What You Need to Plan for Recovery
Updated April 7, 2021.
With Covid-19 deaths across the United States decreasing and vaccinations rising, some restrictions are being relaxed while others remain steadfastly in place.
In the latest news, California has announced plans to move away from its four-tier framework of Covid-19 restrictions and fully reopen on June 15, if equitable vaccine distribution continues on pace and low hospitalization rates remain stable. Conventions will be capped at 5,000 people through Oct. 1, unless all attendees are tested for coronavirus or show proof of vaccination (see below).
The U.S. Travel Association praised the news and encouraged other states to follow suit. "The governor’s reopening plan is tremendous news for some of the hardest-hit areas of the economy, especially the conventions and large meetings sector that has been completely shut down for 14 months," said U.S. Travel president and CEO Roger Dow in a statement. "It is fully possible to safely hold conventions and large meetings while observing prescribed health standards and practices... Other states should follow this example of a science-driven reopening, especially as more and more Americans get vaccinated."
Meanwhile in Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp will lift the
state's shelter-in-place order and eliminate a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people on April 8. There are no capacity limits on conventions (see below). Delaware raised outdoor gathering limits on April 1 (see below). New Jersey also increased capacity limits for outdoor gatherings,
from 50 people up to 200, effective April 2 (see below). Meanwhile, Colorado has updated its framework of Covid-19 constraints
and made it easier for counties to move to level green, which is the least restrictive (see below).
North Carolina now allows meeting spaces to operate at 50 percent capacity, with no cap on the maximum amount of people (see below).
Virginia increased social-gathering limits and allow entertainment venues to operate at 30 percent capacity starting April 1 (see below).
Click here to read about international gathering restrictions.
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 | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee |
Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming
Reopening Status and Event Restrictions for Each State
Gov. Kay Ivey extended the statewide Safer at Home order until at least March 5, including a statewide mask requirement. Under that
order, nonwork 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.
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.
Gov. Doug Ducey lifted occupancy restrictions on restaurants, bars and theaters on March 5. Businesses must still abide by social-distancing and mask protocols. Meeting restrictions remain the same, with public gatherings of more than 50 people 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. The Arizona Department of Health Services has developed a detailed list of Covid-safety
recommendations for private events that can be found here.
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.
The California Department of Public Health has announced plans to fully reopen the state on June 15, as long as hospitalizations remain low and vaccine supply is sufficient. If so, the state will move beyond its four-tiered reopening framework and all sectors will be able to return to normal operations in compliance with public health guidance, such as wearing a face mask. Conventions will be allowed up to 5,000 people through Oct. 1. In order to host larger events, all attendees must be tested or provide proof of vaccination. International convention attendees will only be allowed if fully vaccinated.
The state currently follows the Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework, which includes four tiers of Covid-19 restrictions that are tied to the local number of Covid-19 cases. Updates have been made to enable meetings and conventions to resume on April 15. Areas where coronavirus is widespread fall under tier one, which only allows for outdoor meetings of up to 25 people. If all guests are tested
or show proof of full vaccination, capacity limits will increase to up to 100 people. Counties with minimal spread must abide by the tier four restrictions, which permit outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people, or 400 if all guests are tested and show
proof of vaccination. Indoor events of up to 200 people can be held in tier four areas, but all attendees must be tested or fully vaccinated. In all tiers, modifications are required to reduce risk. This includes pre-purchased tickets, or a defined
guest list and assigned seating.
Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions currently vary by county, depending on the state's four-tiered system. On June 15, the state is expected to fully reopen and conventions of up to 5,000 people will be allowed. Larger events will be permitted if all attendees are tested or show proof of vaccination. International guests can only attend conventions if they have been fully vaccinated.
Covid-19 restrictions vary by county, depending on its color-coded framework, which was updated on March 24. Level 3.0 is expected to remain in effect until mid-April, at which point
the state plans to retire its "dial" status and issue a public-health order that will give local health agencies greater control over capacity restrictions.
The six color-coded levels levels are tied to the number of Covid-19 cases in a county. The latest update includes less-restrictive capacity limits and makes it easier for counties to move to the lowest level. In order to transition to the low-risk green
level, counties no longer need to complete a certification process. They only need to maintain the appropriate Covid-19 metrics for at least one week (see details here).
At green level, there are no state-mandated restrictions on restaurants, although local officials can issue their own capacity constraints. Indoor events are limited to 50 percent capacity, or 500 people, whichever is fewer. There are no capacity
limits on outdoor gatherings. 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.
Gov. Ned Lamont announced a plan to roll back gathering restrictions on March 19, as long as the state's Covid-19 metrics remain stable. The new limits would allow for commercial venues to host indoor events of up to 100 people, or 50 percent capacity,
whichever is fewer. Outdoor gatherings at commercial venues would be capped at 200 people. Under the current restrictions, event venues are restricted to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors (see details here).
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 11 p.m. Takeout and delivery services are allowed to continue past this time.
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 at this time. Gathering limits are expected to increase on March 19.
Gov. John Carney raised outdoor gathering limits on April 1. In spaces with no fire-occupancy restrictions, outdoor gatherings are permitted for up to 150 people. Outdoor venues with fire-occupancy restrictions and more than 100,000 square feet must limit
capacity to 50 percent of the fire-code capacity. Meanwhile, outdoor venues with fire-occupancy restrictions and less than 100,000 square feet cannot exceed 75 percent of the stated capacity. Event organizers who wish to host an outdoor gathering
with more than 150 people must submit a plan to the state's Division of Public Health for approval. As of Feb. 19, indoor gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people or
50 percent capacity, whichever is fewer. On Feb. 12, indoor dining capacities were raised from 30 percent to 50 percent.
Current meeting limits: Indoor public gatherings are restricted to 50 percent of a venue's capacity, with a maximum of 25 people. Outdoor public gatherings are limited to fire occupancy restrictions, up to 150 people. For larger events,
planners must seek approval from the Delaware Division of Public Health.
District of Columbia
D.C. is in phase two of reopening, with gatherings currently limited to 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. On May 1, special events will be allowed at 25 percent capacity indoors and outdoors. A waiver is needed for event professionals who wish to host more than 250 people. Also on May 1, museums, galleries and exhibits will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity. Indoor dining remains limited to 25 percent capacity, or up to 250 people, whichever is fewer. Face masks are required in public places. Reopening details and travel restrictions can be found here.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 25 people outdoors and 10 people indoors are permitted. On May 1, events can resume at 25 percent capacity. Planners who wish to host more than 250 people must seek from DC Health.
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 issued an executive order, which will roll back many Covid-19 restrictions on April 8. The shelter-in-place order will be lifted and the ban on gatherings of more than 50 will be eliminated. There are no capacity limits for conventions,
but event organizers must follow 20 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, part of tier three of the "Restore Illinois" plan. As of Jan. 15, areas
could move to tier two, tier one and phase four if they meet certain criteria from the Illinois Department of Health. A statewide 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) is currently in effect for a maximum of 150 days, until early June. The emergency order can be found here.
Chicago is currently in phase four of the state's reopening plan. A curfew on nonessential businesses has been lifted and restaurants can reopen for indoor service at 25 percent capacity, or 25 people per room. Museums can also reopen at 25 percent
capacity. Under the phase four restrictions, indoor and outdoor
gatherings of up to 25 percent capacity are allowed, or up to 25 guests, whichever is fewer.
Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by region, with events of no more than 50 people currently allowed under an emergency order, which is in effect for a maximum of 150 days. The latest information can be found here.
Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced that all decisions about venue capacity and social-gathering restrictions will be in the hands of local officials, starting April 6. Also on this date, the state's face-covering mandate will become a mask advisory, and
customers in bars and restaurants will no longer be required to be seated — although six feet of distancing is still recommended.
Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions are now set by regional health official officials.
Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a public health proclamation, lifting the state's mask mandate and other Covid-19 restrictions.
Anyone over the age of 65 is advised to limit activities outside of their home and avoid social gatherings. As of Feb. 7, there is no limit on gathering sizes. Event organizers are encouraged to take steps to ensure the safety of all participants,
including via social distancing and increased hygiene practices.
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 moved to phase 3 of reopening on March 2 — except for New Orleans, which entered a modified phase 3 on March 12. Event venues in the Big Easy cannot exceed 50 percent capacity and must follow gathering limits of 75 people indoors and 150 people
outdoors. In the rest of the state, venues are limited to 50 percent occupancy, up to 250 people. Social distancing and masks are required.
Current meeting limits: In most of the state, venues can host events at 50 percent capacity, up to 250 people. Tighter gathering restrictions are in place in New Orleans, with a cap of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.
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.
Gov. Larry Hogan lifted capacity restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and bars on March 12, although they are only able to offer seated service. Social-distancing and mask requirements remain. Capacity limits on indoor recreational
facilities, including casinos, also have been lifted. Large indoor and outdoor venues are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Previously, on Dec. 17, the Maryland Department of Health prohibited all public and private indoor gatherings of more than 10 people.
Current meeting limits: Event venues can operate at 50 percent capacity.
The state moved to Step 2 of Phase 3 of reopening on March 1. Indoor performance venues are now allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity, with no more than 500 people.
Indoor recreational activities and other businesses are also allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Restaurants will no longer have a capacity limit, but must limit tables to six people and maintain social distancing. Phase 4 of reopening is expected
to begin on March 22, which will allow event venues to increase capacities to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors. Private gatherings remain limited to 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, while outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people. The state will allow larger gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors, starting March 22.
On March 2, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services relaxed Covid-19 restrictions. Restaurants now can operate at 50 percent capacity, up to 100 people. Entertainment venues can operate at 50 percent capacity, but must abide by the gathering
limits of 25 people indoors and 300 people outdoors. Venues must also comply with social-distancing and mask requirements.
Current meeting limits: Venues can operate at 50 percent capacity, up to 25 people indoors and 300 people outdoors. See details here.
Gov. Tim Walz loosened some gathering restrictions on Feb. 13. Indoor dining capacities have been increased to a maximum of 250 people, although restaurants are not to exceed 50 percent capacity. Dine-in services must end by 11 p.m. Indoor event and entertainment
venues can operate at 25 percent capacity, up to 250 people. Indoor venues with separate, self-contained spaces can have up to 250 people or 25 percent capacity in each area. In this case, the maximum number of people allowed at the venue cannot exceed
1,250 (see details here). Outdoor events can continue at 25 percent capacity, up to 250 people. Private events are not
to exceed 50 people, or 25 percent capacity. A mask mandate, issued July 25, requires residents to wear face coverings in stores and in indoor gathering spaces.
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up of 25 percent capacity are allowed, with social distancing. Venues cannot exceed more than 250 people outdoors, and more than 250 people in each area of the venue indoors.
On March 3, Gov. Tate Reeves lifted Mississippi's mask mandate and increased capacities for all businesses to 100 percent. Reeves said that businesses will be able to operate with no state-imposed rules. There are no restrictions on gatherings, which
had previously been limited to 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
Current meeting limits: Meeting venues can operate at full capacity with no restrictions.
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 statewide mask mandate was lifted on Feb. 12, along with capacity restrictions on businesses. There are no statewide limits on gatherings, although event organizers are advised to manage the event in a way that accommodates the CDC's social distancing
guidelines. Some counties have imposed gathering limits (details here).
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are allowed in the state, although some counties have implemented capacity restrictions.
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 continued to ease Covid-19 restrictions. As of March 15, gatherings are limited to 250 people or 50 percent of the venue's fire-code capacity, whichever is fewer. Event organizers who wish to host a gathering with more than 250
people can submit a Covid-19-preparedness and safety-certification form to the state's Department of Business and Industry for approval. On May 1, venue capacities and the large-gathering approval process will begin to be determined by county authorities
Restaurants, bars, wineries, gyms, gaming floors, arcades and theme parks are allowed to operate at 35 percent capacity. Meanwhile, museums, art galleries, aquariums, zoos and retail stores can welcome guests at 50 percent capacity. Gov. 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 250 people or 50 percent of the venue's capacity, whichever is fewer, unless the event organizer has received approval from the state.
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 has been extended until March 26. 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.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced increased gathering capacities, effective April 2. The limit for outdoor gatherings has been raised from 50 people to 200. Indoor gatherings remain limited to 25 people. Murphy also lowered the threshold for what qualifies as
a "large venue," from having 5,000 seats to 2,500. Such venues, including sports and entertainment facilities, can now host events at 20 percent capacity indoors and 30 percent capacity outdoors. Social distancing and masks are required. Indoor catered
events are also allowed at 35 percent of room capacity, up to 150 people. Indoor dining capacities were raised on March 19, from 35 percent to 50 percent.
Current meeting limits: Indoor gatherings of 25 are allowed, as are outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people. Catered events can be held at 35 percent of the room capacity, up to 150 people.
As of Feb. 11, New Mexico no longer requires visitors or residents arriving from high-risk states to quarantine. However, the state still strongly encourages anyone traveling from another state or country to self isolate for at least 14 days and take
a Covid-19 test as soon as possible.
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 is allowed at 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 will expand the indoor dining capacity in New York City to 50 percent on March 19. Indoor dining in the rest of the state will be allowed at 75 percent capacity. The state currently allows for social gatherings of up to 50 people.
On March 22, the limit for nonresidential social gatherings will be raised to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. On April 2, event and entertainment venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity, with up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors.
If all attendees provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test, the venue can increase the event capacity to 150 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. All attendees must wear face coverings and follow social-distancing protocols.
New York has also revised its travel advisory restrictions. Beginning April 1, domestic travelers entering New York from another state or U.S. territory will no longer
be required to quarantine. A mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers, and the New York State Department of Health still recommends that domestic travelers quarantine as an added precaution.
Current meeting limits: Social gathering of up to 50 people are permitted. Beginning March 22, restrictions will be eased to allow for social gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors.
Gov. Roy Cooper has issued an executive order easing Covid-19 restrictions. Effective March 26, museums, aquariums and retail businesses can operate at 100 percent capacity with masks and social distancing. Meanwhile, restaurants, breweries, wineries
and amusement parks can increase capacity to 75 percent indoors and 100 percent outdoors. Bars, conference spaces and live-performance venues will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity indoors and outdoors, with no cap on the maximum amount
of people. The state's mask mandate remains in effect. The latest updates can be found here.
Current meeting limits: Meetings venues can host events at up to 50 percent capacity, with masks and 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.
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 relaxed Covid-19 restrictions on March 2. Events at banquet centers are no longer limited to 300 people, but must still comply with social-distancing and mask requirements. Capacities were also increased for entertainment
venues, which can now operate up to 25 percent of the fixed seated capacity indoors and up to 30 percent of the fixed seated capacity outdoors. The latest guidelines for businesses can be found on the "Responsible Restart Ohio" page.
Current meeting limits: There is no limit on attendance at banquet centers, as long as venues comply with social-distancing and mask requirements.
An executive order issued by Gov. Kevin Stitt on March 12 lifted all statewide restrictions on events and residents. Face coverings are no longer required in public buildings. Some cities, including Tulsa and Oklahoma City, have extended their face-mask
Current meeting limits: There are no statewide restrictions on gatherings.
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.
On April 4, Gov. Tom Wolf allowed restaurants to resume bar service and raise indoor dining capacities to 75 percent for establishments that have completed Pennsylvania's Covid-19 self-certification process. Restaurants that have not completed
the certification process can operate at no more than 50 percent capacity. The capacity limits for entertainment facilities, including casinos and theaters, have been raised to 75 percent. Events will be allowed at 25 percent of the maximum occupancy
when held indoors and up to 50 percent capacity outdoors, regardless of venue size. Event organizers must comply with social-distancing and mask requirements.
Philadelphia, however, will not follow the state's relaxed restrictions. Health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley instead announced that the city
will allow outdoor catered events of up to 250 people with restrictions, beginning April 4.
Current meeting limits: The state now allows meeting venues to operate at 25 percent capacity indoors and 50 percent capacity outdoors. Philadelphia is maintaining tighter restrictions.
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.
Rhode Island is rolling back restrictions. As of March 12, indoor dining is allowed at 66 percent capacity. Catered events are permitted at up to 50 percent capacity, with no more than 30 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. A licensed caterer must
be on site, and catered events with more than 15 people must require pre-event testing for all attendees and staff. Indoor and outdoor venues including event spaces and performing arts centers, can operate at up to 40 percent capacity or 125 people,
whichever is fewer. Details can be found on the state's reopening page.
Beginning March 19, indoor dining capacities will increase to 75 percent. Catered events will also be allowed at 75 percent capacity, up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. The limit for venues will be raised to 50 percent capacity, with no
more than 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.
Current meeting limits: Meeting venues can host events of up to 125 people, or 40 percent capacity, whichever is fewer. On March 19, venues can host gatherings at 50 percent capacity, up to 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.
Gov. Henry McMaster lifted restrictions on mass gatherings on March 1. Events with more than 250 people no longer need to seek approval from the South Carolina Department of Commerce. The state, however, recommends that event organizers limit attendance
to 50 percent of the venue capacity, up to 250 people. Planners are also advised to take reasonable safety precautions, follow guidelines from the CDC and other health officials, and encourage all guests to wear masks.
Current meeting limits: There are no restrictions on gatherings, although planners are encouraged to limit attendance, follow safety protocols and require masks.
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
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted, as long as social distancing is practiced.
There is no statewide mask mandate and Covid-19 restrictions vary largely by county. In Nashville, events of more than eight people indoors and 25 people outdoors currently require approval from the Metro Public Health department and attendees must wear
face coverings (see details here).
Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county.
Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the state's mask mandate and allow all businesses and facilities in Texas to operate at 100 percent capacity on March 10. Businesses can continue to limit capacity and 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.
Abbott had previously increased business capacities in October, allowing most businesses to operate at 75 percent capacity. Businesses in areas with high hospitalization rates cannot exceed 50 percent capacity. 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.
Current meeting limits: All facilities in the state can operate at 100 percent capacity.
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 Feb. 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. 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 eased restrictions on April 1. Social-gathering limits have been increased to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. In addition, entertainment venues are now allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity, up to 500 people indoors and
with no maximum outdoors. The state's mask mandate remains in effect.
Current meeting limits: Entertainment venues can operate at 30 percent capacity, up to 500 people indoors.
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.
On March 5, Gov. Jim Justice announced that restaurants and bars could operate at 100 percent capacity, up from 75 percent previously. All guests must be seated and follow social-distancing protocols. The state's mask mandate remains in place. Limits
on social gatherings have also been expanded, from 75 people to 100. Meetings that have been deemed essential are exempt from the limitation. The latest updates on the state's reopening can be found here.
Current meeting limits: Social gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed, with social distancing, masks and other safety precautions. Meetings 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.
On Feb. 15, the state increased gathering capacities. Indoor events can now be held at 25 percent of venue capacity, up to 500 people. Outdoor gatherings are allowed at 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people. 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 (see details here).
Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 500 people or 25 percent capacity are permitted indoors. Outdoor events cannot exceed 1,000 people, or 50 percent of a venue's capacity, whichever is fewer.