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COVID-19 State-by-State Daily Updates Archive

Below is an aggregated list of COVID-19 state-by-state daily updates for the 2nd Quarter of 2021.

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April 15, 2021

Colorado:

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order related to marriage licenses, as well as an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes due to COVID-19. The Governor also recently provided an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Executive Director Jill Ryan, Tri-County Public Health Executive Director Dr. John Douglas, and Colorado’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric France. Governor Polis highlighted the state’s progress in vaccinating its population and discussed the future of the county-level dial system. As previously announced, the Dial 3.0 will shift to local control on April 16. In the short-term, Tri-County Health and metro Denver area agencies, including Broomfield, Boulder, Jefferson, and Denver countries, will be extending the dial via the Metro Denver Partnership for Health.

As of April 13, 2021, the CDPHE and the Colorado Joint Vaccine Task Force are requiring providers to temporarily stop administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine in the state. Anyone scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine will either receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead, or the vaccine provider will contact them to reschedule their appointment once the FDA and CDC release additional information.

On April 14, 2021, Governor Polis amended and extended the Executive Order pertaining to the State’s disaster declaration due to COVID-19 in Colorado. The amendment reallocates funds from the CDPHE to the Department of Corrections for response activities related to COVID-19. This amendment does not allocate any new emergency funds.

Delaware:

On April 13, 2021, Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health announced that medical providers, including hospital systems, may vaccinate individuals ages 16 or older, regardless of whether they have an existing high-risk medical condition. This announcement means that the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program is now fully open to Delawareans 16 and over at any vaccination provider.

Florida:

(Broward County): On April 12, 2021, County Administrator Bertha Henry issued a Declaration of Continuing Emergency, further extending the local state of emergency for 7 days beginning at 9:00 a.m. on April 13, 2021.

(Miami Dade County): On April 14, 2021, Mayor Daniella Cava issued an executive order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional seven-day period commencing on April 15, 2021.

(Palm Beach County): On April 14, 2021, Mayor Dave Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency, further extending the state of local emergency through April 23, 2021.

Hawaii:

On April 13, 2021, the Hawai’i Department of Health announced that it is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while the CDC and FDA review data involving six cases in which individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine developed blood clots.

Maine:

On April 14, 2021, Governor Mills signed a proclamation extending Maine’s state of civil emergency through May 13, 2021.

Michigan:

On April 13, 2021, Michigan announced that it will be temporarily pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine based on recent guidance from the FDA and the CDC. The temporary pause is based on reports of some vaccine recipients experiencing blood clots after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. During the temporary pause of the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the state will continue administering the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. More information about vaccine availability can be found here.

Minnesota:

On April 14, 2021, Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 21-19 to extend the peacetime emergency in Minnesota. The peacetime emergency is critical to the state’s ability to respond to the pandemic, including efficiently distributing the vaccine. Minnesota’s peacetime emergency does the following:

  • Supports the expansion of Minnesota’s COVID-19 testing capacity;
  • Protects Minnesotans against evictions and wage garnishment;
  • Provides expedited procurement power for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment;
  • Allows Minnesota to follow the advice of public health experts in combatting the spread of COVID-19;
  • Protects workers from unsafe working conditions;
  • Requires Minnesotans to wear face coverings in certain settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and
  • Provides economic relief and stability to Minnesotans and small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

Montana:

On April 13, 2021, Governor Gianforte issued an Executive Order prohibiting the use of “vaccine passports.” The Executive Order prohibits state governmental entities from:

  • Requiring an individual to have received a COVID-19 vaccine to access state services or facilities;
  • Producing, issuing, or funding vaccine passports; and
  • Sharing an individual’s vaccination status with any person, company, or governmental entity for purposes of a vaccine passport program.

Additionally, the Order prohibits Montana businesses from requiring patrons to provide documentation regarding vaccine status.

Nebraska:

Nebraska has implemented a new Directed Health Measure pertaining to individuals who have completed COVID-19 antibody testing. Unvaccinated persons are not required to quarantine if they:

  • Have tested positive for antibodies within the past three months; and
  • Are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

The five-phase DMH remains in effect, and the state is currently in the green phase.

New Jersey:

On April 9, 2021, Governor Murphy signed A-5444 into law, which provides $35 million in federal aid to restaurants throughout the state. The aid will be administered through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

On April 13, 2021, Governor Murphy signed A-5445 into law, which provides $10 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for child care providers throughout New Jersey. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority will open a pre-registration process for the grant money in late April. The Governor also signed into law A-5446, which provides $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for small businesses throughout the state.

On April 15, 2021, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 235 extending the Public Health Emergency for New Jersey for thirty (30) days.

New York:

Governor Cuomo announced that spectators will be allowed at horse and auto races at 20% capacity beginning on April 22, 2021. Attendees must show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test or completed vaccination series prior to entry and are subject to additional health and safety protocols.

On April 13, 2021, Governor Cuomo announced a new program to prioritize vaccination of workers at New York State farms and food production facilities. The state will work with local health departments to bring pop-up vaccination sites to such workers.

(New York City): On April 12, 2021, Mayor de Blasio signed Executive Order No. 194 extending the State of Emergency declaration in New York City.

North Dakota:

The North Dakota Department of Health is recommending that vaccine providers pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following release of a joint statement by the CDC and the FDA discussing possible side-effects.

Oklahoma:

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced 16 Oklahoma counties are in the “orange” risk level, 54 are in the “yellow” risk level, and 7 are in the “green” risk level of the state’s COVID-19 Risk Level System. The risk level categorizations provide guidelines for individuals and businesses.

Rhode Island:

Governor McKee issued Executive Order 21-35 on April 14, 2021, extending the following executive orders through May 13, 2021:

  • Executive Order 20-02 (Declaration of Disaster Emergency): Declaring a state of emergency in Rhode Island due to the dangers to health and life posed by COVID-19 and activating the state disaster emergency plan.
  • Executive Order 20-29 (Twenty-Sixth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Promoting Better Coordination of Health Care Coverage): Providing health care providers and health care entities further flexibility in order to sustain adequate and responsive networks.
  • Executive Order 20-39 (Thirty-Sixth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Authorizing Adjustments to Child Care Subsidies and Reimbursement Rates): Requiring DHS to promulgate emergency regulations containing temporary rates for reimbursing child providers during the COVID-19 emergency.

Governor McKee and Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor also announced a new grant program to assist small businesses impacted COVID-19. The program will use twenty million in CARES Act funds to give qualifying businesses five thousand-dollar ($5,000) grants. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The first round of applications begins on April 15, 2021 and continues through April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. To qualify a business must:

  • Be a for-profit business based in Rhode Island;
  • Have less than one million in gross receipts in the 2020 tax year; and
  • Have received less than twenty-five thousand dollars in state COVID-19 related financial assistance to date.

Successful applicants must demonstrate a net financial need that exceeds the five-thousand-dollar grant. Additional information can be found here.

Utah:

On April 13, 2021, the Utah Department of Health recommended that vaccine providers temporarily pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine based on recent guidance from the CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The temporary pause is based on reports of some vaccine recipients experiencing blood clots after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. During the temporary pause of the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the state will continue administering the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. More information about vaccine availability can be found here.

Washington:

Governor Inslee issued a proclamation expanding the Family Emergency Assistance Program to individuals and families without children.

As of April 15, 2021, all Washingtonians over the age of 16 are eligible to receive a vaccine.

West Virginia:

On April 13, 2021, Governor Jim Justice announced that out of an abundance of caution and upon the recommendation released by the CDC and FDA, all use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in West Virginia will be immediately paused until further notice. Clinics that are scheduled to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will substitute with another vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) as supplies allow.

April 12, 2021

Colorado:

On April 9, 2021, Governor Polis amended and extended an Executive Order authorizing Executive Directors of certain agencies to promulgate and issue emergency rules extending the expiration date of licenses and other documents due to COVID-19 in Colorado. This Executive Order continues the authority to extend licensure deadlines for the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing, Department of Local Affairs, and Department of Higher Education while allowing the authority to expire for the Department of Public Health & Environment, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Revenue, Department of Regulatory Agencies, and Department of Human Services.

As of April 12, 2021, Summit County is the only county in level orange. All front range counties are at level yellow, except for Arapahoe county which is at level blue.

Connecticut:

On April 12, 2021, Governor Lamont announced the launch of a new state initiative known as the Learner Engagement and Attendance Program (LEAP). The goal of LEAP is to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Bridge students back to their school communities for the final months of the school year;
  • Support student enrollment in upcoming summer camps and learning programs; and
  • Facilitate a seamless transitions back into school communities for the 2021-2022 school year.

LEAP includes a partnership between the Connecticut State Department of Education and the six state Regional Education Service Centers and will target fifteen school districts throughout Connecticut. The initiative will be funded with $10.7 million of Connecticut’s federal COVID-19 recovery funding.

Delaware:

On April 5, 2021, Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health announced that Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination program is open to individuals ages 16 or older. Qualified individuals can register on the State of Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination waiting list at vaccinerequest.delaware.gov.

Florida:

(Broward County): On April 5, 2021, County Administrator Bertha Henry issued a Declaration of Continuing Emergency, further extending the local state of emergency for 7 days beginning at 9:00 a.m. on April 6, 2021.

(Palm Beach County): On April 8, 2021, Mayor Dave Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency, further extending the state of local emergency through April 16, 2021.

Hawaii:

Governor Ige issued the Nineteenth Proclamation related to the COVID-19 emergency, extending the eviction moratorium. The Proclamation further allows for the extension of expirations of driver’s licenses and instructional permits that expired during the emergency period. The Proclamation also mentions an anticipated new exception for vaccinated travelers, to become effective by approval of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

(Hawaii County): Mayor Roth issued Emergency Rule No. 14 (Second Extension), further extending Emergency Rule No. 14 through June 10, 2021. Mayor Roth also issued a Seventh Supplementary Emergency Declaration extending the local state of emergency through June 10, 2021.

Idaho:

On April 7, 2021, Governor Little signed an Executive Order banning any State of Idaho governmental entity from requiring “vaccine passports”—a form of proof of COVID-19 vaccination for citizens to receive public services or access facilities.

Illinois:

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that, effective immediately, all Illinois residents age 16 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Pritzker also announced three additional counties (Clark, Iroquois, and Vermilion) will receive support from the Rural Vaccination program, and four new counties (LaSalle, Tazewell, McDonough, and Woodford) will receive Rapid Response vaccination teams to mitigate COVID-19 trends.

Kansas:

On April 6, 2021, Governor Laura Kelly signed SB63, and all unified school districts in Kansas will now provide a full-time, in-person attendance option for all students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12. Governor Laura Kelly also announced that the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) has begun distributing relief funds to applicants of the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program to ensure families still under financial strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic can stay in their homes, stay warm, and stay connected. The KERA program offers tenants up to 12 months of assistance with current or past due rent and past due utility and internet bills, including electric, gas, water, sewer, trash removal, and/or home energy services.

On April 9, 2021, Governor Laura Kelly announced that $16 billion in grants will be administered through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) program by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Eligible applicants may qualify for the SVOG grant equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue for 2019, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million.

$2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. The program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act signed into law on December 27, 2020. Eligible entities must have been in operation by February 29, 2020 and include:

  • Live venue operators or promoters;
  • Theatrical producers;
  • Live performing arts organization operators;
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos, and aquariums;
  • Motion picture theater operators;
  • Venue must have fixed seating;
  • Talent representatives; and
  • Owners of eligible business entities.

All eligible Kansas venues are encouraged to take part in the SVOG program. Learn more about the Program and apply here.

On April 9, 2021, Governor Laura Kelly signed House Bill 2126, providing immunity from civil liability for COVID-19 claims for certain covered facilities, including adult care homes, community mental health centers, crisis intervention centers, community service providers, and community developmental disability organizations.

On April 13, 2021, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Lee Norman paused usage of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as federal health authorities review data from six reported cases of individuals in the United States who developed a rare and severe type of blood clot after receiving the shot.

Nebraska:

In response to recent CDC and FDA recommendations, Nebraska DHHS is pausing the administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

Nevada:

On April 8, 2021, the State announced karaoke singing and open microphone events are permitted to resume. Gatherings must be limited to 50% of the listed fire code capacity, and face coverings must be worn at all times unless actively eating, drinking, or singing. Singers may only remove face coverings if they remain 12 feet away from others or are in a private room. Businesses hosting karaoke or open microphone events must utilize microphone covers at all times and dispose of the covers after every use or between parties in private rooms. The full guidelines can be found here.

North Carolina:

On April 6, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper announced that anyone 16 years and older who wants a COVID-19 vaccination is eligible to get one.

Ohio:

On April 5, 2021, Governor Mike DeWine announced that he has asked Ohio's local health departments and vaccine providers offering the Pfizer vaccine to coordinate with local high schools to offer vaccinations to students who are 16 or older. Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for children as young as 16.

Governor DeWine also formally announced that the Ohio Department of Health issued a simplified health order that underscores the most important tenants of infection prevention, thereby rescinding several previous orders. Under the combined order, face coverings are still required in Ohio.

On April 8, 2021, Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud signed the Amended Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings and Non-Congregating to clarify that:

  • Six feet of separation must be maintained between tables at restaurants, drinking establishments, and banquet facilities, unless there is a physical barrier between them.
  • The social distancing, congregating, and capacity requirements of the order do not apply to religious observances and First Amendment activity, including activity by the media.
  • The K-12 mask requirement mandate remains in effect and unchanged.

As of April 13, 2021, Governor DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud, and Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff are advising all Ohio vaccine providers to temporarily pause administration of the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine in response to a statement by FDA and CDC.

Utah:

On April 9, 2021, the Utah Department of Health issued State Public Health Order 2021-10, which provides an update on statewide COVID-19 Restrictions. The new Order is similar to previous orders, except that it removes the requirement that individuals wear face masks, except while attending an organized event. This change was made to reflect the recent passage of House Bill No. 294, which eliminated the state’s face mask requirement.

Vermont:

On April 9, 2021, the Vermont Department of Public Health announced new state traveling guidelines for individuals traveling to Vermont. The new guidance no longer requires a quarantine period, but visitors and residents traveling into Vermont must get tested at least three days before travel and show proof of a negative Covid-19 result.

Washington:

Governor Inslee announced updated metrics to be used for determining a county’s status in the state’s Healthy Washington reopening plan, with states needing to fail both the hospitalization metric and case count metric, as opposed to just one. Governor Inslee also announced that three counties (Cowlitz, Pierce, and Whitman) moved from Phase 3 to Phase 2 in the most recent analysis.

April 8, 2021

Alabama:

On April 7, 2021, Governor Ivey issued the twenty-sixth supplemental emergency proclamation, which transitioned the state from the amended Safer at Home Order to a new Safer Apart Order. The Order goes into effect on April 9 and extends until May 5. Under the Order, masks are no longer mandated statewide but are encouraged whenever people are in close proximity. The Order also encourages businesses to take reasonable steps to protect employees and customers through the use of face masks and by maintaining 6 feet of separation, regularly disinfecting surfaces, encouraging handwashing, and preventing sick employees from coming into contact with other people.

Alaska:

(Anchorage): Under Emergency Order 19, the City of Anchorage is still implementing emergency measures regarding COVID-19, including:

  • Gathering limitations: All indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people where there is consumption of food/drink or 35 people if there is no consumption of food/drink. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 60 people where there is consumption of food/drink or 100 people if there is no consumption of food/drink. Individuals must still wear face coverings at all gatherings.
  • Hospitality: All restaurants, bars, and similar entities may remain open but are limited to seated table service with social distancing between tables or groups.
  • Bingo halls, theaters, private clubs, and other entertainment facilities: These facilities may remain open and must implement social distancing measures.
  • Organized sports: Masks are required at all times for athletes, players, coaches, and spectators both indoors and outdoors. Spectators for indoor sports are limited to two per athlete. For outdoor sports, spectators are not limited so long as six feet of social distancing can be accommodated. Food service at sports activities is prohibited.
  • Fitness centers: These types of facilities may remain open. Face coverings are required while exercising indoors.

Acting Governor Quinn-Davidson also issued Emergency Order 13 (version 4), which loosens masking guidance in certain settings in response to an increase in vaccine availability. Face masks are still required when people are indoors in public settings or communal spaces or outdoors at public gatherings. However, the Order does not apply to employees within their own fully-enclosed office or workspace. Additionally, fully vaccinated employees working in a room separate from the public and unvaccinated coworkers are exempt from the mask requirement.

California:

(Los Angeles): On April 6, 2021, Mayor Garcetti revised the Safer L.A. Public Order. The Order was issued after Los Angeles County moved into the “Orange Tier” under the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework. Under the Orange Tier, indoor gatherings are discouraged but allowed with a maximum of three households. Private events are subject to capacity restrictions based on the location (indoor or outdoor) and the ability of attendees to show proof of vaccination. Non-essential offices are still encouraged to participate in telework but may be open with modifications and a maximum 25 percent capacity.

Colorado:

The Governor amended an Executive Order, continuing statutory suspensions for cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees and direct and indirect health care services costs, while allowing the other provisions to expire. The order expires on May 6, 2021.

Connecticut:

On April 6, 2021, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order No. 10E, permitting all voters in any election held prior to May 20, 2021 to vote using an absentee ballot. Additionally, the Order provides municipalities and regional boards of education with more flexibility in scheduling budget hearings, meetings, and votes to account for logistical challenges caused by the pandemic.

District of Columbia:

Mayor Bowser and DC Health announced that beginning on April 19, 2021, all DC residents 16 and older would become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington, DC. The Mayor called on all DC residents to pre-register for the vaccination appointment online or by calling the vaccination hotline.

Florida:

(Miami-Dade County): On April 5, 2021, Mayor Daniella Cava issued Emergency Order 33-20, effective April 6 at 6:00 p.m. The Order provides non-binding COVID Safety Guidelines for information purposes. The Order also authorizes all retail and commercial establishments and facilities in the County to open, provided that the establishment:

  • Complies with facial covering requirements;
  • Provides hand sanitizer or facilities for hand-washing;
  • Uses reasonable efforts to ensure social distancing; and
  • Ensures sick employees do not report to work.

The Order further establishes a maximum occupancy of 50 percent for restaurants, and these establishments may operate at up to 100 percent if social distancing is maintained and individuals where masks. Face coverings are required in public and groups of 10 or more individuals are prohibited from gathering in public.

Mayor Cava also issued Amendment No. 1 to Emergency Order 33-20, which updates Section 3(d) to state that restaurants with seating for more than eight people shall close for on-premises dining between the start of the curfew as determined in Emergency Order 27-20 and 6:00 a.m. the next morning. The restaurants may still provide delivery and take-out services.

On April 7, 2021, Mayor Daniella Cava issued Amendment No. 5 to Emergency Order 2720, stating that the countywide curfew shall expire on April 12, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Mayor Cava also issued an executive order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional seven-day period beginning April 8, 2021. The order was accompanied by an affidavit justifying the extension.

Hawaii:

(Maui County): Mayor Victorino issued Public Health Emergency Rules, which adds a “Vaccine Passport” provision to the current rules. Under the Rules, persons who have completed all recommended doses of a vaccine for COVID-19 and whose last dose was administered at least 14 days before the person’s arrival in the county may provide validation, they have completed a vaccine regimen. The exemption is not yet available, as it requires action by the Director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Once the Vaccine Passport program is approved, persons will not be subject to pre- or post-travel COVID-19 testing or quarantine, but they must observe all Rules, including mandatory face coverings. The Rules take effect on April 9, 2021.

Illinois:

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that the State will open vaccine eligibility for all individuals 16 and older on April 12, 2021.

(Chicago): The City of Chicago updated its Emergency Travel Order, moving Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Washington D.C. from the “yellow” tier to the “orange” tier. Travelers to the city of Chicago coming from orange tier states (those that have a rolling 7-day average above 15 cases per day per 100,000 residents) must either quarantine for 10 days prior to traveling or present a negative COVID-19 test before arrival. Travelers coming from states in the yellow tier (those that have a 7-day rolling average below 15 cases per day per 100,000 residents) are not required to quarantine or present a negative COVID-19 test but remain under an advisory to avoid all non-essential travel. 25 states and Washington D.C. are in the “orange” tier, while 26 states and Puerto Rico are in the “yellow” tier.

Maine:

Governor Mills announced an acceleration to Maine’s COVID-19 vaccination schedule. Beginning April 7, 2021, all residents age 16 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Maryland:

Governor Hogan announced that beginning on April 6, 2021, all Marylanders 16 and older would be eligible to get vaccinated at mass vaccination sites. By April 12, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible to schedule appointments and get vaccinated through all providers.

Missouri:

(St. Louis County): St. Louis County Department of Public Health issued its Fifth Amended Safer at Home Order to take effect on April 9, 2021, rescinding and replacing the March 8, 2021 Order. Under this amended Order:

  • People may not leave their residences except for specific reasons, which explicitly do not include social gatherings unless with family or those that are part of their support bubble.
  • Gatherings are limited to 20 people indoors and 30 outdoors.
  • Businesses with occupancy limits must:
    • Limit occupancy to 50% of that authorized;
    • Provide employees with face coverings or materials to make face coverings; and
    • Comply with social distancing requirements, disinfection processes, and other related guidance.
  • Restaurants and drinking establishments must:
    • Limit occupancy to 50% of that authorized;
    • Limit seating for individual groups to ensure a distance of 6 feet;
    • Require customers to wear face coverings when interacting with employees;
    • Provide employees with face coverings or materials to make face coverings; and
    • Require customers to remain seated.
  • Banquet facilities, hotel conference rooms, and related facilities must:
    • Limit occupancy to 25% of that authorized;
    • Serve all drinks and food at tables;
    • Allow only groups of 10 or less;
    • Require customers to wear face coverings when interacting with employees;
    • Require customers to remain seated;
    • Provide employees with face coverings or materials to make face coverings; and
    • Comply with social distancing requirements, disinfection processes, and other related guidance.
  • Businesses kept closed as a result of COVID-19 may continue to operate the necessary activities to maintain the value of inventory, provide security, process payroll or employee benefits, and facilitate remote work.

Business plans submitted under the previous DPH Order that have not been resubmitted since November 17, 2020 are revoked and must be resubmitted.

(Jackson County): Jackson County issued an amended Order that will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 9, 2021 and continue until rescinded or amended in writing. Under this order, certain restrictions on Eastern Jackson County are re-imposed, including:

  • Masks must be worn unless exempted;
  • Businesses must adhere to social distancing requirements;
  • Restaurants, taverns, and venues for food and drink must require indoor patrons to be seated and wearing a mask unless actively eating or drinking; and
  • Capacity limitations for all businesses have been lifted.

Montana:

Governor Gianforte announced a change to Montana’s vaccine distribution plan. Beginning April 1, 2021, all residents age 16 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Nebraska:

The state launched a rental assistance program—applying to all areas except Lancaster County, Douglas County, Lincoln, and Omaha—on February 22, 2021. As of April 5, the Omaha, Lincoln, and Lancaster County rental assistance programs are live. The Douglas County program is scheduled to begin in mid-April. Residents of Lancaster and Douglas counties can apply here, and residents of other areas within the state can apply through the state’s website.

The state is currently in the green phase of the five-phase series of directed health measures. The green phase removes capacity restrictions for indoor gatherings (except in Lancaster County), but Nebraskans are encouraged to follow guidance to prevent virus transmission. Additional, organizers of events with 500 or more people (or 1,000 or more in Douglas County) must still receive approval from their local health department in order to proceed with the event.

New Hampshire:

Governor Chris Sununu announced that New Hampshire will expand vaccine eligibility to people 16 and older regardless of residency, including college students, beginning on April 16, 2021. The clinics require registration and will not be open to walk-in appointments.

New Jersey:

Governor Murphy signed S-3521, which provides $15 million in federal COVID-19 aid for arts and cultural venues throughout New Jersey. The legislation focuses on providing support to arts and cultural organizations in need as a result of the public health emergency.

New York:

Governor Cuomo extended the emergency regulation requiring all health insurers to waive co-pays for the COVID-19 vaccine until April 30. This regulation was put in place to help every New Yorker get vaccinated.

(New York City): On April 7, 2021, Mayor de Blasio signed Executive Order No. 193 extending the State of Emergency declaration in New York City.

Oklahoma:

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced that it is removing the residency requirement for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in Oklahoma effective April 8, 2021. All Oklahomans 16 and older remain eligible for the vaccine.

OSDH also announced 10 Oklahoma counties are in the “orange” risk level, 57 are in the “yellow” risk level, and 10 are in the “green” risk level of the state’s COVID-19 Risk Level System. The risk level categorizations provide guidelines for individuals and businesses.

Oregon:

Oregon again updated its county-by-county risk assessments pertaining to restrictions on businesses in those counties. Additionally, Oregon added a statewide hospitalization metric bearing on risk level. Currently, 16 counties are at Lower Risk, 6 counties are at Moderate Risk, and 14 counties are at High Risk. Some counties that would formally qualify for Extreme Risk are instead at High Risk due to the recently-imposed hospitalization metric. These changes go into effect as of April 9, 2021.

Rhode Island:

Governor McKee issued Executive Order 21-33 on April 8, 2021, extending the following executive orders through May 7:

  • Executive Order 20-37 (Thirty-Fourth Supplemental Emergency Declaration - Increasing State COVID-19 Response Capacity): Suspending prohibitions on post-retirement employment for retirees identified by the Rhode Island Department of Health.
  • Executive Order 20-107 (Hundred-and-Second Supplemental Emergency Declaration - Suspending Qualified Jobs Incentive Tax Credit Certification Period): Suspending the period in which a business must submit a certification for tax credit under the Qualified Jobs Incentive Act.
  • Executive Order 21-04 (One Hundred and Tenth Supplemental Emergency Declaration - In-Person Learning at Institutes of Higher Education): Allowing specific universities to conduct in-person learning subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

South Carolina:

Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2021-18 on April 7, 2021, effective immediately. This Order continues the State of Emergency for 15 days (until April 22) and extends Executive Order 2021-12 for the duration of the State of Emergency. All transportation waivers for commercial vehicles and operators of commercial vehicles are still in effect.

Texas:

On April 6, 2021, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-35, prohibiting state agencies or political subdivisions in Texas from creating a “vaccine passport” requirement or otherwise conditioning receipt of services on an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status. The Order also prohibits organizations receiving public funds from requiring consumers to provide documentation of vaccine status in order to receive any service or enter any place. However, the Order states that it does not limit the ability of a nursing home, state supported living center, assisted living facility, or long-term care facility to require documentation of a resident’s vaccination status for any COVID-19 vaccine.

Virginia:

On April 8, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam invited eligible Virginia private schools to apply for funding from the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act that was approved by Congress in December 2020. The CRRSA Act includes $2.75 billion in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funding for the Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) program, and Virginia received and allocation of $46.6 million. Non-public schools do not receive direct awards or allocations under the EANS. Instead, state education departments use EANS funds to procure services and assistance requested by eligible private schools in their applications.

Virginia has received a total of $993 million in funds for PreK-12 education from the CRRSA Act, with $946 million benefiting Virginia’s PreK-12 public schools. $845 million of those funds are now available to Virginia’s 132 public school divisions with $101 million set aside for statewide education initiatives such as enhancing student literacy, providing extended year learning opportunities, and increasing digital instruction tools for educators.

There are 488 accredited K-12 private schools in Virginia serving approximately 112,000 students. In Virginia, eligible non-public schools are K-12 private schools with state-recognized accreditation through the Virginia Council on Private Education (VCPE) and private schools that certify compliance with the state laws that apply to schools accredited through VCPE. The CRRSA Act requires state education departments to prioritize applications based on enrollment of low-income students and the severity of the impact of the pandemic on the school.

Approved services and assistance for non-public schools under the CRRSA Act include, but are not limited to: supplies to sanitize, disinfect, and clean school facilities; personal protective equipment; physical barriers to facilitate social distancing; and educational technology to help students, teachers, and staff with remote and hybrid learning. Eligible non-public schools must submit a completed application to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) by April 26, 2021. The application form and additional information on the EANS program can be found here.

Washington:

Applications open on April 9, 2021 for grants from the Washington State Department of Agriculture to small, agriculture-related businesses in four agriculture sectors that have suffered economically due to COVID-19:

  • Shellfish growers;
  • Farmers market organizations;
  • Agritourism farms; and
  • Small breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries that rely upon tap and tasting room sales.

West Virginia:

On April 7, 2021, Governor Jim Justice urged all West Virginians age 65 and older who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine as soon as possible. Vaccinations are now available to all West Virginians age 16 and older.

Governor Justice has directed the Joint Interagency Task Force to establish three fixed-location vaccination clinics in Berkeley, Kanawha, and Monongalia counties to ensure that every West Virginian age 65 and older has access to the vaccine. Individuals in this age range will continue to be prioritized until all who desire the vaccine have been vaccinated. West Virginians age 65 and older are urged to pre-register for an appointment online or by calling the West Virginia Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965. The info line is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

April 5, 2021

Alabama:

Governor Ivey announced that beginning on April 5, 2021, the Alabama Department of Public Health will expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone age 16 and older.

Arizona:

Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2021-08, lifting restrictions on healthcare institutions. Specifically, the Order rescinds Executive Orders 2020-10 (Delaying Elective Surgeries), 2020-22 (Protection of Vulnerable Residents at Nursing and Residential Care Institutions, IFC-IIDs, and DD Medical Group Homes), and 2020-32 (Requesting Exemption from Executive Order 2020-10).

California:

On April 2, 2021, the California Department of Public Health updated the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Beginning April 15:

  • Counties in the Red Tier will be able to hold outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people;
  • Counties in the Orange Tier will be able to hold outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people; and
  • Counties in the Yellow Tier will be able to hold outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people.

Under the revised framework, private events or meetings will be permitted in all Tiers subject to certain restrictions, and some indoor live events and performances will be allowed in counties in the Red Tier or better.

Colorado:

Governor Jared Polis announced that he will be extending the statewide mask order as of April 3, 2021 and will expire 30 days thereafter. The updated Executive Order will continue to require mask-wearing in all counties in:

  • Schools (including during extracurricular activities);
  • Childcare centers and indoor children’s camps;
  • Public-facing state government facilities;
  • Congregate care facilities;
  • Prisons and jails;
  • Emergency medical and other healthcare settings; and
  • Personal services and limited healthcare settings (as defined by PHO 20-36).

In counties with one-week disease incidence rates in excess of 35 per 100,000, masks must also be worn in all public indoor settings when 10 or more unvaccinated individuals or individuals of unknown vaccination status are present. The Executive Order maintains exemptions that were in the previous Executive Orders.

Governor Polis also extended an Executive Order requiring the temporary suspension of certain statutes and rules to expand the healthcare workforce for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities due to the presence of COVID-19 beginning April 4, 2021 and expiring 30 days thereafter.

Florida:

On April 2, 2021, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-81, addressing vaccine passports in Florida. The Order prohibits Florida government entities from issuing vaccine passports for the purpose of certifying an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status to a third party. The Order also prohibits businesses in the state from requiring patrons or customers to provide documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination to gain access to or service from the business.

(Broward County): On March 29, 2021, County Administrator Bertha Henry issued a Declaration of Emergency, further extending the local state of emergency for 7 days beginning at 9:00 a.m. on March 30, 2021.

(Palm Beach County): On April 2, 2021, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency, further extending the state of local emergency through April 9, 2021.

Illinois:

Governor Pritzker issued a Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the state of emergency in Illinois and the exercise of emergency powers for 30 days. The Proclamation directs the coordination of various state agencies under the Illinois Emergency Management Act in the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Iowa:

On April 2, 2021, Governor Reynolds signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency extending the regulatory relief measures currently in place for an additional 30 days through May 2, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Maryland:

On April 1, 2021, Governor Hogan announced that all Marylanders age 16 and older can now pre-register for an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site. The announcement noted that while pre-registration is now open to all Marylanders, individuals who are currently eligible under Phase 1 and Phase 2 but have not been vaccinated will continue to be prioritized.

New Jersey:

On April 19, 2021, Governor Murphy announced that all individuals ages 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Governor Murphy’s goal is to have all New Jersey adults fully vaccinated by June 30, 2021.

Governor Murphy also announced that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and persons who have clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months and are traveling within the U.S do not need to be tested for COVD-19 or self-quarantine before or after traveling to New Jersey. International travelers, however, must present a negative test result or documentation of recovery to enter the U.S. following air travel.

New Mexico:

On April 5, 2021, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that all residents ages 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents can register for vaccination here.

New York:

Governor Cuomo announced that all New Yorkers age 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as of April 6, 2021.

(New York City): On April 2, 2021, Mayor de Blasio signed Executive Order No. 192 extending the State of Emergency declaration in New York City.

Ohio:

On April 5, 2021, Governor Mike DeWine issued a new health order stating that the only capacity limits will be at indoor events, which are restricted to 25% unless a variance has been approved. This consolidation of COVID-19 health orders eliminated 18 prior orders, but the requirement that people wear masks indoor remains. Large outdoor events such as festivals, graduations, and sporting events can occur, but groups are encouraged to limit the group to 10 people or fewer.

Oregon:

Family members of front-line workers became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on April 5, 2021 after Governor Brown opened vaccines to Group 7 of Phase 1B.

Pennsylvania:

The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an Order that took effect on April 4, 2021 and will remain in effect until further notice. This Order amends certain provisions of the November 23, 2020 Order, including:

  • Telework is no longer required;
  • Retail businesses, gyms and fitness centers, and personal care services may operate at up to 75% capacity;
  • Bars may now offer bar service, no longer have an industry-specific capacity limit, and no longer must cease on-site alcohol consumption by 11:00 p.m.;
  • Restaurants may operate at up to 50% capacity, no longer must cease on-site alcohol sales by 10:00 p.m., and customers being served are no longer required to be seated;
  • Nightclubs with bar service may now operate at up to 50% capacity; and
  • Events and gatherings are now limited to 25% capacity indoors and 50% capacity outdoors.

Virginia:

Governor Northam announced that beginning April 18, 2021, all individuals in Virginia age 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. All individuals who live or work in Virginia can pre-register online or call 877-829-4682 to be notified when they are eligible for vaccination and an appointment is available. Those at higher risk will continue to receive priority in the scheduling process.

Washington:

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler again extended an emergency order requiring health insurance providers to cover telehealth procedures and COVID-19 testing. The Order is now set to expire May 2, 2021.

Wisconsin:

Governor Evers announced that, as of April 5, 2021, anyone ages 16 and over is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

April 1, 2021

Arizona:

Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2021-07, an Enhanced Surveillance Advisory, which supersedes the reporting requirements set forth in prior executive orders. Although nothing in the Order requires a person to obtain a vaccine, employers may implement policies consistent with the law for such a requirement. Every 24 hours, all licensed hospitals (excluding special hospitals providing only psychiatric services) must report to ADHS, among other data points, a list (including personal identifying information) of all COVID-19 confirmed patients and the number of ventilators, ICU beds, ED beds, and ECMOs in use and available for use. Reporting requirements are also instituted for laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing, as well as health care providers and agencies that administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Arkansas:

On March 30, 2021, Governor Hutchinson announced that the statewide mask mandate would be lifted. Businesses may still require customers to wear face coverings. The Governor also announced that COVID-19 vaccines are now eligible to all Arkansans aged 16 and older.

Colorado:

On March 25, 2021, Governor Polis extended an Executive Order establishing directives for the COVID-19 Dial Framework. The Executive Order was amended to allow for counties in Level Orange to request site-specific variances and extend the requirement for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to continue the Dial Framework until April 16, 2021.

On March 27, Governor Polis extended an Executive Order that temporarily suspends certain state statutory deadlines to allow the continued use of federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act). Thereafter, he extended an Executive Order related to protections provided to Colorado tenants from late fees due to COVID-19. The Governor also signed an Executive Order that allows Colorado taxpayers to file state income tax returns by the extended deadline of May 17, 2021 to align with the federal tax extension.

Governor Polis announced all Coloradans 16 and over would be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting April 2, 2021. State officials anticipate that everyone who wants a vaccine will have access before the end of May.

Governor Polis recently extended (1) an Executive Order providing relief to public utility customers affected by COVID-19; (2) an Executive Order temporarily suspending statutes to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and Children’s Basic Health Plan enrollees; and (3) an Executive Order ordering expedited unemployment insurance claim processing to provide relief to Coloradans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, Governor Polis extended an Executive Order directing State of Colorado employees to take mandatory furlough days based on their salary range during fiscal year 2020-2021. State employees earning fifty thousand dollars per year or less were exempt from these furloughs. This extension runs through the end of this fiscal year, which ends on June 30, 2021. Employees were able to take furlough days at any point during this fiscal year, so this extension is necessary to ensure that all employees have the time to take their mandatory furlough days. There are no changes to the furlough policy that has previously been communicated to state employees.

Connecticut:

On March 30, 2021, Governor Lamont and Connecticut Public Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford announced plans to provide local health departments and their community partners $33.3 million in federal funding to establish outreach, education, and services for minority and traditionally underserved communities as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations. The partnerships will rely on rapid grant funding for local health departments and community organizations. The Connecticut Department of Public Health will issue information regarding grant funding and applications to interested local health departments. Applications will be due by April 15, and grants are expected to be awarded as soon as April 23.

Delaware:

On March 29, 2021, Governor Carney signed the eighth revision to the COVID-19 emergency order, which calls for increasing outdoor gathering limits and easing capacity restrictions in outdoor venues. The revised order went into effect on April 1 and includes the following changes:

  • Outdoor gatherings in spaces with no fire occupancy restrictions are limited to 150 people (unless a plan is approved by the Division of Public Health in advance).
  • Outdoor venues with fire occupancy restrictions and with more than 100,000 square feet of public space must limit occupancy to 50 percent of stated fire capacity. Any outdoor venue hosting more than 150 people must still have a plan approved by DPH to mitigate spread of COVID-19.
  • Outdoor venues with fire occupancy restrictions and with less than 100,000 square feet of public space must limit occupancy to 75 percent of stated fire capacity. Any outdoor venue hosting more than 150 people must still have a plan approved by DPH to mitigate spread of COVID-19.
  • There is no longer a two-spectator limit for sporting events.
  • Indoor gatherings or events at any business or indoor space open to the public remain limited to the lesser of fifty percent of stated fire occupancy or twenty-five people.
  • Food and drink establishments remain at fifty percent of stated fire occupancy requirements, excluding employees.

Governor Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health announced that starting April 6, all individuals ages 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacies, community vaccination sites, and mass vaccination events hosted by the State of Delaware. Primary care doctors, specialty providers, and hospital systems will continue to prioritize vaccines for individuals ages 16-64 with moderate- and high-risk medical conditions and disabilities.

On April 1, Governor Carney signed the ninth revision to his COVID-19 emergency order which calls for updates to public health requirements for youth and amateur sports. The revisions require the following:

  • Athletes participating in high-risk sports must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Athletes participating in non-high-risk sports outdoors must wear face coverings, except when actively engaged in practice or game play while on the field.
  • Athletes from different households must adhere to social distancing and remain six feet apart, except when actively engaged in practice or game play while on the field.
  • All coaches, staff, and referees must wear face coverings at all times.

Masks continue to be required at all times for all indoor sports and activities.

Florida:

(Miami-Dade County): On March 31, 2021, Mayor Daniella Cava issued an executive order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional seven-day period, beginning April 1, 2021.

Georgia:

On March 31, 2021, Governor Brian Kemp signed three new executive orders: Executive Order 03.31.21.01, Executive Order 03.31.21.02, and Executive Order 03.31.21.03.

Order 03.31.21.01 is the thirteenth renewal of the Public Health State of Emergency Order to continue restrictions originally put in place in by Order 03.14.20.01 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The public health emergency order will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2021. Executive Orders 03.31.21.02 and 03.31.21.03 extend “Empowering A Healthy Georgia,” through April 30, 2021. The Orders maintain previous guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Illinois:

(City of Chicago): The City of Chicago announced a plan for Major League Baseball to begin this week with various safety measures in place. Major League Baseball games will continue at Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate Fields with the following safety measures in place:

  • Reopening capacity will be limited to a maximum of 25%;
  • All guests are required to wear masks;
  • Limited contact at entry points;
  • Cashless concessions and retail;
  • Reduced queueing times;
  • Reconfigured indoor spaces; and
  • Screening and sanitization procedures for players, fans, and media personnel.

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will also be conducting investigations of businesses near both ballparks to ensure that bars and restaurants in these areas are following the City’s public health regulations.

Indiana:

On March 31, 2021, Governor Holcomb signed two new executive orders: Executive Order 21-08 and Executive Order 21-09.

EO 21-08 is the thirteenth renewal of the public health emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic. The public health emergency will be in effect until April 30, 2021, and all previous executive orders that rest on the public health emergency declaration are extended for the same amount of time.

EO 21-09 is the fifth continuation of the county-based measures and restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 first put in place under EO 20-43. The measures will now remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2021. Additionally, this Order modifies the previous guidelines by relaxing limits for social gathering and events and mask requirements for businesses. This modification will take effect April 6 and extend through April 30.

Kansas:

On March 31, 2021, Governor Laura Kelly signed House Bill 2078, which suspends the provisions of the speedy trial statute in the Kansas Code of Criminal Procedure until March 1, 2023, in all criminal cases and removes a provision in the statute authorizing the Chief Justice to issue an order to extend or suspend any deadlines or time limitations and requiring trials to be scheduled within 150 days of termination of such order. The Bill also adds a provision requiring trial courts to consider relevant factors when prioritizing cases for trial, as detailed in the bill.

Furthermore, Governor Kelly announced that COVID-19 testing will continue to be available at no-cost to everyone at community testing sites across the state through the end of 2021. Free testing is also available for all K-12 schools and school-related activities in Kansas. For more information, school administrations can email COVID-19@ks.gov.

Governor Kelly signed a bill to ensure Kansas can maintain pandemic-related provisions that increase Kansans’ access to health care across the state. Senate Bill 283 extends the following COVID-19 response measures until March 31, 2022:

  • The expanded use of telemedicine;
  • The authority of the Board of Healing Arts to grant certain temporary emergency licenses; and
  • Suspension of certain requirements related to medical care facilities and immunity from COVID-19 civil liability claims for certain health care providers and certain persons conducting business in Kansas.

On April 1, 2021, Governor Kelly issued executive orders related to COVID-19 put in place by previous executive orders. Several executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic were set to expire on March 31 in conjunction with the expiration of the state of disaster emergency. Senate Bill 40 includes a provision that revoked all executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Governor retains the authority to re-issue orders under the new process imposed by the Bill. The Governor issued the following orders, which will generally remain in effect until rescinded or until the statewide state of disaster emergency expires, whichever is earlier:

Also on April 1, the Kansas Legislative Coordinating Council voted to revoke the statewide mask mandate. The decision came just hours after Governor Kelly issued the new executive order.

Mississippi:

On March 31, 2021, Governor Reeves signed Executive Order 1550. The Order, effective from March 31 through April 30, issues new directives regarding the capacity limits of indoor venues.

  • Attendance at indoor arenas is limited to 75% of maximum seating capacity, and attendees should be encouraged to wear face coverings while inside the arena and when social distancing is not possible.
  • Attendance at all indoor K-12 extracurricular events is limited to 50% of the maximum seating capacity, and attendees should be encouraged to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible.

Nevada:

On March 29, 2021, Governor Sisolak issued Emergency Directive 042, which allows full-contact and close-contact sports, as defined by Emergency Directive 039, to resume for practice and competitions beginning March 30, provided that competition hosts shall adopt a Preparedness and Safety Plan for all organized leagues, clubs, and other associations beginning competitions games, matches, or league play, and spectators shall maintain social distancing and wear facial coverings. Full-contact and close-contact sports organizations, clubs, associations, and leagues must also implement a COVID-19 testing and mitigation plans prior to the commencement of competitions, games, matches, or league play in accordance with the Nevada Guidance for Adult and Youth Sports. Organizers are encouraged to work with their local health authority to develop said plan.

On March 31, 2021, Governor Sisolak issued Emergency Directive 043, which extends the moratorium on residential evictions in Nevada due to a tenant’s failure to pay rent or refusal to vacate the property after the expiration or termination of the lease agreement through May 31. Additionally, if a landlord serves a tenant with a notice to vacate or other notice related to the removal of the tenant or surrender of the premises related to an eviction covered under Emergency Directive 036, the landlord must provide the tenant with a statement, in English and Spanish, that provides certain information about the CDC Order and State eviction moratorium and the rental assistance programs in the tenant’s county.

New Hampshire:

Governor Chris Sununu announced in a press conference on April 1, 2021 that all New Hampshire school districts will be required to return to full-time in-person learning by April 19, a week before districts break for April vacation. By that deadline, all teachers who want the COVID-19 vaccine will have had the opportunity to receive it. A remote option will remain available for families who do not wish to return to in-person learning. All New Hampshire residents 16 and older become eligible to sign up for a vaccine appointment on April 2.

New Jersey:

Governor Murphy signed S-3523, which provides $25 million in federal relief aid for small businesses throughout New Jersey. The focus of the Bill is to provide funding to microbusinesses (business with five or fewer employees).

New York:

Governor Cuomo announced that collegiate sports can bring back fans to the stands under strict state guidelines beginning on April 2, 2021. Large-scale venues that hold more than 1,500 attendees indoors or 2,500 attendees outdoors will be allowed to host up to 10% capacity 20% capacity, respectively. All attendees must present proof a negative COVID-19 test or completed COVID-19 vaccination before entry.

North Carolina:

On March 30, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper signed three Executive Orders. Executive Order 206 extends North Carolina’s statewide residential eviction moratorium through June 30, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent extension of the nationwide moratorium. The State’s eviction moratorium halts evictions for nonpayment of rent and sets forth certain procedures for landlords and their tenants who may qualify for protection from eviction.

Executive Order 207 expedites the processing of unemployment insurance claims and is effective through June 30. Executive Order 205 extends the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission’s authorization to permit the delivery or carry-out of mixed beverages as an alternative to on-site consumption through April 30.

Oklahoma:

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced 10 Oklahoma counties are in the “orange” risk level, 60 are in the “yellow” risk level, and 7 are in the “green” risk level of the state’s COVID-19 Risk Level System. The risk level categorizations provide guidelines for individuals and businesses.

Rhode Island:

Governor McKee issued Executive Order 21-30 on March 31, 2021, extending the following executive orders through April 29, 2021:

  • Executive Order 20-44 (Fortieth Supplemental Emergency Declaration - Uniform Statewide School Calendar): Requiring the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to issue a uniform, statewide school calendar.
  • Executive Order 20-46 (Forty-Second Supplemental Emergency Declaration - Public Meetings and Public Records Requests): Requiring public bodies conducting meetings to ensure public access to meetings through alternative means, and suspending public records requests.
  • Executive Order 21-02 (One Hundred and Eighth Supplemental Emergency Declaration -Amended Student Transportation Order): Suspending the requirement that student transportation providers use certain transportation routes and vehicles for student transportation.

South Carolina:

Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2021-17 on April 1, 2021. Effective immediately, the Order incentivizes the production of essential medical supplies and devices in South Carolina and directs the Department of Commerce to undertake the following actions:

  • Prioritize and enhance ongoing economic development and recruitment efforts by identifying, encouraging, and incentivizing pharmaceutical and medical supply manufactures to locate research, development, and production facilities in South Carolina.
  • Develop and execute marketing campaigns that promote the State of South Carolina as a global leader in the sector of essential medical supplies and devices.
  • Facilitate, assist, and incentivize growth, expansion, investment, and employment opportunities at existing businesses and industries in the medical supply and device sector.
  • Identify and advocate for statutory/regulatory changes or enhancements to the State of South Carolina’s existing economic development mechanisms for new businesses and industry investment or expansion in the medical supply and device sector.

The Order also directs state agencies or departments involved in the procurement of essential medicines, medical devices, or medical supplies to identify available domestic suppliers’ and to maximize the procurement and utilization of products manufactured in the State of South Carolina and the United States.

Tennessee:

The Metro Public Health Department announced on March 31, 2021 that anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Those eligible can schedule an appointment online or call the TDH vaccine support line at 866-442-5301. Transportation resources are available when appointments are booked online or via phone.

Vermont:

On April 1, 2021, Governor Scott signed Addendum 13 to amend Executive Order 01-20. The Addendum provides unemployment benefit relief to employers for employees who separate from employment for a COVID-19 qualifying reason. The addendum also provides unemployment benefits to individuals who are forced to leave employment for a COVID-19 qualifying reason. The directives set forth in Addendum 12 remain unchanged.

Washington:

Washington announced that all Washingtonians 16 or older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as of April 15, 2021. This further expands the list of those eligible to include persons 60 and over, 16 and over with two or more health conditions, and certain high-risk workers.

Wisconsin:

On March 30, 2021, Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health announced everyone age 16 and over will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5, 2021. Vaccine providers will prioritize anyone previously eligible, such as public-facing essential workers and people with medical conditions.

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