Shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders have been prevalent throughout the United States since March 2020 as state and local governments have sought to protect their citizens from the spread of the COVID-19 virus while at the same time reopen their economies in accordance with phased reopening plans. Keeping abreast of the evolving nature of these orders and plans as the spread of the virus continues to evolve is critical to the functioning of all businesses throughout the country.
Baker McKenzie has a team in place that has been advising clients real-time on these most critical issues since the first orders were enacted. We are pleased to provide this tracker, which identifies the relevant state-wide shelter-in-place orders and their related expiration dates, as well as the applicable state-wide reopening plans, in each of the 50 United States plus Washington, D.C. The “What’s Open” table on each page highlights the reopening status of four major sectors (office, manufacturing, retail and bars/restaurants).
In addition, the tracker includes links to the relevant quarantine requirements or recommendations for incoming travelers in each state plus Washington, D.C.
Key developments reflected in this week’s update to the tracker include the following:
- The following states extended their state-wide orders and/or the duration of the current phase of their reopening plans: Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vermont and Wyoming.
- The following states moved back to the prior stage of their reopening plans, recommended residents stay at home and/or closed non-essential businesses: Idaho, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Wisconsin. In addition, West Virginia imposed a mask mandate requiring all people to wear a mask in public places.
- The following states issued new or revised orders or guidance that restrict social gatherings, impose capacity limitations and/or restrict indoor dining at bars and restaurants: California, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washington.
- Connecticut and New Jersey modified their COVID-19 travel quarantine list add Maine and New Hampshire. The list currently includes 45 states and territories. In addition, California, Oregon and Washington have issued a travel advisory recommending a 14-day quarantine for all persons arriving from other states or countries.
- Lastly, in a clear move to limit the spread of the virus over the Thanksgiving holiday, California’s revised guidance limits gatherings to two hours or less and prohibits singing and shouting at indoor gatherings, while Michigan’s revised guidance limits indoor residential gatherings to two households at a time and strongly urges families to pick a single other household to interact with over the next three weeks.
Please call or email your regular Baker McKenzie contact if you require additional analysis regarding these matters.
Last updated 13 November 2020