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COVID-19 Updates for the U.S. Retail and Real Estate Industry

With numerous 'states of emergency' being declared across the country – providing governors and their staff flexibility to react to the constantly changing conditions resulting from COVID-19 – this page summarizes the actions taken by states and localities.

As this situation is rapidly evolving, we encourage you to visit the web pages of the state government that you are researching or to contact your governors’ offices or local government agencies
 

Alabama

March 24: The City of Birmingham issued a "shelter in place" order that goes into effect immediately and stands until April 3. The ordinance prevents city residents from traveling or leaving their homes except to go to work, buy essential items and groceries, go to the doctor or exercise

March 22:  All Jefferson County non-essential retail stores are mandated to shut down in the most sweeping of any such regulation in any Alabama county.

March 20: Gov. Kay Ivey issued an update Friday afternoon on the statewide public health order originally issued the day before. Effective Friday, all non-work related gatherings of 25 persons or more, or non-work related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent 6-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. Ivey said employers should take all reasonable steps to meet these standards for employees and customers, and she has no intention of slowing down the workforce through “unnecessary, burdensome regulations.”

Alaska

March 24: Gov. Dunleavy and the State of Alaska issued a mandate to go into effect March 25 at 12:01 a.m., and will be reevaluated by April 21.  The mandate quarantines visitors to Alaska and closes all businesses, congregations, or gatherings in the State of Alaska, where individuals are within six feet of each other

March 21:  Anchorage - Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has ordered residents to stay at home as much as possible effective Sunday at 10 p.m. until March 31. He called it a "hunker down" order

March 17: Gov. Mike Dunleavy closed all restaurants and bars statewide to dine-in services, effective Wednesday at 5 p.m. with takeout and delivery allowed.  The closure is through April 1. It also applies to all entertainment facilities, including theaters, gyms, bowling alleys and bingo halls

Arkansas

March 24 – Governor Asa Hutchinson has issued a directive forcing all restaurants and bars to shut down their dining rooms and to offer to-go and deliveries only. Dr. Nate Smith with the Arkansas Department of Health has ordered salons, barbershops and tattoo shops close their doors in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Arkansas.

March 17: The governor announced all of the state’s casinos would close

March 17: Little Rock mayor orders city facilities closed, includes all indoor Parks and Recreation facilities, and adult fitness centers. 12AM to 5AM curfew to start March 18. Events with 50+ people suspended

March 16: Little Rock - Bars and restaurants prep for citywide curfew amid coronavirus concerns

California

March 19: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered Californians to stay at home, marking the first mandatory restrictions placed on the lives of all 40 million residents in the state’s fight against the novel coronavirus. The mandatory order allows Californians to continue to visit gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout and delivery restaurants, banks and laundromats. The text of the order can be found here.

March 18: Mayors in Los Angeles and San Francisco have announced moratoriums on commercial evictions, following Gov. Newsom's Executive Order, which lifted state law restrictions on local government's ability to impose limitations on commercial evictions

Colorado

March 26: Gov. Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order beginning Thursday until April 11. A number of counties and cities in the state, including Denver and Boulder, had previously issued their own stay-at-home orders. Those exempt from the order include defense contractors, emergency services, medical services, pharmacies, grocery stores, truck drivers, farmers, child care workers and the media. Residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for critical needs such as getting medical attention or medical supplies, grocery shopping or those working in jobs exempt of the order

March 23: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has issued a stay-at-home order for the city and county of Denver. The public health order goes into effect 5 p.m. Tuesday and runs through Friday, April 10.

March 22: Gov. Jared Polis has announced an order that non-critical workplaces in Colorado temporarily reduce their in-person workforce by 50%. The order runs from Tue., March 24 through Fri., April 10

March 19: San Miguel County - A shelter in place order has been put into effect until at least April 3

March 16: All on-site dining prohibited at Colorado restaurants and bars; Gyms, theaters and casinos closed

March 16: Denver - Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has ordered the closure of all restaurants and bars except for delivery and carryout service. The rule will take effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday and stay in place for eight weeks

Connecticut

March 20: Gov. Ned Lamont orders workers at ‘nonessential’ businesses to stay home during coronavirus outbreak. Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, gas stations and other necessary businesses will be allowed to remain open. Restaurants will still be able to provide takeout services, and package stores will remain open as well

March 18: Governors From Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Announce Additional Measures to Combat COVID-19. Indoor Portions of Large Malls, Amusement Parks, and Bowling Alleys Added to List of Statewide Closures Effective 8PM Thursday

March 16: Governor to close all restaurants, bars, gyms and movie theaters due to state’s coronavirus outbreak

District of Columbia

March 24: Mayor Muriel Bowser is ordering all nonessential businesses, including salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, an tanning salons to close. Mayor encourages District residents to stay home, but does not issue shelter-in-place order. Copy of executive order 

Florida

March 25:  Florida governor says 'no' to stay-at-home order but specific cities order people to stay home.  Monday and Tuesday a number of local governments issued Stay-at-Home orders or signaled that they would start one in the coming days:  Leon County, Alachua County and Gainesville, City of Miami Beach, Miami, Bay-Harbor Islands, Bal Harbour Village and other Miami-Dade County municipalities; Orange County and Orlando; and Tampa.  A comprehensive list of local executive orders/mandates can be found on the Florida League of Cities website

March 20 - Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday directing all restaurants to suspend all dine-in food and alcohol consumption inside establishments. Restaurants can continue to operate through take out or delivery. DeSantis also ordered all gyms to be closed in the state.

March 19: Miami-Dade - Mayor issues executive order closing all non-essential business. A list of essential businesses can be found in the text of the order and additional information can be found in the amendment to the order.

March 19: Broward and Palm Beach to close all non-essential businesses, governor says.

Georgia

March 25: Carroll County has issued a shelter in place order. All public gatherings, including church services, have been banned until at least April 12, and residents are being asked not to leave their homes for non-essential reasons

March 24: Savannah Mayor Van Johnson has issued a mandatory shelter-in-place order. The directive is scheduled to expire on April 8, but could be amended, extended or canceled by Johnson

March 23: Georgia's governor has ordered all bars and nightclubs in the state to close. The order will take effect at noon Tuesday and last for just under two weeks

March 23: Atlanta - Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday night that she has signed 14-day stay at home order for the city of Atlanta. The order says all city residents are being directed to stay home except for essential services, essential activities, work or for government services. The order also directs all businesses to cease non-essential operation at physical locations with the city limits.

Idaho

March  25: Gov. Little has issued an order for Idahoans to stay home. The order will last for 21 days. Essential activities, like going to grocery stores or picking up food from restaurants, still are allowed. Outdoor exercise near home is also allowed. Among the activities exempted from the order are those related to health care, public safety and other essential work. Businesses that don’t provide essential services “must take all steps necessary for employees to work remotely from home,” according to the guidance. Restaurant dining rooms will be closed statewide, but takeout and delivery can continue

March 18: Governor Brad Little announced the state was adopting federal guidelines, which urge people not to gather in groups of more than 10. He has also advised residents not to eat at restaurants. Those guidelines are not mandatory, but Little said that is subject to change

Iowa

March 21: Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie has urged residents to impose a strict practice of “Stay Home, Stay Healthy.” Cownie recommends that for at least two weeks, Des Moines residents limit the time outside of their homes for only the most essential needs such as groceries, medicine and health care, including getting fresh air and exercise while appropriately social distancing. He stressed that such efforts should be limited to one or two people per household and not become a family outing

March 22: Gov. Kim Reynolds issued an order closing all hair and nail salons, pools, tanning facilities and tattoo parlors through March in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. But she is vowing to keep childcare open by looking to expand options statewide

March 17: Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency to last through March 31st. This requires closing restaurants and bars to the general public, although it allows carry-out, drive-through, and delivery. Fitness centers, health clubs, gyms, and aquatic centers are closed, along with theaters, casinos, and gaming facilities. Planned large gatherings and events of more than 10 people must be canceled or postponed until the public health disaster is over

March 17: Cedar Rapids - Bars and restaurants to close for St. Patrick’s Day, and guidelines provided for limiting patron activity going forward

Kansas

March 24:  Sedgwick County residents are now under a stay-at-home order. The order took effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and will last for a month. Going to the grocery store is allowed, and so is visiting family members. The most visible effect of the order is an end to all sit-down dining and drinking in bars and restaurants to discourage gatherings of more than 10 people at a time

March 23:  Gov. Laura Kelly says she will issue an executive order on Tuesday at 10 a.m. limiting public gatherings to 10 or less. The governor said, at this time, she is not issuing a statewide stay at home order. She said she supports the following counties that have done so - Atchison, Doniphan, Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte - but at this time she will leave shelter-in-place/stay-at-home orders - to the individual counties

March 17: Gov. Laura Kelly has ordered a temporary prohibition on evictions and foreclosures across the state

Maine

March 24: Governor Mills issues order mandating 14 day closure of non-essential businesses. This mandated closure of business will remain in place for a period of fourteen days, until April 8. Businesses who feel they should be considered essential under the mandate can submit for consideration by visiting maine.gov/essential service

March 18: Governor’s Executive Order prohibits dine-in service at bars and restaurants; bans gatherings more than 10 people & signs emergency legislation to respond to COVID-19

March 15: Governor announces small business support for loss revenue

Maryland

March 23: All nonessential businesses ordered to close by Gov. Larry Hogan effective 5:00pm Monday.  Essential businesses providing medical care, as well as food providers and groceries, will be permitted to remain open. Other businesses unaffected include lodging and hotels, home-improvement supply stores, laundry services, self-storage, large manufacturers — among others.  The Gov. did not share any changes or mandatory closures on day cares in the state.  Car dealerships, clothing stores, performing arts companies, salons,  and schools are among the many nonessential activities ordered to shut down. Restaurants will be allowed to continue carryout and delivery business, and liquor stores will remain open

March 17: Governor Hogan has issued an amended executive order to close all bars and restaurants in the state, as well as fitness centers, spas, and theaters. The order allows for restaurants to continue carry-out, drive-thru, and delivery services, and allows for eateries in health care facilities to remain open. For more updates on this order, click here. 

March 16: Maryland governor announces closure of bars, restaurants, movie theaters effective at 5 p.m. Monday

Michigan

March 23: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.

March 16: Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Closing Bars, Theaters, Casinos, and Other Public Spaces; Limiting Restaurants to Delivery and Carry-Out Orders

Minnesota

March 25: Gov. Tim Walz has ordered Minnesotans to stay at home for two weeks. The order isn’t a complete lockdown and it allows essential activities and services to continue. The order will be effective Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to Friday, April 10. Walz also announced that the closure of bars and restaurants will be extended to at least May 1

March 18: The Governor has classified grocery store workers as Tier 2 emergency workers. This allows frontline workers free childcare

March 17: Gov. Tim Walz has ordered the partial closure of bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and other attractions effective at 5 p.m. until March 27 at 5 p.m. Drive-thru and takeout can continue

Mississippi

March 23: Gov. Tate Reeves says he is not ordering businesses to close or people to stay home to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus

March 18: Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker has announced several measures including guidelines for for bars and restaurants to limit large gatherings of people. The guidelines will remain in effect until March 31. The guidelines will be enforced citywide

March 16: All state-regulated casinos have been ordered to close

Missouri

March 21:  Officials in Missouri's largest cities have ordered a mandatory stay-at-home rule for residents. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said the measure will allow people to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, doctors' appointments, restaurants for carryout, to work for most businesses and to exercise outside.  In the Kansas City area, residents of the Jackson County and Wyandotte and Johnson counties in neighboring Kansas were ordered to stay home for anything other than "essential needs." That includes child care, health care, grocery stores, pharmacies and delivery/carry-out/drive-thru services from restaurants

March 21:  Gov. Mike Parson announced a statewide social distancing order effective starting 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 23, in effect until 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2020. The order limits gatherings of non-family members to ten or less.  The use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed throughout the duration of this order, but the order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as necessary precautions are taken to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including maintaining at least six feet of distance between all individuals that are not family members.

Montana

March 26: Gov. Bullock has issued a stay at home order, in effect from March 28 until April 10, that also closes non-essential businesses. Essential services and businesses will remain operational and open but are required to comply with social distancing guidelines when possible including maintaining six feet of distance, having sanitizing products available, and designating hours of operation specifically for vulnerable populations. The directive also prohibits all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or place of residence 

Nebraska

March 23:  Gov. Ricketts announced the state will not be moving to a stay-at-home mandate. This is because of state leaders working closely with UNMC on a plan that will just limit the number of people in an area to ten

March 17: Gov. Ricketts limits events to prevent COVID-19 spread. Bars and restaurants will move to takeout only on a regional basis. 

Nevada

March 25: Gov. Sislak issued an emergency order banning gatherings of more than 10 people in the state indoors or outdoors.  The order does not apply to private homes or the homeless, but includes places like social clubs, parks, libraries and sports fields. The new order does not apply to businesses that have been deemed essential and remain open

March 20: Nevada governor has ordered nonessential businesses to close. The order, which comes after several nonessential businesses remained open, makes it a criminal act.

March 17: Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the closure of all nonessential businesses for 30 days in the state of Nevada. Non-essential services such as beauty shops, barber shops, and nail, tanning, and waxing salons should close until further notice

March 17: Reno - Mayor Hillary Schieve orders all bars, restaurants, gyms and other “nonessential” businesses to wind down operations starting Tuesday with the goal of shuttering them by Friday and keeping them closed through April 5

March 15: Las Vegas - Las Vegas Strip resorts are now closing, includes MGM, Wynn properties

New Hampshire

March 26: Gov. Sununu has issued a stay at home order that will remain in effect until May 4. All non-essential businesses are required to close starting at midnight Friday, March 27. Essential businesses that may remain open include health care facilities, gas stations, grocery stores, convenience stores, banks and credit unions, hardware stores, homeless shelters, food banks, animal health services, gun stores, liquor stores, restaurants, and breweries

March 23:  Gov. Sununu ordered a limit on all public gatherings to 10 people or fewer - but said that he doesn't yet believe New Hampshire needs to take the step of ordering people to stay home.  The mayors of Manchester and Nashua on Monday issued a joint statement calling on Sununu to order a so-called “shelter in place” requirement to slow the spread of the virus

March 16: Gov. Chris Sununu is banning public gatherings of groups larger than 50 people through the state and forcing restaurants to go take-out, delivery or drive-thru only

New Jersey

March 24: Governor Phil Murphy announced an administrative order permitting additional retail businesses to operate during their normal business hours. It includes mobile phone retail and repair shops;bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair; livestock feed stores; nurseries and garden centers; farming equipment stores

March 21:  Gov. Phil Murphy issues an Executive Order directing nearly all residents to stay at home. All gatherings are cancelled, and all non-essential retail businesses must indefinitely close their physical stores to the public effective 9:00 p.m. tonight.

March 18: Newark - Mayor Ras Baraka called for a mandatory curfew and the closure of all non-essential businesses — with exceptions for restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations — for at least two weeks. All non-essential businesses will close at 8 p.m. Wednesday and not reopen until at least April 1. The only businesses that can remain open are supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations and can only be patronized after 8 p.m. for emergencies. Laundromats, hotels, banks, auto mechanics, wireless/cellphone retail stores can also remain open.

March 18: Governors From Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Announce Additional Measures to Combat COVID-19. Indoor Portions of Large Malls, Amusement Parks, and Bowling Alleys Added to List of Statewide Closures Effective 8PM Thursday.

New Mexico

March 23: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statewide “stay-at-home” instruction Monday. The “stay-at-home” orders go into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24 and run until April 10.

March 18: Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel has updated the previously issued public health order to include mandatory closures and guidelines. The order mandates that indoor shopping malls must close

March 17: Gov. Lujan Grisham has declared a state of emergency. Seats in local arenas, theaters and stadiums are going to be empty for at least the next 30 days. Restaurants and bars are asked to operate at no greater than 50 percent maximum occupancy and seating capacity 

New York

March 20: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo told New York’s 19 million residents to stay indoors as much as possible and ordered nonessential businesses to keep all of their workers home. “These provisions will be enforced,” the governor said at a briefing in Albany. “These are not helpful hints.” They will take effect Sunday night.

North Carolina

March 24: Mecklenburg County orders residents to stay at home, bans groups of 10 or more

March 23: Governor Cooper has increased restrictions via a new executive order that would make it a misdemeanor for there to be assemblies of more than 50 people, compared to the current prohibition of over 100. Cooper's order also will direct that by 5 p.m. Wednesday all hair salons, barbershops, gyms, fitness clubs and movie theaters must close, as well as similar business activities that run counter to social distancing. Bingo parlors, bowling alleys, tattoo parlors also are on the closure list. Across North Carolina, restaurants and bars can continue to remain open only for delivery or take-out meals. Grocery stores also continue to operate.

March 17: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all restaurants and bars in the state to close for dine-in customers on Tuesday and will be expanding unemployment insurance for workers impacted by the virus

March 16: Governor issues an executive order prohibiting large gatherings but retail and restaurants not included. Operating procedures for malls and shopping centers are discussed. Read the full executive order here. 

Oklahoma

March 24: Kevin Stitt has issued a “Safer-At-Home” order. He also mandated all non-essential businesses, such as bars and salons shut down Wednesday night by midnight, in the 19 Oklahoma counties with a positive COVID-19 case.

March 17: Governor Kevin Stitt issued an executive order, urging people to follow CDC guidelines for 15 days, including: Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, avoid discretionary travel, avoid eating and drinking at bars and restaurants, but to use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options instead

March 17: Oklahoma City - Mayor David Holt announced that bars, restaurants and various entertainment venues will close to the public. However, restaurants will be allowed to continue to-go and delivery orders.  Starting at midnight, gyms & breweries, casinos (including Remington Park) will close, coffee shops and restaurants will be limited to take out only.

March 16: Cherokee Nation will temporarily suspend all operations at Cherokee Nation Entertainment casinos and hotels, including Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

Rhode Island

March 25: Gov. Raimondo issued new regulations surrounding retail and grocery stores. As of 5 p.m. Thursday, all stores are not permitted to have more than 20% of the fire capacity in the store at one time. They are also required to count the number of customers coming in and out of stores, and mark 6 feet of spacing in lines. Self-serve food, such as buffets and salad bars, are discontinued, and exclusive hours for high-risk populations, such as seniors, are mandated.  Larger grocery stores and retailers with more than 25,000 square feet are encouraged to offer pickup and delivery options

March 23: Gov. Gina Raimondo orders additional business closures including a shutdown of all entertainment and recreational businesses — along with barbershops, beauty salons and tattoo shops. The order is slated to take effect at 5 p.m. Monday

March 16: Governor orders all restaurants, bars, coffee shops to shut down to in-person diners until March 30, drive-thru and delivery services can remain open

South Carolina

March 23: Gov. Henry McMaster has issues a new directive that gives law enforcement more discretion to break up groups of three or more people

March 18: Columbia - A curfew will start March 18 and run from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. The only exceptions are for work, medical, and public safety workers. There is also an exception for police officers, firefighters, active duty military, public works and utility workers employed by any utility

March 17: Gov. McMaster issues executive order to close dine-in services for restaurants, bars in S.C. beginning March 18; however, curbside services (drive-thru and delivery) will be allowed

March 16: Columbia - Mayor Steve Benjamin has declared a state of emergency in the Capital City and is pushing social distancing requirements in bars and restaurants

South Dakota

March 25: Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken is recommending the Board of Health and City Council force select businesses not let more than 10 people occupy their buildings at the same time.  The types of businesses that would be affected include bars, restaurants, breweries, cafes, casinos, recreation or athletic facilities, health clubs and entertainment venues

March 23: Gov. Noem signed an executive order in South Dakota, based on community spread of COVID-19 in three counties:  Beadle, Lyman and Hughes County. She said the executive order gives business owners, hospitals, city leaders, and citizens guidelines on what to do. However, it stops short of mandating any business shutdowns. That is still up to individual communities

March 22: Rapid City - Officials continue to assess the situation surrounding COVID-19 in South Dakota and say large scale closures will not happen until there is evidence of community spread

March 22: City of Sioux Falls - Board of Health to consider closures of Certain Nonessential Services.  

Tennessee

March 24: Memphis and Shelby County municipalities have issued ‘safer-at-home’ orders.  Nashville’s mayor announced a similar initiative Sunday. Under the orders, only employees at essential businesses, like police, fire, grocery stores and gas stations, are allowed to travel to work

March 23: Tullahoma, TN has enacted a shelter at home order, enacted 9 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. curfew and closed non-essential businesses.

March 22: Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order for business across the state to use alternative measures when conducting business from midnight Monday to April 6

March 17: Nashville - Mayor closes all bars on Lower Broadway, imposes limits on restaurant capacity

Texas

March  24: Gov. Greg Abbott declined to issue a statewide order.  He said he preferred local governments decide for themselves.  So far, many of Texas’ largest cities and counties have already announced stay-at-home orders and many others have announced plans to follow suit.

March 19: Governor Greg Abbott announced the executive order covering the shut down of restaurants and bars for all parts of the state, leaving no county in defiance of federal guidelines.  The order is in effect at midnight tonight and will go on until April 3, with an extension pending

Utah

March 25: Summit County has ordered residents to shelter in place.  The restriction, which is the first in Utah, will start Friday at midnight. It will be in place until May 1 throughout the county

March 17: The Southeast Utah Health Department ordered all lodging businesses in Grand, Carbon and Emery Counties not check in anybody unless the guests can prove they work in one of those counties or are directly related to such a person. The order, which was scheduled to go into effect Tuesday at 10 p.m. and to remain in effect for 30 days, also dictates that restaurants in these three counties must limit service to drive-through, pick-up and delivery. Museums, fitness centers, gyms, theaters, pools, bars, taverns, and certain other public facilities must close completely at 10 p.m. Tuesday night

March 17: Governor Gary Herbert implemented orders including limiting gathering of people to no more than 10 and implementing strict guidelines for food service entities.  Restaurants and other food service entities are ordered to shut down in-facility dining starting at Midnight on Wednesday. Those businesses can provide curbside, drive through delivery and pick-up. The governor’s order supersedes Monday’s recommendations from Wasatch County. Summit County had already implemented this order

March 17: The Summit County Health Department on Sunday issued a 30-day shutdown of businesses where “people tend to gather.” The order affects all “resorts, restaurants, taverns, bars, entertainment venues, fitness and exercise facilities, spas and churches.” Grocery stores will stay open

March 16: Salt Lake County - A public health emergency has been declared Monday, requiring restaurants to ban dine-in service starting at 11 p.m. Officials have also asked grocery stores and cafeterias to eliminate seating areas and for retail services to keep customers at least six feet apart