In early March 2021, Gov. Ivey announced she will let the state's mask mandate expire on April 9, 2021. On April 7, she issued the Safer Apart Order, which officially lifts the mandate.
On 8/10/20 the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced public health recommendations for the eventual safe reopening of paused businesses in the state of Arizona. Arizona is currently in the substantial transmission phase. Upon this initial two-week review, ADHS advises keeping EO 2020-52 restrictions in place for the time being, but is providing metrics for industry leaders and businesses to understand when a general reopening could be considered. EO 2020-52 extends a pause on gyms, bars, movie theaters, water parks and tubing, and continues to prohibit large gatherings - for review every two weeks. EO 2020-43 initially Paused the reopening phase on 6/29. EO 2020-36 began AZ reopening on 5/18/20.
Effective July 20, 2020, every person in Arkansas must wear a face covering completely over the mouth and nose in all indoor environments, excluding private residences, where they are exposed to non-household members and distancing of six (6) feet or more cannot be assured and in all outdoor settings, excluding private residences, where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there exists ample space of six (6) feet or more to practice physical distancing.
Under guidelines issued Jan. 2, 2021, indoor gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited unless a plan is submited to and approved by the Secretary of Health. Gatherings of 10 or fewer people are permitted with no approved plan. Larger events at indoor and outdoor entertainment venues can be held for up to 66% of a venue's capacity, with approval from the Secretary of Health.
Gov. Newsom (D) announces "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" overhauling CA's reopening process. Counties will be placed in a color-coded tier system based upon COVID-19's prevalance in each county. Each color corresponds to how businesses may reopen and operate. Purple being the most restrictive, followed by Red, Orange, and Yellow as the least restrictive. Counties' color-placement is based upon 1. number of cases per 100,000 residents and percentage of positive COVID-19 cases. Counties must remain in each tier except purple for at least 21 days before being eligible to enter the next tier. (from 8/28)
On January 25, 2021, Governor Newsom lifted all stay at home orders throughout California. Prior to this order the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California were under stay at home orders.
California is currently in a regional and county-by-county approach to reopening. As of April 13, 2021:
1 of 58 counties are under a Purple designation, only outdoor gatherings of a maximum of 3 households are permitted.
21 of 58 counties are under a Red designation, beginning Apr. 15, 2021, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25 people. Indoor gatherings will be strongly discouraged but allowed with modifications (no food/drink except when following the standards in the guidance).
33 of 58 counties are under an Orange designation, beginning Apr. 15, 2021, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 50 people. Indoor gatherings will be strongly discouraged but allowed with modifications (no food/drink except when following the standards in the guidance).
3 of 58 counties are currently under a Yellow designation, beginning Apr. 15, 2021, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 100 people. Indoor gatherings will be strongly discouraged but allowed with modifications (no food/drink except when following the standards in the guidance).
Governor Polis' multi-level plan for reopening Colorado incorporates a six-level dial with the colors green, blue, yellow, orange, red, and purple - each color signifying a greater health risk than the last. The DPHE determines when a county may move to a "lower" color, which allows them to reopen more businesses.
Executive Order 2020-039, effective April 17, 2020, requires essential workers who work in proximity to anyone else to wear cloth masks (or any higher grade material). Also requires them to wear gloves whenever possible. The order has been extended every thirty days, at most, with the most recent extension coming January 6, 2021 via Order 2021-007.
12/14 - Extends existing mandate
1/8 - Extends existing mandate
Health Order 20-36, last amended December 7, 2020, eliminates personal capacity caps for houses of worship and other religiously oriented events.
Colorado is under a county-by-county phased reopening plan as detailed below.
For the 0 of 64 counties at the "Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors" phase of reopening, gatherings are limited to 500 people.
For the 1 of 64 counties at the "Level Blue: Cautious" phase of reopening, gatherings are limited to 200 people.
For the 3 of 64 counties at the "Level Yellow: Concern" phase of reopening, gatherings are limited to 10 people, no more than 2 households.
For the 59 of 64 counties at the "Level Orange: High Risk" phase of reopening, gatherings are limited to 10 people, no more than 2 households
For the 1 of 64 counties at "Level Red: Sever Risk" phase of reopening, gatherings of more than two people from separate households is prohibited, except for necessary activities.
In Connecticut, any person in a public place in Connecticut, whether indoors or outdoors, who is not six feet from every other person must wear a face covering. Face coverings must also be worn while in public transportation or publicly available private transportation or within any semi-enclosed transit stop. Additionally, there are a number of exceptions to the class of persons generally required to wear a mask (those younger than 2 years old, et cetera).
Currently, under Phase 2.1 of reopening, private gatherings at a commercial venue are limited to 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors. Private gatherings at a private residence are limited to 25 people indoors or 100 outdoors. Graduations may host up to 50% of the venue's capacity if indoors, and up to 50% capacity or 100% capacity with six feet social distancing if outdoors. Religious gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, are limited to 100% capacity if six feet of physical distancing is possible. Outdoor event venues have 25% of Fire Capacity and distancing. Outdoor organized gatherings, those open to the public, may allow up to 500 attendees if 15 feet of space is available between groups.
For all gatherings, every participant must wear a face mask and must physically distance from others by at least six feet.
Requirement. Governor Carney Requires Delawareans to Wear Face Coverings in Public Settings. AUGUST 24, 2020 UPDATE: As Delaware families consider a safe return to school, Governor Carney and the Division of Public Health announced an update to Delaware’s face coverings guidance for children. All children who are in kindergarten or older must wear face coverings in public settings, including school buildings, according to the updated DPH guidance. All children 2 years of age and older are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in public. Children younger than 2 must not wear face coverings due to suffocation risk. A child with a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe or a disability that prevents the child from wearing a face covering is not required to wear one.
Governor John Carney on Friday signed the fifth revision to the omnibus emergency order, continuing the restrictions, including the Stay-at-Home advisory and universal indoor mask mandate.
Currently, under an order effective Dec. 11, 2020, indoor public gatherings are restricted to 30% of a venue's capacity, with a maximum of 10 people. Outdoor public gatherings are limited to 50 people (plans for up to 250 people may be approved by the Department of Public Health).
Religious and political gatherings are limited to the lesser of 30% of a venue’s capacity or 50 people. From Nov. 23, 2020.
Requirement. Fifth Supplementary Proclamation requires all customers and employees who have customer contact must wear a cloth face mask and encourages everyone to wear cloth face masks whenever in public places. Gov. David Ige issued a 15th COVID-19 emergency proclamation that extends and clarifies the statewide mask mandate as agreed to by all four counties and the state. The proclamation states all persons in the State shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in public.
Although currently there is no general, statewide mask mandate across Idaho. Nevertheless, use of face coverings by the general public is strongly recommended, and face coverings are mandatory in a number of sector-specific settings. Further, employers should identify how personal use items such as masks, face coverings, and gloves may be required by employees, vendors, and patrons.
Illinois has a 5-Phase (with a Bridge Phase between phases 4 and 5) reopening plan. All regions in Illinois are currently in Phase 4.
The Bridge Phase offers Illinois a bridge between the state's current Phase 4 restrictions and the "new normal" operations of Phase 5. This "Bridge Phase" will serve as a transition period with higher capacity limits and increased business operations, without prematurely embracing a reckless reopening before the majority of Illinoisans have been vaccinated. All regions of the state will move through the Bridge Phase and ultimately to Phase 5, together.
In Illinois, any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. This requirement applies whether in an indoor space, such as a store, or in a public outdoor space where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not always possible.
Currently, all people in Indiana must wear a face covering when indoors any non-residential building (excluding private offices, private workspaces, or meetings in which social distancing is practicable), in an outdoor space when social distancing is not practicable, or while using public transportation or publicly-available private transportation. However, there are a number of exceptions to the class generally required to wear face coverings.
In Indiana, there are a number of restrictions on large venues, social gatherings, and events based on the color-code of the county:
Red counties (4 of 92) may allow no more than 25 individuals per gathering;
Orange counties (59 of 92) may allow no more than 50 individuals per gathering;
Yellow counties (29 of 92) may allow no more than 100 individuals per gathering; and,
Blue counties (0 of 92) may allow no more than 250 individuals per gathering.
The 7/24 proclamation extends public health mitigation measures currently in place for businesses and other establishments. This includes the requirements for bars and restaurants to ensure six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking; to ensure all patrons have a seat at a table or bar; and to limit congregating together closer than six feet. Requirements for social distancing, hygiene, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission also remain in place for gyms, casinos, salons, theaters, and other establishments without change.
Currently, Iowa is not under a stateside mask mandate.
On Feb. 7, 2021, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency lifted the statewide mask mandate, which had been in place since Nov. 2020. The now lifted mandate had required Iowans to to wear masks when people are in an indoor public space and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer. Businesses are still encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for distancing and sanitation.
Currently, Kansas has a mask mandate until the State of Emergency expires (where the Kansas Legislature renewed the State of Emergency through Senate Bill 14). As such, any person in Kansas must wear a face covering: inside, or in line to enter, any indoor public space; when obtaining services from the healthcare sector; while waiting for a ride on or riding in public transportation or a private transportation service open to the general public; or, when outside where social distancing is not practicable.
Kentucky's mask mandate requires all persons in Kentucky to wear a face covering while (1) inside or waiting to enter a retail establishment, (2) while waiting for or while riding on public transport, or (3) while in an outdoor public space in which the wearer is not able to physically distance themselves at least 6 feet away from non-household members of the public. There are also a number of exceptions to the class of persons required to wear a face covering. Finally, there are a number of business-specific mask and PPE requirements depending upon the kind of business.
Requirement. Face coverings required when inside a commercial establishment or any other building or open space to the public, whether indoor or outdoor. Counties with fewer than 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents may opt out. Extended Dec. 23, 2020, by Proclamation No. 209 through Jan. 13, 2021.
EO 19 & EO 19-A requires owners and operators of indoor public settings to enforce all persons to wear face coverings in buildings. EO 16 amends mask mandates for individuals entering publicly accessible government building, retail space, and schools. Individuals must wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Revised mandate provides for greater enforcement and requires certain businesses in specific localities to implement mask requirements.
In Maryland, all persons over the age of 5 must wear a mask when they are: (1) on or in public transportation, (2) indoors at any location where the general public is generally permitted, (3) at any outdoor sporting venue or outdoor entertainment venue, (4) outdoors when social distancing is not practicable, (5) while obtaining healthcare, and (6) engaged in any work where interaction with others is likely. Further, there are a number of exceptions to this general mask mandate.
On Feb. 25, 2021, the Baker-Polito Administration announced its plan to move to Step 2 of Phase 3 on March 1. It also plans to reach Step 1 of Phase 4 by March 22.
At Phase 3, Step 2, the following restrictions will apply (3/1/21):
-Indoor performance venues such as concert halls, theaters, and other indoor performance spaces will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity with no more than 500 persons
-Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact (laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, obstacle courses) will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity
-Capacity limits across all sectors with capacity limits will be raised to 50% and exclude employees
-Restaurants will no longer have a percent capacity limit and will be permitted to host musical performances; six-foot social distancing, limits of six people per table and 90 minute limits remain in place
At Phase 4, Step 1, the following restrictions will apply (3/22/21):
-Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks will be allowed to operate at 12% capacity after submitting a plan to the Dept of Public Health.
-Gathering limits for venues or other public settings will increase to 100 people indoors and 150 outdoors. For private residences, the limit will remain at 25 people outdoors, 10 people indoors.
-Exhibition and conventions halls may resume operation as long as they follow the gathering limits and other state protocols.
11/2: Governor Baker also signed an updated order related to face-coverings. The revised order requires all persons to wear face-coverings in all public places, even where they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. The revised order still allows for an exception for residents who cannot wear a face-covering due to a medical or disabling condition, but it allows employers to require employees to provide proof of such a condition. It also allows schools to require that students participating in in-person learning provide proof of such a medical or disabling condition. 5/6: Requirement. Governor Baker issued an Order effective Wednesday, May 6 requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253 required people to wear face coverings when participating in gatherings. It will also require employers to provide at least cloth face coverings to their employees. New EO includes enforcement provisions & penalties. E0 2020-185 requires all students kindergarten and up to wear a mask while at school. required by 2020 EO-59 & EO-96. Replaces 2020 EO-147.
Currently, starting Dec. 21, 2020, indoor social gatherings at non-residential venues are prohibited. Indoor social gatherings at limited to 10 people from 2 hoursholds at residential venues provided each person at the gathering wears a face covering. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people from 3 households if each person at the gathering wears a face covering. At non-residential venues, 25 or fewer persons are gathered at a venue without fixed seating, and attendance is limited to 20 persons per 1,000 square feet, including within any distinct area within the event space; 25 or fewer persons are gathered at a venue with fixed seating, and attendance is limited to 20% of seating capacity of the venue. Original restrictions on large gatherings contained in EO 2020-05.
Currently, indoor social gatherings are limited to 15 people, and the limit on outdoor social gatherings to 50 people.
Additionally, places of worship, funeral homes, and venues that offer space for event such as wedding ceremonies and funeral services must develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.
In Montana, a face covering (covering both the mouth and nose) must be worn by persons in indoor spaces open to the public at all times. Further, a face covering must be worn during any organized outdoor activity where social distancing is not possible or observed. Finally, there are a number of exemptions to the class of persons subject to this mask mandate (those exemptions include, but not by way of limitation, children under 5, persons consuming food or beverages, persons performing activities that make the wearing of a face covering impracticable, and a number of other exemptions).
Under a statewide pause order in the state's reopening, which began Nov. 24, 2020, and was extended until at lest Feb. 15, 2021, public gatherings are limited to no more than 50 individuals or 25% of fire code capacity, whichever is less, under strict social distancing requirements. This includes places of worship, indoor movie theaters, live theater performances, casino showrooms, weddings, funerals, milestone celebrations and any other event where members of the public may be gathering together at the same time, in the same place, for the same purposes. No large gathering plans are approved during this time.
Requirement. Requires individuals to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance and keep a six-foot distance from others, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, where the individual is under two years of age, or in situations where individuals cannot feasibly wear a face covering, such as when eating or drinking at outdoor dining areas.
Currently, since Dec. 7, 2020, indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people. Indoor gatherings for weddings, funerals, religious services, political activities, movie theaters, performing arts centers and concert venues cannot exceed 150 guests or 25% of the room's capacity, whichever is lower.
Outdoor gatherings, under EO 196 (effective Nov. 17, 2020), are limited to 25 people. Exceptions will be made for religious or political activities, funerals, memorial services and weddings.
On Feb. 24, 2021, the Department of Health added a "turquoise" level to the state's reopening framework. This is now the highest tier. If a county is in the Green level for two weeks, it advances to Turquoise.
In Turquoise counties, gatherings of more than 150 people are prohibited.
Capacity limits as follows:
Retailers: 75% indoors, 100% outdoors
Houses of worship: 75% indoors
Large entertainment venues: 33% indoors, 75% outdoors
Recreational facilities: 50% indoors, 75% outdoors
Bars and clubs: 33% indoors, 75% outdoors
Restaurants: 75% indoors or outdoors
Places of lodging: 100% if have completed NM Safe Certified training, 50% if not
Any other business: 75% indoors, 100% outdoors
Requirement. Requires that everyone wear face coverings in public, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising. Under the expiring order, only retail workers were required to wear face coverings. On 6/30 it was announced that the state will agressively enforce the mask mandate. Violators will be subject to a $100 fine.
New Mexico instituted a county-by-county color-coded reopening plan in early Dec. 2020 an added the low risk "turquoise" designation in late Feb. 2021:
Any individual who over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance. Business owners may turn away potential customers for not wearing a face covering.
New York has lifted several restrictions on gatherings in many areas in New York State. Specifically, those areas no longer under so-called yellow zone restriction include portions of central and western New York and the southern border. Yellow zones remain in two areas of the Bronx, one in Queens, one in Manhattan’s Washington Heights and one in Newburgh on the Hudson River, Cuomo said. In those spots, nonresidential gatherings are restricted to 25 people, residential gatherings are limited to 10, houses of worship can operate at 50% capacity and indoor and outdoor dining are restricted.
New York's Department of Health has had the authority to impose specific health restrictions based upon clusters of COVID-19 cases in an area. The Micro-Cluster Strategy identifies clusters and the areas around them and categorizes them into one or more color-coded zones with corresponding levels of restrictions based on severity: Red Zones, Orange Zones, and Yellow Zones. New rules and restrictions directly target areas to help control COVID-19 spread and protect hospital capacity.
Gathering restrictions differ across the state depending on whether the area is classified as being in the red, orange or yellow zone. In red-zone areas, all nonresidential and residential gatherings are prohibited. Within the orange zone, gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed. In the yellow zone, nonresidential gatherings can take place with a maximum of 25 people, while residential gatherings are limited to 10 people.
Implements a modified “Stay at Home” order for all individuals to stay at home from 10pm - 5am, with exceptions for travel to or from work, trips to grocery, or obtain medicine. The Order also extends capacity limitations, indoor and outdoor gathering limits, and other public health restrictions put in place by previous executive orders. Alcohol sales prohibited from 9pm to 7am. All events must end by 10pm.
Requirement. Face Coverings must be worn indoors if anyone else is in that space who is not a member of the same household. Face Coverings must be worn outdoors if it is not possible to consistently be physically distant by more than 6 feet from nonhousehold members. Requirements apply to all persons age 5 and up.
North Dakota does not have a mask mandate in effect. Previously North Dakota required face coverings to be used by all employees and patrons inside indoor businesses and indoor public settings, as well as in outdoor business and public settings when it’s not possible to maintain physical distancing.
There is no blanket ban on mass gatherings in North Dakota. However, there are a number of restrictions on events in banquet halls, ballrooms, and other large event venues. Gatherings cannot exceed 50% of a venue's maximum occupancy and must also abide by new capacity restrictions that have been tiered according to the size of the facility. Further, many social distancing and hygiene-related guidelines apply.
Requirement. Beginning July 23 at 6:00pm, citizens in all Ohio counties will be under a mandatory mask order while out in public. Masks must be worn at all times when: At an indoor location that’s not a residence; Outdoors, when unable to keep 6ft social distance from those not in your household; When waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation -taxi, car service, private rideshare. 11/11/2020: Revised Mask Order: Although most people and businesses have properly followed COVID-19 safety guidelines issued in Ohio’s July 23, 2020, mask order, others are not following the order. To protect frontline workers and customers, the Ohio Department of Health will reissue Ohio’s mask order and add the following provisions: Each store will be required to post a sign outlining face-covering requirements at all public entrances to the store; Each store will be responsible for ensuring that customers and employees are wearing masks; and A new Retail Compliance Unit, comprised of agents led by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, will inspect to ensure compliance. A first violation will result in a written warning and a second violation will result in closure of the store for up to 24 hours.
Under an order issued in April 2020, all public and private gatherings of greater than 10 people occurring outside a single residence and the real estate on which it is located, or an apartment, condominium, or dormitory living unit are prohibited , with exceptions.
In an updated order effective Nov. 17, 2020, the state added that in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through airborne particles passing between people in close contact, wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities are subject to the following restrictions:
This order does not apply to religious observances; First Amendment protected speech, including petition or referendum circulators, and any activity by media; and to governmental meetings which include meetings that are required to be open to the public.
Requirement. Oregon Health authority issued guidance on wearing masks pursuant to EO 20-27. Beginning July 15, Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, whether publicly or privately owned as well as outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Beginning July 24, children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance.Beginning October 19, employers are required to provide employees with face coverings if they operate in an indoor or outdoor setting.
EO No. 20-66, effective Dec. 18, 2020, establishes a county-by-county metrics-based approach to controlling COVID-19 transmission, restrictions are therefore dependent upon the county's risk level. Effective April 9:
0 of 36 counties are in the Extreme Risk (red) category, social and at-home gatherings are limited to 6 people outside and 6 people inside. The limit for outdoor recreation or entertainment establishments is 50 people.
14 of 36 counties are in the High Risk (orange) category, social and at-home gatherings are limited to 6 people outside and 8 people inside. The limit for outdoor recreation or entertainment establishments is 75 people.
6 of 36 counties are in the Moderate Risk (yellow) category, social and at-home gatherings are limited to 10 people outside and 8 people inside. The limit for outdoor recreation or entertainment establishments is 150 people.
16 of 36 counties are in the Lower Risk (green) category, social and at-home gatherings are limited to 12 people outside and 10 people inside. The limit for outdoor recreation or entertainment establishments is 300 people.
Requirement. Masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. Updated order requires when outdoors, a mask must be worn if you are not able to remain physically distant (at least 6 feet away) from someone not in your household the entire time you are outdoors. When indoors, masks will now be required even if you are physically distant from members not in your household. This means that even if you are able to be 6 feet apart, you will need to wear a mask while inside if with people other than members of your household. This order applies to every indoor facility, including homes, retail establishments, gyms, doctors’ offices, public transportation, and anywhere food is prepared, packaged or served.
Currently, Pennsylvania is using a maximum occupancy calculator to determine how many attendees are allowed at indoor and outdoor events in the state. The calculator ranges from 5-10% maximum occupancy and no events over 500 people for indoor events and 5-15% maximum occupancy and no events over 2,500 people for outdoor events.
The state "advises against" household gatherings when attendees include non-household members, but it is not prohibited.
In Rhode Island, any person who is in a place open to the public, whether indoors or outdoors, shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering; however, there are a number of exceptions to the class of persons required to wear face coverings. This mask mandate is effective until March 24, 2021.
In Rhode Island, only members of a single household can gather in indoor and outdoor public and private social gathering places, including for holiday parties, parties and celebrations. Indoor weddings and other events with licensed catering may have up to 100 people, and outdoor weddings can have up to 200 people. Indoor and outdoor venues of assembly may operate at 75% capacity.
Requirement. Masks are required in state government buildings. EO encourages localities to adopt their own mask requirements. Restaurants must require that all employees, customers, patrons, suppliers, vendors, and other visitors wear face coverings, except while actively engaged in eating or drinking. All persons in attendance where there is a large crowd or gathering must wear a face covering as a condition of entry or participation.
South Dakota has yet to issue a state-wide mask mandate.
Governor Abbott Implements Changes to the Reopening Plan, increasing capacity at gyms, retail, and dine-in restaurants to 75%, amusement parks to 50% or 75% at owner's discretion, no limits at cosmetologists, massage, and beauty salons with social distancing. Bars and river tubing operators remain closed. Nursing home visitations allowed.
The COVID-19 Transmission Index is a balanced approach intended to protect communities. It represents the collaborative work of state and local public health officials, the Governor’s Office, legislative leaders, the hospital industry, and business leaders. The transmission index clarifies the public health metrics used to determine which counties are placed in which transmission level. Counties will be placed in one of three transmission levels: High, Moderate, or Low. These levels correspond directly to case rates, positivity rates, and ICU utilization.
After a previous order expired on Nov. 24, 2020, there are no limits on gathering sizes in Utah, but event organizers must abide by certain safety protocols.
An event host of a social gathering shall complete and implement the Event Management Template provided by the Department and require each individual attending the social gathering to wear a face mask.
On April 9, 2021, Vermont began a new reopening plan, entitled "The Vermont Forward Plan." That plan ties three separate phases of reopening the state to certain vaccination milestones: Step 1 begins when 45-55% of all Vermonters have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; Step 2 begins when 60-70% of all Vermonters have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; and, Step 3 begins when 70-85% of all Vermonters have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Each step in Vermont's plan to reopen removes certain behavior and sector-specific restrictions. For example, at the commencement of Step 1, "no quarantine is required for unvaccinated visitors with a negative test within 3 days prior to arrival."
In Vermont, all multi-household social gatherings indoors and outdoors in public and private spaces are prohibited. This includes all public and private gatherings including but not limited to household gatherings, parties, weddings, events, etc.
On March 5, 2021, Gov. Scott announced that fully vaccinated people can gather with other fully vaccinated people without limit. Additionally, vaccinated people in a household can gather with one unvaccinated household.
In Virginia, all individuals "aged five and older must cover their mouth and nose with a face covering, as described and recommended by the CDC, if they are in an indoor setting shared by others." This restriction applies to a number of open-air establishments; however, it does not apply in a religious context nor does it apply to persons inside their personal residence. There are a number of other health-related exceptions to the class of persons required to wear a face covering.
Currently, under an order effective Dec. 14 until Jan. 31, 2020, all public and private in-person gatherings of more than 10 individuals who do not live in the same residence are prohibited. This restriction doesn't bar, however, individuals from attending religious services or attending educational instruction with more than 10 people; provided, however, those excepted circumstances are in compliance with certain social distancing and hygiene-related guidelines.
Gov. Inslee announced the “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a new COVID-19 phased recovery plan which will replace the previous county-level reopening plan. The new two-phased plan begins on January 11, 2021, divides the state into eight regions. Each region begins in Phase 1, which limits capacity at gyms and prohibits indoor dining and at-home indoor gatherings with people outside the household. Phase 2 eases restrictions, which includes allowing restaurants to reopen at 50%.
On 1/28/21, Governor Inslee announced changes to the reopening plan. The state is still using the eight-region, two-phase system, but now, a region may advance to Phase 2 if it meets just three of the four required metrics; previously, regions had to meet all four. Additionally, the state will now evaluate regions every two weeks rather than every week.
The four metrics are as follows:
1) Decreasing trend of 10% or more in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100k population; 2) Decreasing trend of 10% or more in two-week rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations; 3) Less than 90% Intensive Care Unit (ICU) occupancy; and, 4) COVID-19 test positivity of less than 10%.
As of February 14, 2021, all eight regions have been moved into Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington Roadmap.
Requirement. Beginning June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering. Effective July 7 businesses are required to enforce the use of facial coverings. Expansion of face coverings order that will go into effect Saturday, July 25. The expansion will require face coverings in all common spaces, such as elevators, hallways and shared spaces in apartment buildings, university housing and hotels, as well as congregate setting such as nursing homes.
Currently, gathering restrictions in West Virginia vary depending color rating of each county:
In 16 of 55 counties rated as red, gatherings are limited to 10 people.
In 30 of 55 counties rated as orange, gatherings are limited to 10 people.
In 5 of 55 counties rated as gold, gatherings are limited to 10 people.
In 4 of 55 counties rated as yellow, gatherings are limited to 25 people.
In 0 of 55 counties rated as green, gatherings are limited to 25 people.
The limitation does not apply to any activity, business, or entity that has been deemed essential, such as religious services, weddings, or group meetings, conferences, or other special events held for essential businesses and operations, as defined by Executive Order 9-20, as amended. The 10 person limit on red, orange, and gold counties was put in place on Sept. 15, 2020, and the 25 person limit on green and yellow counties was put in place on July 14, 2020.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Mar. 31, 2021, that the governor overstepped his authority when he declared several states of emergency since the start of the pandemic without input from the legislature. The ruling invalidates the current emergency order, which includes a statewide mask mandate.
Local mask mandates remain in place.
Previously, on February 4, 2021, the State Assembly passed a resolution to end the public health emergency and mask mandate. Governor Evers immediately issued Executive Order #105, proclaiming a new state of emergency and reinstituting the mask mandate.
In Wyoming, every member of the public must wear a face covering outside their home in the following situations: when a person is inside, or about to enter, any business or government facility; when a person is visiting any healthcare facility; and, when a person is waiting for a ride on, or riding on, public transportation, paratransit, or in a tax, private car service, shuttle, tour, or ride-sharing vehicle.
However, a face covering is not required when in a person's own personal office, if the person is under the age of 12, while a person is eating, when a person is receiving congregate care, if seeing an individual's mouth is essential for communication, and if the person would have some risk caused by wearing a face covering.
Wyoming has eased the capacity limit for indoor gatherings from 25% or 100 people to 25% or 250 people, while the limit for outdoor gatherings rose from 250 people to 500.
Under the 19th Continuation, and Modification, of Public Health Order #2 (issued Jan. 2 and extended until at least Jan. 25, 2021), gatherings are limited to 10 people. "Gatherings" are any planned or spontaneous event, public or private, bringing together, or likely brining together, more than 10 people in a single room or a single confined space (whether indoor or outdoor) at the same time.
There are a number of exemptions to the gathering limit, including but not limited to: retail businesses, livestock auctions, hotels and motels, government businesses and military facilities, relief facilities, grocery stores, gas stations and truck stops, and healthcare facilities.