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State-by-State COVID-19 Guidance

Assisting businesses with evolving COVID-19 orders and helping them effectively continue operations.

Husch Blackwell has developed this resource center to monitor and update the rapidly evolving COVID-19 rules, restrictions, orders and guidance that affect businesses across the country to ensure our clients can continue operations as effectively as possible.

These state, local and federal presidential measures cover a range of issues, including business restrictions, gathering limitations, funding for businesses, mask orders and vaccination rollout plans. Each jurisdiction is on a different timeline with varying levels of restrictions in place, and our resource compiles this important information in one easy to access page.


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 February 25, 2021

(current as of 7:00 p.m. CST)


The Alabama Department of Public Health announced it is conducting a confidential online survey designed to learn more about the spread of COVID-19 and supplement the Department’s contact tracing efforts. Any Alabama resident who has ever tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 is asked to complete the survey.


Governor Polis extended an Executive Order pertaining to juvenile justice, allowing the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Division of Youth Services to continue to respond to the pandemic and undertake efforts to prevent and contain the spread of COVID at their facilities. The Governor also extended an Executive Order allowing the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s Communities of Care program to reprioritize existing funds for COVID-19 response, as well as an Executive Order that allows veterinarians to provide telehealth services.


As of February 25, 2021, Governor Lamont announced that Connecticut is expected to receive 30,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine next week, pending its approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The Governor announced that the state is also expecting 100,000 doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines next week.

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, 116 of 169 towns and cities in Connecticut are currently in the red zone alert level, the highest of the state’s four levels. The only municipalities in the state that are not in the red zone this week are categorized as follows:

  • Orange Alert Level: Bethlehem, Canton, Cheshire, Chester, Coventry, East Granby, East Haddam, East Lyme, Easton, Farmington, Haddam, Hebron, Litchfield, Monroe, Newtown, Oxford, Putnam, Redding, Salisbury, Simsbury, Somers, Southbury, Stafford, Sterling, Weston, Westport, Willington, Winchester, Windsor Locks, and Woodstock;
  • Yellow Alert Level: Bolton, Burlington, Granby, Middlefield, Old Lyme, Tolland, and Woodbury; and
  • Gray Alert Level: Barkhamsted, Bridgewater, Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Goshen, Lisbon, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, Pomfret, Roxbury, Scotland, and Warren.

On February 24, 2021, the Connecticut House of Representatives passed House Bill 6516 (An Act Mitigating Adverse Tax Consequences Resulting from Employees Working Remotely During COVID-19, and Concerning the Removal of Liens on the Property of Public Assistance Beneficiaries and a Three-Tiered Grants in Lieu of Taxes Program). The Bill must next be approved by the State Senate.


(Miami-Dade County): On February 24, 2021, Mayor Daniella Cava issued an executive order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional seven-day period, beginning on February 25, 2021. The order was accompanied by an affidavit justifying the extension.


Governor Pritzker announced an expansion of vaccine eligibility during Phase 1B to Illinoisans with serious medical conditions. The expansion includes residents 16 and older with disabilities or underlying conditions who were not otherwise covered in previous eligibility categories. The expanded list of eligible conditions includes cancer, chronic kidney disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diabetes, heart conditions, immunosuppressed states from a solid organ transplant, smoking, obesity, pregnancy, pulmonary diseases, and sickle cell disease.


(Wyandotte and Johnson Counties): On February 23, 2021, Wyandotte and Johnson counties announced they will join the rest of the Kansas City metro and lift curfews on bars and restaurants. In a joint announcement, health officials said the two counties will allow bars and restaurants to resume normal hours, but other restrictions remain in place. Both Johnson and Wyandotte counties require businesses to separate tables by six feet, plus limit parties to no more than eight people. Johnson County limits parties to no more than 10 at a table.

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to remove a midnight curfew on businesses that serve alcohol, effective immediately. The rest of the county’s health order, including a gathering limit for some venues, stays in place until the end of March.

Wyandotte County is also lifting curfew, effective February 24. Wyandotte County previously required bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol at midnight and to close at 12:30 a.m. Those businesses are still restricted to 50% capacity, unlike in Johnson County.


Governor Baker-Polito issued Order No. 65, rescinding Order No. 58 as of 12:01 a.m. on March 1, 2021. Under Order No. 65, the entire commonwealth will advance to Phase III, Step 2, and all workplace safety rules for this step will be in effect. Specifically, certain indoor performance venues and indoor recreational activities are permitted to resume.


On February 25, 2021, Governor Walz announced Minnesota will remain focused on vaccinating the majority of the state’s senior population before expanding eligibility of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Governor issued guidance to vaccinate 70% of adults 65 years of age and older before expanding eligibility, aiming to achieve this goal by the end of March. As of February 25, Minnesota has vaccinated more than 43% of Minnesotans age 65 and over. Once 70% of seniors have received the vaccine, Minnesota will expand eligibility based on underlying health conditions and workplace exposure risk. Details on the vaccination phases are available on the COVID-19 Response website.

New York:

Governor Cuomo announced another 12 community-based pop-up vaccination sites beginning this week at community centers, public housing complexes, and cultural centers. Since January, more than 100 community-based pop-up sites have been administering COVID-19 vaccines. Like other community-based pop-up sites, these will be re-established in three weeks to administer second doses.

North Carolina:

On February 24, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the state will carefully ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 195 lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order requiring people to stay at home and businesses to close to the public between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Safety protocols such as masks, social distancing, and frequent handwashing will still be required. Executive Order No. 195 will take effect February 26th at 5:00 p.m. and will expire March 26th at 5:00 p.m.

Under the Order, the number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 10 to 25, while 50 remains the limit for outdoor gatherings. The curfew on the sale of alcohol for onsite consumption will be moved from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Some businesses, including bars and amusement parks, will now be open for patrons indoors, in compliance with new occupancy restrictions. Many businesses, venues, and arenas will have increased occupancy both indoors and outdoors.

The Executive Order has two general categories of occupancy restrictions: 30% capacity and 50% capacity. Indoor facilities in the 30%-occupancy category may not exceed two hundred fifty (250) people per indoor room or indoor space. Such facilities include:

  • Bars;
  • Meeting, Reception, and Conference Spaces;
  • Lounges (including tobacco lounges) and Night Clubs;
  • Indoor areas of Amusement Parks;
  • Movie Theaters;
  • Entertainment facilities (such as bingo parlors and gaming establishments);
  • Sports Arenas and Fields; and
  • Venues (although indoor event venues with more than 5,000 seats may be excepted from the 250-person limit if they follow additional safety measures, up to 15% capacity).

50% capacity limit pertain to the following facilities:

  • Restaurants;
  • Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries;
  • Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities (for example, gyms, bowling alleys, and rock climbing facilities);
  • Pools;
  • Museums and Aquariums;
  • Retailers;
  • Outdoor areas of Amusement Parks; and
  • Salons, Personal Care, and Tattoo Parlors.

Teachers are now eligible to receive vaccination as the state begins to expand access to group 3 essential workers. Due to shipping delays caused by inclement weather, DHHS continues to work with providers to administer both last week’s and this week’s shipments and exhaust first dose supply before next week’s shipment arrives.


On February 25, 2021, Governor Mike DeWine announced Ohio will soon lift COVID-19 restrictions on sports venues, banquet halls, wedding receptions, and more. Ohio sports venues will be able to have fans at games again, up to 25% capacity at indoor venues and 30% at outdoor venues. The venues must require mask wearing for employees and customers, arrange seating in pods of no more than six people, and separate groups of spectators by at least 6 feet.

Forthcoming health orders will outline rules for sports venues, restaurants, and catering and banquet facilities to take effect Monday. Those orders will affect proms, weddings, and other spring and summer events. Governor DeWine said he plans to announce further changes to rules for fairs, festivals, and parades.

Ohio will get 91,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the first week after it receives authorization from the federal Food and Drug Administration. In addition, Ohio expects to get 310,000 first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines next week. Snow days have delayed shots for some school employees, but the first round of vaccine doses for that group should conclude next week.

Whenever Ohio moves into the next phase, eligibility will be based on age: first people age 60-64, then 55-59, followed by 50-54. The start date of the next phase has not yet been determined.


Governor Brown extended her declaration of a state of emergency related to COVID-19 for an additional 60 days, now set to expire on May 2, 2021. This declaration allows Governor Brown to continue to exercise certain emergency powers.


On February 25, 2021, the Vermont Department of Public Health announced that Vermonters age 65 and older can start making appointments as of February 25 to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations at Walgreens locations. Statewide clinics for this age group which will begin taking appointments March 1.


(Madison/Dane County): On February 25, 2021, The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) established a new process for allocating vaccines to Wisconsin’s teachers and childcare workers. While the state made these groups eligible to receive the vaccine beginning March 1, the number of doses allocated by the state to Dane County has delayed efforts to vaccinate these groups. Due to the limited availability of the vaccine, vaccinators are prioritizing individuals 65 and over, education staff, and childcare workers.

The Public Health Department of Madison & Dane County will provide information about the start of vaccinations to school districts and childcare facilities for their staff. Other groups that become eligible March 1 (including individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs, some public-facing essential workers, non-frontline essential healthcare personnel, and facility staff and residents in congregate living settings) are not expected to be vaccinated until April or May.


On February 25, 2021, the Wyoming Department of Public Health announced changes to public health orders related to COVID-19. The revisions will take effect on March 1 and will include the following relaxed measures:

  • Elimination of Order #3, thereby allowing for continued business at salons, barber shops, cosmetology services, etc.
  • Further easing of restrictions on indoor and outdoor events, including increases in event sizes.
  • Lessening of restrictions on organized sports and artistic performances.
  • Further easing of restrictions on restaurants, allowing for 10-member groups to be seated together.
  • Reduced requirements pertaining to staff screening logs and signage.

The statewide order for mask use remains in effect.

Presidential Actions for February 25, 2021

Presidential Executive Orders: The Biden Administration has issued Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains calling for a review of America’s supply chain.

Within 100 days, specified agencies must submit the following reports to the President:

  • The Secretary of Commerce will identify risks in the semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packing supply chains and make policy recommendations to address risks.
  • The Secretary of Energy will identify risks in the supply chains for high-capacity batteries, including electric vehicle batteries, and policy make recommendations to address risks.
  • The Secretary of Defense will identify risks in the supply chain for critical minerals and other identified strategic materials, including rare earth elements, and make policy recommendations to address the risks.
  • The Secretary of Health and Human Services will identify risks in the supply chain for pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients, and make policy recommendations to address these risks.

Within 1 year, specified agencies will submit the following reports to the President:

  • The Secretary of Defense must report on supply chains for the defense industrial base and identify where civilian supply chains are dependent upon competitor nations.
  • The Secretary of Health and Human Services must report on supply chains for the public health and biological preparedness industrial base.
  • The Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Homeland Security must report on supply chains for critical sectors and subsectors of the information and communications technology (ICT) industrial base, including the industrial base for the development of ICT software, data, and associated services.
  • The Secretary of Energy must submit a report on supply chains for the energy sector industrial base.
  • The Secretary of Transportation must report on supply chains for the transportation industrial base.
  • The Secretary of Agriculture must report on supply chains for the production of agricultural commodities and food products.

A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10014 revokes Proclamation 10014 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak) that was issued on April 22, 2020 and extended by section 1 of both Proclamation 10052 and 10131. Proclamation 10014 suspended entry of aliens into the U.S. who did not have a valid immigrant visa or official travel document. The new revocation proclamation directs the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security to review any regulations, orders, guidance documents, policies, and other similar agency actions developed pursuant to Proclamation 10014 and issue revised guidance as appropriate.

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Key contacts:

Catherine Hanaway, Partner, Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation, St. Louis, MO.
Seth Mailhot, Partner, Food & Agribusiness, Washington, DC.
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. 
Kyle Gilster, Partner, Financial Services & Capital Markets, Washington, DC.
Natalie Holden, Associate, Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution, Kansas City, MO
David Lopez, Senior Associate, Real Estate, Development & Construction, Omaha, NE

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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