State-by-State Status Updates on Gathering Restrictions

Once again, Nevada is requiring everyone in 12 of its counties, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear masks indoors in public spaces.

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Updated July 28, 2021.

With Covid-19 cases and numbers of deaths fluctuating across the United States, and vaccinations rising, concerns over the Delta variant have caused some areas to maintain tighter restrictions, while many states continue to open further.

In the latest news, Nevada again is requiring everyone, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear masks indoors in public spaces. Los Angeles County also has reinstated an indoor mask requirement for all people, regardless of vaccination. 

Chicago has added two states to its travel advisory after several weeks of having no states on the list. Hawaii eased entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers from the mainland U.S. on July 8, but gathering restrictions remain.

The latest states to fully reopen and drop all Covid-19 restrictions are New Mexico and Washington

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 | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming


Reopening Status and Event Restrictions for Each State

Alabama

On May 24, Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill banning vaccine passports statewide. 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 been lifted. 

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, indoor events should be limited to the number of participants that will allow social distancing if nonvaccinated individuals are present. Those who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask indoors.

Alaska has no testing requirements for travelers. However, it is recommended that nonvaccinated 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 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

On Feb. 26, Gov. Asa 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

In response to rising cases and an increasing presence of the highly contagious delta variant, Los Angeles County announced that masks will be required indoors, regardless of vaccination status, effective July 17. 

The California Department of Public Health fully reopened the state on June 15, ending almost all capacity, social-distancing and mask requirements. Venues can host events of up to 5,000 people indoors. In order to host larger indoor gatherings, all attendees must be tested or provide proof of vaccination. It is recommended that event organizers also require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test for outdoor gatherings of more than 10,000 people. The state will reassess its gathering guidelines by Sept. 1.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings are allowed for up to 5,000 people indoors. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is required for larger indoor events. It is recommended, but not required, for outdoor events with more than 10,000 people. 

Colorado

Colorado's dial framework of Covid-19 restrictions expired on April 16, and counties can now set their own Covid-19 measures. In Denver, there are no capacity limits or restrictions on outdoor events. Indoor events with more than 2,000 people must be approved by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment. 

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county.

Connecticut

Gov. Ned Lamont lifted most business restrictions on May 19. Masks are not required to be worn outdoors, but unvaccinated people must continue to wear masks indoors. 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 raised gathering limits to 250 people on May 21. Event organizers who wish to host an indoor gathering with more than 250 people must submit a plan to the state's Division of Public Health for approval. Capacity restrictions have been lifted for restaurants, stores and other businesses. 

Current meeting limits: While gatherings of up to 250 people are permitted, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and the Division of Public Health are authorized to cancel gatherings for public-health reasons. For larger events, planners must seek approval from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

District of Columbia

Mayor Muriel Bowser lifted most restrictions on May 21, including capacity limits for meetings, restaurants and museums. All remaining Covid-19 restrictions were lifted on June 11. Residents and visitors are still required to follow the CDC's mask guidance. Destination DC shares the latest reopening details on its website.

Current meeting limits: All meeting capacity limits have been lifted.

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

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

Hawaii has implemented vaccine passports, and has dropped its testing and 10-day quarantine rules for fully vaccinated travelers from the mainland U.S. on July 8. Interisland travel restrictions ended on June 15. The latest travel information can be found on the state's Safe Travel program website

Gathering restrictions were also eased on July 8. The limit for indoor meetings has been raised to 25 people, while outdoor gatherings of up to 75 people are allowed.

Current meeting limits: Events are permitted up to 25 people outdoors and 75 people outdoors.

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

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.

The city of Chicago has also fully reopened. However, the Windy City reinstated its Travel Advisory on July 14, asking unvaccinated travelers from Missouri and Arkansas to obtain a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours prior to travel or to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

Current meeting limits: Events of all sizes can resume.

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. 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.

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

Kansas

The statewide mask mandate was revoked on March 31. Gathering restrictions are set by individual counties.

Current meeting limits: Restrictions on gathering capacities differ depending on the county.

Kentucky

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

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.

Louisiana

Gov. John Bel Edwards eliminated capacity restrictions for bars, live music venues, convention centers and other large venues on May 26. Local governments, however, have the power to maintain tighter restrictions.

As of May 28, New Orleans is in a modified phase-three stage of reopening. Bars, restaurants and museums can operate at 100 percent capacity, but some restrictions remain for gatherings. Events are generally limited to 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. Larger indoor events can take place at 50 percent capacity without masks and social distancing, at 100 percent capacity with masks required, or at 100 percent capacity without masks if proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test is provided. Larger outdoor events can take place at 75 percent capacity without masks and social distancing, at 100 percent capacity with masks required, or at 100 percent capacity without masks if proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test is provided.

Current meeting limits: There are no capacity limits in most of the state. In New Orleans, gatherings are capped at 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. Organizers who wish to host a larger event must meet certain criteria.

Maine

Gov. Janet Mills lifted capacity limits and physical-distancing requirements on both indoor and outdoor gatherings on May 24 under the Moving Maine Forward Plan.

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

Maryland

Effective May 15, Gov. Larry Hogan ended the statewide mask mandate and lifted all capacity restrictions on outdoor entertainment, art and sports venues, and indoor entertainment venues and conventions. Capacity limits on restaurants, bars and casinos also have been terminated.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted. 

Massachusetts

Massachusetts lifted all Covid-19 restrictions on May 29. The gathering limit has been rescinded and all industries, including casinos, are able to operate at full capacity. Face coverings still are required on public transportation. 

Current meeting limits: All gathering limits and restrictions have been lifted.

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

All statewide Covid restrictions were terminated on May 28, including capacity limits and distancing requirements. The mask mandate has also been lifted.

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. 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 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 gathering guidelines.

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

Nebraska

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

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 takes 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 and will require venues with indoor gatherings of more than 250 people to submit a plan for approval.

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

New Mexico retired its color-coded system of Covid-19 restrictions and fully reopened on July 1. 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

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

Gov. Roy Cooper lifted all mass-gathering and social-distancing requirements on May 14. The state's mask mandate has also been removed for most indoor indoor settings, although face coverings are still required in some places, such as public transportation.

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

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

Gov. Mike DeWine ended all Covid-19 health orders on June 2. Capacity restrictions, social-distancing requirements and the statewide mask mandate have all been lifted.

Current meeting limits: All restrictions have been removed.

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

Gov. Kate Brown plans to lift most Covid-19 restrictions once 70 percent of residents receive their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Business and gathering restrictions currently vary by county, depending on a four-tiered system.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county.

Pennsylvania

All statewide coronavirus restrictions, including those on gatherings and businesses, were lifted on May 31. The mask mandate will be terminated on June 28 or when 70 percent of adults in the state are fully vaccinated, whichever comes first.  

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are allowed. 

Puerto Rico

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi issued an executive order relaxing Covid-19 restrictions on June 3. Capacities 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 also 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. The local curfew was eliminated in May. 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: Events can take place at 75 percent capacity, with attendees providing a negative Covid-19 test result or proof of vaccination.

Rhode Island

Capacity limits for restaurants, businesses and gatherings were lifted on May 28. People who are not fully vaccinated must still wear a mask in indoor public settings. Indoor and outdoor venues, such as convention centers, concert halls, performance venues and theaters, can operate without restrictions.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.

South Carolina

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 Nashville, all capacity restrictions for events were lifted as of May 14.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county. 

Texas

Gov. Greg 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

Gov. Jay Inslee reopened the state fully and removed all Covid-19 restrictions as of June 30. 

Current meeting limits: All capacity restrictions for gatherings and events have been lifted. 

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. On June 2, Dane County lifted its mask mandate along with restrictions on public gatherings and businesses. Masks are no longer required in Milwaukee, and the city dropped its gathering limits on June 15.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county, although most areas have rescinded Covid-19 mitigation measures.

Wyoming


Wyoming ended its statewide mask mandate and all Covid restrictions on March 16. Gov. Mark Gordon banned vaccine passports on May 7. 

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted.