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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 


A statewide mask mandate is extended through November 8.  Facial coverings are required in public when interacting within 6 feet of people of another household, subject to certain exceptions.  Non-work gatherings require 6 feet between persons not from the same household. Among other business restrictions, indoor and enclosed entertainment venues are limited to 50% of normal occupancy load as determined by the fire marshal. Additional local restrictions may apply. 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. The state has provided suggested guidelines for gatherings of over 250 people and for organized sports and recreation activities.   Individual cities may enact stricter guidelines and restrictions.  More details may be found at Those traveling to Alaska from another state are required to follow certain protocols. Link
Arizona Gatherings of more than 50 people must be approved in advance by the city or town (or county if in an unincorporated area), and they have permission to deny the request due to public health concerns, or may allow with certain guidelines and restrictions.  All businesses must comply with certain guidelines and must try to limit the congregation of customers to 10 or fewer if possible. Link
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 travelers are rescinded. Businesses are subject to six-foot distancing and other requirements.  Face coverings are required in indoor environments, excluding private residences, subject to certain exceptions. Group events at state parks are limited. Link
California The state is basing its restrictions, reopenings, and regulations on individual county statistics.  To get the latest information for your county, visit and enter your county in the search box.  Gatherings are not permitted.  Individuals should stay home, except for permitted work and essential errands.  Visit the official state website for more information on the stay at home order, including frequently asked questions. Link
Colorado The state is currently in what is known as “Level 2- Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors”.  All essential businesses are open, and non-essential businesses may be open with certain restrictions.  The state has also provided a calculator for determining crowds at indoor and outdoor events. The state has implemented a “Protect Our Neighbors” phase, where local communities may apply for a variance for fewer restrictions if they meet certain criteria.  More information may be found at:
Connecticut Phase 3 of Connecticut’s Reopen Plan will begin on October 8, 2020.  A travel advisory is currently in effect for anyone entering Connecticut from states with high community spread of COVID-19 and there are limits on gatherings.  For up to date details visit
Delaware Governor John Carney has announced that a Phase 3 start date announcement will be delayed until conditions merit implementation of Phase 3.  On September 3, 2020, the Governor issued Sixth Extension of the Declaration of a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware due to a Public Health Threat.  Gatherings of less than 250 are permitted while gatherings of more than 250 people, approval is needed by the Division of Small Business.  Indoor gatherings allowed at 60% of fire occupancy or allowance of 30 square feet per person.    For more information click here Link
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that Phase 2 of the District of Columbia’s reopening plan would go into effect on June 22, 2020 and remain in effect until conditions improved.  Currently, gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.  Further, anyone traveling to or from the 30 states on the high risk list are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. For more information click here.
Florida Phase 3 reopening began on September 25. Per executive order 20–244, no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or operating a business.  A mask mandate has been lifted; however, certain businesses and local governments are continuing to require masks. The collection of COVID-19-related fines and penalties upon individuals is suspended.  Local indoor capacity limits on restaurants and establishments with food service licenses cannot be less than 50%, and any local order that limits restaurant capacity to less than 100% must satisfy certain requirements.  Additional local restrictions, requirements, and limitations may apply. Link
Georgia Effective through October 10, 2020, gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted provided six foot distancing between each person can be maintained.  Businesses not designated as critical infrastructure, companies, organizations, live performance venues, restaurants, etc. shall implement specified measures to mitigate the spread and exposure of COVID-19.  Shelter-in-place requirements continue for vulnerable individuals. Local governments may impose certain additional restrictions. See Executive Order for information on requirements for different categories of businesses. Link
Hawaii Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing Program now allows individuals to travel to Hawaii without having to self-quarantine for 14-days if they are tested no earlier than 72 hours before their flight arrives with an FDA-authorized nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), performed using a nasal swab, and can show proof of negative test results from a CLIA-certified laboratory. Travelers also will have their temperatures checked upon arrival and must fill out a travel and health form. Upon arrival in Hawaii, passengers unable to provide proof of an approved negative test will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days or until they can provide proof of negative test results.

Hawaii’s new online Safe Travels form must be completed by all travelers—interisland and transpacific—well in advance of their flight.  Once their health information is entered 24 hours before departure, travelers receive a QR code via email. The QR code on their mobile device or printed on paper gets scanned by the airport screener upon arrival.  The form is available at

Idaho Idaho is now in Stage 4, meaning gatherings of all sizes are allowed and all businesses open so long as certain protocols are in place.  More information may be found at
Illinois The majority of the state is now in Phase 4 of recovery, meaning businesses may open with protocols to protect employees. Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.  The state is opening by region and residents are encouraged to check the regional dashboard to view any changes or specific regulations for their area.
Indiana The state is now in Phase 5 of its reopening plan.  This will be in place until at least November 14. Gatherings of more than 500 people must submit their plan first to local health officials at least 14 days prior to the event, and must also have enough staff or volunteers on site during the event to ensure compliance.  To continue to monitor COVID in the state, weekly assessments will be made of each county, and an online map will be updated to inform residents where there are outbreaks.  The state will then work with those counties to address concerns.  Face coverings are mandated statewide. Read more about Phase 5 and business and event requirements. Link
Iowa Businesses may reopen so long as certain protocols, including social distancing, are in place.  Gatherings and recreational events of more than 10 people are permitted, even if occasionally people must be fewer than 6 feet apart, so long as “the organizer of such activities…implements reasonable measures under the circumstances of each gathering to ensure reasonable social distancing. Increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures…”  These measures are in place until November 15. Visit for more information. Link
Kansas The state continues to remain in an extended Phase 3. Gatherings of more than 45 people are “not recommended”.  All activities may operate and are recommended to follow all guidelines.  More information may be found at Face coverings are now mandated in all public spaces and places where social distancing cannot be maintained.  Link
Kentucky Face coverings are required in public through October 6, subject to certain exceptions. Mass gatherings are reduced to 10 people or fewer effective 7/20/20 and continuing until rescinded. Minimum requirements and “Healthy at Work” guidance for various businesses, event venues, pet grooming and boarding, attractions, gatherings, and other categories can be viewed at  Additional local restrictions may apply.
Louisiana Reopening continues under Phase 3 through October 9.  It is anticipated that Phase 3 will be extended beyond that date.  A statewide mask mandate remains in place.  Among other provisions, most businesses may operate at 75% capacity with social distancing.  Indoor gatherings are limited to the lesser of 250 people or 50% capacity.  Crowd sizes at outdoor gatherings are limited to 50% capacity or 250 people if social distancing is not possible. Additional requirements and limitations apply to sporting events, athletic events, event centers, and reception halls. Link
Maine Maine has entered Stage 4 of its Restarting Maine’s Economy plan, which includes guidance on winter capacity limits for businesses and strengthened measures on wearing cloth face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Starting October 13, 2020, indoor seating limits are increased and enforcement of face coverings is strengthened statewide.  Details can be found here:   Under the state’s travel advisory, adults who obtain and receive a negative COVID-19 test from a specimen taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival are allowed to forgo the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine so long as they complete a Certificate of Compliance form.  Residents from the following states are exempt from the testing and 14-day quarantine requirement: Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
Maryland Maryland is following Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan, which includes a phased approach to reopening business. Under the latest executive order, Maryland will begin to move into the third and final phase of its reopening plan at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 with additional safe and gradual reopening to included indoor theaters and outdoor venues with specific restrictions in place. The use of face coverings continues to be required for all people in Maryland over the age of five in public places and elsewhere across the state.  Also, large mass gatherings are not allowed.  However, permitted events may be allowed depending on jurisdiction and factors that include the size and nature of the event. Link
Massachusetts Currently, the state is in Phase III, Step 2 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan, for lower-risk communities – defined as cities and towns that have not been designated in the “red” category in any of the last three weekly Department of Public Health weekly reports. Lower-risk communities are permitted to open indoor performance venues with 50 percent capacity and a maximum of 250 people; increase the outdoor venue capacity to 50 percent with the same 250-person ceiling; open attractions such as trampolines, obstacle courses, roller rinks, and laser tag at 50 percent capacity; and open fitting rooms in all types of retail stores. Click here to see the list of communities not designated as lower-risk communities.  For details including the state’s travel order, look here. Link
Michigan The Michigan Supreme Court has declared the governor’s previous executive orders relating to COVID as unconstitutional.  As such, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued new emergency orders in effect immediately.  Indoor gatherings are permitted in areas with seating at 20 percent capacity.  If the venue has no fixed seating, then 25 people are permitted (30 if outdoors) per every 1000 square feet.  Social distancing must be maintained and face masks are mandatory. Residents and businesses should check with their local health department for the most up to date regional guidelines and information. Link
Minnesota Minnesota remains in Phase III of its Stay Safe Plan.  A state-wide executive order requiring individuals to wear face masks while in indoor public settings went into effect on July 25.  For more information, go to  Travelers to the state are encouraged to seek guidance from the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health in order to make fact-based travel decisions.  Outdoor gatherings of 25 or less and indoor gatherings of 10 or less people are permitted.  Outdoor events and entertainment are permitted if attendees maintain six feet of social distance and gatherings must not exceed 250 people. Link
Mississippi As extended through September 30, face coverings are required in businesses, buildings, and spaces open to the public, subject to certain exceptions.  Among other provisions, retail businesses are limited to 75% of capacity, subject to social distancing protocols.  For social events and group gatherings:  When social distancing is not possible among persons not of the same household, attendance is limited to groups of 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.  When social distancing is possible, the limit is 20 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, with certain exceptions.  Conference facilities, including events held in outdoor event tents, are limited to no more than 25% of maximum capacity.  Indoor and outdoor arena attendance is limited to 25% of capacity. Link
Missouri The state is in Phase 2 of recovery, meaning there is no longer a statewide order, but local governments may enact their own regulations. 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 are in Phase 4 of reopening until October 31.  Each county also has its own direct health measure (DHM), which determines the phase the county is in and provides local business and gathering guidelines.  These may be viewed on the Department of Health and Human Services website. Indoor events may be held at 75 percent capacity, and outdoors at full capacity, with social distancing.  Gatherings over 500 (or over 1000 in counties with a population over 500,000) must be approved by the local health department. Link
Nevada Nevada remains in phase 2 of reopening, but residents are still encouraged to stay home and limit travel to the extent possible.   Public gatherings are permitted, so long as capacity does not exceed 250 or 50 percent of the venue capacity, whichever is less.   No general public is allowed, unless the venue has a greater than 2500 seating capacity.  More guidance on events may be found here, beginning on page 13.  Live events must be approved by the appropriate state or local department. Face coverings are mandatory for all public places. The state has also instituted the Mitigation Task Force to monitor individual counties and address specific concerns.  Updates on specific counties may be found on the press briefings page on the Nevada Health Response website.   For more details and specific requirements, visit Link
New Hampshire The state of New Hampshire is promoting its plan of “Safer at Home” with universal minimum guidelines that can be enforced with civil penalties outlined in Executive Order # 65.  Instead of gathering limits, the state has posted guidance based on social distancing requirements for a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, which can be viewed here.  In addition to many towns and cities that have initiated their own individual ordinances, the state now requires face coverings for certain scheduled gatherings of 100 or more individuals, as part of the state’s efforts to respond to COVID-19.  If you’re visiting New Hampshire from out of state (excluding New England) for an overnight trip at a lodging property, you’re required to provide signed documentation stating you remained at home for at least a 14-day quarantine period prior to arriving in the state. This documentation will be provided at your lodging destination. A complete lodging guidance can be viewed here.
New Jersey – In partnership with New York and Connecticut, all individuals entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14-days.  Effective June 25, the quarantine applies to any person, including New Jerseyans, arriving from a state with a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.  Currently (10/20), the states and territories that meet the criteria for quarantine are AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, FL, GA, GU, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI, and WY.  For more information, go to  Governor Murphy has issued executive orders that require face coverings in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible and limited most indoor gatherings to a maximum of 25 people.  Indoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people or 25% of a room’s capacity — whichever number is lower. All attendees at indoor gatherings must wear face coverings and stay six feet apart.  Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 500 people and social distancing must be practiced.  Legislation has also been introduced in New Jersey that would limit business’ liability exposure due to illness or death cause by COVID-19.  They include A3951, A4189, A4377, A4388, A4440, A4497, S2634, and S2703.  More information on COVID-19 liability limitation information is available at Link
New Mexico The most recent public health order issued October 16 reiterates that residents stay home except for the most essential activities.  The New Mexico Department of Health also has authority to close locations and prohibit gatherings as deemed necessary to protect public health.  Gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited.  Essential businesses, including grooming, pet care, and veterinarians, may remain open so long as they comply with certain protocols.  Businesses not deemed essential may operate at 25 percent capacity.  Non-essential travel, including flights, are strongly discouraged.  This order stays in effect until November 16.  All who travel to or from a state with a higher than 5 percent positive test rate, or 80 positive tests for every 1 million people over a 7-day period must self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days or their duration of stay in the state, whichever is shorter.  Quarantine exemptions are in place for those in the state to conduct essential business.  The quarantine requirements are in place indefinitely.  Link
New York All regions are in Phase 4 of recovery. “Low-risk” indoor and outdoor “arts and entertainment” are permitted (view links for more information).  Currently there is a 50-person gathering limit, but the state has also provided guidelines for sports and recreation activities.  A 14-day quarantine is mandatory for all those entering New York from states with a higher than 10 percent COVID-19 test positivity rate over the last seven days. As of October 5, the state is taking over enforcement of COVID regulations in “hot spot areas” in Brooklyn, Queens, Rockland and Orange Counties.  In addition, the state has provided online complaint forms to report concerns at a business, place of work, or other location. Link
North Carolina Phase 3 begins October 3 and will be reassessed on October 23.  Under this new order, gatherings are still limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.  Small outdoor venues and conference centers may operate at 30 percent capacity, or 100 people, whichever is less, while practicing social distancing and other guidelines.  Other guidelines for pet-related businesses remain the same.  View the link at the right and visit for more information. Link
North Dakota Due to recent per capita increases in infection rates, Barnes, Benson, Bottineau, Bowman, Burleigh, Cass, Dickey, Dunn, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Grand Forks, Grant, LaMoure, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Ramsey, Richland, Sioux, Stark, Towner, Walsh, Ward, and Williams counties are at the moderate or high risk level.  On Wednesday, October 14, Governor Burgum announced updates to the ND Smart Restart guidelines to help reverse recent trends.  North Dakota has restrictions for international travelers.
Ohio The state has posted guidelines for businesses and recreational activities, including non-contact sporting events.  As of July 23, face coverings are mandatory statewide for any time a person is indoors (when not a residence), or outdoors and unable to maintain social distancing (click on the link to read more guidelines and exceptions).  With some exceptions, mass gatherings are limited to 10 people.  The governor has also issued a travel advisory and recommended quarantine for those who are coming into Ohio (including those who live in Ohio but have travelled) from states that have over a 15 percent positive testing rate.  View the full advisory and list of states on the Ohio Department of Health’s website. 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. Those traveling from areas with “substantial community spread” should limit participating in indoor gatherings for 10-14 days, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Link
Oregon Counties are reopening in phases.  Visit the Governor’s website to learn about each phase, and scroll down to see which phase your county is currently in. Face coverings are mandated statewide anytime social distancing is not possible – including exercise and recreational activities. Link
Pennsylvania Effective Friday, October 9, 2020, Governor Wolf and the Department of Health provided an update to the size limits for Events and Gatherings.  The new occupancy limits for both indoor and outdoor gatherings are based on the size of the facility and an allowable percentage of the occupancy rate.  The press release on this change can be read here. Link
Rhode Island Under Phase III, Rhode Island allows outdoor and indoor event venues to open at 66% capacity, as long as social distancing and other public health measures can be maintained.  However, the indoor and outdoor social gathering limit was lowered to 15 people as social gatherings have been the source of many positive cases.  If you are coming to Rhode Island from one of the states listed on their website with a positivity rate of COVID-19 greater than 5%, you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days while in Rhode Island. As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Rhode Island. Link
South Carolina Capacity, social distancing, and masking guidelines for establishments that attract large groups remain in effect. Attendance may not exceed 50% of the certificate of occupancy or 250 persons, whichever is less.  Guidelines for businesses and organizations can be viewed here. Link
South Dakota The state’s Department of Health provides detailed COVID-19 updates and information at  The state does not have any travel restrictions in place for visitors.
Tennessee Executive orders pertaining to COVID-19 are extended through September 30. The state’s economic recovery group issued updated guidelines for businesses. Retail stores should limit customers, and gyms, hair salons, spas and similar close-contact businesses should implement social distancing and sanitation practices. Social and recreational gatherings should maintain social distancing.  Guidance is provided for attractions, large venues, and large community events.  Certain counties and cities have imposed additional restrictions. Link
Texas On July 2, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed additional executive orders.  One requires all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.  Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violator of Gov. Abbott’s face-covering requirement, a person’s second violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation. The governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.  For more information, go to

The state has issued operational guidance for Adult Recreational Sports Operators and Outdoor Sports Participants.

Utah The majority of the state is in either the “yellow” or “green” phase.  Those in the yellow phase are permitted to have gatherings of up to 50 people, and social distancing is required. There are no gathering or business restrictions for those areas in the green phase, but social distancing, face masks, and hygiene protocols are encouraged.  View the link at the right for more details.  Residents should also check local variances for the latest information for their community. In addition, some areas of the state are mandating face coverings. A few cities are in the “orange phase”, which limits gatherings to 20 people, among other restrictions. Link
Vermont All Vermonters are required to wear masks or cloth facial coverings any time it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others from outside their household.   Under the Governor’s last order viewed here, each city and town is allowed to enact local requirements regarding gathering size limitations that are more restrictive than those established by the State.  Visitors to Vermont must quarantine for 14 days but, have the option to get a PCR test on or after day 7 of quarantine and end your quarantine with a negative test result.  Exceptions to this requirement include travelers from certain counties with low rates of active cases; people traveling for essential purposes and people who live near the Vermont border and regularly travel to and from a neighboring state. Link
Virginia Governor Northam announced that all Virginia would move to Phase Three  the “Forward Virginia” plan on July 1, 2020.  However, additional restrictions remain in effect for the Cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, Poquoson, James City County, and York County.  Those restrictions include: Restaurants will no longer be able to sell alcohol after 10 p.m. and must close at midnight; Indoor dining is limited to 50% capacity; and Gatherings over 50 people inside or outside are permitted but discouraged but if they do occur gatherings should be limited to 50% occupancy of the event space, if applicable, or 250 participants, whichever is less. Link
Washington 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. The size of gatherings has been reduced as of July 20.  Counties in Phase 2 may have gatherings of up to five people.  Counties in Phase 3 may have gatherings of up to 10 people (was previously 50 people). Link
West Virginia Re-opening in West Virginia was done based on what Governor Justice calls “The Comeback” plan. While the state has officially completed “The Comeback” some modifications have been made.  Some limits and prohibitions first put into place on July 14, 2020, remain in effect as of September 1, 2020, and will continue to be effective until further notice.  Including is the limit for all purely social gatherings is 25 individuals and all fairs, festivals, carnivals, or similar events, as well as all indoor or outdoor concerts, are prohibited.  The limitation does not apply to any activity, business, or entity that has been deemed essential.  While the plan is completed, following all CDC recommended guidelines is still be strongly encouraged. Link
Wisconsin As of August 1, face masks are mandatory statewide for anyone over the age of 5 who are in a space (indoors or outdoors, unless a residence) with other people.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down the governor’s previous 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 Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.  Exemptions include businesses where customers can stay 50 feet apart, and livestock auctions.  Indoor and outdoor events not specifically listed, including sporting and similar events, may have up to 250 people, but participants must be screened for COVID prior to the event and specific sanitation and social distancing guidelines must be in place.  An additional 250 attendees may be present in addition to participants, so long as no more than 6 people sit together.  View the latest executive order for more guidelines for events.  View the link at right for more details and guidelines on COVID regulations in the state. Link
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