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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.

Please visit AKC legislative alerts  (www.akcgr.org) to view some of the actions we’ve taken and to learn what you can do to help.

State with Shelter in Place and Non-Essential Business Closure State Reopenings and Status of Pet Care Services  State Directive 
Alabama

 

A statewide mask mandate is extended through January 22, 2021. 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. View extended safer at home guidelines here. View updated health order here.  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 https://covid19.alaska.gov/reopen/ 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 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. Businesses are subject to six-foot distancing and other requirements.  Restaurants may operate at 66% capacity. 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 https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ and enter your county in the search box.  Gatherings are not permitted.  Individuals should stay home, except for permitted work and essential errands. All who travel into or out of the state for non-essential purposes must quarantine for 14 days upon entering California.  Visit the official state website for more information on the stay at home order, including frequently asked questions. Link
Colorado Colorado has established guidelines based on risks in individual countiesView the state “dial dashboard” to see the status of each county.  Businesses and those organizing indoor and outdoor events and activities should review the newest state guidelines to see the latest requirements.  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.  In the same way, counties may also impose more restrictions depending on outbreaks.  More information may be found at:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/protect-our-neighbors
Connecticut The state of Connecticut rolled back from Phase 3 in November to Phase 2.1 of reopening.  There is a travel ban in effect.  For details and specific sector guidance visit https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Latest-Guidance
Delaware Governor John Carney has issued a State at Home Advisory valid through January 11, 2021.  Governor John Carney has also 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.  Effective Nov. 23, indoor gatherings in homes must be capped at 10 people, while outdoor gatherings must be capped at 50. Effective Dec. 10, Indoor gatherings at businesses or indoor spaces open to the public must be limited to the lesser of 30 percent of the venue’s stated fire capacity, or 10 people. For the holiday season, the Division of Public House recommends that Delawareans do not plan spending time socially with people outside their household or plan on holding holiday dinners with those outside the household – even with family.
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Washington, DC  Mayor Muriel Bowser announce 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.  Until further notice outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.  Further, for anyone traveling to or from the city, new requirements have been issued for all travelers with travel to and from Alaska, Hawaii, Maryland and Virginia being exempt.  For more information click here
Florida Phase 3 reopening began on September 25. Per executive order 20–244 and as extended by 20-297, 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.  Additional local restrictions, requirements, and limitations apply.  Click here for specific state and local information. Link
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Georgia A public health state of emergency is extended through February 7, 2021. 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. Gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted provided six foot distancing between each person can be maintained. Shelter-in-place requirements continue for vulnerable individuals. Local governments may impose certain additional restrictions. Link
Hawaii On January 7, Lt. Gov. Josh Green asked Hawaii residents to avoid all social gatherings for two weeks to stem the tide of rising COVID-19 infections that are suspected to have resulted from recent holiday gatherings.

Currently, the state’s mandatory self-quarantine period for travelers entering Hawaii and traveling between counties from 14 to 10 days.  Click here to read Emergency Rule 23.

Anyone flying to other Hawaii islands is required to have a negative COVID-19 test result—from a trusted testing partner—prior to their departure for the state.  If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of the trip, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days or the length of the stay, whichever is shorter.  Travelers will not be able to avoid the 10-day quarantine even if they receive a post-departure negative test.

Gov. Ige has deferred to the mayors of the state’s various islands and counties to make decisions regarding masks and business closures, though he can approve or reject these rules.  To that end, Kauai began its own entry program on Tuesday, January 5.  Travelers can avoid quarantine if they go to another Hawaii island with the pre-arrival testing program and wait at least three days before traveling to Kauai, or quarantine for three days.  Travelers could be released from quarantine if they’re tested before arrival, quarantine for three days at a “resort bubble” property and then receive a second test that comes back negative.

Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to review each island’s gathering and travel restrictions.

Idaho The state is back in Stage 2 after increased outbreaks.  As such, all gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.  However, extra-curricular activities including sporting events are permitted with no spectators, and other protocols.  It is recommended that that the club organizing the event first contact the local public health district before proceeding to ensure approval and compliance.  Guidelines for businesses may be found on the state’s Idaho Rebounds website.
Illinois – The state is now back in Tier 3 in order to mitigate outbreaks.  As such, indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged, and meetings in banquet halls, meeting rooms, etc. are prohibited.  Indoor sporting and recreational activities are prohibited.  Outdoor activities are permitted so long as gatherings are limited to 10 people.  Additional guidelines for businesses may be found at https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois.
Indiana The state has instituted a county coding system to determine regulations, which will be reassessed weekly.  Face coverings are mandatory for any time a person is in public.  Events may have from 25-200 people, depending on the current level assigned to the county where the event is being held.  In addition, event organizers must submit plans to the county health department for approval prior to moving forward.  Businesses must comply with social distancing, sanitizing, and other requirements outlined in the latest executive order.  The latest county maps can be found at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm. These provisions have been extended until at least January 24, 2021. Link
Iowa Under the latest executive order, gatherings of more than 10 people are permitted, so long as masks are worn and at least six feet are maintained between each attendee.  However, the executive order urges Iowans to avoid high-risk gatherings, including indoor conventions, sporting events, and other activities.  In addition, face masks are required for anyone over the age of 2.  Exemptions include a medical condition or temporarily removing the mask to perform an essential service.  Businesses may be opened so long as certain protocols are in place to ensure sanitation and social distancing.  Visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov 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 https://covid.ks.gov. Face coverings are now mandated in all public spaces and places where social distancing cannot be maintained.   Counties may have additional guidelines and restrictions.  Check with your local board of health for the latest information. Link
Kentucky Face coverings are required in public, subject to certain exceptions. Mass gatherings are reduced to 10 people or fewer 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 https://healthyatwork.ky.gov.  Additional local restrictions may apply.
Louisiana A modified Phase Two order has been reestablished through January 13, 2021.  A statewide mask mandate remains in place.  Among other provisions, most businesses may operate at 50% capacity with social distancing, with exceptions for essential businesses.  Gatherings at indoor event/reception centers are limited to 75 people/25% capacity. Outdoor gatherings at event/reception centers are limited to 150 people/25% capacity if social distancing is not possible. Additional requirements and limitations may apply. Link
Maine Governor Mills issued an Executive Order on December 11, 2020 to simplify and strengthen the enforcement of face covering requirements.  Owners and operators of indoor public settings must require all persons to wear face coverings in

publicly accessible areas, with few exceptions.  All available means of enforcement will be utilized, including civil injunctive relief, criminal prosecution, and administrative action under applicable licensing standards and requirements.  The information is available here.

Maryland Maryland is following Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan, which included a phased approach to reopening business.  Maryland began moving into the third and final phase of its reopening 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. To On November 25, Governor Hogan issued a renewal of the current Emergency Order first issued in March.  Bars and restaurants are permitted to be open for seated and distanced service only, with strict capacity restrictions.  Also, Maryland Department of Health issued a public health advisory strongly discouraging indoor gatherings of 25 people. Link
Massachusetts Governor Baker announced new restrictions starting on Saturday, December 26, 2020 that will last at least two weeks.  It lowers capacity limits for most businesses to 25 percent and tightens limits on indoor gatherings to 10 and on outdoor gatherings to 25.  Last week, mayors in Boston, Brockton, Lynn, Newton, and Somerville announced a rolling back to Phase 2, Step 2, a more restrictive step of the state’s reopening plan, which can be viewed here. Link
Michigan Under the latest epidemic order, some gatherings are permitted (up to 10 people indoors), with face coverings and social distancing guidelines in place.  Outdoor, non-contact sports are also permitted.
Retail businesses may remain open with certain protocols.  Residents should also check with their local health department for more regional guidelines and protocols.  This order is in effect until at least January 15, 2021.  Visit http://michigan.gov/coronavirus for infographics and more information.
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Minnesota On December 16, Gov. Walz announced updated social distancing guidance.  Limits on social gatherings were raised slightly, now allowing indoor gatherings of up to two households comprised of no more than 10 people, and outdoor gatherings of up to three households comprised of up to 15 people.

Out-of-state travel remains “highly discouraged” and visitors and returning residents are asked to quarantine for 14 days when entering the state.

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Mississippi As extended through January 15, 2021, face coverings are required in businesses, buildings, and spaces open to the public in most counties, subject to certain exceptions. When social distancing is not possible among persons not of the same household, gatherings are limited to groups of 10 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, with certain exceptions.  View county list and additional business and venue restrictions here.

 

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Missouri Counties may enact additional restrictions and regulations.  In an effort to not shut down the state, an executive order and public health order have been issued to mandate face coverings, encourage social distancing, and establish certain restrictions for individuals and businesses based on a county’s current risk.  Travel outside the state should be minimized.  Visit https://showmestrong.mo.gov/ for more information. 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
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Nebraska As of December 1, each county has a Direct Health Measure (DHM).  Residents, businesses, and those looking to host events should visit http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/COVID-19-Directed-Health-Measures.aspx and click on the county for specific information and regulations.  The DHMs are in effect until at least January 31. Link
Nevada Under the latest executive order, public gatherings are limited to 50 people or 25 percent of fire capacity, whichever is less.  If fire capacity is at least 200, then 50 people are permitted so long as social distancing is maintained.  Businesses must also post signs at the entrances regarding the allowed capacity.  In addition, tournaments are prohibited, which are defined as a series of contests the make up a single competition.  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 https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov Link
New Hampshire On November 19, 2020 Governor Sununu issued another COVID-19 emergency order, now requiring persons to wear masks or cloth face coverings when in public spaces without physical distancing.  This mandate is effective through January 15, 2021 in addition to the plan of “Safer at Home” with universal and specific guidance adopted in prior orders and enforced with civil fines.  Details can be viewed here.  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, many towns and cities that have initiated their own individual ordinances.  If you’re visiting New Hampshire from out of state 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 The state is strongly discouraging all non-essential interstate travel.  Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging for 10 days.  If travelers to the state test negative, they should still quarantine for a full seven days after travel.  For more information, go to https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey.

General outdoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people.  General indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people.

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New Mexico As of December 2, the state enters a tiered system based on individual counties, in an effort to allow some counties to reopen based on testing/positive rates.  Counties in the green level may have gatherings of up to 25 people, and businesses may operate at 50 percent capacity.  Counties in the yellow level may have gatherings up to 10 people and most businesses may operate at 25 percent capacity.  Counties in the red level may have gatherings of up to 5 people and most businesses may operate at up to 25 percent capacity.  In each of these levels, essential businesses (including veterinary and animal services and businesses that receive at least one-third of their revenue from the sale of pet food) may operate at a slightly larger capacity.  Use the link at the right for more information and to view the map and determine the level of individual counties.  New Mexicans are still encouraged to limit the amount of time away from home and face coverings are mandatory.  All non-essential travel should be avoided, and a 14-day mandatory quarantine is required when coming to New Mexico from states that have over a certain rate of positive cases. Link
New York The state has outlined a “micro cluster” system to daily monitor and identify areas with COVID outbreaks.  Restrictions on gatherings and businesses will vary depending on the status of COVID outbreaks in the area. You may type in your address at https://forward.ny.gov/ to find out the status for your neighborhood, business location, or desired event location.  In addition, online forms are available to file a complaint against an employer or business or community that is believed to not be in compliance with regulations. Link
North Carolina The governor has implemented a modified stay at home order that includes a mandate for businesses to close and a strong recommendation for residents to be home from 10pm-5am.  The state also continues to have a “tiered system” for counties with further restrictions based on the threat level.  View the online map to see the threat level for each county and see the additional restrictions and guidelines for individuals and businesses. This latest order is in effect until at least January 29, 2021. Link
North Dakota As of January 8, all counties are now classified at the moderate-risk level under the state’s Smart Restart guidelines.  Previously-enforced business capacity restrictions have been eased.  North Dakota has restrictions for international travelers.
Ohio Governor DeWine clarified and tightened restrictions in response to increased cases in the state.  Under the new order, the face mask mandate will be further enforced.  All businesses must have a sign outside mandating masks to enter.  Also, while the 10 person gathering limit is still in effect, the governor clarified that this will now apply to gatherings after events, social gatherings, etc.  No event or group should have gatherings before or after the event.  This will be particularly enforced in areas of the state identified as higher risk. The state has also issued a travel advisory for those traveling to or from states with an over 15 percent positive test rate. For more information, visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov Link
Oklahoma Under the latest executive order, gatherings are limited to 50 percent capacity, and face coverings are mandated for all public spaces.  Some exemptions to the gathering limits may be granted, but must be approved by the local health authority in advance.  The order is in effect until at least January 14, 2021.  Businesses should check the Oklahoma Department of Commerce website for the latest guidelines, and are also encouraged to check with local health authorities for additional information. 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. Under the latest order, the Oregon Health Authority has been directed to establish a tiered system for counties as well as new guidelines and protocols depending on the county threat level.  Residents and businesses should check the new website https://coronavirus.oregon.gov for the latest information. Link
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania will be lifting its limited time mitigation orders put in place on December 12, 2020, at 8:00p, January 4, 2021.  This link provides information:  https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-lifting-of-time-limited-mitigation-on-jan-4-dashboard-to-track-progress-of-covid-19-vaccine-distribution/ Link
Rhode Island Beginning December 21, 2020 new guidance was issued by the Governor on how to protect your household as COVID-19 infection rates continue to climb.  Protocols vary depending on the type of entity and activity involved and can be viewed here. Link
South Carolina Counties and municipalities may enact mask mandates.  Events/mass gatherings where more than 250 guests are expected are subject to an exemption process and must demonstrate an ability to comply with Federal and state COVID-19 procedures and protocols.   Guidelines for businesses and organizations can be viewed here.
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South Dakota The state’s Department of Health provides detailed COVID-19 updates and information at https://doh.sd.gov/news/coronavirus.aspx.  The state does not have any travel restrictions in place for visitors.
Tennessee
Executive orders pertaining to COVID-19 are extended through February 27, 2021. Groups in indoor public places are limited to 10 persons through January 19, 2021. 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.
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Texas Trauma Service Areas with high COVID-19 hospitalizations (COVID cases comprise at least 15% of total hospital capacity) are subject to more restrictive gathering limits. As of 1/5/21, the following counties are part of Trauma Service Areas with high COVID-19 hospitalizations:

Trauma Service Area A (Amarillo), including Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, and Wheeler counties.

Trauma Service Area B (Lubbock), including Bailey, Borden, Castro, Cochran, Cottle, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Kent, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Scurry, Terry, and Yoakum counties.

Trauma Service Area D (Abilene), including Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Know, Mitchell, Nolan, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, and Throckmorton counties.

Trauma Service Area E (Dallas/Ft. Worth), including Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Sovervell, Tarrant, and Wise counties.

Trauma Service Area F (Paris), including Bowie, Cass, Delta, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River and Titus counties.

Trauma Service Area G (Longview), including Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood counties.

Trauma Service Area H (Lufkin), including Angelina, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, and Tyler counties.

Trauma Service Area I (El Paso), including Culberson, El Paso, and Hudspeth counties.

Trauma Service Area L (Belton/Killeen), including Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, and Mills counties.

Trauma Service Area M (Waco), including Bosque, Falls, Hill Limestone, and McLennan counties.

Trauma Service Area N (Bryan/College Station), including Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington counties.

Trauma Service Area O (Austin), including Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, San Saba, Travis, and Williamson counties.

Trauma Service Area P (San Antonio), including Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson, and Zavala counties.

Trauma Service Area Q (Houston), including Austin, Colorado, Fort Bend, Harris, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties.

Trauma Service Area R (Galveston), including Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, and Orange counties.

Trauma Service Area S (Victoria), including Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, and Victoria counties.

Trauma Service Area T (Laredo), including Jim Hogg, Webb, and Zapata counties.

Trauma Service Area V (Rio Grande Valley), including Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties.

An executive orders 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. Mayors and county judges also have 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 https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx.

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

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Utah The state has developed a “COVID-19 Transmission Index” to determine guidelines for counties based on test results and outbreaks.  Regulations on businesses, gatherings, and face coverings are based on whether a county is considered to be in a high, medium, or low transmission area.  View the link at right to see the latest status for your county. Link
Vermont To slow the spread, ensure hospitals are not overwhelmed, help schools continue to offer in-person instruction and keep as many Vermonters working as possible, the State has targeted new temporary restrictions to address the areas that appear to be driving the spread. Since October 1, 71% of the cases associated with an outbreak are associated with an outbreak from a private party or social gathering.  The following measures are effective Saturday, November 14, 2020: Attendance at all public and private social gatherings, indoor and outdoor, including social gatherings incidental to ceremonies, holiday gatherings, parties and celebrations, shall be limited to participation with only members of a single household. Individuals who live alone may gather with members of their immediate family residing in a different household.  Restaurants must close in-person dining at 10 p.m., but may provide curbside and delivery service after 10 p.m.  Youth and adult recreational sports activities, not related to Vermont Principals Association sanctioned school sports, are suspended until further notice.  All businesses, non-profits and government entities shall reinstitute telework policies for all employees to the maximum extent possible. Link
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced new, targeted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 as new cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in all areas of the Commonwealth. Executive Order Seventy-Two directs Virginians to stay at home between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., implements a universal mask requirement, and lowers the limit on social gatherings from 25 people to 10 people. The order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14 and remain in place through January 31, 2021, unless rescinded or amended.

 

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Washington The state has been divided into regions, and regulations will depend on outbreaks and hospitalizations in each region.  As of January 11, all regions will be in Phase 1 until they meet key criteria to move into Phase 2.  Under Phase 1, all indoor gatherings are prohibited and outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people and 2 households.  Businesses are limited to 25 percent capacity.  Guidelines for Phase 1 and Phase 2 can be found in the new Healthy Washington online documentView the online map and visit the link at the right for the latest information for your region. 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 and all current guidance can be found by reviewing the plan.   Effective November 14, Governor Justice broadened the indoor face mask mandate to apply at all times, regardless of the social distancing and also prohibited youth sports at least until Jan. 11.  Gathering limits are in place and include a limit for all purely social gatherings to 25.  Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25% of the venue’s full capacity or 250 people, whichever is less with a prohibition still in place on all fairs, festivals, carnivals, or similar events but indoor or outdoor concerts are allowed using the 25% or 250  The limitation does not apply to any activity, business, or entity that has been deemed essential. Link
Wisconsin Under the latest executive order, Wisconsin residents are encouraged to stay home and avoid gatherings with those outside your immediate household to the extent possible.  Businesses are encouraged to require face masks, enforce social distancing, and limit capacity.  Further, Wisconsin residents are discouraged from traveling outside the state.  Face coverings are required in all indoor spaces. Lin
Wyoming A new order issued on December 7 prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people.  Exceptions include indoor events of up to 25 percent capacity, with a maximum of 100 people.  Outdoor events may be held up to 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 250 people.  Certain protocols must be in place, including screening all participants 14 days in advance of the event and not allowing people to congregate in groups greater than 12 during the event.  The order remains in effect until January 25, 2021. Visit the Wyoming Department of Health website and view the link at right for more information. Link

 

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