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
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National Association of Counties (NACo) – County Declarations and Policies in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
National Governors Association - States of emergency declarations and other announcements state by state
Stateside: State Government Overview Report
July 8: Governor Kay Ivey (R) announced the launch of the Revive Alabama grant program to support small businesses in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. Revive Alabama will reimburse small businesses up to a combined $100 million for expenses they have incurred due to operational interruptions caused by the pandemic and related business closures. Business owners may access the grant application through the Alabama Department of Revenue’s (ALDOR) Revive Alabama website. The application period for the Revive Alabama Small Business Grant Program will open at noon on July 16, 2020 and run through midnight on July 25, 2020.
June 30: Gov. Ivey issued an amended Safer at Home Order to be applied statewide. The current order, which took effect on May 22, was previously set to expire on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. but has been extended to expire on July 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. This extends the state of emergency as well. Businesses and entities must continue to operate pursuant safety protocols. The Jefferson County Unified Command has issued a mandatory face-covering order that will remain in effect indefinitely.
July 1: Anchorage, AL has a local facemask requirement. The order provides that employers may not be subject to fines for noncompliance so long as there is a sign in the location informing customers of the facemask requirement.
July 1: Phoenix passed an ordinance that requires residents and workers to wear face coverings in public and in businesses. Pima County enacted a countywide public health protection resolution requiring the wearing of face coverings when in public if 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained. Mesa issued an emergency proclamation requiring the use of facemasks while entering, exiting, waiting in line to enter, and while inside places of business including, but not limited to, grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies, health care facilities, restaurants and bars. Scottsdale issued an order requiring all individuals to wear facemasks in all places of public accommodation if they are or will be in contact with other individuals. Private businesses may ask any person failing to comply to leave their premises.
June 30: Gov. Ducey issued an order that pauses the state's reopening. The order prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people. The order re-closes bars; indoor gyms; fitness clubs; indoor movie theaters; water parks; and tubing operators until at least July 27. Pools may continue to operate as part of a public accommodation such as hotels and if privately owned in public areas.
June 15: The state has issued an order moving restaurants into Phase 2. The order allows for up to 66% capacity of indoor on-premise dining. This capacity limit also is applied to outdoor on-premise dining. All staff who have contact with patrons must still wear face coverings. Groups at restaurants must still be limited to 10 people. Additional requirements from Phase 1 are still in effect. Refer to order. Service at bars may also be capped at 66%. Large outdoor venues may hold events at 66% capacity. Examples of such venues include theaters, arenas, sports venues, race tracks, stadiums, auction houses, amusement centers, and fair grounds.
June 30: San Francisco will no longer allow select businesses to reopen June 29 as scheduled after a flurry of new coronavirus cases in the city and numbers rapidly rising throughout the state. Contra Costa Health Services announced that it will delay the opening of businesses and activities previously planned for July 1 until the COVID-19 outbreak is better contained.
June 18: Gov. Newsom has ordered all Californians to wear face coverings while in public or high-risk settings, including when shopping, taking public transit or seeking medical care. The Department of Public Health released guidance in conjunction with the announcement of this mandate.
June 9: New guidelines were released allowing movie theaters and other family entertainment venues to reopen beginning June 12. The new rules limit the number of guests in a movie theater to 25% of theater capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower. Also, theaters need to implement a reservation system to limit the number of attendees entering the theater at a time when possible.
June 8: The Department of Public Health released updated guidance for music, film, and television production; and restaurants, bars, and wineries. On June 16 the Riverside City Council will consider adoption of a Resolution amending Resolution No. 23579 confirming the extension of the temporary moratorium on the eviction for non-payment of rent for residential and commercial tenants during the declared local emergency to June 30, 2020.
June 4: California is currently in the second stage of Gov. Gavin Newsom's four-stage plan to gradually reopen the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic but some counties are charting their own path.
May 29: Gov. Newsom issued an Executive Order extending authorization for local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, through July 28.
July 6: Governor Jared Polis (D) has extended the state of emergency until August 7.
June 21: Gov. Polis has directed that workers in critical businesses and critical government functions wear masks or face cloth coverings. This has been amended to allow employers and operators of places of public accommodation, and those authorized on their behalf, shall have discretion to deny admittance or service and require the removal of any individual who fails to wear a medical or non-medical face covering. It has been extended to July 20.
June 16: Gov. Polis announced the “Protect Our Neighbors” phase is the next phase after the Stay at Home and Safer at Home in the Vast, Great Outdoors phases. In order to enter Protect Our Neighbors, communities must qualify by meeting scientifically established thresholds to: 1) lower disease transmission levels; 2) treat patients and handle the surge in need for intensive hospital care; and 3) conduct testing and effective case investigation, contact tracing, and outbreak response. This phase is expected to be implemented at the end of June or early July.
July 7: Gov. Lamont announced three more states have been added to the travel advisory: Delaware, Kansas, Oklahoma. Visitors traveling to CT from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days: AL, AR, AZ, CA, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, KS, LA, MS, NC, NV, OK, SC, TN, TX, UT.
July 6: Gov. Carney again extended the state of emergency until August 5.
June 15: Governor John Carney (D) issued an order moving the state into Phase 2 of reopening. The order allows outdoor gatherings of 250 or less people and indoor gatherings of 50 or less people. The order allows the Division of Small Business shall have the discretion to make additions, amendments, clarifications, exceptions, and exclusions to the list of businesses that may open in the Phase 2 Reopen Plan. All employees, patrons, and visitors must wear cloth face coverings in businesses that have resumed operations. Businesses must make hand sanitizer or handwashing stations readily available. Additional safety protocols are required of all businesses; refer to order. Arts and culture establishments; food and drinks establishments; malls; and retailers may reopen at 60% capacity during this stage.
June 22: Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an order implementing Phase 2 of the District's reopening plan. The order allows mass gatherings of 50 or less people. The order allows nonessential retailers to reopen at 50% capacity. Businesses shall continue to have employees telework to the greatest extent consistent with their business operations. Childcare centers; museums; the National Zoo; libraries; camps; playgrounds; fitness establishments; indoor pools (except at hotels); recreation centers; bowling alleys; climbing gyms; skating rinks; and aftercare activities may resume/reopen pursuant to safety protocols. Restaurants and food establishments may reopen for indoor dining at 50% capacity and pursuant to safety protocols. Theaters, cinemas, and entertainment venues must apply for a permit to reopen. Outdoor pools (except at hotels) may reopen after July 15 pursuant to safety protocols.
July 8: Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has extended the state of emergency until September 7.
July 7: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez signed an emergency order mandating that restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, short-term rentals, party venues, ballrooms and banquet facilities must once again close for visitors amid an uptick in Covid-19 cases. Restaurants may continue fulfilling delivery and takeout orders under the order.
July 2: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an Executive order amending his previous mask order, mandating the use of masks outdoors. The previous order only required the use of masks indoors where social distancing of 6 feet was not possible. Broward County issued an emergency order that impacts when and where people are asked to wear masks. The county is asking residents to wear facial coverings at all public outdoor areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. That is in addition to wearing masks or facial coverings inside all establishments or businesses, and that goes for customers and employees.
June 24: Multiple cities have issued orders for residents shopping at retail locations to wear facemasks or coverings when outside of their house.
June 1: Governor Ron DeSantis further extended his order suspending evictions and foreclosures to July 1.
July 8: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a mandate late requiring people in the city to wear masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Kemp announced the Georgia Safety Promise, a campaign to remind Georgia businesses and the public of the importance of following COVID-19 safety guidelines.
June 30: Gov. Kemp issued an order that bans gatherings of more than 50 people. The order continues the mandatory criteria for businesses put into place by Executive Order 06.11.20.01, and requires sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile. The order also outlines that the State Board of Education must provide "rules, regulations, and guidance for the operation of public elementary and secondary schools for local boards of education" in accordance with guidance from Dr. Kathleen Toomey, the Department of Public Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
June 10: Governor Ige approved the City and County of Honolulu to re-open more indoor and outdoor businesses. The designated businesses and operations must follow safety guidelines and conditions that ensure the safety of employees, clients and customers. Businesses able to resume operations on June 19 include: indoor attractions (including bowling alleys, arcades, theaters); bars; and, film and television production.
May 19: Gov. Ige said Hawaii is likely to keep its coronavirus stay-at-home measures in place until the end of June and will also discourage tourists from visiting.
June 19: Gov. Little announced the state has met criteria to enter the final stage of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly open the economy in stages. 100% of businesses will be able to open their doors and large venues can operate under protocols. Employers can resume unrestricted staffing of worksites, but should practice physical distancing, personal protections and sanitation for protection of workers, and continue to encourage telework when feasible, and gatherings of any size can occur as long as distancing and precautions can occur. Refer to guidelines. The governor also issued an order establishing the authority for the administration of the bonuses to workers. Idaho set aside $100 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to cover the bonuses. One-time cash bonuses of $1,500 for full-time work and $750 for part-time work and will be provided to the worker after return to the workplace. The funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis (based on date of return to work) for qualified applicants. Submissions start July 13 for workers who returned from May 1 through June 14. A second wave of applications will open on July 20.
June 11: Governor Brad Little (R) announced the launch of ONE Idaho, an initiative to highlight the resilience and adaptability of Idaho businesses, employees and consumers as the state moves through stages of reopening and rebounding.
June 26: Gov. Pritzker has issued an order that prevents the evictions of commercial or residential tenants unless that person poses a direct threat to the health or safety of other tenants or is in violation of a relevant building code or health ordinance. This has been extended again through July 26.
June 22: Gov. Prtizker announced Phase 4 of Illinois' economic re-opening will begin on June 26. Guidance for industry-specific re-opening rules has been released; this guidance applies to day camps, indoor and outdoor recreation, manufacturing, film production, health and fitness, museums, meetings and social events, offices, restaurants and bars, retail and service counter operations, personal care, outdoor seated spectator events, theaters and performing arts, youth and recreational sports, and zoos.
June 11: Gov. Holcomb announced that the state will move to Stage 4 of the reopening plan on June 12 - a full two days early. According to the reopening plan, gatherings of up to 250 people will be allowed in this stage as well as an increase in capacity limits for businesses. All businesses operating must develop a plan to implement measures and safeguards including employee screenings, social distancing measures, and enhanced cleaning; additionally, plans must be publicly posted. IOSHA standards must be followed by all businesses. Retailers and malls may now operate at 100% capacity. Restaurants may now operate in-person, on-premise dining at 75% capacity. Cinemas and theaters; amusement parks; and arcades can operate at 50% capacity.
June 11: Governor Kim Reynolds (R) has signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency until June 25. The order lifts capacity limits on all businesses in the state effective June 12. Restaurants and bars; theaters and performance venues; enclosed malls; amusement parks; and other retail establishments must take reasonable measures to implement social distancing. Mass gatherings of more than 10 people may now take place if the organizer implements social distancing measures.
June 30: Gov. Kelly announced that she will sign an Executive Order requiring that most Kansans in a public space must wear a mask, beginning Friday, July 3.
June 22: Gov. Kelly announced that her administration, as well as officials with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, recommend that communities do not move into Phase Out of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas,” which was originally planned to begin June 22, and instead stay in Phase 3 for at least two more weeks.
June 30: Gov. Beshear issued an order allowing restaurants to increase capacity limits for indoor on-premise dining to 50%. These businesses must continue to follow other sector-specific protocols that have been in place.
June 22: Gov. Mills announced the indefinite postponing of the reopening of indoor service at bars scheduled for July 1. This decision was motivated by outbreaks in other states which have been linked to the reopening of bars.
June 29: Prince George's County announced the county is set to begin a full phase two reopening June 29, which will permit access to shopping malls and other businesses that had remained closed during the modified reopening earlier this month.
June 11: Maryland will move further into stage two of the state’s reopening plan over the next two weeks with reopening dates now set for many activities, including indoor dining, and malls. Starting June 12, indoor dining can reopen at 50% capacity with appropriate public health protocol, such as not allowing buffets, in place. The following week arcades and malls can reopen at 50%.
July 2: Gov. Baker issued an order moving Massachusetts into Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan on June 6. The following businesses will be eligible to reopen in Step One of Phase III, subject to industry-specific rules concerning capacity and operations: (i) Movie theaters and outdoor performance venues; (ii) Museums, cultural and historical sites; (iii) Fitness centers and health clubs; (iv) Certain indoor recreational activities with low potential for contact; (v) Professional sports teams, under the authority of league-wide rules, may hold games without spectators.
June 22: Gov. Baker has announced that Massachusetts will transition to step 2 of Phase 2 of their reopening plan. Step 2 allows for the following to reopen: indoor table service at restaurants; close contact personal services, with restrictions; retail dressing rooms, by appointment only and offices, at 50% capacity. These sectors must follow the previously released guidance. Refer to link.
June 5: Gov. Whitmer issued an order that requires all businesses to adhere to strict safety guidelines to protect their workers, their patrons, and their communities from infection earlier this year. She issued EO No. 2020-114 to amend the order to include new provisions governing entertainment venues, and gyms.
June 9: Governor Tim Walz (D) issued an order outlining Phase 3 of the Stay Safe MN plan. The order allows for gatherings of 10 people or less indoors and 25 people or less outdoors - this does not apply to weddings, funerals, and services. All critical businesses are required to develop, implement, and submit a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan by June 29. Non-Critical Business choosing to open or remain open must establish and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Protections in EO 20-54 remain in full effect. Effective June 10, barbershops, salons, and other establishments providing personal care services may now have 50% capacity. Effective June 10, restaurants may now serve on-premise indoor dining under strict protocols including capacity limits. Effective June 10, pools; gyms; fitness centers; sports facilities; climbing facilities; entertainment venues; theaters; museums; arcades; stadiums; mini-golf; amusement parks and the like may reopen under strict industry guidance. Effective June 10, higher education institutions may offer in-person classes to no more than 25 people under strict protocols.
June 29: Gov. Reeves has extended the Safe Return instituted via EO No. 1492 until July 6. The order requires restaurants and bars to remain at 50% operational capacity. The order allows gyms and fitness centers to increase capacity levels to operate at 50% capacity. The order reopens reception halls and conference centers pursuant to safety protocols and capacity limits. The order allows outdoor and indoor arenas to open at 25% capacity, pursuant to safety protocols.
June 29: Minneapolis announced an order requiring any individuals to cover their noses and mouths with masks or cloth face coverings in accordance with CDC guidance when in indoor spaces of public accommodation. All employers of businesses that are spaces of public accommodation must require their employees to wear a cloth face covering whenever such employees have face-to-face contact with the public. St. Louis has also issued a face covering order.
June 16: Gov. Parson announced that the state transitioned to Phase 2 and there will no longer be a statewide public health order in place. All statewide restrictions will be lifted, though local officials will still have the authority to put further rules, regulations, or ordinances in place.
May 19: Gov. Bullock announced that Montana will be moving into Phase Two of reopening on June 1. Phase Two will allow restaurants to increase to 75% capacity. Phase Two will also end the 14-day travel quarantine for out-of-state travelers and residents.
July 6: All counties are in Phase 3 of reopening. Reopening details of Phase 3 include: (i) removing all restrictions on elective surgeries, (ii) allowing restaurants and bars to be at 100% capacity, including for dine-in services, (iii) allowing indoor gatherings at 50% occupancy and outdoor gatherings at 75% capacity, (iv) allowing gyms and wellness centers at 75% capacity, and (v) allowing personal care services at 75% occupancy. The next step in reopening is Phase 4. An outline of changes from Phase 3 to Phase 4 has been released.
June 30: Gov. Sisolak has extended his previous order moving Nevada into Phase 2 until July 31.
June 25: Gov. Sisolak issued an order requiring face coverings to be worn in public places. Businesses allowed to remain open in Phase 2 must ensure customers and patrons to wear face coverings, and prohibit persons from entering the business without a face covering.
June 18: Gov. Sununu issued an order providing guidance for reopening. Exhibit A outlines Universal Business Guidelines and Exhibit B provides industry-specific guidelines, including for restaurants, personal care services, and elective procedures. This order also encourages elderly residents and those with underlying health conditions to continue social distancing and only leave the house for essential activities.
July 8: Gov. Murphy announced on July 8 that face coverings will now be required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible. This was announced via Twitter. In addition, the state will soon be allowing areas with fixed roofs that have two open sides comprising over 50% of the total wall space to be considered outdoors, in light of the airflow. This was announced via Twitter.
July 7: Governor Phil Murphy (D) updated the list of states from which travelers into New Jersey are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. The states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.
June 30: Gov. Murphy issued an order rescinding Paragraph 5 of Executive Order No. 157 thus requiring restaurants remain closed for indoor on-premise services. Any retail, recreational, and entertainment business that is authorized to open its indoor premises to the public may only do so where it prohibits the consumption of food or beverages and smoking in those indoor premises.
June 26: Gov. Murphy signed Executive Order No. 157, which contains several requirements for indoor dining, which can resume on July 2 but will be limited to 25 percent capacity and patrons will be required to order and consume food or beverages while seated. The Order also contains the baseline requirements for indoor recreational and entertainment businesses, which can open on July 2 at 25 percent capacity, with the exceptions of gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, performing arts centers, other concert venues, and indoor amusement and water parks. Further, dance floors at any business must be closed or cordoned off. Gyms and fitness centers can, however, offer individualized indoor instruction by appointment only.
May 18: Gov. Lujan Grisham has released All Together New Mexico, which outlines COVID-safe practices for individuals and employers. It includes guidance for retailers, restaurants, manufacturing, hotels, construction, medical providers, and more.
July 8: Gov. Cuomo announced that shopping malls may reopen in Phase IV Regions beginning July 10 if they have enhanced HVAC filtration systems and follow proper ventilation protocols. HVAC systems will be required to include filters with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value - or MERV - rating.The Governor also announced that Long Island may enter Phase IV on July 8.
July 6: Gov. Cuomo issued an order extending the emergency until August 5. The extension continues the prohibition on eviction proceedings for commercial tenants and commercial mortgagors. New York also updated the list of states from which travelers into New Jersey are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. The states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.
June 30: Gov. Cuomo has extended his executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to those who do not wear masks or face coverings to July 26. He has authorized the Capital Region to enter Phase 4 of reopening on July 1.
June 29: Gov. Cuomo announced that New York malls will need high quality air systems that can filter out the coronavirus before they will be allowed to reopen.
July 1: Businesses are being reminded to post NC DHHS Signage to ensure they are in compliance with state mask regulations.
June 24: Gov. Cooper announced that he will be keeping the state in Phase 2 of reopening for an additional three weeks - until July 17 - as cases have increased. He also announced that he will implement a statewide facemask order. Masks must be worn in public places. They will be required for all employees and customers of retail businesses and restaurants as well as workers in manufacturing, construction, meat processing and agriculture settings. The Governor issued an executive order to implement the announcement. Order 147 also extends the price gouging prohibtions that have been in place througout the state of emergency. Guideance has also been issued on facemasks.
May 30: Gov. Cooper issued an order that prohibits residential and commercial evictions through June 20. Commercial Landlords shall not assess upon their Commercial Tenants interest, late fees, or other penalties for late payment or nonpayment of rent. Refer to order for further detail.
May 29: Gov. Burgum announced that North Dakota is moving to the next phase of its ND Smart Restart plan. This moves the state into the green, low-risk level. Bar and restaurant capacity will increase to 75% max occupancy; wedding/banquet halls, movie theaters, and fitness centers may also increase capacity.
July 7: Gov. DeWine announced that effective July 8, face coverings must be worn in public places in the following counties: Butler; Cuyahoga; Franklin; Hamilton; Huron; Montgomery; and Trumbull. A public health order will be released to implement this announcement.
June 29: Gov. Brown announced that face coverings will be required in indoor public spaces. The Oregon Legislature passed HB 4213, which prohibits residential and commercial evictions during the declared state of emergency. It is pending approval by Gov. Brown.
July 1: Gov. Wolf announced a statewide facemask order. Individuals must wear face coverings in any indoor locations where members of the public are permitted; on transit; and in any outdoor space where social distancing is unable to be maintained. There are some exceptions to the mandate.
June 30: Gov. Raimondo announced the state will move into Phase 3 of reopening. Mass gatherings of 25 or fewer people will be allowed indoors and 50 or fewer people will be allowed outdoors. The state will implement a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone coming to Rhode Island from any state with a 5% or greater positivity rate. The Governor announced that multiple executive orders will be extended including the statewide mask requirement.
June 30: Gov. McMaster has extended the state of emergency until July 11. This order extends EO No. 2020-13, which prohibits mass gatherings or congregation of more than 3 people. The order extends transportation waivers for commercial vehicles. The order extends price gouging prohibitions that have been in place since the beginning of the emergency.
April 28: The state has released the “Back to Normal Plan” with guidance on reopening.
On July 6, Hamilton County issued an order requiring face masks be worn in public "at all times when indoors in all public and private buildings and when outdoors," through Sept. 8.
June 22: Nashville has entered Phase 3 of reopening. Under Phase 3, bars and other "socially-driven" businesses such as clubs, karaoke bars, transportainment and live event venues may reopen at half capacity. Restaurants and retail stores must continue at 75% capacity, though initial details for under phase 3 had looked to bring them to full capacity. Officials say the decision to stay at limited capacity came after evaluation and speaking with business owners that with proper social distancing, businesses could not operate at 100%.
June 12: The state is in Phase 3 of reopening, which allows most business establishments in the state to operate at 50% occupancy. There is no limit for those businesses deemed essential; child-care services; youth camps; and religious services. Restaurants can have indoor on-premise dining at 75%.
June 29: Gov. Herbert issued an order updating guidelines (Version 4.7) for all business sectors in the reopening phases process.
June 22: Gov. Scott has announced that the state will raise occupancy limits for event venues, arts, culture and entertainment venues, as well as restaurants. Beginning June 26, these venues can expand capacity for events and dining to 50% of approved occupancy size or one person per 100 square feet of customer facing space. This change will allow for indoor events of up to 75 people and outdoor organized events of up to 150.
June 24: Gov. Northam announced that the full state will move into Phase 3 of the reopening plan on July 1. Restaurants and retailers will no longer have indoor or outdoor capacity limits but must still operate pursuant to other safety protocols. Personal care services may operate without capacity limits but still pursuant to other safety protocols. Entertainment and public amusement businesses may reopen at 50% capacity pursuant to safety protocols. Gyms and other fitness centers must limit capacity at 75% and follow other safety protocols. Recreational sports may resume with capacity limits for participants and spectators. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools may be open at up to 75% occupancy. Hot tubs, spas, saunas, splash pads, spray pools, and interactive play features must be closed.
June 27: Gov. Inslee announced that the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 though the “Safe Start” phased approach. Eight counties were eligible to move from Phase 3 to Phase 4 before the pause.
June 26: Effective June 26, a statewide order requires individuals to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces such as stores, offices and restaurants. The order also requires face coverings outdoors when you can't stay 6 feet apart from others.
May 31: Gov. Inslee issued his Safe Start proclamation to outline the beginning of the Phased Reopening Plan that begins on June 8.
July 7: Gov. Justice issued an order requiring individuals wear face coverings statewide when inside indoor public places where social distancing cannot be maintained.
June 29: Businesses in Milwaukee can allow more customers in their establishments starting Wednesday, July 1, with the city now announcing it is moving into phase 4 of its Moving Milwaukee Forward plan. Under the city's new guidelines for this next phase, retail stores could operate at 50% capacity; stores that sell groceries and medicine can operate at 75%; restaurants and bars can operate at 50% capacity; salons and spas can have the capacity for one client per service provider; and hotels and motels could operate at 50% capacity with their pools and fitness rooms at 50%, one person every 30 square feet, or a maximum of 250 people. Capacity is waived for restaurants that have a health department-approved COVID safety plan.
May 15: Gov. Gordon has announced that updated public health orders effective May 15 will ease restrictions on several business categories and permit restaurants to resume indoor table service statewide. Movie theaters and performance venues will also be allowed to reopen in a limited capacity and the new orders permit public gatherings of up to 25 persons.