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State-by-State COVID-19 Guidance

Assisting businesses with evolving COVID-19 orders and helping them return to work.

Husch Blackwell has developed this resource center to monitor and update the rapidly evolving COVID-19 rules, restrictions, orders and guidance that affect how and when businesses across the country can reopen their workplaces to employees, clients and customers. These state and local measures cover a range of issues, including business restrictions, gathering limitations, and full-scale shelter-in-place orders. Each jurisdiction is on a different timeline regarding the expiration of orders and the re-opening of their economies.

Choose from the state map below to access the latest information in that state and/or key localities inside that state. For assistance in working with states to ensure your business operations can continue, our government affairs team at Husch Blackwell Strategies can assist you with working to make sure any future orders cover your specific business. We will update this resource center daily as new information and guidance is released.

State-by-State Map of COVID-19 Guidance

Please click on the state you are interested in to view state-specific COVID-19 information.

State & Local COVID-19 Update for August 13, 2020

(current as of 6:30 p.m. CDT)

California:

The California Department of Public Health released guidance for institutions of higher education dealing with COVID-19 on August 7. The guidance is aimed at helping schools address concerns while in the process of planning and preparing to reopen. The guidance includes information on the use of face coverings, promoting hygiene, and addressing a student or staff member who becomes sick.

Colorado:

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released a series of new guidance documents from the CDPHE and the Colorado Department of Education to help parents and schools reopen and respond to COVID-19. The guidance documents concern:

  • Information for parents and school staff providing checklists for signs and symptoms of infection.
  • Flowcharts for when:
    • to send a staff member or a student home;
    • it’s safe to return to school and work;
    • a classroom or group of students who have had contact with someone who is sick should stay home.
  • A toolkit for planning the 2020-21 school year generally.
  • Guidance for reopening schools.
  • Guidance for schools on how to handling cases and outbreaks.

Florida:

(Palm Beach County): County Administrator Baker issued Emergency Order Number 18 (“Revised Restrictions on Operating Hours of Restaurants, Food Establishments, and Other Businesses and Clarification of Current Business Closures”). The Order prohibits establishments permitted to serve alcohol or food for on-site consumption from serving or allowing the consumption of food or alcohol on premises between 11 PM and 5 AM. All businesses closed by prior orders remain closed, including:

  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Smoking bars and lounges
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Auditoriums
  • Movie theaters
  • Concert halls
  • Tattooing and body piercing establishments
  • Tanning and massage businesses

The Order took effect on August 12, 2020 and terminates upon expiration of the existing state of local emergency or subsequent order.

Georgia:

On August 13, 2020, Governor Kemp’s office issued a press release announcing that the Attorney General’s Office has filed to withdraw the pending lawsuit challenging the City of Atlanta’s mask requirement in public areas. Governor Kemp stated that he will issue an executive order addressing some of the issues raised in the State’s withdrawn lawsuit. Governor Kemp’s current Executive Order is set to expire on Saturday, August 15.

Businesses operating in the City of Atlanta and other local jurisdictions with masks requirements should be mindful of the unsettled nature of whether local jurisdictions can implement and impose mask requirements in public areas. The Governor has maintained that local jurisdictions cannot impose greater or lesser restrictions than what is imposed in the Governor’s Executive Order addressing COVID-19. Under the Governor’s current Executive Order, masks and facial coverings are not required in public areas.

Kansas:

The Kansas Department of Health updated its quarantine travel list. Travel to Florida post-August 11, 2020 no longer requires quarantine but attending mass gatherings of over 500 people out-of-state now triggers a 14-day quarantine upon returning to Kansas.

Kentucky:

On August 11, Governor Beshear recommended all schools across the state start the 2020-2021 year remotely. The governor advised all schools hold off sending children to the classroom until at least Sept. 28.

Minnesota:

Governor Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 20-83, which extends the COVID-19 peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01. The peacetime emergency was set to expire on August 12, 2020 but will now continue through at least September 11, 2020. Under the peacetime emergency,

  • All individuals five years or older are required to wear face coverings while in any indoor space open to the public, unless they have a medical exemption;
  • A landlord’s right to evict a residential tenant because of a material violation of a lease or nonpayment of rent is suspended;
  • All indoor gatherings of more than 10 people and outdoor gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited, except for weddings, funerals, and worship services; and
  • Employers cannot discriminate or retaliate against employees who refuse to perform assigned tasks that they reasonably believe are dangerous to their health.

The peacetime emergency may be further extended by an executive order signed on or before September 11, 2020.

Missouri:

(Kansas City): Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas issued Fourth Amended Proclamation Declaring a State of Emergency. This Proclamation continues the state of emergency, which has been in effect since March 12, 2020, and allows all current orders to remain in effect until altered, modified, superseded, or repealed.

Montana:

On August 12, Governor Bullock issued a directive making face coverings in all public and private k-12 schools in counties with four or more active cases required. Also, Governor Bullock announced $10 million will be used to create the Live Entertainment Grant Program to provide long term viability for the live entertainment industry. To ensure entertainment businesses can survive extended closures and postponement, the program will provide up to 25 percent of a business’ 2019 gross revenue or a maximum of $1 million per applicant. Applicants must derive at least 33 percent of their 2019 revenue from live events and must be operating at less than 10% of last years’ revenue. Bars, restaurants, and other facilities whose primary business is anything other than live entertainment are not eligible. Applications are open August 12 at covidrelief.mt.gov and will be evaluated on a first come first serve basis.

New Jersey:

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 175 which supersedes previous executive orders closing public and private preschools, elementary schools, and high schools and allows those schools to re-open for the 2020-2021 school year.

Texas:

(Bexar County): On August 12, 2020, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff issued Executive Order NW-14, effective as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 unless extended, modified or terminated early by the County Judge. The Executive Order continues the local disaster declaration and public health emergency for Bexar County for the period specified and incorporates and adopts the most recent executive orders, proclamations or declarations issued by Governor Greg Abbott and any subsequent orders, proclamations or declarations issued by the Governor relating to the COVID-19 disaster.

Key measures include:

  • All commercial entities in Bexar County providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy (“Health and Safety Policy”). The Health and Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible.
  • In accordance with Executive Order GA-29, every person 10 years old or older in Bexar County shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or open space to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing.
  • All large gatherings or events estimated to be in excess of 10 people, whether indoor or outdoor, are prohibited.
  • Social gatherings, including family gatherings, shall not include more than 10 persons.
  • Beginning at 11 :59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, all persons must vacate Bexar County parks and all Bexar County parks will thereafter be closed to the public until 11 :59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020.
  • The upcoming foreclosure sale scheduled for Sept. 1, 2020 is postponed. The sale may be rescheduled on Oct. 6, 2020 if public health officials determine that a foreclosure sale with a large crowd will not result in a threat to the health and safety of those in attendance due to an increased risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Virginia:

On August 13, Governor Northam announced that Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) will award over $5.5 million in grants to support projects to address economic and public health challenged created by COVID-19. The newest projects to receive funding are focused on strengthening the health sciences workforce pipeline, advancing new renewable energy ventures, and developing a regional service network for entrepreneurs. The grant awards will leverage an additional $7,732,043 in non-state sources to assist with economic diversification and recovery efforts throughout Virginia. Since beginning in 2017, GO Virginia has funded 114 projects and awarded approximately $37.5 million to support regional economic development efforts. For more information on GO Virginia, click here.

On August 13, Governor Northam announced Virginia Department of Health will conduct pediatric COVID-19 serology study in Northern Virginia. This study will measure the proportion of children with antibodies to COVID-19. Northern Virginia was selected for the study due to the number of positive COVID-19 pediatric cases reported in the region. This study will provide information on the number of children that have been infected with COVID-19 in Northern Virginia and statewide, including those who may have had mild or asymptomatic infections.

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Key contacts:
 

Kyle Gilster, Partner, Financial Services & Capital Markets, Washington, DC.
Seth Mailhot, Partner, Food & Agribusiness, Washington, DC.
Catherine Hanaway, Partner, Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation, St. Louis, MO.
Lowell Pearson, Partner, Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation, Jefferson City, MO.
Steve Laabs, Partner, Financial Services & Capital Markets, Milwaukee, WI.
Wendy Proctor, Partner, Real Estate, Development & Construction, Chattanooga, TN.
Kirstin Salzman, Partner, Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education, Kansas City, MO. 
Donna Pryor, Partner, Energy & Natural Resources, Denver, CO. 


The COVID-19 situation is fluid and fast-changing at all levels of government. New orders, regulations, restrictions, and guidance are being issued by federal, state, and local governments on a daily basis. Husch Blackwell LLP does not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information contained herein. You should consult directly with counsel for the latest developments.

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