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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 31 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. 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 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 is currently in 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). As of July 13, certain businesses must close and activities be cancelled if they are in a location that has been on the County Watchlist for three consecutive days.  To view the current list of counties on this list, and learn about the restrictions, view the state’s County Variance webpage. 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. Residents and those traveling to Colorado should check for local variances and regulations.
Connecticut A travel advisory is currently in effect for anyone entering Connecticut from states with high community spread of COVID-19, but as of July 3rd the state updated its rules on gatherings and venues as follows; indoor private gatherings – 25 people, outdoor private gatherings – 100 people, one time exception for graduations at 150 people, outdoor organized gatherings (e.g. fireworks, concerts in municipal parks) – 15 feet of space blanket to blanket, cap of 500 people and outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks) – 25% of fire capacity and distancing.  Complete details are here
Delaware Governor John Carney has announced that a Phase 3 start date announcement will be delayed until conditions merit implementation of Phase 3.    Link
Florida Phase 2 reopening continues, with the exception of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.  Retail establishments, gyms and fitness centers may operate at full capacity.  Restaurants and certain entertainment venues may operate at 50% capacity subject to social distancing and sanitation requirements.  Stadiums and certain sports venues remain closed.  People are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups of 50 or more.  Additional local restrictions may apply. Link
Georgia Effective through July 31, 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.  See Executive Order for information on requirements for different categories of businesses. Link
Hawaii All people entering Hawaii, including residents and visitors, remain subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.  Beginning September 1, arriving passengers will be required to get valid COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to trip, and show proof of negative result, to avoid 14-day quarantine.  For more information, go to and  
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 state is now in Phase 4 of recovery, meaning businesses may open with protocols to protect employees.  Gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted, subject to change based on data.  The state is opening by region and residents are encouraged to check the regional dashboard to view any changes for their area.
Indiana Indiana is in “Phase 4.5” until at least August 27.  Gatherings of up to 250 people may take place following CDC social distancing guidelines. Businesses may open at full capacity. Face coverings are recommended. 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 August 23. 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 Gatherings are reduced to 10 people or fewer effective 7/20/20, subject to guidance. 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 .
Louisiana Phase 2 reopening has been extended through July 24.  Certain businesses may operate under 50% occupancy limits, sanitation guidelines, and social distancing requirements.  Social distancing shall be practiced in groups of any size, and large indoor gatherings are limited to 250 people in a single indoor space where individuals will be in close proximity and unable to maintain strict social distancing.  Information on “Can This Business Open” and  FAQ. Link
Maine The state of Maine is in phase three of re-opening under Governor Mills’ plan.  For up to date details on what is open and the associated requirements, check out their website at
Maryland Maryland is currently in the second phase of Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery coronavirus reopening plan.  Governor Hogan and his administration continue to monitor and may move individual counties back to phase one or make other adjustments as conditions merit. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, July 31 Maryland is expanding the statewide mask order, requiring face masks in public spaces of all businesses and in outdoor public areas whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing. Link
Massachusetts Phase 3 of Massachusetts’ reopening begins on Monday, July 6 with Phase 3 beginning in Boston on July 13.  It will open in a two-step process, similar to Phase 2, and last longer than the previous phase so that officials can closely monitor the impact to our public health data.  Residents should continue to wear face coverings, wash their hands, and practice social distancing to stem the spread of the virus.  Details of what is allowed now in Massachusetts can be found here Link
Michigan The state has offered general guidance for the public and businesses, but encourages residents to check with their local health department for more information.  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 Minnesota remains in Phase III of its Stay Safe Plan.  On July 22, Governor Walz issued a state-wide order requiring individuals to wear face masks while indoors.  The order goes 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 Link
Mississippi As extended through August 3, businesses and non-profits may reopen subject to Executive Order 1492, and 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. Additional restrictions and guidance continue through August 3 for Claiborne, DeSoto, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Rankin, Quitman, Sunflower, Washington and Wayne Counties, and additional counties could be added to this list. 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 As of July 6, all counties are in Phase 3.  Indoor gatherings are permitted up to 50 percent capacity and outdoor gatherings are permitted up to 75 percent capacity.  If a gathering will have at least 500 people, plans must first be submitted to the local health authority.  The plan must include the anticipated number of people and the plans for social distancing and sanitation.  Groups must still be limited to no more than 8 people.  Each county has its own direct health measure (DHM).  These may be viewed on the Department of Health and Human Services website. 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. Face coverings are mandatory for all public places. More details and specific requirements may be found at The state will be in Phase 2 until at least July 31, 2020. Link
New Hampshire New Hampshire has successfully moved from “Stay at Home” to “Safer at Home” with universal minimum guidelines.  Reopening guidance for specific industries can be reviewed 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 (7/24), the states that meet the criteria for quarantine are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.  For more information, go to  On July 8, Governor Murphy said he would sign an executive order that requires face coverings in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible. Link
New Mexico A few state restrictions have been lifted, but “mass gatherings” of more than 5 people are still prohibited. Additional state parks have reopened on a limited basis.  Specific guidelines have been issued for animal facilities.  Visit the state Department of Health’s website for more information for businesses. Those traveling from another state by airplane, even if they reside in New Mexico, must self-quarantine for 14 days. 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. Link
North Carolina North Carolina remains in Phase 2 until at least August 7, 2020. Retail businesses may operate at 50 percent capacity, with cleaning and social distancing measures.  Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.  Guidance has also been provided for large venue gatherings.  Face masks are required in all public places, with exceptions for medical reasons. Link
North Dakota Since May 24, North Dakota has remained at a low (aka, green) COVID-19 risk level.  The state’s Smart Restart Protocols provides detailed guidance for business operations under each prescribed risk level, and may be viewed at The state does not have any travel restrictions in place for domestic visitors.
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. 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).  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. Link
Oregon The state of emergency has been extended until September 4 and all executive orders remain in effect.  Pet Supply and Pet Care services are exempt from the shutdown.  Click on the link for more information on essential services.
Pennsylvania New orders for targeted mitigation efforts in response to the recent rise in COVID cases, primarily in southwest Pennsylvania, but also in other counties in the state, has resulted in new orders for statewide mitigation efforts for bars and restaurants, gatherings and telework. The new orders take effect at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2020.  Included is a mandatory mask requirement and events and gatherings must adhere to these gathering limitations:  Indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 persons are prohibited; Outdoor events and gatherings of more than 250 persons are prohibited; the maximum occupancy limit includes staff. Link
Rhode Island Phase III of reopening began in Rhode Island June 30, 2020.  Rules in effect for different activities can be viewed 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 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 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. Provisions have been extended through August 29. 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 Link
Utah The majority of the state is in either the “yellow” or “green” phase, except for Salt Lake City, which remains in the “orange” phase.  Those in the yellow phase are permitted to have gatherings of up to 50 people, and social distancing is required.  Those in the orange phase may gather in groups of 20.  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. Link
Vermont On July 15, 2020 Governor Scott issued an extension of the emergency order issued on June 5, 2020, and all Directives issued thereunder to continue in full force and effect until midnight on August 15, 2020.   With respect to quarantine requirements, effective July 1, 2020, the Governor may permit travel without quarantine restrictions to and from counties of states, in addition to New York and the New England states.  Current details on Vermont’s reopening status can be found here Link
Virginia New restrictions apply to the Cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, Poquoson, James City County, and York County. Public and private in-person gatherings over 50 people will be prohibited, down from a previous cap of 250 people. 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. 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).  There is also a ban on all indoor and outdoor entertainment. Link
West Virginia While the state has officially completed the “Comeback” some modifications have been made.  Effective July 14 and until further notice, the limit for all purely social gatherings has been reduced to 25 individuals.  Additionally, All fairs, festivals, carnivals, or similar events, as well as all indoor or outdoor concerts, are prohibited until further notice.  Reopening guidance documents and additional information can be found at Link
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 Until at least July 31, gatherings are limited to 50 people in a single indoor or outdoor confined space, with exceptions including businesses where more than 50 may be in the business while maintaining social distancing.  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.  The latest executive order also clarifies that an additional 250 attendees may be present in addition to participants, so long as no more than 6 people sit together.  Read the link at the right for more information.
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