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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

May 5: Gov. Ivey announced that Alabama’s COVID-19 public health order will end May 31, and the state of emergency will end July 6.

California

May 18: Gov. Newsom announced beginning June 16, CA will allow fully vaccinated people to go without a mask in most indoor settings.

Colorado

May 18: Gov. Polis signed a new mask executive order encouraging any individual aged 11 and older, who is not fully vaccinated, to continue wearing a mask indoors where members of different households are present. Fully vaccinated individuals can go without masks in almost all settings. Masks are still required in certain settings, including in schools for unvaccinated students, teachers, and staff, as well as other settings which are laid out in the order.

Connecticut

May 18: Gov. Lamont will issue a new executive order effective May 19 that will mirror the CDC’s newest facemask guidance. Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks indoors. Businesses, state and local government offices and events may choose to require universal masking. Masks will still be required in certain settings such as healthcare facilities, facilities housing vulnerable populations, public and private transit, correctional facilities, schools, and childcare.

Delaware

May 5: Gov. Carney announced major upcoming changes to Delaware’s COVID-19 restrictions. Effective Friday, May 21:  All capacity restrictions inside restaurants, retail, other business establishments will be lifted. Facilities will be able to use as much capacity as social distancing requirements will allow.  Masks will still be required indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing requirements will move from 6 feet to 3 feet.  Customers must continue to remain seated indoors and outdoors at bars and restaurants unless a plan for dance floors and other areas is approved by DPH, and distancing of at least 3 feet should be maintained.

The changes will be formalized in an upcoming modification to Governor Carney’s COVID-19 emergency order.

District of Columbia

May 17: Fully vaccinated people only need to wear masks or social distance in places where it is required. Businesses may choose to require universal masking. Masks will still be required in certain settings such as healthcare facilities, public transportation, and when required to per workplace policies.

Florida

May 5: Gov. DeSantis issued an executive order invalidating all remaining local emergency orders based on the COVID-19 emergency effective July 1.

Georgia

June 2: Gov. Kemp issued an order that eliminates all remaining mitigations for restaurants, bars, live performance venues, and other organizations.

Hawaii

May 26: Gov. Ige has lifted the outdoor mask mandate. The requirement for most people to wear facemasks in most indoor public settings remains in place.

Illinois

May 17: Restaurants may now operate indoor standing areas at 30% capacity and outdoor standing areas at 50% capacity; tables and patrons must remain 6 feet apart with no more than 10 people per table. Retailers, offices, personal care services, and theaters may now operate at 60% capacity. Gov. Pritzker also announced that he will be updating his orders to mirror the CDC’s new facemask guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.

Indiana

April 1: Gov. Holcomb signed Executive Order 21-09 to adjust the statewide face covering mandate to be a mask advisory beginning April 6. This order also lifts the gatherings tiered system April 6. It permits local health departments to issue mitigation measures.

Iowa

April 27: Iowa is currently under no restrictions.

Kansas

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) COVID-19 Response, visit their website.

Kentucky

May 17: Gov. Beshear announced that the state will immediately implement the newest CDC guidance. Fully vaccinated individuals no longer are required to wear facemasks in most settings. Fully vaccinated individuals must still wear a mask on public transportation and at healthcare and K-12 education settings.

Louisiana

April 29: Gov. Edwards announced that some mitigation measures will be eased starting April 28. Additionally, the statewide mask mandate will be lifted.

Maine

April 27: Gov.Mills has announced that face coverings in outdoor public settings are no longer required, following the delivery of updated public health guidance from the U.S. CDC. 

Maryland

May 13: Gov. Hogan announced the lifting of all remaining capacity restrictions and that the state’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted as soon as 70% of adults receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Massachusetts

May 13: Gov. Baker announced that effective May 29, bars, beer gardens, breweries, wineries and distilleries will be allowed to open subject to restaurant rules with seated service only and a 90-minute table limit. Subject to public health and vaccination data, the restaurant guidance will be updated to eliminate the requirement that food be served with alcohol and to increase the maximum table size to 10.

Michigan

June 2: Gov. Whitmer confirmed that the state has lifted capacity limits for outdoor events and residential gatherings. Indoor capacity limits will increase to 50%. The Department of Health and Human Services updated its current epidemic order to implement this announcement. In addition, most social distancing measures that were required in indoor establishments, including food establishments and gyms, have been lifted.

Minnesota

May 18: Gov. Walz announced that the statewide facemask mandate is lifted. Businesses and local municipalities may still put in place face-covering requirements.

Missouri

April 27: The latest information is available here.

Montana

Montana public health agencies and the Governor's Coronavirus Task Force are actively working to limit the spread of novel coronavirus in Montana. Read more.

Nebraska

April 27: Nebraska is currently in the Green Zone phase.

Nevada

May 5: Gov. Sisolak signed Emergency Directive 045, which aligns Nevada’s outdoor face-covering mandate with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors in public unless they are in a crowd.

New Hampshire

April 16: Gov. Sununu allowed the statewide facemask mandate to expire. Certain business sectors must still require employees that have public interactions to wear facemasks at the workplace, such as food establishments.

New Jersey

May 26: Gov. Murphy signed Executive Order No. 242, lifting major COVID-19 restrictions and moving forward with the state’s most significant reopening steps to date. Effective May 28, the indoor mask mandate in public spaces will be lifted, as well as the six-foot social distancing requirement in both indoor and outdoor spaces, the prohibition on dance floors at bars and restaurants, and the prohibition on ordering and eating/drinking while standing at bars and restaurants.

New Mexico

May 18: Gov. Lujan announced fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in either indoor or outdoor settings.

New York

June 2: The midnight curfew on indoor dining was lifted.

North Carolina

May 17: Gov. Cooper announced the state will remove its indoor mask mandate for most settings. The indoor mask requirement will remain in effect on public transportation and in child care centers, schools, camps, prisons and certain health care settings, such as nursing homes. Businesses and local governments will still be able to require mask mandates, according to the Governor.  Additionally, the state will lift all mass gathering limits and social distancing requirements.

North Dakota 

April 27: Information about the ND Smart Restart is available here.

Ohio

May 18: Gov. Dewine has issued the second amended Director’s Order for social distancing, facial coverings and non-congregating (1) In accordance with the guidance issued on May 13, 2021, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask. However, vaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks on all planes, trains, buses and other forms of public transportation, (2) When gathered together, unvaccinated individuals should be in a group of no more than ten individuals that is separated from other groups by at least six feet, (3) all fully vaccinated people can resume activities without socially distancing.

Oklahoma

May 4: Gov. Stitt announced he is withdrawing Oklahoma's COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Oregon

May 17: Gov. Brown announced fully vaccinated Oregonians no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most public places.

Pennsylvania

June 2: All businesses, events and venues can return to 100% capacity with the lifting of COVID-19 mitigation orders. The current order requiring masks for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals will remain in place until June 28 or when 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older get their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, whichever comes first.

Rhode Island

May 5: Gov. McKee announced gyms, personal care services, offices, and retailers may operate at 80% capacity effective May 7. Indoor dining capacity will also be allowed to increase to 80% effective May 7.

South Carolina

May 13: Gov. McMaster issued an executive order that prohibits any county or local governments in the state from relying on prior orders or using a state of emergency as the basis for a local mask mandate. 

Tennessee

Department of Health COVID-19 Information

Texas

Department of State Health Services (DSHS) COVID-19 Updates

Utah

Department of Health COVID-19 Updates 

Vermont

June 2: The state has removed all remaining mitigation measures that were placed on restaurants, catering, food services, social clubs, and bars.

Virginia

May 17: Gov. Northam has amended an order to mirror the CDC’s new facemask guidance: Fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear facemasks in most public settings. He also announced that Virginia will ease all distancing and capacity restrictions on May 28, two weeks earlier than planned.

Washington

May 26: Gov. Inslee updated and extended the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery emergency proclamation. The proclamation clarifies that business owners may adopt an “honor system” and may assume that any customer who is not wearing a face-covering has been fully vaccinated. The proclamation also addresses the application of this new rule to employees and employers and requires that employers must obtain proof of vaccination or obtain a self-attestation from the employee, attesting to their fully vaccinated status, before an employee may work at a worksite without wearing a mask. It further permits employers to continue to require that employees wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status.

West Virginia 

May 17: Gov. Justice announced anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, regardless of crowd size. Also, the face mask requirement is lifted for all vaccinated individuals.

Wisconsin

April 27: The latest guidance on statewide measures is available here.

Wyoming

Department of Health COVID-19 Updates