Which U.S. States Are Reopening? The Complete List of Open and Closed States

Federal guidelines for reopening the country have left the decision to state governors. State, county, and city leaders are taking different approaches when it comes to reopening and lifting lockdowns. Here’s what you need to know.

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A list of where each state stands on reopening as governors try to restart their economies

Editor’s note: This article was first published in May 2020, and it was last updated May 2021. Here’s a list of states that require face masks.

In April 2021, several states began to reopen their economies in response to flattening coronavirus infection rates and deaths as well as increase in inoculation.

Here’s the latest on where each state stands when it comes to reopening their economy.

ALABAMAAlabama

Governor Kay Ivey has issued 26 supplemental emergency proclamations since the first stay home order beginning on April 4 2020.  Masks are no longer mandated statewide, but individuals are encouraged to wear a mask when in public or in close contact with other people. The latest order will end May 31, 2020. The state of emergency will end July 6, 2021.

Alabama will also move forward with the reopening of schools and students in second grade and above must wear facial coverings.

What is open? 

  • Beaches, with 6 feet social distancing rule
  • Retail stores
  • Elective medical procedures
  • Restaurants, bars, breweries, with 6 feet between tables
  • Child care centers and senior care centers
  • Non-work gatherings, as long as people maintain 6 feet of distance
  • Gyms
  • Barbershops, beauty salons, nail salons
  • Tattoo shops
  • Entertainment venues subject to social distancing and sanitization
  • Schools, child care centers, and summer camps
  • Hospital, nursing homes, and senior care centers, with a two person limit on guests
  • Athletic practice

Source: Alabama COVID-19 Information Hub

ALASKAAlaska

Governor Mike Dunleavy signed a stay-at-home order beginning on March 28, 2020. On May 22, 2020 all businesses were allowed to operate at 100% capacity with social distancing rules in place. The state has no special entry or travel testing requirements. As of June 1, 2021, all travelers will be eligible to receive a free COVID-19 test at eligible airports.

What is open? 

  • All businesses (restaurants, bars, gyms, retail shops, etc.)
  • All houses of worship
  • Libraries and museums
  • Recreational activities
  • Sports activities

Source: Reopen Alaska Responsibly

ARIZONAArizona

Arizona saw nearly 4,000 new coronavirus cases on June 28, 2020, which promoted Governor Doug Ducey to close bars, movie theaters, gyms, and water parks.

In January, 2021, the Governor released a new order that all previous restrictions become recommendations, and that individuals and businesses should follow CDC guidelines to the best of their ability.

What is open? 

  • Retail businesses
  • Barbers and hair salons
  • Spas/massage therapy businesses
  • Shopping malls
  • Casinos
  • Dine-in restaurants and coffee shops
  • Places of worship
  • Bars, restaurant dining
  • Movie theaters
  • Gyms
  • Public schools

Source: Arizona Department of Health Services

ARKANSASArkansas

Governor Asa Hutchinson opened gyms, fitness centers, and indoor athletic facilities as of May 4, 2020 and barbershops and hair salons opened as of May 6, 2020. On June 15, 2020 the state reentered Phase 2 of reopening the economy. Businesses can operate at two-thirds of their capacity. Hutchinson implemented a mask mandate on July 20, 2020.

Beginning in April, 2021, earlier mandates on face coverings and social distancing are now to be recommended as guidance.

What is open in AR? 

  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Medical Spas
  • Gyms
  • Dine-in restaurants operating at a third of normal capacity and limit groups to 10 people. Tables must be 10 feet apart. Waiters will wear masks and gloves.
  • Casinos with limited operations
  • Large indoor venues with restrictions
  • Bars inside restaurants
  • Pools, water parks, beaches
  • Standalone bars

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

CALIFORNIACalifornia

Stay-at-home orders first went into effect March 19, 2020. CA Governor Gavin Newsom outlined a 4-phase approach to opening up the Golden State. California is moving into Phase 3, where “higher risk” workplaces can reopen, including day camps, gyms, bars, and professional sports.

Reopening is contingent on counties meeting certain public health metrics, including:

  1. The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating and supporting those who are positive or exposed
  2. The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19
  3. The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges
  4. The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand
  5. The ability for businesses, schools and child care facilities to support physical distancing
  6. The ability to determine when to re-institute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary

In addition, before reopening, each facility must demonstrate:

  • Performance of a detailed risk assessment and COVID-19 protection plan for consumers and employees,
  • Employee training on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19,
  • Ability to abide by disinfection protocols and social distancing guidelines,
  • Use of face-coverings in high risk scenarios

As of May 4, 2021 most counties are out of the “widespread,” or high-risk zone. It has been announced that California will reopen its entire economy on June 15, 2021, if there is enough vaccine supply for Californians 16 years and older and hospitalizations remain low.

Businesses were asked to develop contactless payment procedures, have hand sanitizer available for customers and employees, and ensure employees have proper protective gear.

What is open? 

  • Retail
  • Outdoor dining
  • Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons
  • Cosmetology businesses
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Houses of worship
  • Pools
  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

Source: California Resilience Roadmap

Colorado Colorado

Governor Jared Polis signed a “Safer at Home” order, which took effect April 27, 2020 and expired on May 27, 2020. Polis has ordered bars and nightclubs to close in-person service. The announcement was made June 30, 2020 and closures will be in effect for 30 days.

On July 16, 2020 the governor issued a statewide mask mandate.

On May 2, 2021, Colorado’s Department of Health and Environment released a Public Health Order that reduced restrictions on businesses, individuals, and hospitals. Face coverings are still required in most situations

What is open? 

  • Retail stores up to 75% capacity
  • Restaurants at 100% capacity with tables 6 feet apart
  • Salons
  • Elective medical procedures
  • Personal training
  • Dog grooming
  • Offices up to 75% capacity
  • Child care and schools
  • Campgrounds at most state parks and state wildlife areas
  • Bars up to 25% capacity not to exceed 75 people
  • Casinos

Source: Colorado COVID-19 Updates

ConnecticutConnecticut

Governor Ned Lamont extended the mandatory shutdown until May 20, 2020. The state has allowed some businesses to open under Phase 1 and 2 of reopening. Bars and clubs will reopen when the state reaches Phase 3.

Governors Andrew Cuomo (New York), Phil Murphy (New Jersey), and Ned Lamont (Connecticut) announced that travelers from 16 states need to self-quarantine for 14 days if they visit the region. Those states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

What is open? 

  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Museums and zoos (outdoor only)
  • Offices
  • Restaurants (outdoor only)
  • Retail and malls
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Hair salons and barbershop
  • Bars and clubs
  • Indoor event spaces and venues
  • Indoor amusement parks

Source: Stay Safe, Stay Home

DelawareDelaware

Governor John Carney issued a stay-at-home order that expired May 15, 2020. On June 1, 2020, most businesses reopened with restrictions.

On June 25, 2020 the governor delayed Phase 3 of its reopening plan. While Phase 3 has not yet been instituted, the state has continued its policy of rolling reopenings. Most businesses are permitted to reopen, so long as they abide by general CDC standards or industry-specific guidelines.

What is open in DE?

  • Clothing stores
  • Shoe stores
  • Sporting goods, hobby, musical instruments
  • Book stores, music stores
  • Department stores
  • Tobacco and vape
  • Office supplies, stationary stores, gift stores
  • Used merchandise stores
  • Consumer goods rental
  • Other general merchandise
  • Jewelry stores (appointment only)
  • Hair salons for workers at essential businesses
  • Beaches

What is closed (unless they can prove they have a industry-specific plan)

  • Sporting facilities and venues
  • Indoor children’s play areas
  • Water parks

Source: Recovering Delaware

Washington, D.C.District of Columbia

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has allowed businesses to gradually reopen. Face masks are required in public settings. As of April 26, 2021, additional restrictions will be reduced. For example, non-essential retail businesses can now admit 50% of their indoor capacity of 250 people, whichever is lower. At restaurants, 10 people can now sit together at a table. Alcohol can be served without also purchasing food, and live music can be played outdoors.

What is open? 

  • Elective surgeries
  • Dental procedures
  • Restaurants and taverns with outdoor dining
  • Barbershops and hair salons by appointment only
  • Retail with curbside sales
  • Parks, tennis courts, dog parks, and fields
  • Camps
  • Swimming pools
  • Places of worship with 40% capacity
  • Gyms with social distance, at 50% capacity
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Movie theaters (up to 25% capacity)
  • Multipurpose facilities  (25% capacity or 500 people)

Source: Washington, D.C. Website

FloridaFlorida

In an emergency order, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended “on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.” Bars can still sell alcohol in sealed, to-go containers.

Miami-Dade County will allow gyms to remain open. Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an emergency order on July 6, 2020, closing restaurants and bars.

On June 25, DeSantis announced no plans to move to the third and final phase of reopening because of a surge in coronavirus cases.

Only July 11, 2020 Disney theme parks began to reopen.

Currently, Florida continues to be in Phase 2, with most industries reopening with at least 50% capacity allowances.

What is open? 

  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Churches remain on “voluntary social distancing”
  • Beaches
  • Elective surgeries
  • Gyms
  • Barbershops and hair salons
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Hotels
  • Houses of worship
  • Tattoo shops
  • Massage businesses, tanning salons
  • Movie theaters
  • Bars

Source: State of Florida Website

GeorgiaGeorgia

GA Governor Brian Kemp allowed gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, hair and nail salons, and other services to reopen April 24, 2020. Theaters and restaurants opened on April 27, 2020. Capacity limits at restaurants were lifted on June 16, 2020, and bars are allowed up to 50 people.

What is open? 

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Bowling alleys
  • Theaters
  • Private social clubs
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Beauty shops
  • Restaurant dining
  • Bars
  • Tattoo studios
  • Cosmetologists
  • Nail salons
  • Estheticians
  • Massage businesses
  • Night clubs

Source: Georgia Department of Health

HawaiiHawaii

Governor David Ige’s statewide stay-at-home order expired on April 30, 2020 but HI visitors have to quarantine for 14 days after their arrival until September 2020. Ige outlined a 4-phase plan to allow businesses and restaurants to start reopening in June 2020 with restrictions.

While Hawaii has currently continued to reopen its businesses, it’s still a rule that restaurants, retail, and other non-essential businesses function at a 50% indoor capacity.

What is open? 

  • Low-risk businesses that can have social distancing
  • Car washes
  • Dog groomers
  • Golf courses
  • Elective medical procedures
  • Parks and Beaches
  • Retailers and shopping malls with restrictions
  • Restaurants
  • Salons, barbershops
  • Gyms (not on Oahu)
  • Houses of worship
  • Theaters
  • Gyms
  • Museums

Source: State of Hawaii Website

IdahoIdaho

Governor Brad Little has authorized the second stage of the state’s reopening plan. The state has a 4-stage plan, with businesses moving into Stage 3 on May 30, 2020. Little said the state will move into Stage 4, which allows nightclubs and larger venues to reopen.

But at least one county is rolling back its reopening. Ada County moved back to the guidelines in Idaho’s Stage 3 for COVID-19 response on June 24, 2020. This includes the closing of bars and nightclubs.

On July 9, 2020, the governor announced the fourth stage of reopening would be delayed at least 2 weeks.

As of May, 2021, Idaho continues to be in Stage 3. While most businesses are allowed to open, there are specific protocols per industry.

What is open in ID? 

  • Retail, with social distancing
  • Places of worship
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Hair salons and nail salons
  • Gyms
  • Recreational facilities

Source: Idaho Rebounds

IllinoisIllinois

Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order that went into effect on May 1, 2020 and ended May 30, 2020, easing restrictions for some activities. He also shared a 5-phase plan, called “Restore Illinois,” to reopen the state. He is dividing up the state into 4 “health regions” that may have different restrictions depending on infection levels. Municipalities, like Chicago, are able to set stricter guidelines.

Currently, Illinois is in Stage 4 of reopening, with most businesses open but with capacity restrictions.

What is open?

  • Religious services with less than 10 people
  • Health services, such as eye care, elective surgery, and dentists
  • Daycare with capacity limits
  • Parks and playgrounds
  • Hotels
  • Laundromats
  • Animal grooming
  • Nurseries
  • Clothing and retail with curbside pickup
  • Manufacturing
  • Offices
  • Retail stores
  • Salons
  • Museums
  • Summer camps
  • Indoor dining
  • Gyms
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Bars
  • Night clubs
  • Concert venues (with limited capacity)
  • Sporting venues (with limited capacity)

Source: State of Illinois Website

IndianaIndiana

Governor Eric Holcomb issued a stay-at-home order, which expired May 1, 2020.

On July 1, 2020, the governor announced the 5th phase of reopening would be delayed. On July 27, 2020, Holcomb issued a mandate that requires face masks in most public settings.

On April 6th, 2021, Governor Holcomb converted the mask mandate into an advisory. Despite this, the state continues to be declared in a state of public health emergency via an Executive Order, with its 14th renewal valid until May 31, 2021.

Individual counties are color-coded to determine indoor capacity and the ability to remain open.

What is open? 

  • State government offices
  • Retail and commercial businesses
  • Mall common areas
  • Gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios, martial arts studios
  • Community pools and recreational areas
  • Campgrounds with social distancing
  • Youth summer day camps
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, and tattoo parlors
  • Playgrounds
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Cultural, entertainment venues
  • Amusement parks, water parks
  • Movie theaters

Source: State of Indiana Website

IowaIowa

Governor Kim Reynolds eased restrictions beginning on May 1, 2020, allowing IA malls, restaurants, retails stores, and gyms to open in most areas. Certain counties with a high infection rate have businesses that remain closed.

As of May 2021, it is recommended that businesses follow CDC guidelines.

What is open? 

  • Restaurants
  • Gyms
  • Malls and other retail stores
  • Libraries
  • Drive-in movie theaters
  • Dentists
  • Medical spas
  • Tanning facilities
  • Religious gatherings
  • Farmers markets
  • Parks, golf courses
  • Campgrounds
  • Gun shops
  • Casinos
  • Barbershops, hair salons
  • Bars
  • Massage businesses
  • Tattoo shops

Source: Iowa Department of Public Health

KansasKansas

Governor Laura Kelly’s stay-at-home order expired on May 4, 2020. KS Restaurants, libraries, and child care centers can open, with protocols in place. On May 26, 2020, Kelly announced that individual county health officials will have the power to determine when it’s ready for reopening.

On July 3, 2020, masks were required in public spaces.

As of April, 2021, schools must provide five days of in-person classes and most businesses are open.

What is open? 

  • Retail
  • Offices
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Child care centers
  • Libraries
  • Barbershops and hair salons
  • Nail salons
  • Drive-in theaters
  • Medical spas and tanning facilities
  • Fitness centers
  • Malls

Source: Plan to Reopen Kansas

KentuckyKentucky

On April 29, 2020, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a plan to gradually reopen KY businesses.

On July 9, 2020, the governor issued a mask mandate requiring people to wear face coverings in public. Bars were ordered to close starting July 28, 2020, and restaurants had to reduce indoor dining capacity by 25%.

As of May 2021, events with less than 1,000 participants in a single space are limited to 60% capacity. Those with more than 1,000 participants are limited to 50% capacity.

What is open? 

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Vehicle and vessel dealerships
  • Professional services
  • Horse racing
  • Pet grooming and boarding
  • Retail, houses of worship
  • Social gatherings of no more than 10 people, barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses and similar services
  • Movie theaters
  • Gyms
  • Bowling alleys
  • State parks
  • Daycares
  • Restaurants
  • Bars

Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

LouisianaLouisiana

LA Governor John Bel Edwards stay-at-home order expired on May 15, 2020. Bel Edwards said on June 25, 2020, that he is going to delay moving into Phase 3 of the reopening plan by 28 days.

On July 11, 2020, the governor announced a mask mandate requiring people to wear face coverings in public settings. Bars were also closed due to the rise in cases.

In March, 2021, Louisiana moved into Phase 3. Most businesses can open to 75% capacity, with the exception of indoor event venues, which will operate at 50% capacity, and bars, which can open with 25% capacity.

The mask mandate has been lifted, but it is still recommended if you are indoors and social distancing is not possible.

What is open? 

  • Places of worship
  • Restaurants, coffee shops, and cafes
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Hair salon
  • Nail salons
  • Retail stores with exterior exits
  • Casinos
  • Pools
  • Tattoo shops
  • Bars

Source: State of Louisiana Website

MaineMaine

Governor Janet Mills extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 31, 2020, but allowed some ME businesses to reopen as of May 1, 2020. The reopening of Maine will happen in 4 stages, which will progress month-by-month depending on the previous stage’s success. Gyms, fitness centers, and nail salons will be delayed in their reopening.

As of April 2021, wearing masks outdoors is no longer mandatory. Until May 24, businesses are now allowed to operate with 50 people for indoor gatherings, 100 people for outdoor gatherings, or 5 people per 1,000 square feet.

What is open?

  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Beaches
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Pet groomers
  • Drive-in religious services
  • Drive-in movies
  • Outdoor recreation
  • State parks
  • Auto dealerships and car washes
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Campgrounds
  • Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts
  • Day camps
  • Coastal state parks
  • Retail stores in all counties
  • Restaurants in all counties
  • Public and community settings
  • Bars and tasting rooms
  • Hair and nail salons
  • Tattoo shops
  • Bars

Source: State of Maine Website

MARYLANDMaryland

MD Governor Larry Hogan announced the “Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery” plan, which would allow the gradual reopening of the state. The state’s stay-at-home order went in effect March 30, 2020, and expired May 15, 2020. Openings vary county by county.

As of May 2021, wearing masks outdoors is no longer mandatory. Masks are still required at large ticket venues and in closed public and private spaces.

What is open? 

  • Retail
  • Manufacturing, construction
  • Barbershops and hair salons
  • Churches
  • Elective medical procedures
  • State parks and beaches
  • Pet services
  • Golf courses, campgrounds, beaches, outdoor pools
  • Outdoor amusement parks
  • Nail salons
  • Massage businesses
  • Tanning salons
  • Tattoo shops
  • Theaters

Source: State of Maryland Website

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts

MA Governor Charlie Baker’s stay-at-home order and the closure of nonessential businesses expired on May 18, 2020. He announced a 4-phase approach to reopen Massachusetts’ economy.

As of March 2021, Massachusetts is in Step 1 of Phase 4 recovery.

What is open?

  • Landscapers
  • Lawn-service companies
  • Plant nurseries
  • Bike repair
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Religious organizations
  • Labs and life sciences facilities
  • Offices (excluding city of Boston) at 25% capacity
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Pet grooming
  • Retail with curbside pickup
  • Beaches
  • Parks
  • Drive-in theaters
  • Some athletic fields
  • Zoos
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Libraries
  • Casino hotels and restaurants
  • Driving schools
  • Hotels
  • Nail salons
  • Day spas
  • Massage therapy
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Youth sports
  • Recreational day camps
  • Gyms
  • Casino gaming areas
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums
  • Performance venues

What is to come: 

  • Amusement parks, theme parks, indoor or outdoor water parks
  • Saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms at health clubs, gyms, and other facilities
  • Beer gardens / breweries / wineries / distilleries
  • Bars, dance clubs, and nightclubs
  • Street Festivals, Parades and Agricultural Festivals
  • Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events
  • Ball pits

Source: State of Massachusetts Website

MichiganMichigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 28, 2020, but also eased some restrictions so some MI businesses can re-open. Whitmer said May 18 that 2 regions (northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula) will be able to open restaurants, retail businesses, and offices. Cities and townships can choose to enforce stricter rules.

On July 1, 2020, the governor closed bars in some of the state. On July 10, 2020, the governor signed an executive order stating those over the age of 5 must wear a face covering in public settings.

As of May 4, 2021, masks are not required outdoors in gatherings with fewer than 100 people.

What is open?

  • Lawn-service companies
  • Plant nurseries
  • Bike repair
  • State parks
  • Residential and commercial construction
  • Some non-essential businesses with curbside pickup
  • Retail businesses with limited capacity
  • Auto businesses
  • Medical procedures
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Offices where workers cannot be remote
  • Large event venues with no more than 20 persons per 1,000 square feet
  • Residential outdoor gatherings are allowed up to 50 people.
  • Outdoor stadiums and arenas at 20% seating capacity

Source: State of Michigan Website

MINNESOTAMinnesota

Governor Tim Wal’s stay-at-home order expired May 18, 2020. It was replaced with a “Stay Safe MN” order, which allowed more businesses to open.

Face masks are required, however most businesses are open as of May 2021. Telework is still highly recommended.

What is open?

  • Retail stores
  • Malls
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Industrial and office settings
  • Household services, such as house cleaning
  • Auto detailing
  • Drive-in activities (including movies)
  • Small group gatherings up to 15 people, 50 for outdoor gatherings
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors
  • Gyms, personal fitness, and yoga studios
  • Youth programming
  • Places of worship

Source: Minnesota Guidance on Reopening Businesses

Mississippi

MS Governor Tate Reeves announced the statewide safer-at-home order expired on May 25. All businesses were allowed to open June 1.

As of March 2, 2021, mask mandates and business restrictions are now recommendations.

What is open? 

  • Restaurants
  • Parks
  • Outdoor gatherings
  • Retail
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Libraries
  • Entertainment venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Bars
  • Museums
  • Spas
  • Gyms
  • Casinos
  • Salons
  • Stadiums
  • Schools

Source: State of Mississippi Website

MISSOURIMissouri

Governor Mike Parson unveiled the “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan, which reopened parts of the economy on May 4, 2020. All MO businesses are allowed to be open as long as there is social distancing in place.

As of May 2021, Missouri is considered fully open. It is recommended that businesses abide by CDC guidelines in terms of social distancing and wearing a mask in public.

What is open? 

  • Restaurants, bars
  • Hair salons, barbershops
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Retail
  • Movie theaters, places of entertainment
  • Gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios
  • Concert venues
  • Offices

Source: Show Me Strong Recovery Plan

MontanaMontana

Governor Steve Bullock has re-opened Montana in phases after the stay-at-home order expired on April 26, 2020. Bullock has given the green light for MT schools to reopen as well.

On July 15, 2020, the governor issued a mandate requiring face masks in certain public spaces and outdoor gatherings.

As of February 2021, the phased approach to reopening is no longer used. Masks and social distancing is encouraged and not mandated, except in the following counties:

  • Big Horn County
  • Fort Belknap Reservation
  • Fort Peck Reservation
  • Gallatin County
  • Hill County
  • Lake County
  • Lewis And Clark County
  • Madison County
  • Missoula County
  • Park County
  • Powell County
  • Rocky Boy’s Reservation
  • Whitefish

Specific counties may also have additional restrictions on business reopenings.

What is open? 

  • Retail
  • Restaurants, bars, and breweries
  • Hair salons, barbershops
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Houses of worship
  • Movie theaters, places of entertainment
  • Gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios
  • Museums
  • Concert venues
  • Bowling alleys

Source: State of Montana Website

NebraskaNebraska

Governor Pete Ricketts began to ease social distancing rules across the state. Nebraska never instituted a stay-at-home order.

Nebraska uses a color-coded system to determine openings and policies. As of May 2021, Nebraska is in the GREEN zone, meaning that COVID hospitalization is under 10% and most businesses can remain open.

What is open in NE? 

  • Restaurants
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Massage businesses
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Houses of worship
  • Elective medical procedures
  • Bars
  • Movie theaters
  • Childcare
  • Weddings, funerals
  • Gyms, fitness clubs, etc
  • Elective surgeries

Source: State of Nebraska Website

NevadaNevada

Governor Steve Sisolak’s stay-at-home order expired May 15, 2020. Sisolak is requiring face masks to be worn in public.

On April 13, 2021, Sisolak announced that businesses could open to full capacity by June 1, 2021. Social distancing mandates were reduced to a recommendation on May 1, 2021. The mask mandate is still in effect.

What is open in NV? 

  • Casinos and gaming
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Golf courses
  • Tennis courses
  • Restaurants
  • Retail cannabis
  • Barbershops, hair salons
  • Nail salons
  • Retail
  • Malls
  • Bars
  • Gyms
  • Spas
  • Tattoo parlors
  • State parks
  • Pools
  • Museums, art galleries
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Bowling alleys
  • Houses of worship

Source: Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery

NEW HAMPSHIRENew Hampshire

Governor Chris Sununu issued the “Stay at Home 2.0” order, which is in effect until May 31, 2020. Some NH businesses will be able to reopen in stages.

As of May 2021, masks are recommended and not mandated and remote work is encouraged. The current public health emergency order expired on May 7. Unless it is renewed, all businesses will be able to open.

What is open? 

  • Elective surgeries
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Retail
  • Restaurants with outdoor seating
  • Dentist offices
  • Acupuncturists
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Cosmetologists
  • Massage therapists
  • Houses of worship
  • Bowling alleys
  • Gyms
  • Pools
  • Amateur and youth sports

Source: State of New Hampshire Website

New JerseyNew Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy issued a stay-at-home order in 2020. Curbside pickup at businesses and nonessential construction began on Monday, May 18, 2020. Murphy announced in July 2020 that the state would pause re-openings due to the spike of COVID-19 cases.

On May 19, 2021, the capacity limits at restaurants, stores, offices and other sites are set to be lifted.

What is open? 

  • State parks
  • County parks
  • Golf courses
  • Retail businesses
  • Nonessential construction
  • Healthcare services
  • Pet groomers, pet daycare and boarding
  • Auto dealerships
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Nurseries
  • Child care centers
  • Hair salons, barbershops
  • Pools, gyms, fitness centers
  • Restaurants
  • Indoor dining
  • Movie theaters, museums, Broadway
  • Casinos
  • Houses of worship
  • Indoor and outdoor amusement venues

Source: State of New Jersey Website

New MexicoNew Mexico

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s stay-at-home order expired May 15, 2020. She did ease restrictions on some NM businesses on April 30, 2020, allowing for curbside pickup.

New Mexico currently uses a color-coded framework for reopenings, with Red being the highest risk and Turquoise being the lowest-risk designation. As of May 2021, most counties were either Turquoise, Yellow, or Orange. This means that across the state, most businesses can open to at least a 33% capacity.

What is open? 

  • Retails stores
  • Veterinarians
  • Dog groomers
  • Pet daycare and boarding
  • Golf courses
  • State parks
  • Gyms
  • Hair salons, barbershops
  • Tattoo shops
  • Massage businesses
  • Nail salons
  • Houses of worship
  • Restaurants and breweries (outdoor service only)
  • Bars
  • Restaurant dining
  • Casinos
  • Theaters

Source: State of New Mexico Website

New YorkNew York

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “New York State on PAUSE” executive order took effect March 22, 2020 and expired on May 15, 2020.

Cuomo unveiled New York Forward, a plan to phase the reopening of the state. New York has entered in Phase 4 of the plan, but gyms, casinos, malls, and movie theaters are still closed.

On May 19, 2021, the capacity limits at restaurants, stores, offices and other businesses are set to be lifted.

What is open? 

  • Some retail with curbside or in-store pickup
  • Gardening and landscape businesses
  • Drive-in theaters
  • Outdoor activities with social distancing
  • Religious groups of 10 people or fewer
  • Professional services
  • Outdoor dining
  • Offices
  • Hair salons
  • Real estate
  • Restaurants
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation venues
  • Education
  • Gyms

Source: State of New York Website

North CarolinaNorth Carolina

Governor Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order expired on May 8, 2020, and the state moved into phase 1 of its reopening plan. The state will reopen in 3 phases if the infection rate goes down. Due to the uptick of coronavirus hospitalizations, on June 24, 2020, Cooper extended the state’s Phase 2 of reopening by 3 weeks. Gyms and bars will remain closed.

As of April 30, 2021 until June 30, masks are no longer required outdoors. Mass gathering indoor limits has been increased to 100 and outdoor limit to 200 people.

What is open? 

  • Retail
  • Child care centers
  • Restaurants
  • Outdoor worship services
  • State parks and trails
  • Barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons
  • Playgrounds
  • Churches
  • Bars
  • Movie theaters
  • Bowling alleys
  • Gyms

Source: State of North Carolina Website

North DakotaNorth Dakota

Governor Doug Burgum announced businesses can reopen May 1, 2020, but in ND businesses customers and workers must maintain social distancing, provide contactless payment systems, and encourage face masks and hand sanitizer use.

As of May 2021, all North Dakota counties are in a low-risk phase and businesses may reopen. Non-essential businesses may operate with 80% of rated room capacity with a cap of 300 people. Masks may be required.

What is open? 

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Gyms
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Massage businesses
  • Movie theaters
  • Places of worship

Source: State of North Dakota Website

OhioOhio

Governor Mike DeWine issued a statewide stay-at-home order, which expired May 29, 2020. Face masks are required in public settings.

While more businesses have reopened, Ohio still requires social distancing and masks.

What is open? 

  • Health procedures
  • Dental offices
  • Veterinarian offices
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Construction
  • Consumer and retail
  • Horse racing without spectators
  • Campgrounds
  • Gyms
  • Fitness centers
  • Pools
  • Retail
  • Salons and barbershops
  • Sports leagues
  • Bowling alleys
  • Miniature golf and batting cages
  • Aquariums and zoos
  • Playgrounds
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Night clubs
  • Concert venues
  • Sporting venues

Source: Responsible Restart Ohio

OKLAHOMAOklahoma

Governor Kevin Stitt never issued a stay-at-home order and has allowed some OK businesses to reopen beginning on April 24, 2020.

As of May 2021, most businesses are open and have industry-specific guidelines. There is no statewide mask mandate.

What is open? 

  • Retail
  • Anchor stores that have outside access separate from the main entrance hall
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Spas
  • Pet grooming
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theaters
  • Sporting venues
  • Gyms
  • Houses of worship
  • State parks
  • Offices

Source: Reopening Oklahoma

OregonOregon

Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order to stay at home on March 23, 2020. Some OR surgical centers, dental offices, and medical offices opened May 1, 2020. Brown unveiled a 3-phase plan to open the state. Concerts and large gatherings are canceled through September.

On July 13, 2020, the governor banned indoor gatherings of more than 10 people. Phase 3 did not come until September 2020, and masks are required in all public settings.

As of May 2021, masks continue to be required statewide. Businesses are allowed to operate at different capacities depending on its county’s risk level, which is designated by a specific color.

What is open? 

  • Retail stores
  • Child care facilities and some summer camps
  • State parks and day use areas
  • Gyms in some counties
  • Pools in most counties
  • Restaurant dining in some counties
  • Salons and barbershops in some counties
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys in most counties
  • Offices in most counties

Source: Oregon’s State Website

PennsylvaniaPennsylvania

PA Governor Tom Wolf announced a 3-phase plan to reopen the state, which began on May 8, 2020. The plan will be color coded — red, yellow, and green — and will start in the northwestern and central parts of the state.

Most counties have entered the last phase of Wolf’s reopening plan. Concerts and sporting events remain prohibited.

The state is planning to lift its restrictions on May 31, 2021, however Philadelphia plans to set its own plans regarding restrictions and reopenings.

What is open? 

  • Golf courses
  • Marinas
  • Fishing trips
  • Campgrounds
  • Restaurants, bars
  • Businesses
  • Gyms
  • Spas
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Shopping malls in most counties
  • Retail stores
  • Houses of worship
  • Movie theaters

Source: Process to Reopen Pennsylvania

Rhode IslandRhode Island

Governor Gina Raimondo issued a stay-at-home order, which expired May 8, 2020. The state entered its first phase of reopening on May 9, 2020, it’s second phase in June, and the third phase began on June 30, 2020. Indoor gatherings are limited to 15 people.

As of May 2021, social distancing and masks are required. Rhode Island is using a phased reopening plan. As of writing, Rhode Island is in Phase III, and most businesses are open to at least 33% capacity.

What is open?

  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Malls
  • Golf courses
  • Pet grooming
  • State beaches and parks
  • Offices
  • Child care
  • Offices
  • Hair salons, barbershops
  • Nail salons
  • Massage businesses
  • Tattoo shops
  • Houses of worship

Source: Reopen RI

South CarolinaSouth Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster’s “Work-or-Home” order expired on May 12, 2020, and he has eased restrictions on certain SC businesses. Entertainment venues and schools remain closed.

As of May 2021, South Carolina has a mask recommendation, not mandate. Limits on mass gatherings were lifted in March, and most businesses are open, even if at a limited capacity.

What is open? 

  • Beaches
  • Retail stores, including department stores
  • Restaurants
  • Barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons
  • Spa services
  • Massage businesses
  • Tattoo shops
  • Gyms
  • Swimming pools
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Water parks
  • Amusement park rides
  • Miniature golf
  • Go-kart tracks
  • Historic buildings and sites

Source: Accelerate SC

South DakotaSouth Dakota

Governor Kristi Noem did not issue a stay-at-home order, and has allowed SD businesses to stay open. There is no statewide mask requirement.

Source: South Dakota Department of Health

TENNESSEETennessee

Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order to replace a stay-at-home order, which expired May 30, 2020. He has allowed some TN businesses to open, under social distancing guidelines. Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville are in counties that have their own determination on when to open. Lee also lifted capacity restrictions on businesses, and instead encouraged social distancing.

As of May 2021, Lee has also expressed that he will not renew mask mandates. Most businesses are open or are in the process of reopening.

What is open? 

  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Gyms
  • Salons and barbershops
  • Nail salons
  • Massage businesses
  • Bowling Alleys
  • Mini golf courses
  • Dental offices
  • Race tracks
  • Amusement parks
  • Water parks
  • Theaters
  • Museums
  • Houses of worship

Source: State of Tennessee Website

TexasTexas

Governor Greg Abbott said on June 26, 2020, that all bars in the state must close and restaurants need to limit capacity. Bars were allowed to reopen under the state’s second phase of reopening on May 22, 2020.

He also issued an Executive Order that suspended elective surgeries in order to free up hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.

Abbott’s Texas stay-at-home order expired April 30, 2020, allowing TX businesses to reopen on May 1, 2020, with limited capacity. Furthermore, the mask mandate expired in March, 2021.

What is open? 

  • State parks
  • Beaches
  • Retail stores
  • Malls
  • Restaurants (limited capacity)
  • Rodeos
  • Bowling alleys, Bingo halls, skating rinks
  • Aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Hair salons, barbershops
  • Nail salons
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Places of worship

Source: Texas Health and Human Services

UtahUtah

Governor Gary Herbert’s executive order expired May 16, 2020. Utah did not issue a stay-at-home order. On May 1, 2020, some Utah businesses opened with social distance guidelines. Most restaurants, gyms, and salons are open.

As of May 2021, masks continue to be mandatory in schools, in state buildings, and in gatherings of more than 50 people. Counties may pass individual mask mandates.

What is open? 

  • Restaurants
  • Hair salons, barbershops
  • Gyms
  • Entertainment venues (comedy clubs, theaters)
  • Zoos / aquariums
  • Houses of worship
  • Museums, libraries

Source: Utah Leads Together

VermontVermont

VT Governor Phil Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order expired May 15, 2020. Starting August 1, 2020, face masks were required in indoor and outdoor public spaces.

As of May 1, 2021, face masks are no longer required outdoors. Vermont is working under a 3-Phase plan towards a complete reopening. While most businesses are open, there will be capacity limits until July 4, 2021.

What is open? 

  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Outdoor businesses, construction, and recreation maintenance
  • Manufacturing and distribution operations and interior construction of uninhabited structures
  • Outdoor retail space
  • Farmers markets
  • Elective surgeries
  • State parks
  • Golf courses
  • Campgrounds
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Nail salons, spas, tattoo shops
  • Museums, theaters
  • Libraries

Source: Vermont Forward Plan

VIRGINIAVirginia

VA Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order, which expired on June 10, 2020. An order restricting some businesses expired on May 14, 2020. Virginia has kept its parks and beaches open for recreational use only. Virginia restaurants have been given permission to allow take-out mixed drinks, beer, and wine for the first time in the state’s history.

Governor Ralph Northam shared a new video on November 10, 2020, to update Virginians on the additional steps the Commonwealth is taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which is available here.

The following measures will take effect at midnight on Sunday, November 15, 2020:

  • Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
  • Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
  • Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
  • On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.

As of May 2021, masks are still required. In March 2021, earlier restrictions began to reduce. Alcohol sales may now end at midnight, and restaurants can continue operating until the same time. Occupancy is limited to 50% of capacity.

What is open? 

  • Retail
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Outdoor exercise classes
  • Outdoor pools
  • Hair and nail salons by appointment only
  • Places of worship with drive in services
  • Campgrounds
  • State parks
  • Gyms
  • Pools
  • Houses of worship
  • Museums
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Outdoor concerts

Source: Forward Virginia

WashingtonWashington

Governor Jay Inslee has extended Washington’s stay-at-home order until May 31, 2020, but some individual WA counties can ask for exceptions to reopen businesses. Washington has a 4-phase plan to open the state. Face coverings are required in all public spaces.

Counties currently reopen based on their risk level. There are three phases, depending on a particular country’s risk. Until May 18, 2021, there is a pause in changing phase levels.

What is open? 

  • Most state parks
  • Golf courses
  • Gyms in some counties
  • Lawn care businesses
  • Car washes
  • Retail
  • Some construction
  • Auto dealerships
  • Pet walkers and groomers
  • Houses of worship
  • Restaurants
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Tattoo shops
  • Casinos
  • Construction

Source: State of Washington Website

West VirginiaWest Virginia

Governor Jim Justice’s stay-at-home order expired on May 3, 2020. On April 27, 2020, Governor Justice unveiled a 6-week plan that allows WV businesses in certain sectors to reopen in phases if the state’s rate of positive COVID-19 cases remains low. Face coverings are required where social distance can’t be maintained.

As of August 30, 2020, bar closures have lifted. While West Virginia continues to be under a mask mandate, most businesses may now reopen, with some industry-specific restrictions in place.

What is open?

  • All businesses
  • Malls
  • Retail
  • Restaurants, bars
  • Barber shops
  • Nail and hair salons
  • Pet groomers
  • Elective medical procedures
  • Primary care physician services, physical and psychological therapy services, and dental offices
  • Religious entities and funeral homes
  • Wellness centers
  • Movie theaters and other entertainment venues

Source: Office of the Governor Website

WisconsinWisconsin

WI Governor Tony Evers’ safer-at-home-order was thrown out by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, allowing private business owners to open up as they see fit. There is no mask mandate.

What is open?

  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Most state parks
  • Golf
  • Doctors and dentist offices
  • Child care centers
  • Nurseries and garden centers
  • Farmers markets
  • Pet groomers
  • Small-engine repair shops
  • Upholstery businesses
  • Outdoor recreational rentals (boats, golf carts, kayaks, ATVs)
  • Automatic or self-service car washes

Source: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

WyomingWyoming

Governor Mark Gordon allowed gyms, barber shops, nail and hair salons, and other personal care services businesses, along with child care and day care centers, to reopen with tight restrictions on May 1, 2020. Wyoming is one of the states that did not have a stay-at-home order.

A mask mandate was passed on May 1, 2021, to last until May 16, 2021, in regards to masks in schools.

What is open?

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Retail
  • Places of worship
  • Gyms
  • Nail and hair salons
  • Barber shops
  • Cosmetology, electrology, and esthetic services
  • Massage therapy services
  • Tattoo, body art, and piercing shops
  • Child care centers and home daycares

Source: Governor Mark Gordon Website and State of Wyoming Website

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