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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 June 1, 2020

(current as of 5:00 p.m. CDT)


Governor Dunleavy announced that Health Mandate 10 will be extended, which requires everyone arriving in Alaska to self-quarantine for 14 days to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, to June 5.


All but seven counties in the State have progressed further into Stage 2 of Governor Newsom’s re-opening process. In this “Expanded Stage 2,” retail stores may re-open and restaurants may resume dine-in services. The exact timeline for re-opening those businesses depends upon the re-opening process set forth in individual county plans.

Governor Newsom also took action to extend numerous legal deadlines for individuals and businesses through Executive Order N-66-20 (“Order”). Among those extended deadlines are the following:

  • the license-renewal deadline for alcohol licenses is extended by 60 days, provided the licensee submits the license fee and any renewal penalty fees that may be due;
  • the deadlines for annual fees, renewal fees, license expirations, and completing annual financial reports, for gambling businesses suspending operations during the pandemic emergency; and
  • waives for additional 60 days the prohibition on driver’s license renewals via mail.

In addition, the Order requires the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to waive certain regulations governing administration of Emergency Services Grant funding received under the CARES Act, develop alternative streamlined procedures, and implement reasonable accommodations for HCD-funded projects that have been negatively affected by the pandemic, to help ensure project feasibility.


Illinois moved into Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan on May 29. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity released a Phase 3 Business Toolkit containing industry specific guidance for Illinois businesses transitioning into Phase 3. Friday, June 26 is the earliest date any Illinois region can move into Phase 4 of the Plan.

(Chicago): Chicago is expected to move into Phase 3 of Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago-specific reopening framework on Wednesday, June 3. However, Mayor Lightfoot has announced that Chicago officials are considering pushing back the June 3 transition in light of ongoing protests in Chicago. At this point, no decision on delaying Chicago’s move into Phase 3 has been released. When Chicago does move into Phase 3, the following industry specific guidelines have been released to guide businesses:


(City of Boston): The City of Boston released their Return to Workplace Framework for commercial spaced in the city. This framework consist of recommendation for businesses, employers, and commercial landlords as the city continues reopening.

(Statewide): Governor Baked announced on Friday that he would be signing an additional executive order to which would lift some restrictions while still in Phase I of their reopening. The order will allow some Phase II employers to bring employees back in prior to the start of Phase II. The order will also provide additional requirements for Phase II businesses when they are permitted to open next week on June 8th.


Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan.

The order will allow retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen on June 8, both subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will likewise be permitted to open on June 8. Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less will be allowed gather outdoors with social distancing. Office work that is not capable of being performed remotely can resume. And in-home services, including housecleaning services, can resume operations.

Michiganders must continue to wear facial coverings when in enclosed public spaces and should continue to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the community. And they should continue to work from home to the maximum extent possible.

Subject to local regulation, gyms and fitness centers may conduct outdoor classes, practices, training sessions, or games, provided that coaches, spectators, and participants maintain six feet of distance from one another during these activities. Outdoor pools can also reopen, with restricted capacity.


Governor Reeves signed Executive Order 1492, referred to as the Safe Return Order. It is effective June 1 through June 15. The new Order provides guidelines and limitations on how the State will begin to “reopen the economy.” Businesses are encouraged to continue utilizing telework or work from home procedures, and should continue following CDC and Mississippi State Health Department’s guidance related to COVID-19.

The Order provides guidance regarding the following:

  • Group gatherings
  • Travel
  • Business operations
  • Healthcare activities
  • Outdoor recreational activities
  • Indoor recreational activities, places of amusement
  • Reception halls and conference centers
  • Schools

Executive Order 1494 extends Executive Order 1471, which provides liability protections to healthcare professionals and healthcare facilitates, until June 15.


(St. Louis County): St. Louis County Department of Public Health announced that bars will be permitted to open June 8th and gyms, pools, and other sports will be permitted to reopen on June 15th.


Governor Steve Sisolak released revised industry-specific guidance on Phase 2 for the following industries to specifically address specific questions businesses may have: (1) aquatics; (2) bars; (3) bowling alleys; (4) camps; (5) closed events; (6) farmer’s markets; (7) fitness; (8) community and faith-based organizations; (9) guest rooms; (10) indoor malls; (11) indoor venues; (12) movie theatres; (13) outdoor equine and livestock competitions; (14) outdoor venues; (15) personal services; and (16) trade schools and technical schools.

New Hampshire:

On May 29, Governor Sununu issued an Order extending New Hampshire’s stay-at-home order until June 15, 2020. The May 29 Order also modifies guidelines for houses of worship, hotels, and day camps. In particular, the Governor’s Order Allows:

  • Larger, in-person religious services to resume immediately, with a 40 percent occupancy limit in houses of worship, with physically distancing;
  • Resumption of behind-the-wheel driver's education courses;
  • Re-opening of day camps beginning June 22;
  • Resumption of hotels and short-term rentals beginning June 5; and
  • Reservations for Hotels and related businesses can begin June 5 (note that hotels and inns with fewer than 20 rooms can rent out at full capacity, however, those with more than 20 rooms are required to limit occupancy to 50 percent).

New Jersey:

On Saturday, May 30, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 149, which over the coming weeks will allow for the resumption of child care services, youth day camps, and organized sports. Order No. 149 dictates that Executive Order No. 110, which required most child care centers to close, will be rescinded at 6:00 a.m. on June 15, 2020. The Department of Health will provide standards for COVID-19 related health and safety applicable in new jersey child care and youth summer camp settings.

Youth summer camps will be permitted to operate beginning Monday, July 6, 2020, provided that they comply with the Department of Health’s standards and other applicable statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders. Youth camp operators must submit an application for certificate of approval or renewal by June 15, 2020. Residential and overnight camps will continue to be prohibited from operating.

The Order also rescinds Executive Order No. 148’s prohibition on organized and contact sports effective June 22, 2020 “insofar as it applies to sporting activities in outdoor settings that do not involve person-to-person contact or routinely entail individuals interacting within six feet of one another.”

New Mexico:

Today, the New Mexico Department of Health extended the State’s stay-at-home order to June 30, 2020. The revised Public Health Order (“Order”) eases a number of additional restrictions on restaurants, retail businesses, exercise facilities, pools, and places of lodging.

Under the Order, restaurants may now provide indoor dine-in services. Just last week, restaurants were permitted to begin only outdoor dine-in services. Indoor operations must adhere to the same restrictions imposed on outdoor dining, including limiting capacity to 50% of the space’s maximum occupancy, maintaining six-foot distancing between tables, and limiting the number of patrons to six per table. Restaurants must continue to abide by the State’s COVID-Safe Practices guidance as well.

Bars and recreational facilities (movie theaters, amusement parks, concert venues), however, must remain closed. Bars are those establishments that derived more that 50% of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages.

But for the first time since the pandemic began, gyms and similar exercise facilities, public swimming pools (for lane-swimming and lessons) may resume operations. Those businesses and places of lodging (hotels, motels, and short-term vacation rentals) must restrict occupancy to 50% of the maximum occupancy and implement COVID-Safe Practices.

Further, indoor shopping malls and other retail spaces may now re-open, subject 25% maximum-occupancy restrictions.

In all other respects the Order remains consistent with its prior iterations issued over the course of May.

North Carolina:

Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 142 to extend the prohibition of utility shut-offs and implement a moratorium on evictions. The Order went into effect on May 30, 2020 and will remain in effect for three weeks for the evictions moratorium. The evictions moratorium prevents landlords from initiating summary ejections or other eviction proceedings against a tenant for nonpayment or late payment of rent. Landlords also may not charge late fees or other fees for non-payment. Additionally, interest cannot accrue while the Order is in effect. Instead, landlords must give tenants a minimum of six months to pay outstanding rent.

The utility moratorium lasts for 60 days and prohibits utility disconnections for all customers. It also prohibits billing or collection of late fees, penalties, and other charges for failure to pay. Repayment plans are extended for at least 6 months.

North Dakota:

Governor Burgum announced North Dakota will move to the next phase of its ND Smart Restart plan. Under the color-coded health guidance system in the ND Smart Restart plan, the change announced today moves the state out of the yellow, or moderate, risk level, and into the green, or low-risk, level – one level before the blue “new normal” level.

Notable aspects of the green risk level include:

  • The recommendation for capacity in bars and restaurants increases from 50 percent to 75 percent.
  • The recommendation for banquets/weddings increases from 50 percent occupancy up to 250 attendees, to 75 percent occupancy up to 500 attendees.
  • Recommended movie theater capacity increases from 20 percent to 65 percent.
  • Fitness centers may consider holding classes with high inhalation/exhalation exchange with social distancing, whereas those classes were not recommended under the yellow level.


Governor Mike DeWine and Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, announced child care facilities may reopen as long as they meet all safety standards.

Rhode Island:

Governor Raimondo issued Executive Order 20-40 on May 29, 2020, which addresses Phase II of the state’s reopening plan to be effective Monday, June 1, 2020:

  • Social Gathering Sizes
    • No more than fifteen (15) people are allowed in any public or private space.
  • Travel
    • Anyone traveling to Rhode Island from outside the country for any reason must self-quarantine for 14 days;
    • Anyone traveling to Rhode Island for a non-work related purpose from any city, town, county or state that has a stay-at-home order in place must self-quarantine for 14 days. This does not apply to those traveling to Rhode Island for medical treatment, to attend a funeral or memorial service, to obtain necessities, to drop off or pick up children from day care, or anyone who must work on their boats.
  • Office-Based Businesses
    • Up to 33% of workers (or up to 15 staff members, whichever is greater) may work on site at the same time as long as they physically distance.
  • Non-Critical Retail Businesses
    • may allow up to one customer per 150 square feet of store area open to customers generally.
  • Restaurants and Bars
    • They may only operate if they follow the Phase II requirements, found here.
    • The rule that a Class B licensee may only sell alcohol for consumption on the premises shall continue to be suspended. Class B licensees are permitted to sell, with take-out food orders, up to 2 bottles of wine, 144 ounces of beer or mixed beverages in original factory sealed containers, and 144 ounces of draft beer or 72 ounces of mixed beverages containing not more than 9 ounces of distilled spirits in sealed containers to prevent re-opening without obvious evidence that the seal was broken/removed.
    • Indoor dining capacity is limited to 50% of the establishment’s regular seating capacity. Parties are limited to 15 people, and up to 8 people may be seated at an individual table.
    • Serving standing customers (e.g., in a bar area) is prohibited with the exception of food pick-up.
    • Bars may only reopen for seated service.
    • All restaurants and bars operating in Phase II must develop a COVID-19 Control Plan (template available here).
  • Personal Services Businesses
    • They may reopen subject to the Phase II requirements found here.
    • Any personal service where a mask cannot be work continuously are prohibited.
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
    • They may begin limited indoor re-openings subject to the Phase II requirements found here.
    • Outdoor group fitness activities are limited to one person per 150 square feet.
    • All gyms and fitness centers must develop a COVID-19 Control Plan (template available here).
  • State Parks and Beaches
    • They all shall open subject to limits on use, parking, capacity and other restrictions found here.
  • Indoor and Outdoor Places of Assembly
    • Recreation and entertainment establishments shall continue to cease in-person operations except as permitted by Phase II. Examples included theatres, concert halls, comedy clubs, arcades, clubs, sporting events, and bowling alleys.
    • Recreational businesses and historical/cultural establishments may conduct limited outdoor operations. Examples include mini-golf, batting cages, go-kart tracks, zoos, and historical sites.
    • All indoor and outdoor events must adhere to the social gathering limit of 15.
    • All recreational and entertainment establishments must develop a COVID-19 Control Plan.
  • Houses of Worship
    • Notwithstanding the foregoing restrictions on places of assembly, all religious and faith-based organizations may resume indoor in-person activities up to 25% of worship space capacity and subject to the Phase II requirements.
    • All “houses of worship” must develop a COVID-19 Control Plan.
  • Child Care Services
    • They may resume in small, stable groups pursuant to the regulations promulgated by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services.
  • Elective Medical Procedures
    • They may continue pursuant to plans submitted by healthcare providers.
  • Other Recommendations
    • The “vulnerable population” (individuals over the age of 65) is strongly advised to stay at home unless they must go outside for work, travel, or medical treatment/to obtain necessities;
    • Working from home is still strongly encouraged.
    • Outdoor dining and carry out is still strongly encouraged.
    • Outdoor fitness is preferred over indoor.


(Austin): On May 29, 2020, Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued Order No. 20200529-012 (the “Order”), which extends Austin’s Stay at Home order through June 15. The Order requires individuals to stay at home or at their place of residence and to practice social distancing and face covering behaviors, subject to certain exceptions. The Order also requires all businesses or operations with facilities in the City of Austin, except Reopened Services, Essential Businesses, Essential Government Services, or Critical Infrastructure, to cease all activities within the City, except for Minimum Basic Operations, although Reopened Services and “Covered Services,” as defined in Governor Abbott’s Executive Order No. GA-23 and related supplemental order, may operate in compliance with certain limitations.


The Stay Home, Stay Healthy order expired at 11:59 pm on May 31, 2020. Governor Inslee announced the state will transition to the Safe Start — Washington’s Phased Reopening. Effective June 1, counties may send an application to the secretary of Washington State Department of Health to advance to the next phase. Applications will be evaluated by a county’s ability to meet target metrics and will be considered holistically in their readiness and ability to respond. Under the plan, the secretary may approve a county’s request to move completely to the next phase or may only approve certain activities in the next phase.

Earlier, Governor Inslee announced that 23 proclamations, which were set to expire on May 31, 2020, would be extended to June 17, 2020. The proclamations that were extended are:

  • 20-15.3: Waives/suspends statutes relating to in-person DOL eye examinations and renewals of drivers licenses. (original)
  • 20-20.3: Waives/suspends laws and rules relating to tax penalties, fees, interest, and due dates in order to provide tax relief through the Department of Revenue. (original)
  • 20-21.3: Waives/suspends statues/rules relating to a one-week waiting period to collect unemployment insurance. (original)
  • 20-23.4: Waives/suspends laws relating to operation of utilities in order to provide relief to utility payers through UTC. (original)
  • 20-26.3: Waives/suspends late penalties for tax payments for breweries/beer distributors and wine buyers on request from LCB. Prohibits LCB enforcement of the suspended provisions. (original)
  • 20-27.3: Waives/suspends the effective date of SB 5641 (enacted 2019), which set Oct. 1, 2020, as the effective date to allow for electronic remote notary services. (original)
  • 20-28.4: Waives/suspends aspects of the Open Public Meetings Act and the Public Records Act that require/allow in-person business transactions. (original)
  • 20-29.3: Waives/suspends effective date of telemedicine parity bill passed in the 2020 legislative session, requiring parity between telemedicine visits and in-person doctor visits. (original)
  • 20-30.3: Waives/suspends statutory job search requirements for applicants seeking unemployment insurance. (original)
  • 20-31.3: Waives/suspends statutory fingerprint background check requirements for child care providers licensed by DCYF. (original)
  • 20-32.3: Waives/suspends DOH statutory/regulatory requirements for health care workers to obtain ongoing continuing education/training to be licensed. (original)
  • 20-33.5: Waives/suspends DCYF statutory/regulatory requirements that DCYF facilitate in-person visits for foster children with family/caseworkers and provide remedial services (family visits), for children in DCYF custody. (original)
  • 20-34.3: Waives/suspends deadlines for local governments to file required annual financial reports with the State Auditor’s Office. (original)
  • 20-37.3: Waives/Suspends laws/rules relating to registered nursing assistants training in nursing home facilities, allowing them to more easily begin working before being officially licensed. (original)
  • 20-38.3: Waives/Suspends laws/rules that will allow DSHS to more easily register and license long-term care facilities. (original)
  • 20-39.3: Waives/Suspends post-retirement statutory work limitations for experienced public employees to return to work or postpone retirement if they are in essential jobs. (original)
  • 20-41.3: Waives/Suspends statutory deadlines for renewal of personal and commercial driver licenses, essentially extending the period in which people can renew their licenses. (original)
  • 20-43.2: Suspends/Waives requirements relating to paying employees by mail, shared leave and telecommuting options for certain state employees, and waives accrued vacation time carryover limits. (original)
  • 20-44.2: Suspends/Waives requirements so as to allow nursing homes to transfer/discharge residents to other long-term care facilities, even in cases in which a resident has appealed that transfer/discharge. (original)
  • 20-48.2: Waives certain statutory barriers for renewing or extending commercial driver licenses and commercial learner permits to align with federal statutes waived by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This allows commercial truckers to keep supply chains fully stocked. (original)
  • 20-49.4: Protects CARES Act stimulus payments, as well as state and federal unemployment payments, from bank account garnishments. (original)
  • 20-51.2: Waives/Suspends certain laws relating to the operation of utilities in order to provide relief to utility payers through the state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). (original)
  • 20-52.2: Formally extends the statutory waivers initially included in Proclamations 20-06, 20-10, 20-16, 20-17 and 20-18, which were extended together for administrative efficiency. (original)

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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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