outdoor service can continue past 10 p.m. The restrictions also limit personal-care services, including salons and barber shops, to 25 percent capacity. Mask are required for anyone over the age of 2 in indoor commercial and public spaces, as well as outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible.
Current meeting limits: Indoor gatherings of 10 are permitted, as are outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people.
Following a statewide lockdown that ended on Nov. 30, New Mexico transitioned to a three-tiered reopening system on Dec. 2. Restrictions vary by county depending on the local Covid-19 risk level. In areas under red-level restrictions, gatherings of no more than five people are allowed, indoor dining is prohibited and outdoor dining is limited to 25 percent capacity. Yellow-level restrictions permit gatherings of up to 10 people, as well as indoor dining at 25 percent capacity and outdoor dining at 75 percent capacity. For counties in the green level, gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed, and dining capacities include 50 percent indoors and 75 percent outdoors.
Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county depending on a red-to-green system.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo suspended indoor dining in New York City on Dec. 14. Business, dining and gathering restrictions differ across the state depending on whether the area is classified as being in the red, orange or yellow zone. In red-zone areas, all nonresidential and residential gatherings are prohibited. Within the orange zone, gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed. In the yellow zone, nonresidential gatherings can take place with a maximum of 25 people, while residential gatherings are limited to 10 people.
New York revised its travel advisory restrictions on Nov. 4. Travelers from non-neighboring states can now avoid a 14-day quarantine by receiving a negative Covid-19 test result within three days of arrival in the state. Those traveling from states that share a border with New York, including New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, are exempt from the measure.
Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by zone. See details here.
The state is currently in phase 3 of the "North Carolina: Staying Ahead of the Curve" plan. Gov. Roy Cooper enacted a modified stay-at-home order on Dec. 8, which will remain in effect for at least one month. Residents must stay home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with exceptions for work, food and medical care. Certain businesses, such as restaurants and entertainment venues, must close during these hours.
Gatherings of 10 or fewer people indoors and 50 or fewer outdoors are allowed if physical distancing can be maintained. Face coverings are required in public.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 10 people indoors and 50 guests outdoors are allowed, with social distancing.
In response to a decline in Covid-19 cases and hospitalization, Gov. Doug Burgum announced the state would ease restrictions on Jan. 8. Capacity limits for bars and restaurants will be increased from 50 percent capacity to 66 percent, with a maximum of 200 people. Event venues will be able to host gatherings at 50 percent capacity, up from 25 percent previously. Meeting spaces must not exceed the large gathering capacity limits that have been established based on venue size. A state order, which remains in effect through Jan. 18, requires face coverings to be worn in indoor businesses, indoor public spaces and outdoor public settings where physical distancing isn't possible.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings cannot exceed 50 percent of a venue's maximum occupancy and must also abide by new capacity restrictions that have been tiered according to the size of the facility.
The Ohio Department of Health has extended the state's 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until Jan. 23. Residents are only allowed to travel during these hours for work, medical reasons or to pick up food. Bars and restaurants must cease on-site dining at 10 p.m., but takeout and delivery can continue. Entertainment venues are permitted to allow up to 300 patrons, or 15 percent of the venue's capacity. All businesses must abide by the "Responsible Restart Ohio" guidelines.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 300 people are permitted, with no more than 10 seated per table.
An executive order issued by Gov. Kevin Stitt on Dec. 14 limits public gatherings to 50 percent capacity, unless the local health department grants an exception. Restaurants and bars are required to cease on-site dining by 11 p.m. Tables must be separated by six feet of distance or plexiglass dividers. Pickup, delivery and drive-through can continue past 11 p.m.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings cannot exceed 50 percent of a venue's capacity, unless event organizers receive an exemption from the local health department.
Coronavirus restrictions in Oregon vary by county, depending on a four-tiered system. Indoor dining is allowed at 50 percent capacity in the lower-risk areas, along with indoor gatherings of 10 people and outdoor events of 12. In extreme-risk areas, indoor dining is prohibited, and all gatherings are limited to six people from two households.
Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county. See details here.
Philadelphia has extended its ban on indoor dining until Jan. 15. Movie theaters, bowling alleys, museums, gyms and casinos must remain closed. Indoor gatherings involving more than one household are prohibited. Meanwhile, outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 percent of a venue's maximum capacity, or 10 people per 1,000 square feet. Outdoor events cannot exceed more than 2,000 people. Attendees must wear a face covering at all times. To enforce the mask mandate, food and beverages cannot be served at events.
Previously on Jan. 4, Gov. Tom Wolf eased statewide Covid-19 restrictions. Dining establishments that have completed Pennsylvania's Covid-19 self-certification process can now offer indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, but cannot serve alcohol for on-site consumption past 11 p.m. Casinos, theaters and gyms can also reopen at 50 percent capacity. Gathering restrictions are determined via a maximum occupancy calculator. A state order requires the use of face masks in indoor public spaces at all times, and in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.
Current meeting limits: A maximum occupancy calculator is used to determine how many attendees are allowed at indoor and outdoor events in the state. Tighter gathering restrictions will remain in place in Philadelphia until Jan. 15.
Pedro Pierluisi, who was sworn in as Puerto Rico's new governor on Jan. 2, announced he would eliminate an islandwide lockdown on Sundays. Pierluisi also said beaches, marinas and pools will be reopened. A Covid-19 curfew that has been in place since the beginning of the pandemic will be shortened from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m, to 11 pm. to 5 a.m. Large group gatherings will not be allowed. The new order, announced on Jan. 5, will be effective for 30 days.
Anyone visiting Puerto Rico must present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to travel, or complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Additional updates and resources are available at the Puerto Rico Health Department's online portal.
Current meeting limits: Large group gatherings are not allowed at this time.
A three-week "pause" in Rhode Island ended on Dec. 20. New guidance issued Dec. 21 advises residents to limit social gatherings to household members only. Restaurants can resume indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, with one household per table. Two households with up to eight people can be seated together outdoors. Restaurants must cease indoor and outdoor dining by 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and by 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Takeout and delivery can continue after hours. Indoor and outdoor event venues can operate at 25 percent capacity, up to 125 people.
Current meeting limits: Meeting venues can host events of up to 125 people, or 25 percent capacity.
An executive order passed by Gov. Henry McMaster on Nov. 25 requires restaurants to space tables six feet apart, with no more than eight people per table. The sale and consumption of alcohol at restaurants is prohibited after 11 p.m. Entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, and other types of mass gatherings, cannot exceed 50 percent capacity or 250 people (whichever is smaller). Masks are required for all attendees, employees, suppliers and other persons at the event. Alcohol cannot be served or consumed at events between the hours of 11 p.m. and 10 a.m.
Current meeting limits: Mass gatherings are limited to 250 people or 50 percent of venue capacity, whichever is fewer.
The state has not issued any lockdowns or mask mandates. Businesses are encouraged to follow safety guidelines outlined in Gov. Kristi Noem's "Back to Normal" plan. While there is
no cap on the number of people who can meet, the plan urges individuals to "resume operations in a manner that allows for physical distancing, good hygiene and appropriate sanitation." The plan also suggests event organizers consider restricting occupancy.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted, as long as social distancing is practiced.
On Dec. 20, Gov. Bill Lee announced new restrictions, which prohibit indoor public gatherings of more than 10 people. Venues, however, can host more than 10 people if they are dispersed among separate, smaller groups with at least six feet of space between each. Lee had previously removed business and gathering restrictions in 89 counties on Sept. 29. The state's remaining six counties have followed restrictions from their local health department. This includes Nashville, where Mayor John Cooper announced that all public and private gatherings would be limited to no more than eight people on Nov. 23. Restaurants and bars in Nashville are able to have up to 100 people per floor and 100 people outdoors, but must seat no more than eight people per table. Employees must undergo daily temperature and symptom screenings. Gyms and fitness facilities, museums, cinemas and bowling alleys can operate at 50 percent capacity.
Current meeting limits: Indoor public gatherings in the state are limited to groups of 10. Venues can host multiple groups if they are properly distanced. Some areas have imposed stricter regulations, such as Nashville, which prohibits gatherings of more than eight people.
On Oct. 14, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order allowing most businesses to increase their occupancy levels to 75 percent capacity. Businesses in areas with high hospitalization rates cannot exceed 50 percent capacity. Bars are also able to reopen for indoor service at 50 percent capacity in counties that opt in. There is no limit for outdoor service, but bars must stop serving alcohol by 11 p.m. Venues can host indoor events up to 75 percent capacity, with tables of no more than 10 people. Outdoor meetings must follow physical distancing, but there is no occupancy limit. All Texans are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while in public, in counties with 20 or more positive Covid-19 cases.
Current meeting limits: Venues can hold events at up to 75 percent capacity, with physical distancing and tables of no more than 10 people.
A state of emergency, which had prohibited all social gatherings with nonhousehold members in Utah, expired on Nov. 23 and was not renewed. A new executive order issued by Gov. Gary Herbert the following day does not including any limits on gathering sizes, but event organizers must complete the state’s event management template and require all guests to wear face masks. Events also must include signage that lists all Covid-19 symptoms, urges individuals with symptoms to stay home and reminds attendees to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
Current meeting limits: There are no limits on gathering sizes, but event organizers must abide by certain safety protocols.
Gov. Phil Scott has extended the state of emergency until Jan. 15. The order includes a ban on all public and private gatherings with members from more than one household. Restaurants must close in-person dining at 10 p.m., but can continue curbside, drive-through and delivery services. Dining establishments can only seat one household per table. Previously under Gov. Scott's "Play Smart and Play Safe," events of up to 75 people indoors and up to 150 outdoors were allowed. All residents are required to wear face masks when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.
Current meeting limits: Public and private gatherings with more than one household are prohibited at this time.
Gov. Ralph Northam implemented new coronavirus restrictions, effective Dec. 14 through Jan. 31. The limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings has been lowered from 25 people to 10. A statewide curfew from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. has also been enacted, and a new mask mandate requires everyone over the age of 5 to wear a face covering while in indoor public spaces and when within six feet of another person outdoors.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of more than 10 people have been banned.
On Jan. 11, Gov. Jay Inslee introduced the "Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery" plan. The document follows a regional approach, which eases some coronavirus restrictions depending on the local number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations. Under phase one, indoor gatherings are prohibited, while outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people from two households are allowed. Indoor dining is also banned and outdoor dining must close by 11 p.m, with a maximum of six people from two households per table. Areas in phase two can hold indoor gatherings of up to five people from two households. Outdoor events cannot exceed 15 people from two households. Phase two permits indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, with an 11 p.m. close time. Outdoor dining is limited to six people from two households.
Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by region under the "Health Washington Roadmap to Recovery" plan.
State restrictions vary depending on the local level of Covid-19 in each county. The County Alert Map is updated weekly. Social gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed in areas that are green or yellow. Counties that are marked gold, orange or red can host events of up to 10 people. Religious services, weddings, group meetings and conferences that have been deemed essential are exempt. The latest updates on the state's reopening can be found here. Anyone over the age of 9 is required to wear a face mask at all times while in indoor spaces.
Current meeting limits: Social gatherings of up to 10 or 25 guests are allowed depending on the county. Group meetings and conferences for essential business purposes are exempt.
Gov. Tony Evers signed a stay-at-home order on Nov. 10. Residents are strongly encouraged, but not required, to avoid gatherings with anyone outside of their household and follow physical distancing. Anyone over the age of 5 must wear a face mask when in indoor and enclosed spaces with other people. Some areas of the state have imposed tighter restrictions. Milwaukee, for example, only permits indoor gatherings of less than 10 people, or 25 percent capacity, or one person per 30 square feet of space. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people. Seating is required for both indoor and outdoor events.
Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary across the state.
The Wyoming Department of Health issued new guidance for gatherings on Dec. 9. Indoor events can be held at no more than 25 percent of venue capacity, up to 100 people. Outdoor gatherings can welcome a maximum of 250 people, or 50 percent capacity. Event organizers must follow safety precautions, including maintaining proper social distancing and screening the staff for symptoms of Covid-19 or potential exposure within 14 days prior to the event.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 100 people or 25 percent capacity are permitted indoors. Outdoor events are limited to 250 people, or 50 percent of a venue's capacity, whichever is lower.