. State-by-State Status Updates on Gathering Restrictions | Northstar Meetings Group

State-by-State Status Updates on Gathering Restrictions

When will large events be allowed to take place? Here are the latest updates from each state, including relaxed restrictions for gatherings in North Carolina and Connecticut.

What You Need to Plan for Recovery
Northstar understands the importance of meeting safely and smartly. Check out our free Recovery Resource Center, which provides “how to” tools to help planners produce successful events amid the pandemic.

Updated Feb. 25, 2021.

With Covid-19 cases across the United States decreasing, some gathering restrictions are being relaxed while others remain steadfastly in place. In the latest news, North Carolina will lift its stay-at-home order on Feb. 26, and will allow meeting venues to host events of up to 250 people, or 30 percent capacity (see below). Meanwhile, Connecticut announced plans to roll back gathering restrictions for commercial venues on March 19 (see below).

Also in the Northeast, New Jersey has increased capacity limits for large sports and entertainment venues (see below). In Delaware, Gov. John Carney has eased gathering limits, and event organizers can seek approval from the state's Division of Public Health to host meetings of up to 150 people (see below). Restrictions on restaurants and gatherings have been loosened in West Virginia and Rhode Island (see here and here).

In Wyoming, venues can host indoor gatherings at 25 percent capacity, with a maximum of 500 people. Outdoor events are allowed at 50 percent capacity, or up to 1,000 people (see below). Meanwhile, New Mexico has lifted a mandatory two-week quarantine for anyone arriving in the state (see below). Nevada now allows events of up to 100 people, or 35 percent capacity. But restrictions on restaurants, bars and casinos have been increased (see below). Click here to read about international gathering restrictions.

Mask mandates have spread throughout the country, with more than 33 U.S. states now requiring facial coverings to be worn in public.

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


Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | 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

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

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.

Arizona

Guidelines from the Arizona Department of Health Services allow restaurants to provide dine-in services at no more than 50 percent occupancy in areas with minimal or moderate transmission levels. Counties with a substantial rate of Covid-19, which is defined as more than 100 cases per 100,000, must close indoor dining. Public gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, unless the event organizers have received permission from the city, town or county. Private gatherings cannot exceed 50 percent of the permitted fire-code occupancy. The Arizona Department of Health Services has developed a detailed list of Covid-safety recommendations for private events, which 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.

Arkansas

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.

California

California officials lifted the state's regional stay-at-home orders on Jan. 25. All counties must now abide by a four-tiered system of restrictions for businesses, gatherings, dining and more. Tier one, which is the most restrictive, only allows outdoor gatherings between a maximum of three households. Restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and museums can only provide services outdoors. Bars, breweries and distilleries that do not serve meals must close. Other counties in different tiers of reopening are subject to looser restrictions. Indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged, but can be held with up to three households in tiers two, three and four.   

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county and depend on the state's four-tiered system.

Colorado

Gov. Jared Polis has extended the state's mask mandate until at least Feb. 4. Covid-19 restrictions vary by county depending on a dial framework, which includes six risk levels. In "level green" areas, restaurants can offer indoor and outdoor dining at 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 500 people. Gatherings are subject to the same restrictions. Counties with an extreme risk of Covid-19 fall under "level purple," where all events are prohibited and restaurants can only offer takeout and delivery

Current meeting limits: Event capacities depend on the local risk of Covid-19 within the area.

Connecticut

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.

Delaware

Gov. John Carney increased gathering limits on Feb. 19. Indoor events are now allowed for up to 25 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is fewer. Organizers wishing to host larger events of up to 150 people can submit a plan to the state's Division of Public Health for approval. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, or up to 250 guests with approval from health officials. Private indoor events still cannot exceed 10 people. 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 50 people. For larger events, planners must seek approval from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

District of Columbia

On Jan. 22, Mayor Muriel Bowser allowed restaurants to resume indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, or up to 250 people, whichever is fewer. Museums can also reopen, but cannot exceed more than 250 people per floor and guided tours are prohibited. Current gathering restrictions limit outdoor events to 25 people and indoor meetings to no more than 10 guests.

Travel restrictions remain in place. Visitors from high-risk states are required to take a Covid-19 test within 72 hours before traveling. Those staying in D.C. for more than three days will need to get tested again, within three to five days after arrival. The travel advisory applies to all but two states: Maryland and Virginia. Previously, Mayor Bowser issued an executive order requiring that masks be worn by residents age 3 and older outside the home, including outdoors; the mandate will be enforced with a $1,000 fine for those who do not comply.

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

Florida

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.

Georgia

Gov. Brian Kemp has extended a public health state of emergency through Feb. 7. Bars can now welcome 50 people or 35 percent capacity, whichever is greater. Restaurants must abide by strict safety guidelines, but have no capacity limits. There are also no capacity limits for conventions, but event organizers must follow 21 safety requirements outlined by the state.

Current meeting limits: Conventions must follow the state's safety guidelines, but are not restricted in terms of capacity.

Hawaii

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

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.

Illinois

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.

Indiana

Gov. Eric Holcomb has extended Indiana's public-health emergency until March 1. He also adjusted gathering restrictions, which vary depending on the state's color-coded system. In red counties, event organizers that have submitted a safety plan to the local health department can host gatherings up to 25 percent of the venue's capacity. It is strongly recommended that the gathering not exceed 25 people. In orange counties, events of up to 25 percent capacity are also allowed, with planners discouraged from hosting more than 50 people. Yellow counties are permitted to have gatherings of up to 50 percent of the facility's capacity, but are encouraged to limit the size to no more than 100 people. Meanwhile, those in blue counties can host events at 100 percent capacity, but the state recommends capping the gathering at 250 people. Everyone in the state 8 years and older is required to wear masks in public indoor spaces, on public transportation and while outdoors when it's not possible to social distance, according to the statewide mask order.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions depend on the level of Covid-19 transmission within the local county.

Iowa

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.

Kansas

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.

Kentucky

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.

Louisiana

The state will remain in the modified version of phase 2 of reopening until at least Feb. 10, according to an executive order by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Restaurants, gyms and movie theaters can operate at 50 percent capacity. Meanwhile, indoor gatherings at event venues are limited to 25 percent capacity, with a maximum of 75 people. Outdoor gatherings at event venues are not to exceed 25 percent capacity, or 150 individuals. Sporting events have also been capped at 25 percent capacity. The statewide mask mandate remains in place.

Current meeting limits: Indoor gatherings of up to 25 percent of a venue's capacity, or 75 people, are permitted. Outdoor gatherings are allowed up to 25 percent capacity, or 150 guests, if physical distancing can be maintained.

Maine

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.

Maryland

On Dec. 17, the Maryland Department of Health prohibited all public and private indoor gatherings of more than 10 people. Residents are also encouraged to limit travel to essential purposes only. Previously, on Nov. 20, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that all bars and restaurants must close between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., with exceptions for delivery and carryout only. On Nov. 11, indoor dining capacities were reduced from 75 percent to 50 percent for the state.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott issued an executive order on Dec. 11, shutting down all indoor and outdoor dining in the city. Carryout, delivery and drive-through services are allowed. Casinos and museums can operate at 25 percent capacity.

Current meeting limits: All indoor gatherings cannot exceed 10 people.

Massachusetts

On Feb. 8, the state increased capacity limits for restaurants, gyms and other businesses to 40 percent, up from 25 percent. Gathering restrictions remain the same, with events limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Anyone over the age of 5 must wear a mask in public.

Boston moved to step one, phase three of the state's reopening plan on Feb. 1. Museums, movie theaters and indoor recreational venues can reopen at 25 percent capacity. Indoor events spaces can also reopen, but are limited to 10 people.

Current meeting limits: Indoor gatherings of 10 or fewer are permitted. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.

Michigan

Following a month-long temporary pause on social gatherings and group activities, Michigan lifted some coronavirus constraints on Dec. 21. Casinos, bowling alleys and movie theaters are allowed to reopen, with a maximum capacity of 100 people. Indoor dining and indoor group fitness classes remain prohibited. Meanwhile, indoor residential gatherings are limited to up to 10 people from two households. Outdoor residential gatherings of up to 25 people from three households are allowed. Indoor gatherings outside the home are not allowed at this time. Outdoor nonresidential gatherings are limited to 25 people or less, with six feet of physical distancing.

Current meeting limits: Nonresidential gatherings are not allowed indoors, but are permitted outdoors up to 25 people. See details here.

Minnesota

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.

Mississippi

Gov. Tate Reeves issued new guidance for gatherings on Dec. 11. Public and private events where social distancing cannot be maintained are not to exceed more than 10 people in a single indoor space, and no more than 50 people in an outdoor space. Restaurants, bars and gyms must stay within a 75 percent capacity limit. Bar hours are restricted to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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

Missouri

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.

Montana

The state remains in phase 2 of its "Reopening Montana" plan. Bars, restaurants and casinos are limited to 50 percent capacity and must close between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. For gatherings where social distancing is not possible or observed, no more than 25 people are allowed. Larger events are permitted if guests can maintain proper physical distancing. As of Nov. 20, masks are required in all Montana counties.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are allowed, if physical distancing can be maintained. If not, groups cannot exceed more than 25 people.

Nebraska

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.

Nevada

Gov. Steve Sisolak has begun easing Covid-19 restrictions, following a statewide pause which was introduced in November and extended until mid-February. As of Feb. 15, events are allowed for up to 100 people or 35 percent of the venue's fire-code capacity, whichever is fewer. Plans for large gatherings can be submitted, but are not allowed to resume until March 1, and only if granted approval by applicable local health and state authorities. Capacity limits for restaurants, bars, wineries, gyms, gaming floors, arcades and theme parks have been increased to 35 percent. Meanwhile, museums, art galleries, aquariums, zoos and retail stores can operate at 50 percent capacity.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has released a Roadmap to Recovery, with an updated timeline for further relaxing restrictions. Per the plan, capacity limits for nearly all businesses will be raised to 50 percent on March 15. Gathering restrictions are also expected to be loosened on March 15, with events of up to 250 people or 50 percent of fire-code capacity allowed. 

Gov. Steve Sisolak's mask mandate remains in effect, which means face coverings must be worn in public, including at casinos. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has launched the Meet Smart, Vegas Smart citywide campaign to encourage a responsible return to business. See latest updates from LVCVA here.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings cannot exceed 100 people or 35 percent of the venue's capacity, whichever is fewer.

New Hampshire

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.

New Jersey

On Feb. 22, Gov. Phil Murphy increased capacity limits for large sports and entertainment venues. Effective March 1, facilities with fixed seating for 5,000 or more can host events at 10 percent of capacity indoors and 15 percent capacity outdoors. Other gatherings remain limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. 

Capacity limits for restaurants, bars, casinos, gyms, nail salons and other businesses were previously loosened on Feb. 5, and are now allowed to operate at 35 percent capacity. A 10 p.m. curfew for indoor restaurant service has been lifted. Masks are required for anyone over the age of 2 in indoor commercial and public spaces, as well as outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible.

Current meeting limits: Indoor gatherings of 10 are permitted, as are outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people. 

New Mexico

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.

New York

Indoor dining, which has been suspended in New York City since Dec. 14, is expected to resume on Feb. 14. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that restaurants can reopen for indoor service at 25 percent capacity. Business, dining and gathering restrictions differ across the state depending on whether the area is classified as being in the red, orange or yellow zone. In red zones, all gatherings are prohibited. Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed in orange zones. In yellow zones, nonresidential gatherings can take place with a maximum of 25 people, while residential gatherings are limited to 10 people.

New York has revised its travel advisory restrictions. Travelers from nonneighboring states can now end a 10-day quarantine by receiving a negative Covid-19 test result within three days of arrival in the state. Those traveling from states that share a border with New York, including New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, are exempt from the measure.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by zone. See details here.

North Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper will lift the state's stay-at-home order on Feb. 26, allowing residents to leave their homes once again between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Meeting spaces, entertainment venues and bars can operate at up to 30 percent capacity, with no more than 250 people per indoor room. Indoor event venues with more than 5,000 seats can be exempted from the 250-person limit if they follow safety measures and do not exceed more than 15 percent capacity. Businesses that are able to operate at 50 percent capacity include restaurants, breweries and amusement parks. The sale of alcohol for onsite consumption is prohibited after 11 p.m. Face coverings still are required in public. The latest gathering restrictions can be found here.

Current meeting limits: Meetings venues can host events of up to 250 people, or 30 percent capacity, whichever is fewer.

North Dakota

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.

Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health has extended the state's 11 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew until Feb. 11. Residents are only allowed to travel during these hours for work, medical reasons or to pick up food. Bars and restaurants must cease on-site dining at 11 p.m., but takeout and delivery can continue. Entertainment venues are permitted to allow up to 300 patrons, or 15 percent of the venue's capacity. All businesses must abide by the "Responsible Restart Ohio" guidelines.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 300 people are permitted, with no more than 10 seated per table.

Oklahoma

An executive order issued by Gov. Kevin Stitt on Dec. 14 limits public gatherings to 50 percent capacity, unless the local health department grants an exception. Restaurants and bars are required to cease on-site dining by 11 p.m. Tables must be separated by six feet of distance or plexiglass dividers. Pickup, delivery and drive-through can continue past 11 p.m.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings cannot exceed 50 percent of a venue's capacity, unless event organizers receive an exemption from the local health department.

Oregon

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.

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia resumed indoor dining on Jan. 16. Previously, on Jan. 4, Gov. Tom Wolf eased statewide Covid-19 restrictions. Dining establishments that have completed Pennsylvania's Covid-19 self-certification process can now offer indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, but cannot serve alcohol for on-site consumption past 11 p.m. Casinos, theaters and gyms can also reopen at 50 percent capacity. Gathering restrictions are determined via a maximum occupancy calculator. A state order requires the use of face masks in indoor public spaces at all times, and in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.

Current meeting limits: A maximum occupancy calculator is used to determine how many attendees are allowed at indoor and outdoor events in the state.

Puerto Rico

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

As of Feb. 12, social gatherings in Rhode Island are limited to two households indoors and three households outdoors. Indoor and outdoor event venues, including convention centers, concert halls, performance venues and theaters, can operate at up to 40 percent capacity or 125 people, whichever is fewer, as the venues still must abide by the state's Phase 3 guidelines. Indoor dining at restaurants is allowed at 50 percent capacity. 

Current meeting limits: Meeting venues can host events of up to 125 people, or 40 percent capacity, whichever is fewer.

South Carolina

An executive order passed by Gov. Henry McMaster on Nov. 25 requires restaurants to space tables six feet apart, with no more than eight people per table. The sale and consumption of alcohol at restaurants is prohibited after 11 p.m. Entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, and other types of mass gatherings, cannot exceed 50 percent capacity or 250 people (whichever is smaller). Masks are required for all attendees, employees, suppliers and other persons at the event. Alcohol cannot be served or consumed at events between the hours of 11 p.m. and 10 a.m.

Current meeting limits: Mass gatherings are limited to 250 people or 50 percent of venue capacity, whichever is fewer.

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. While there is no cap on the number of people who can meet, the plan urges individuals to "resume operations in a manner that allows for physical distancing, good hygiene and appropriate sanitation." The plan also suggests event organizers consider restricting occupancy.

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

Tennessee

On Dec. 20, Gov. Bill Lee announced new restrictions, which prohibit indoor public gatherings of more than 10 people. Venues, however, can host more than 10 people if they are dispersed among separate, smaller groups with at least six feet of space between each. Lee had previously removed business and gathering restrictions in 89 counties on Sept. 29. The state's remaining six counties have followed restrictions from their local health department. This includes Nashville, where Mayor John Cooper announced that all public and private gatherings would be limited to no more than eight people on Nov. 23. Restaurants and bars in Nashville are able to have up to 100 people per floor and 100 people outdoors, but must seat no more than eight people per table. Employees must undergo daily temperature and symptom screenings. Gyms and fitness facilities, museums, cinemas and bowling alleys can operate at 50 percent capacity.

Current meeting limits: Indoor public gatherings in the state are limited to groups of 10. Venues can host multiple groups if they are properly distanced. Some areas have imposed stricter regulations, such as Nashville, which prohibits gatherings of more than eight people.

Texas

On Oct. 14, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order allowing most businesses to increase their occupancy levels to 75 percent capacity. Businesses in areas with high hospitalization rates cannot exceed 50 percent capacity. Bars are also able to reopen for indoor service at 50 percent capacity in counties that opt in. There is no limit for outdoor service, but bars must stop serving alcohol by 11 p.m. Venues can host indoor events up to 75 percent capacity, with tables of no more than 10 people. Outdoor meetings must follow physical distancing, but there is no occupancy limit. All Texans are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while in public, in counties with 20 or more positive Covid-19 cases.

Current meeting limits: Venues can hold events at up to 75 percent capacity, with physical distancing and tables of no more than 10 people.

Utah

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.

Vermont

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.

Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam has extended coronavirus restrictions until Feb. 28. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. A statewide curfew from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. has also been extended, and a new mask mandate requires everyone over the age of 5 to wear a face covering while in indoor public spaces and when within six feet of another person outdoors.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of more than 10 people have been banned.

Washington

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.

West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice loosened Covid-19 restrictions on Feb. 19. Restaurants and bars can now have up to 75 percent of the venue's seated capacity, up from 50 percent previously. Limits on social gatherings have also been expanded, from 25 people to 75. Meetings and conferences that have been deemed essential are exempt from the limitation. The latest updates on the state's reopening can be found here. Anyone over the age of 9 is required to wear a face mask at all times while in indoor spaces.

Current meeting limits: Social gatherings of up to 75 people are allowed, with social distancing, masks and other safety precautions. Meetings and conferences for essential business purposes are exempt.

Wisconsin

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.

Wyoming


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.