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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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State 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 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 Those traveling to Alaska from another state are required to follow certain protocols. Link
Arizona Under the latest executive order, businesses may operate so long as face masks, distancing, and other requirements are in place.  The Department of Health Services has also provided guidelines for events, including establishing one way walking routes, mandating face masks and social distancing, and recommending 50 percent occupancy.  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.  Once approved, the mitigation measures must be submitted online to the Arizona Department of Health Services. 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 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.  The Governor has announced the possibility of reopening the state by June 15, depending on vaccination and positive COVID rates.  Even after that date, masks will be mandatory and proof of vaccination will be mandated for large convention-style gatherings. 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:
Connecticut For the latest guidance on the availability of the Covid-19 vaccine, what is open in the state and guidelines, please click here.  As of March 19, 2021, Connecticut’s travel advisory is no longer in effect.  Connecticut residents and travelers to Connecticut should follow travel-related guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Delaware Governor John Carney has also announced that a Phase 3 start date announcement will be delayed until conditions merit implementation of Phase 3.  On March 29, 2021, the Governor signed the eighth revision to the COVID-19 emergency order, increasing outdoor gathering limits and easing capacity restrictions in outdoor venues effective at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 1. Outdoor gatherings in are limited to 150 people, or higher with a plan approved by the Division of Public Health (DPH). This includes, but is not limited to, outdoor weddings, funerals, concerts, parades, festivals, conventions, fundraisers, sporting events and fairs. The revision maintains the current occupancy requirement inside restaurants, retail locations, gyms, houses of worship, arts venues, and other business locations must not exceed 50 percent of stated fire capacity. Businesses must continue to follow social distancing and other COVID-19 restrictions issued by local and state governments.  Tournaments may continue with an approved plan. For more information click here. Link
Washington, DC Washington, DC has been in Phase Two of reopening since June 22, 2020. On March 15, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced updated guidance that is now in effect.  The mayor also recently announced that the city’s the public health emergency is in effect through May 20, 2021.  Outdoor gatherings can now include up to 50 people, while indoor gatherings are still capped at 10 people (will be reassessed in April).  Also on March 15, adjustments were made to the requirements for both travelers and businesses, restaurants, museums, etc.  Travel restrictions do not apply to those from Maryland and Virginia.
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
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 Under the state’s “Safe Travels” program, anyone flying to Hawaii 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.

Kauai’s island-specific travel restrictions are expected to end on April 5, when it will rejoin the rest of the state in the “Safe Travels” program.

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

Idaho The state is now in Stage 3 of reopening.  Gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted, so long as certain guidelines are followed.  The state also permits all businesses to be open, with guidelines.  Face coverings are strongly encouraged.  Visit and view the link at the right for more information.
Illinois The state is divided into 11 public health regions.  Regulations and restrictions are based on outbreaks and other factors in each region.  Visit to see the latest regulations in each region.  For more information, visit
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 These provisions have been extended until at least April 30, 2021. Link
Iowa Under the latest executive order signed on April 2, the Iowa governor permits gatherings, but strongly encourages social distancing and increased hygiene procedures to protect the health of attendees.  Face coverings are strongly recommended for all those over 2 years of age.  In addition, those visiting or organizing events should check with the local public health department and individual venues for further guidelines.  Additional guidance for gatherings and businesses and other additional information can be found at 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.   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  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 On March 17, 2021, Governor Mills extended the State of Civil Emergency in Maine through April 15. This allows Maine to draw down critical federal resources and to deploy all available tools to respond to and contain COVID-19.  For details on getting vaccinations and re-opening plans, click here.
Maryland Maryland is following Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan, which included a phased approach to reopening business.  On March 9, The Governor issued an Executive Order, which becomes effective on Friday, March 12 at 5 PM.  Capacity limits will be lifted on outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants and bars, retail businesses, religious facilities, fitness centers, casinos, personal services, and indoor recreational establishments.  Additionally, Large outdoor and indoor venues will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity.  This includes theaters; concert, convention, and wedding venues; racing facilities, and outdoor entertainment and sporting venues. Masking, physical distancing, and other safety protocols will remain in place in public places and elsewhere across the state. Link
Massachusetts Everyone in Phase 1, individuals age 75 and older, individuals age 60 and older, individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions, residents and staff of low income and affordable senior housing, K-12 educators, K-12 school staff, and child care workers, and certain workers are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine now.  Details are here.  With some exceptions listed here, as of Monday, March 22, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival. Link
Michigan Under health orders issued March 19, indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.  Outdoor gatherings may have up to 300 people with masks and social distancing.  Residents should also check with the local Public Health Department for additional regulations. Visit for more information. Link
Minnesota 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.

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.


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 for more information. Link
Montana Under the directive issued on January 15, gatherings are permitted as long as there is compliance with CDC guidelines.  Businesses must establish guidelines regarding social distancing, temperature checks, face coverings, etc.  For more information, visit Link
Nebraska As of December 1, each county has a Direct Health Measure (DHM).  Residents, businesses, and those looking to host events should visit and click on the county for specific information and regulations.  The DHMs are in effect until at least April 30. Link
Nevada The state issued new guidelines on March 5, 2021.  Under these guidelines, public gatherings are limited to 100 people or 35 percent of fire capacity, whichever is less.  Businesses must also post signs at the entrances regarding the allowed capacity.  Starting March 15, public gatherings may increase to 250 people or 50 percent of fire capacity, whichever is less.  Gatherings must also comply with social distancing, face masks and other requirements.  View the guidelines for more information.  Those traveling to Nevada for events or business should review the county-specific guidelines for additional information.  More information can be found at Link
New Hampshire The state of New Hampshire is in phase 2 of the vaccine rollout.  Details of the plan are available here.  The travel guidance and universal guidelines have both been updated and 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

Currently, general outdoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people and general indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people.  However, on March 19, 2021, the general outdoor gathering limit is planned to increase to a maximum of 50 people and the general indoor gathering limit is planned to increase to a maximum of 25 people.

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 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 Under the latest executive order, gatherings are permitted up to 50 percent of fire capacity, or if one is not listed, then 12 people per 1,000 square feet.  Face masks are mandatory, as well as sanitation measures and other guidelines.  Retail businesses may operate at 100 percent of fire capacity or 24 people per 1,000 square feet – whichever is less.  More information can be found at Link
North Dakota All counties are now classified at the low-risk level under the state’s Smart Restart guidelines.  Previously-enforced business capacity restrictions have been eased.
Ohio Under a health order issued on April 5, the state encourages gatherings to be outdoors as much as possible.  Groups indoors should be limited to 10 people, with at least 6 feet (preferably more) in between each group, and daily health assessments should be taken of each person.  Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 percent capacity.  During exhibitions or competitions, six feet should be maintained between each person, and anything frequently touched must be sanitized often.  Face coverings are mandated with few exceptions.  Additionally, further requirements may be implemented based on a county’s current risk level.  Regulations and recommendations are based on the risk levels in individual counties.  View this map for the risk levels in each county, and this handout for further guidelines.  Visit for the latest information, and also check individual cities and counties for additional guidance. 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. 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 for the latest information. Link
Pennsylvania On February 19, 2021, Governor Wolf issued the Fourth Renewal of his 90-day Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic. The first proclamation was signed on March 6 2020, following the announcement of the first two presumptive positive cases of the virus in Pennsylvania. Starting April 4, the gathering limits for indoor events to 25 percent of capacity and outdoor events to 50 percent of capacity.  While indoor dining will increase to 75 percent.  Face coverings are still required at all business and outdoors when social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained.  Additional guidance and information can be found here.  In addition to the state guidance, the City of Philadelphia has its own guidance for both indoor and outdoor gatherings that allow for lower capacity than those in place for the rest of the Commonwealth. Link
Rhode Island The latest alerts and details on the COVID-19 vaccine, travel restrictions, and testing programs can be found 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.
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.
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.
Texas On March 2, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 to provide that, in all counties not in an area with high hospitalizations: (1) there are no COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment; and (2) individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household, but no person may be required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering.

As of March 10, none of the state’s Trauma Service Areas are considered to have high hospitalizations.

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 People 60 and older can make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting March 25, 2021.  Details regarding gatherings and travel can be found here. Link
Virginia On March 23, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam issued the fourth amendment to Executive Order Seventy-Two.  With this amendment and effective April 1, the maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase from 25 to 100 people for outdoor settings, and from 10 people to 50 for indoor settings.  Additionally, the total number of spectators indoors cannot exceed the lesser of 30 percent of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy or 500 persons. The total number of spectators for outdoor venues cannot exceed 30 percent of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy. If no occupancy load has been determined, a ratio of 40 square feet per person shall be used to determine occupancy limits – only square footage that is likely to be accessed may be included. For example, a 100,000 square foot outdoor venue would have an occupancy load of 2,500 – of which no more than 30% (750 persons) shall be permitted.  This order shall remain in full force and effect until amended or rescinded by further executive order.


Washington The state is evaluating each county to determine reopening guidelines, and they will be re-evaluated every three weeks, beginning on April 12.  Gatherings may have up to 400 people, or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less, if the county is in Phase 3.  The phase in individual counties will determine gathering, business, and other regulations.  Visit for the latest information. 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.  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 Under the latest orders, indoor gatherings are permitted up to 50 percent capacity, and social distancing should be maintained between families/individual groups.  Face coverings are mandatory.  Organizers should also contact the County Health Officer for further information on individual county requirements.  Further guidance for gatherings and businesses may be found here. Link
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