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The following chart provides information on COVID-19 shelter in place/closure orders with respect to rules impacting access to pet care, supplies, and services.  This document will be updated to reflect changing circumstances as new information becomes available.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many states are shutting down all but what they deem to be essential services and businesses.  This can impact dog owners and breeders in a wide variety of ways, including but not limited to: the ability to obtain sufficient, proper food and supplies and ensuring that animal owners can travel if necessary to care for their animals. Additionally, we are urging consideration for essential employees such as health care workers so they do not lose options for kenneling or pet care at a time when they may be required to work long or unscheduled hours.

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States with Shelter in Place and Non-Essential Business Closure State Reopenings and Status of Pet Care Services  State Directive 
Alabama Effective through July 3 at 5:00pm, all non-work related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons from different households are prohibited.  Most businesses and public venues shall limit occupancy to 50 percent of the normal occupancy load as determined by the fire marshal.  Businesses, retailers, and other establishments open to the public shall take reasonable steps to maintain six-foot distancing among persons who are not of the same household and regularly disinfect frequently used items and surfaces. Link
Alaska Phase 3 of reopening began on May 22.  This means all businesses and recreational activities are permitted.  Larger gatherings with non-household members are also permitted.  It is considered the responsibility of individuals conducting activities to have a mitigation plan and comply with guidelines to ensure safety.  Individual cities may enact stricter guidelines and restrictions.  More details may be found at Link
Arizona As of May 16, more businesses may open in Arizona in a limited capacity, so long as certain protocols are followed. In addition, the mandatory 2-week quarantine for all entering Arizona from certain high-risk areas has been repealed.   Any public gatherings where social distancing cannot be observed should still be avoided unless CDC and other protocols can be implemented.  Visit the governor’s website for more information.
Arkansas Outdoor venues for commercial, community and civic events and activities may reopen subject to capacity limitations, social distancing, and sanitation plans approved by the Secretary of Health.  Quarantine requirements for certain travelers remain in effect.  Businesses are subject to six-foot distancing and other requirements.  Use of face coverings in public is encouraged. Link
California The state has entered what is being termed as “early Stage 2”.  This means that some businesses may reopen if following specific guidelines and protocols.  Residents should still only limit time away from the home for essential travel such as shopping and healthcare and outdoor recreation (and recreation only among members of the same household).  County variances are permitted, meaning that some counties may lessen or further restrict these regulations.  View the online map for county details and applications for county variances. Link
Colorado Colorado is currently in Level 2, which is known as “Safer at Home”.  Non-critical businesses may open with restrictions.  Residents are still encouraged to stay home as much as possibly and “connect with family and loved ones virtually”. More statewide guidance is expected in the coming days.  Some individual cities and counties have enacted their own variances or extended stay at home orders.
Connecticut As of May 20 retail establishments and offices can resume in-person operations following specific sector rules issued by the Governor.  Details of requirements and phasing in of operations can be found here. 
Delaware Governor John Carney has announced that June 1 is the target date for Phase 1 reopening.   In order to prepare for Phase 1, Governor Carney announced an interim plan.  To find the latest updated information visit: Link
Florida Certain restaurants and retail businesses may expand to 50% occupancy limitations.  Retail businesses remain subject to safety guidelines provided by the CDC  and OSHA.  Social distancing and limits on groups to a maximum of 10 people are in effect for selected park facilities.  Restrictions on organized youth activities are eased.  Amusement parks may submit reopening plans to the state.  Additional local restrictions may still be in effect. Link
Georgia On June 1, limits on gatherings increase to groups of 25 people subject to 6-foot distancing.  Sheltering in place, which requires remaining in a place of residence or taking every precaution to limit social interaction, is extended through June 12.  At-risk persons are required to shelter in place, subject to exemptions for essential services, necessary business activities, critical infrastructure workers, and certain travel.  Businesses should comply with measures which mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19 as provided in Executive Order Link
Hawaii Stay-at-home order extended to May 31.  Some businesses, including pet groomers, were allowed to reopen in certain parts of the state on May 7.
Idaho The state has entered Phase 3 of its reopening plan, meaning that businesses may operate and the non-essential travel ban has been lifted.  Gatherings are still limited to 50 people and venues for large gatherings remain closed.
Illinois The majority of the state is in Phase 3 of reopening, meaning employees of businesses considered “non-essential” may return, so long as certain protocols are in place.  Gatherings are limited to 10 people.
Indiana Indiana is currently in Stage 3 of reopening, with Marion and Cass Counties entering Stage 3 on June 1.  Travel restrictions are lifted and gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted, with proper social distancing guidelines.  Multi-day meetings and gatherings are “strongly discouraged”.  Guidelines for gatherings may be found online.  Most businesses may open at 75 percent capacity. Link
Iowa As of May 28, retail establishments may open at 50 percent capacity.  Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited until June 1.  After June 1, gatherings are permitted up to 50 percent of the normal capacity for the venue, so long as social distancing and other guidelines are in place. Link
Kansas The state enters a modified version of its Phase 2 opening on May 22.  This means the majority of businesses are allowed to reopen, and gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted.  Visit the Kansas governor’s website for the latest information.View all phases on the Kansas COVID-19 website. Link
Kentucky Phased reopening of businesses continues.  Veterinarians and pet supply stores remain exempt from shutdown orders.  Requirements for pet care, grooming and boarding facilities.  Gatherings of 10 people or fewer are permitted subject to guidance.  Educational and cultural activities, limited outdoor attractions, and horse shows may reopen June 8.  Groups of 50 people or fewer may gather effective June 29.
Louisiana The stay at home order has expired. Certain businesses may operate under 25% occupancy limits, sanitation guidelines, and social distancing requirements.  Certain businesses previously directed to close shall remain closed. Veterinarians and pet supply stores are exempt.  Information on “Can This Business Open” and  FAQ. Link
Maine On May 29, 2020 Governor Mills signed an Executive Order allowing for the gradual easing of restrictions as the state continues to reopen.  The order eases the restrictions on certain gatherings from 10 to 50 beginning June 1, consistent with the Restarting Plan. It also phases out the distinction between essential and non-essential businesses; requires businesses to the extent practicable to have their employees work remotely,  but relaxes Maine’s “Stay Safer at Home” Order, allowing people to visit more businesses and participate in more activities as they reopen under the Restarting Plan.

Effective June 5th, it requires places of business accessible to the public to post readily visible signs notifying customers of the requirement to wear cloth face coverings where physical distancing is not possible.  The order can be viewed here

Maryland Governor announced that Stage One of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ took effect on May 15, with the state moving from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory, and gradual reopening of retail, manufacturing, houses of worship, and some personal services.  Stage One is being implemented with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopening. Through a new interactive map on, Marylanders will be able to see which counties are implementing Stage One of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which are partially implementing Stage One guidance, and which counties remain closed.  To find the latest updated information visit: Link
Massachusetts Governor Baker announced a four phase re-opening plan for the state on May 18, 2020.   Construction and manufacturing business can join essential businesses in opening their doors.  On May 25, 2020 additional services such as dog grooming will be available.  For details, visit the state’s reopening website. Link
Michigan Some restrictions have been lifted as of June 1, but the state of emergency remains in effect.  View the map to see the stage of reopening for each part of the state, then view the link on the right for guidance based on that region’s threat level. Link
Minnesota Stay-at-home order expired on May 17.  Employees in certain agriculture, industrial, and office settings were allowed to return to work starting April 27.  Retail businesses allowed to reopen at 50% capacity. Link
Mississippi Effective June 1:  Businesses and non-profits may reopen subject to CDC and Mississippi State Department of Health guidelines.  Retail businesses are limited to 50% capacity.  Large group gatherings where social distancing is not possible are limited to 20 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.  Large group gatherings where social distancing is possible are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.  Conference centers are limited to 25% of seating capacity.  Indoor recreational facilities are limited to 50% capacity.  At risk individuals should continue sheltering in place. Link
Missouri Phase one of reopening has been extended until June 15. Businesses may be open at a limited capacity, so long as social distancing and other requirements are met, including in lobbies and waiting areas.  Fraternal organizations may meet, so long as social distancing and seating requirements are met.  In addition, the Missouri state of emergency will remain in effect until June 15 in order to provide flexibility in resources and also in implementing the over 400 statutes and regulations that have been suspended at this time. Link
Montana The state has entered Phase Two of reopening, meaning that gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted, so long as social distancing can be practiced.  If a gathering of more than 50 is being planned, then the local public health officer must be contacted in advance to discuss if social distancing can be implemented.  The mandatory quarantine for non-work-related travel in the state has been lifted. Link
Nebraska All counties except Dakota, Hall, Merrick, and Hamilton are in phase 2 of reopening.  Gatherings are limited to 25, or 25 percent of the facility’s capacity (up to 3,000, with social distancing guidelines in place).  For those counties still in Phase One, gatherings are limited to 10 people.  The travel quarantine has been lifted except for international travel. Link
Nevada Nevada has entered phase 2 of reopening, but residents are still encouraged to stay home and limit travel to the extent possible.  Gatherings of up to 50 people are now permitted, so long as social distancing and other protocols are in place.  Competitions are permitted, but general public may not be admitted.  Live events must be approved by the appropriate state department.  More details and specific requirements may be found at Link
New Hampshire  In compliance with universal guidelines, youth sports and child care were provided new, flexed guidance to operate under on May 22, 2020.   The following industries have also been provided new, flexed guidance to operate under starting June 1st, Acupuncture, Beaches, Body Art, Cosmetology, Health and Fitness and Massage. Details are here.  
New Jersey Stay-at-home order in effect since March 21, set to expire June 5. Link
New Mexico As of June 1, a few state restrictions have been lifted, and additional state parks have reopened on a limited basis.  Specific guidelines have been issued for animal facilities.  “Mass gatherings” are still prohibited. Link
New York All regions except New York City are permitted to re-open some businesses in accordance with “Phase one” of the state’s reopening plan.  All agricultural businesses may reopen, and the state has provided specific guidelines for non-food producing agricultural businesses.  As of May 26, all veterinary practices may open.  All regions are still prohibited from organizing any events that would bring in a large number of visitors from outside the area, and gatherings are limited to 10 people.Central NY, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North County and Southern Tier are now in Phase 2, meaning additional businesses may reopen. Link
North Carolina The state entered Phase 2 of reopening on May 22.  This means more retail and services may open at 50 percent capacity.  More retail and service industry businesses may open at 50 percent capacity, when complying with certain guidelines.  Gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted outdoors, so long as social distancing and other provisions are complied with.  This phase will last until at least June 22, unless extended or cancelled. View more information on the state’s COVID-19 information page.
North Dakota Restrictions on certain businesses lifted on May 1.
Ohio New guidelines were issued on May 29 that include further clarifications and provisions.  Gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited and all recreation centers, fairs, clubs, etc. remain closed.  Other businesses (including non-profits) may open if social distancing and other precautions are taken. Link
Oklahoma The state entered Phase 3 of reopening on June 1.  People are encouraged to “minimize time spent in crowded environments”, but there are no gathering restrictions.  People are still encouraged to follow CDC protocols and social distancing.  Local governments are permitted to implement their own guidelines based on what is best for their communities. Link
Oregon Governor has extended stay at home order through July 6.  Pet Supply and Pet Care services are exempt from the shutdown.  Click on the link for more information on essential services. Link
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf announced a phased re-opening started May 8 with 24 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties moving to the yellow phase.  On May 15, 13 additional counties moved to the yellow phase.  On Friday, May 22, 12 additional counties will move to the yellow phase leaving 18 counties remaining in the red phase.  An interactive map showing which counties are open can be found here:  To find the latest updated information visit: Link
Rhode Island The state has entered phase II of re-opening plans opening up even more sectors of the economy– while protecting health and safety.  Details of the plan are outlined here Link
South Carolina Stay at home orders are lifted.  Restrictions on businesses and restaurants have been eased, subject to safety and social distancing requirements. Link
South Dakota No stay-at-home order issued.  “Back to normal” plan offers guidelines for businesses to reopen if the surrounding area sees a downward trend in cases for 14 days.
Tennessee Retailers and other businesses in 89 counties may operate at 100% capacity under Guidelines for Businesses.  Social and recreational activities are subject to distancing and numerical guidelines as outlined in Executive Order 38, which include a limitation of 50 persons if social distancing guidelines for groups cannot be maintained.  Davidson, Shelby, Hamilton, Knox, Sullivan and Madison Counties are not included in the state reopening plan and are subject to local requirements and timelines. Link
Texas All retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls were permitted to reopen on May 1 with limited capacity. Link
Utah As of May 16, the majority of cities and counties in Utah are now in the “yellow” low-risk phase of reopening. The exceptions are Salt Lake City, Magna, and West Valley City, along with Grand, Summit, and Wasatch Counties, which are still in the “orange” moderate risk phase. All businesses may be open under the “yellow” phase, but must exercise caution in returning employees to the workplace. Gatherings of up to 50 are permitted, so long as proper social distancing guidelines are followed. Those in the orange phase are limited to gatherings of 20 or fewer, and employees should continue to work remotely if possible. Specific information for the yellow and orange phases may be found online. Link
Vermont Governor Scott authorized restaurants and bars to reopen for limited outdoor seating on May 22, 2020.  Effective May 29th, hair salons and barber shops may reopen by appointment with limits on occupancy and with safety standards implemented.  For details go to the Governor’s announcement.    Link
Virginia :  Governor Northam announced that Virginia will move into Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan on Friday, May 15, with the exception of certain localities in Northern Virginia.  The administration and officials from those localities plan to delay entering  Phase One for an additional two weeks, as the region has roughly half of the positive COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. The localities in Northern Virginia will delay entering Phase One until midnight on Thursday, May 28.  Additionally, Accomack County and the City of Richmond will delay enter to Phase One to no earlier than midnight on Thursday, May 28.   To find the latest updated information visit: Link
Washington On May 29, the governor released new reopening guidelines for the state on a county basis.  The status for each county may be found onlineAdditional guidelines for outdoor recreational activities are also available. Link
West Virginia Re-opening in West Virginia is being done in phases based on what Governor Justice calls “The Comeback” plan.  Week one began on April 30 and allowed for the resumption of all elective medical procedures and other healthcare providers to reopen as well as daycares with restricts.  Week two which began May 4 allowed for small businesses with proper PPE to reopen.  Including in the Week two reopening were hair and nail salons, barber shops, etc. which could open their doors by appointment only and masks required to be worn by both employees and customers.  Outdoor dining at restaurants also were also included as were church services and funerals with a limited gathering size and proper PPE.  The phase is Week three which started on May 11.  During the Week 3 phase of reopening, wellness facilities like gyms and fitness centers that are supervised by licensed professionals are permitted to resume operations, if they follow all additional safety guidelines.  Also, drive-in movie theaters are allowed to reopen, provided that they follow all additional safety guidelines.  Outdoor guided fishing is now permitted under strict limitations as is rock climbing services with limitations in place.

Week four will not start until May 21 at the earliest to allow time to determine how reopening is progressing.  Among the entities permitted to reopen with limitations will be indoor dining at restaurants at 50% capacity, large/specialty retail stores, and State park campgrounds for in-state residents only.  The executive order requiring out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine is also currently scheduled to be lifted during Week 4. In accordance with this scheduled change, new guidance documents will be made available for hotels, motels, condo hotels, rental properties, and cabins.

While the plan was originally based on a six-week schedule, there are currently no effective dates set for weeks 5 and 6. To find the latest updated information visit:

Wisconsin The Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down the governor’s orders, so the safer at home and “Badger Bounce Back” regulations are not currently in effect.  Visit the state’s website for suggested guidelines and other information. Link
Wyoming New guidelines were issued on May 26 that continue to prohibit gatherings of more than 25 people.  Certain additional businesses may reopen with restrictions, and counties may issue variances, provided they are signed by both the county and state health director. Link
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