State-by-State Updates on Covid-19 Restrictions

Hawaii plans to require booster shots for travelers, while Minnesota's Twin Cities are tightening restrictions for indoor dining and ticketed events.

What Countries Are Open?
What Countries Are Open?
See what countries and international destinations are reopening or adjusting their COVID-19 restrictions by heading to our roundup of the latest updates throughout the world.

Updated Jan. 19, 2022.

Covid-19 cases and related deaths are rising in many parts of the United States, and concerns over the Delta and Omicron variants are causing some areas to tighten restrictions. But the numbers fluctuate significantly across the country, and some locations are continuing to relax their guidelines.

In the latest news, to enter Hawaii, travelers soon will have to show they have had booster shots to be considered fully vaccinated, in order to bypass the state's five-day quarantine. Hawaii reopened to cruise ships on Jan. 15, allowing vessels into approved island ports for the first time since the pandemic began. In Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul will require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result taken within three days to enter bars and restaurants, beginning tomorrow. The same restrictions will be applied to ticketed events later this month.

As of Jan. 15, proof of vaccination must be shown in Washington, D.C., for access to indoor events, restaurants, gyms and other indoor settings. Boston and Chicago also now require proof of vaccination for indoor dining, gyms and entertainment facilities. Anyone dining indoors in Philadelphia must show proof of inoculation. 

New Orleans has reinstated its indoor mask mandate. Meanwhile, New Mexico has extended its indoor mask mandate until Feb. 4. Face-covering requirements were also extended in California and reinstated in Portland, Maine, and Washington, D.C. In New York, all indoor public spaces that do not have a vaccine mandate must now require people to wear face masks. All travelers to Puerto Rico must provide a negative Covid-19 test. 

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


Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming


Reopening Status and Event Restrictions for Each State

Alabama

On Aug. 13, Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency when the state's intensive care units were filled to 95 percent capacity and Alabama's hospitals were under "extreme stress" from the increase in Covid-19 cases. The order eases hospitals' ability to hire temporary staff and create space for coronavirus patients, and allows public meetings to take place virtually. The state's Safer Apart order, which curtailed certain public gatherings, expired on May 31. The state's mask mandate and all capacity restrictions have not been reinstated.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.

Alaska

Alaska entered phase three of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's "Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan" on May 22, 2020, allowing most businesses to reopen at full capacity. Large gatherings are permitted in the state, but some cities have implemented additional restrictions. In Juneau, masks must be worn indoors by everyone regardless of vaccination status. Indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people and masks are required if unvaccinated people are present. If everyone is fully vaccinated, there are no capacity limits. Restaurants no longer have a capacity limit, but bars and gyms are capped at 50 percent. Only fully vaccinated people can participate in indoor fitness classes.

Alaska has no testing requirements for travelers. However, it is recommended that unvaccinated travelers test prior to travel or get tested at one of the primary ports of entry. As of June 1, all visitors are eligible to receive a free Covid-19 vaccine in Alaska, including at participating airports.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary across the state, so research your destination before planning an event.

Arizona

Vaccine passports and mask mandates are banned in Arizona. Gov. Doug Ducey lifted occupancy restrictions on restaurants, bars and theaters on March 5. On March 25, Arizona's businesses were authorized to resume normal operations. All mandatory restrictions have now been transitioned to recommendations. The Arizona Department of Health Services has developed a detailed list of Covid-safety recommendations for private events.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.

Arkansas

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill that bans state and local mask mandates. On Feb. 26, Gov. Hutchinson lifted restrictions on restaurants, bars and large venues, allowing them to resume operations at full capacity. In addition, indoor and outdoor venues are no longer required to submit event plans to the Arkansas Department of Health for approval. Both local and state governments are prohibited from requiring proof of vaccination, including vaccine passports.

Current meeting limits: All even restrictions have been lifted.

California

A statewide mask mandate was reinstated on Dec. 15. Originally set to expire after one month, it was extended until Feb. 15. All residents are required to wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

The California Department of Public Health also issued tighter restrictions for large events. All attendees must show proof of full vaccination, a negative antigen test taken within one day of the event, or a negative PCR test taken within two days of the gathering. The measures apply to indoor events with more than 1,000 people and outdoor events with more than 10,000 people. 

In addition, a travel advisory recommends everyone traveling to California take a Covid-19 test three to five days after arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.  

In Los Angeles County, proof of vaccination is needed for entry to indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges. All employees and customers must be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination also is required at San Francisco bars, restaurants, clubs and gyms. 

Current meeting limits: Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is required for large indoor and outdoor events. Details can be found on the state's website.

Colorado

The indoor mask mandate in Denver was extended until at least Feb. 3. Face coverings do not have to be worn inside establishments that require proof of vaccination. Mask mandates are also inn effect in Arapahoe, Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver and Jefferson counties. 

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county.

Connecticut 

Masks are not required to be worn outdoors, but unvaccinated people must continue to wear masks indoors until Feb. 15. Reopening guidelines can be found on the state's official website.

Current meeting limits: Capacity restrictions for gatherings have been lifted. Unvaccinated people must still wear a mask at indoor events.

Delaware

Gov. John Carney reinstated an indoor mask mandate, requiring face coverings in gyms, restaurants, grocery stores and other indoor settings effective Jan. 11. 

Current meeting limits: No gathering restrictions.

District of Columbia

 Starting Jan. 15, proof of vaccination will be required for indoor events, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and other indoor entertainment venues. Mayor Muriel Bowser also has reinstated a mask mandate for all indoor public spaces. The measure is effective through Jan. 31. All capacity limits for meetings, restaurants and museums were eliminated in June 2021. Destination DC shares the latest reopening details on its website.

Current meeting limits: All meeting capacity limits have been lifted. Masks are required for indoor gatherings, regardless of vaccination status.

Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on May 3 that suspends all local Covid-19 restrictions, including mask mandates. Businesses, however, still can require patrons to wear face coverings. On April 2, DeSantis signed a law that prohibits the use of vaccine passports, making Florida one of the first states to do so.

Florida entered phase three of reopening on Sept. 25, 2020. 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.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are allowed.

Georgia

Indoor mask mandates are in effect in Atlanta, Decatur and Athens. Vaccine passports are banned in Georgia. Covid-19 restrictions have been eliminated for restaurants, bars, conventions, live venues and most other businesses.

Current meeting limits: There are no capacity limits or restrictions for events.

Hawaii

Gov. David Ige announced that the state is planning to require travelers to have booster shots in order to be considered fully vaccinated and avoid a five-day quarantine upon arrival. A date has not been announced yet for when the new rule will take effect.

"We know that the community needs time to react to that, so we would have to provide at least two weeks for those who may not be up to date to have the opportunity to get vaccinated," Ige told Hawaii News Now. 

The current travel requirements allow out-of-state visitors to skip the mandatory quarantine with proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours. Travel updates can be found on the state's Safe Travel website. To simplify vaccination verification, Hawaii has introduced a digital health pass called the Hawaii SMART Health Card

As of Jan. 15, cruise ships are allowed to return to the islands. Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line have signed the first port agreements (read the latest updates on cruises). For ships arriving from out of state, all passengers must upload proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result to the state's Safe Travels platform. In accordance with CDC guidelines, each vessel must be equipped with on-board testing capabilities and medical staff.

Gov. Ige allowed a statewide rule governing restaurants, bars and social gatherings to expire on Nov. 30. Individual counties are now responsible for making their own rules. Oahu lifted capacity limits for all indoor and outdoor events. Honolulu and Maui restaurants and bars can operate at full capacity. Statewide, masks must still be worn in all indoor public spaces.

Gathering restrictions vary by island. More details can be found on the state's safe gatherings website.  

Current meeting limits: Restrictions vary by island.

Idaho

Idaho is in the final stage of Gov. Brad Little's four-phase reopening plan. Gatherings of any size are permitted. Event organizers are encouraged to implement physical distancing and safety protocols.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.

Illinois

Effective Jan. 3, proof of vaccination is now required for access to indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues in Chicago. A statewide indoor mask mandate took effect on Aug. 30. All residents, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings in indoor public settings. Masks are also recommended in crowded outdoor spaces and for outdoor activities that require close contact with people who are not vaccinated.

On June 11, Illinois entered the fifth and final phase of its Restore Illinois reopening plan. All capacity limits have been lifted for bars, restaurants, venues and other businesses.

Current meeting limits: Events of all sizes are allowed. Masks are required for indoor gatherings, as of Aug. 30.

Indiana

As of April 6, all decisions about venue capacity and social-gathering restrictions are in the hands of local officials. Also on this date, the state's face-covering mandate became a mask advisory. Gov. Holcomb has banned vaccine passports in the state of Indiana.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions are now set by regional health officials.

Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds lifted the state's mask mandate and other Covid-19 restrictions on Feb. 7, 2021. There are no limits on gathering sizes. In May, Reynolds signed a bill banning government entities, private businesses and public venues from requiring vaccine passports. She also signed legislation banning schools and local governments from issuing a mask mandate.

Current meeting limits: There are no limits on gathering sizes.

Kansas

Those who are unvaccinated must quarantine upon arrival in Kansas if they have attended a gathering of 500 people or more and were not wearing a mask or social distancing, if they were on a cruise, or if they traveled to certain countries. The statewide mask mandate was revoked on March 31, 2021.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.

Kentucky

Kentucky fully reopened on June 11, 2021, ending capacity limits and its mask mandate.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.

Louisiana

New Orleans reinstated its indoor mask mandate on Jan. 12 in response to rising Covid-19 cases and in anticipation of the upcoming Carnival season. The mandate will remain in place until further notice. New Orleans is in a modified phase-three stage of reopening. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is required at most indoor venues in Orleans Parish and at outdoor events with more than 500 people. Indoor events can occur at 100 percent capacity. There are no restrictions on professional meetings.

Gov. John Bel Edwards ended the state's indoor mask mandate on Oct. 27, and eliminated capacity restrictions for bars, live music venues, convention centers and other large venues. Local governments, however, have the power to maintain tighter restrictions.

Current meeting limits: There are no capacity limits in most of the state.

Maine

An indoor mask mandate went into effect in Portland on Jan. 5. Face coverings are now required in all public indoor spaces, except for businesses that already require proof of vaccination. Gov. Janet Mills lifted capacity limits and physical-distancing requirements on both indoor and outdoor gatherings in May 2021 under the Moving Maine Forward Plan.

Current meeting limits: There are no limits on gathering sizes.

Maryland

Indoor mask mandates are in effect in Baltimore, Prince George's County and Montgomery County. In Montgomery County, masks are recommended outdoors as well when physical distancing is not possible. The mandate was lifted in Charles County on Dec. 1.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.

Massachusetts

Beginning Jan. 15, proof of vaccination will be required for certain indoor venues in Boston, including restaurants, gyms and entertainment facilities. The new measure applies to both customers and employees. One vaccine dose is required as of Jan. 15 and a second dose will be required on Feb. 15.

Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Boston. The state of Massachusetts has issued a mask advisory, recommending that all individuals wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required on public transportation throughout the state. All other Covid-19 restrictions were lifted in the spring of 2021. 

Current meeting limits: There are no limits on gathering sizes.

Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ended all Covid-19 restriction on businesses and gatherings on June 22. In addition, face masks are no longer required.

Current meeting limits: There are no limits on gathering sizes.

Minnesota

Beginning Jan. 19, Minneapolis and St. Paul will require patrons to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR or antigen test taken within three days before entering an establishment that serves food or drinks. The requirement will also apply to ticketed events in the Twin Cities, effective Jan. 26. Indoor mask mandates have been reinstated in the cities, as well.

All statewide Covid restrictions were terminated on May 28, including capacity limits and distancing requirements. The statewide mask mandate has been lifted, although some cities have reintroduced face covering requirements.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.

Mississippi

On March 3, Gov. Tate Reeves lifted Mississippi's mask mandate and increased capacities for all businesses to 100 percent. There are no restrictions on gatherings.

Current meeting limits: Meeting venues can operate at full capacity with no restrictions.

Missouri

There are no statewide Covid-19 restrictions. St. Louis County lifted an indoor mask mandate on Dec. 9. Jackson County, which includes Kansas City, lifted its mandate on Nov. 12. Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill on June 15 that limits the duration of local restrictions and bans local governments from requiring proof of vaccination to use public facilities and transportation.

Current meeting limits: The state permits gatherings of any size, although some counties might have additional restrictions.

Montana

The statewide mask mandate was lifted in February 2021, along with capacity restrictions on businesses. There are no statewide limits on gatherings, although event organizers are advised to manage their gatherings in a way that accommodates the CDC's guidelines. Vaccine passports are banned in Montana.

Current meeting limits: The state permits gatherings of any size.

Nebraska

The indoor mask mandate in the city of Lincoln and surrounding Lancaster County has been extended until Feb. 11. Nebraska is in the green phase of reopening, with no restrictions on bars or restaurants. Indoor and outdoor gatherings are allowed at 100 percent capacity.

Current meeting limits: There are no limits on gathering sizes.

Nevada

Masks will not be necessary at large indoor events in cities like Las Vegas and Reno when the venue requires proof of vaccination for all attendees. Venues with a capacity of more than 4,000 people will be eligible for the exemption. Partially vaccinated people and children under 12 can attend events at these venues, but must wear a mask.

On July 27, Gov. Steve Sisolak imposed a mandate that requires everyone to wear a mask indoors in public spaces, even if they are vaccinated. The rule took effect at midnight on July 30 and covers 12 of the state's counties, including Clark County, home to Las Vegas. The same day that the mask mandate was announced, Nevada reported 1,143 people hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19, which is just below the hospitalizations at this time last year during the peak of the second wave. Clark County also requires that venues hosting indoor gatherings with more than 250 people submit a Covid-19 plan for approval.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions have been lifted in the state. Clark County, however, has reimposed a mask mandate for employees working indoors. Masks are not required at events with more than 4,000 people if all are vaccinated. Masks are required at gatherings that don't meet the large event requirement.

New Hampshire

As of May 8, all Covid-19 restrictions and guidance have been replaced with Universal Best Practices for individuals and businesses. The state’s mask mandate has also been lifted.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are permitted.

New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the state's indoor mask mandate for public spaces and eliminated the social-distancing requirement for both indoor and outdoor spaces on May 28. Gathering limits were eliminated on June 4.

Current meeting limits: All restrictions have been removed.

New Mexico

A mask mandate for all public indoor spaces, which went into effect on Aug. 20, has been extended through at least Feb. 4. All businesses across the state are able to operate at 100 percent capacity, and all limitations on gatherings have been lifted.

Current meeting limits: Events of all sizes are allowed.

New York

Effective Dec. 27, all private employers in New York City must require workers to be vaccinated. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the measure is needed to stall another wave of Covid-19 cases and to reduce transmissions this winter. Proof of vaccination is already required for people 5 and older for certain indoor activities, including dining, fitness and entertainment. Also on Dec. 27, the requirement for people 12 and older increased from one dose of a vaccine to two. The vaccine mandate, called the Key to NYC Pass, went into effect on Aug. 16. Inspections and enforcement began on Sept. 13. The requirement applies to both customers and workers. Proof of vaccination is accepted via vaccination cards, the NYC Covid Safe app or the state's Excelsior Pass app. The city now strongly recommends that everyone wear face masks in indoor public settings, but it is only required for those who are unvaccinated. 

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that masks will be required in all indoor public places statewide except in businesses and venues that have implemented a vaccine mandate. The new requirements apply to both guests and staff. The mask mandate is expected to remain in place until at least Jan. 15, at which time the state will reevaluate based on current conditions.

"As Governor, my two top priorities are to protect the health of New Yorkers and to protect the health of our economy. The temporary measures I am taking today will help accomplish this through the holiday season," said Hochul. "I have warned for weeks that additional steps could be necessary, and now we are at that point, based upon three metrics: increasing cases, reduced hospital capacity and insufficient vaccination rates in certain areas."

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted most Covid-19 restrictions on June 15. Capacity limits and social-distancing requirements are no longer required for businesses. Some restrictions remain for large indoor event venues that can hold more than 5,000 attendees. In order to eliminate social distancing and remove masks, guests must show proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated individuals are required to present a recent negative Covid-19 test and wear a mask within the venue. Social distancing can be reduced or eliminated between tested attendees, so that venues can operate at 100 percent capacity. The state's Excelsior Pass is a digital app that can be used to safely store and verify proof of vaccination.

Current meeting limits: Most gathering restrictions have been lifted. However, some measures remain for large indoor event venues that can host more than 5,000 people.

North Carolina

Mecklenburg County (which includes Charlotte), Buncombe County (which includes Asheville) and most of Wake County (including Raleigh) have implemented an indoor mask mandate. Gov. Roy Cooper lifted all mass-gathering and social-distancing requirements on May 14. Statewide face coverings are still required in some places, such as on public transportation.

Current meeting limits: There are no limits on gathering sizes and events do not need to follow social-distancing rules.

North Dakota

Mask mandates are banned in North Dakota. There are no statewide business or gathering restrictions. The North Dakota Department of Health has adopted mask guidance from the CDC, so fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are permitted.

Ohio

Columbus reinstated a mask mandate on Sept. 10, requiring everyone to wear a face covering in public indoor areas. Gov. Mike DeWine ended all other Covid-19 health orders on June 2.

Current meeting limits: Currently there are no restrictions on gatherings.

Oklahoma

An executive order issued by Gov. Kevin Stitt on March 12 lifted all statewide restrictions on events and residents. Major cities, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, have ended local health orders that required face coverings in public.

Current meeting limits: There are no statewide restrictions on gatherings.

Oregon

A statewide indoor mask mandate has been in effect since Aug. 13; there is no current mask requirement for outdoor events or venues. Gov. Brown lifted social-distancing and other Covid-19 restrictions on June 30.

Current meeting limits: There are no statewide restrictions on gathering sizes. However, masks are required in indoor public settings.

Pennsylvania

As of Jan. 3, proof of full vaccination is required for entry to all restaurants, bars and other establishments in Philadelphia that sell food or drinks to be consumed on-site. Guests must show their vaccination card and a form of government ID. The deadline for restaurant employees to be vaccinated fully is Feb. 3. 

An indoor mask mandate went into effect on Aug. 12 in Philadelphia, unless proof of vaccination is required. Face coverings must be worn at all nonseated outdoor events in the city with more than 1,000 people. All other statewide coronavirus restrictions, including those on gatherings, were lifted on May 31.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are allowed. Masks are required in Philadelphia at nonseated outdoor events with more than 1,000 people.

Puerto Rico

Effective Jan. 4, all private businesses that cater to the public must close between midnight and 5 a.m. The sale of alcohol is also prohibited during these hours until Feb. 2. Gatherings are limited to 250 people.

As of Dec. 27, all travelers entering Puerto Rico must show a negative test taken within 48 hours of arrival, regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated visitors have to quarantine for seven days. Proof of vaccination and a negative test are needed for both large indoor and outdoor events. Proof of vaccination or a negative test are required at all establishments that serve food or drinks. Masks are required at all outdoor activities with 50 attendees or more.

As of Aug. 23, all employees of restaurants, or other indoor places that serve food or drinks, have to be vaccinated. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test are required for entry into indoor establishments such as theaters and convention centers. Masks are required indoors at all times.

Effective Aug. 16, Puerto Rico requires proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test at all hotels, resorts and Airbnbs on the island. Guests and employees at visitor lodging must show proof of full vaccination or get tested weekly.

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi relaxed Covid-19 restrictions on June 3. Capacity limits have been expanded for businesses and mask requirements have been eased for those who are fully vaccinated. Museums, restaurants and casinos can operate at 75 percent capacity. Business events are permitted at 75 percent capacity, but all attendees must provide a negative Covid-19 test result or proof of vaccination. Theaters, bars and clubs can operate at 50 percent capacity. Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to wear a mask at parks and beaches.

All visitors must fill out a Travel Declaration Form on the Puerto Rico Health Department's online portal. Fully vaccinated passengers on domestic flights no longer need a negative Covid-19 test to enter Puerto Rico and can instead upload their vaccination card. Nonvaccinated and international travelers must present a negative test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings are limited to 250 people. Masks are required outdoors if there are 50 or more attendees. Participants must wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Rhode Island

Governor Dan McKee announced that a partial mask mandate will be reinstated. Effective Dec. 20, face coverings will be required in all indoor public spaces with a capacity of 250 people or more, regardless of vaccination status. The new measures apply to restaurants, gyms, entertainment venues and more, and must be followed by both employees and guests. Smaller indoor venues with a capacity of less than 250 people can require individuals to either wear face masks or show proof of vaccination. 

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted. Face masks are required at indoor venues with 250 people or more, while smaller venues must mandate that guests either wear a mask or show proof of full vaccination.

South Carolina

A mask mandate is in effect in Richland County and the cities of West Columbia and Cayce, requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public places and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Columbia lifted its mandate on Nov. 9. Mass-gathering restrictions were lifted on March 1. On May 11, Gov. McMaster issued an executive order banning vaccine passports and preventing local governments from creating mask mandates.

Current meeting limits: There are no restrictions on gatherings.

South Dakota

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. Vaccine passports are banned in South Dakota

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.

Tennessee

There is no statewide mask mandate and Covid-19 restrictions vary by county. In Shelby County, Tennessee's most populous county and home to Memphis, an indoor mask mandate was lifted on Oct. 27. In Nashville, all capacity restrictions for events were lifted as of May 14.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county.

Texas

On Oct. 11, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning vaccine mandates in the state. The order prohibits any entity, including private businesses, from requiring employees to be vaccinated. He has asked state lawmakers to pass a similar bill into law. It's unclear as to how or if this would affect groups imposing their specific protocols on meeting attendees.

Abbott lifted the state's mask mandate and allowed all businesses and facilities in Texas to resume operations at 100 percent capacity on March 10. Businesses can implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion. If Covid-19 hospitalizations get above 15 percent capacity for seven straight days in any of Texas's 22 hospital regions, the county judge for that region can impose new Covid-19 mitigation strategies. Per the Governor's executive order, those restrictions cannot include reducing capacity to less than 50 percent for any facility. On April 6, Gov. Abbott issued an executive order banning state agencies or political subdivisions from requiring vaccine passports. On June 7, he extended that bill to include private businesses.

Current meeting limits: All facilities in the state can operate at 100 percent capacity.

Utah

There are no statewide capacity restrictions for gatherings in Utah and the mask mandate has been lifted. Vaccine passports are partially banned in Utah. Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill in April, banning the state government from requiring people to be vaccinated, but private companies are allowed to do so.

Current meeting limits: There are no limits on gathering sizes.

Vermont

Vermont fully reopened on June 14. All Covid-19 restrictions on businesses and gatherings have ended.

Current meeting limits: There are no capacity limits for events.

Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam lifted the state's mask mandate on May 7, followed by all distancing and capacity restrictions on May 28.

Current meeting limits: All gathering restrictions have been lifted.

Washington

Effective Nov. 15, proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours is required for entry to indoor events with 1,000 people or more, and outdoor events with more than 10,000 people. The order, issued by Gov. Jay Inslee, applies to anyone 12 years and older. A statewide mask mandate remains in effect. Everyone over the age of 5 must wear face coverings in public indoor settings and at outdoor events with more than 500 people.

Current meeting limits: Capacity restrictions for events have been lifted. However, event organizers must require proof of vaccination for indoor gatherings with more than 1,000 people and outdoor gatherings with more than 10,000 people. Face coverings must be worn at indoor events, as well as at outdoor gatherings with more than 500 people.

West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice eliminated the state's mass gathering restrictions on April 19. Capacity limits have also been lifted for bars, restaurants and businesses. The state's indoor face mask requirement was removed on June 20.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.

Wisconsin

Restrictions still vary by county. As of Aug. 19, an indoor mask mandate is in effect in Dane County, which includes Madison. Originally set to expire on Sept. 16, the mandate has been extended to Feb. 1. Masks are no longer required in Milwaukee, and the city dropped its gathering limits on June 15.

Current meeting limits: All gathering restrictions have been lifted.

Wyoming


An indoor mask mandate in Teton County, effective since Aug. 26, expired on Dec. 31. Wyoming ended all other statewide Covid restrictions in March 2021. Gov. Mark Gordon banned vaccine passports on May 7.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.