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COVID-19: Travel & Work Restrictions by Region–States A-M

COVID-19: Travel & Work Restrictions by Region–States A-M

September 09, 2020

The following is a list of regions that implemented major transportation, movement, work, and/or lockdown restriction directives. We have continued to update this list as states executed new or adapted current orders.  Order Extensions, Face Covering Mandates, and Plans to Reopen Noted Below in Red as well. In response to every issued directive we maintained our stance that our Relocation Support Services Providers offer essential services and as such qualify as exemptions. We were successful in continuing operations in any affected areas as normal.

UPDATE 6.18.20: As all states are now open to some degree, with varying exceptions and in varying phases, moving forward we will update this list with major developments only. Please see guidance from individual jurisdictions for details. Stay healthy & stay safe! 

CONTENT LAST UPDATED: 9.9.20

  • Alabama: A statewide Stay at Home order went into effect on 4/4/20 and expired on 4/30/20.
    • Face Coverings: The amended safer at home order mandates the wearing of masks for employees in a wide variety of business sectors. An Executive Order was issued on 7/16/20 which requires each person to wear a mask or other facial covering that covers nostrils and mouth at all times when within six feet of a person from another household in any of the following places: an indoor space open to the general public, a vehicle operated by a transportation service, or an outdoor public space where ten or more people are gathered. Effective July 29, the mask mandate was expanded to include schools, limited to students second grade and older, and colleges.
    • Reopen Plan:  A new “Safer at Home” order went into effect on 4/30/20 and will continue through 5/15/20 which contains guidelines to reopen portions of the economy. Phase One of the “Reopen Alabama Responsibly” plan was released on 4/17/20. An amended “Safer at Home” order went into effect 5/11/20 and will extend through 5/22/20 which includes an expanded list of items to reopen. A new amended Safer at Home order went into effect on 5/22/20 which includes an expanded list of items to reopen.

  • Alaska: A Social Distancing mandate went into effect on 3/28/20, was extended, and expired on 4/21/20.

  • Arizona:  A “Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy” order went into effect on 3/30/20 and will continue through 4/30/20. The order directs all residents to limit their time away from their place of residence but allows businesses classified as Essential Functions to remain open and maintain operations. The order was amended and extended with new modified restrictions through 5/15/20, at which time the order expired.

  • Arkansas
    • Face Coverings: An Executive Order went into effect on 7/20/20 which requires people to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in all indoor environments where they are exposed to non-household members and distancing of six feet or more cannot be assured and in all outdoor settings where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there exists ample space of six feet or more to practice social distancing.

  • California: A “Stay at Home” order went into effect on 3/19/20 which directs all individuals living in the state to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.
    • Face Coverings: Guidance was released on 6/18/20 which mandates that face coverings be worn in public places statewide, with certain exceptions.
    • Reopen Plan: On 4/13/20 CA, OR, and WA announced an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies. CO and NV joined this Western States Pact on 4/27/20. On 4/28/20 a four-stage “Resilience Roadmap” was announced to gradually reopen some lower-risk businesses and public spaces in CA. On 5/8/20 the state began to move into Stage Two, with guidelines released 5/7/20. Effective 7/13/20, reopening plans were rolled back for many sectors

  • Colorado: “Stay at Home order” went into effect on 3/26/20 and continued through 4/11/20. The order was extended through and expired on 4/26/20.
    • Face Coverings: An Executive Order went into effect on 4/17/20 and will continue through 5/17/20 which requires workers in critical businesses and critical government functions to wear non-medical face coverings. The Order was extended through 6/16/20 and extended again through 7/20/20 and again through 9/14/20An order allowing businesses to refuse service to unmasked customers was released on 6/4/20.
    • Reopen Plan: A new “Safer at Home” order was issued on 4/26/20 as part of a phased approach to reopening the economy that encourages but no longer requires residents to stay at home and allows non-critical businesses to open with restrictions. Guidance was issued on 4/22/20 with further details and timeline for implementation. On 4/27/20 it was announced that CO and NV would join WA, OR, and CA in the Western States Pact -- a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders. The “Safer at Home” Order was amended on 5/27/20 to allow additional businesses to open under abundant precautions. The “Safer at Home” Order and it’s modifications were extended. The state moved into the next phase of reopening on 6/16/20 with the “Protect our Neighbors” phase and new guidance on gatherings. 

  • Connecticut: A “Stay Safe, Stay Home” orderwent into effect on 3/23/20 and will continue through 4/22/20. The order directs all non-essential businesses to implement any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely employ. The order was extended through and expired on 5/20/20. 
    • Face Coverings: An order went into effect on 4/20/20 which requires residents to wear a mask or face covering any time they are out in public and cannot maintain a social distance of at least six feet from other people. This includes retail stores and essential workplaces, and in situations where a person is in a taxi, ride-share or public mass transit service or enclosed transit stop.
    • Reopen Plan: CT, DE, MA, NJ, NY, PA, and RI have agreed to a multi-state council to get people back to work and restore the economy. Council appointees were announced on 4/19/20. A four-stage process to begin to reopen the state began with Phase One on 5/20/20. Phase Two began on 6/17/20.

  • Delaware: A “Stay at Home” order went into effect on 3/24/20 and will continue through 5/15/20.  The order directs individuals to shelter-in-place at their residence and orders all non-essential businesses to close. The Order and its other modifications were extended through and expired on 5/31/20.

  • Florida: A statewide “Safer at Home” order went into effect on 4/3/20 and expired on 5/4/20. The order directs residents to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities as established in Miami’s previous Shelter in Place order

  • Georgia: A statewide Executive Order to Ensure a Safe and Healthy Georgia went into effect on 4/3/20. The order was extended through and expired on 4/30/20.
    • Face Coverings: Required for certain industries. An Executive Order was issued which prohibits any local government from enacting facial covering requirements more restrictive than those in the order.  As of 8/15/20, localities are no longer prohibited from enacting mask mandates.
    • Reopen Plan: Certain businesses were permitted to reopen beginning 4/24/20. On 4/30/20, new guidance for businesses was released along with an extension for protections of vulnerable residents.

  • Hawaii: A “Stay at Home” order went into effect on 3/25/20 and will continue through 4/30/20. The order directs all residents to stay at home unless performing an essential activity or to perform work in an essential business. The order was extended and transitioned to a new phase on 5/7/20.
    • Face Coverings:  An order went into effect on 4/17/20 which encourages all people to wear a cloth face covering as described and recommended by the CDC. The order also directs all employees of essential businesses or operations who have any contact with customers or goods to be purchased to wear the cloth face covering recommended by the CDC while at their place of employment.
    • Reopen Plan: As part of the “Beyond Recovery: Reopening Hawaii” plan, the “Stay at Home” order transitioned to a “Safer at Home” order on 5/7/20 with new modified restrictions. On 5/19/20 that order transitioned to the “Act With Care” order which includes the reopening of medium-risk businesses.

  • Idaho: An “Order to Self-Isolate” went into effect on 3/25/20 and will continue through 4/15/20. The order directs residents to self-isolate at home as much as possible while ensuring essential services and business remain available. The order was amended and extended through and expired on 4/30/20.

  • Illinois: A “Stay at Home” order which directs all business and operations in the state, except essential business and operations, to cease all activities within the state went into effect on 3/22/20 and will continue through 4/7/20. The order was extended through 4/30/20 and again through 5/30/20 with modified restrictions. The order expired on 5/30/20.
    • Face Coverings: An Executive Order went into effect on 6/26/20 which states that any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. This requirement applies whether in an indoor space, such as a store, or in a public outdoor space where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not always possible.
    • Reopen Plan: Midwest Governors announced their plan on 4/16/20 to coordinate on reopening of economies in IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, OH, & WI. A five-phase “Restore Illinois: A Public Health Approach to Safely Reopen Our State” was released on 5/5/20. Guidelines for businesses and workplaces to safely reopen during Phase Three were released on 5/24/20 but the state is still currently in Phase Two. The state, with the exception of Chicago, then entered Phase Three on 5/29/20. Chicago followed suit on 6/3/20. Phase Four began 6/26/20.

  • Indiana: A “Stay at Home” order went into effect on 3/25/20 and will continue through 4/7/20. The order directs residents to only go out for essential errands, work, or business. The order was extended through 4/20/20 and again through 5/1/20, when it expired.
    • Face Coverings: Face coverings are required for employees of restaurants, retail food establishments, personal services, and employees of fitness facilities. An Executive Order will go into effect on 7/27/20 which requires face coverings to be worn in indoor public spaces, on public transportation, and spaces where social distancing is not possible by everyone over the age of eight.
    • Reopen Plan: Midwest Governors announced their plan on 4/16/20 to coordinate on reopening of economies in IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, OH, & WI. A new five-stage “Back on Track” order went into effect 5/1/20 which is a road map to recovery that allows most counties to start reopening on 5/4/20 with the goal of lifting all restrictions by 7/4/20. A “Roadmap to Reopen Indiana” order went into effect on 5/1/20 with requirements for reopening businesses and entities. Stage 3 went into effect for much of the state on 5/22/20 and will continue through 6/13/20. Stage 4 went into effect on 6/11/20.

  • Kansas: A "Stay at Home order" went into effect on 3/30/20 and will continue through 4/19/20. The order was extended through and expired on 5/3/20.
    • Face Coverings: As of 7/3/20, residents must wear masks in stores and shops, restaurants, and in any situation in which social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained, including outside.
    • Reopen Plan: Phase One of the “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen KANSAS” order went into effect on 5/4/20 which contains guidance on safely, strategically, and incrementally reopening businesses. A new Phase 1.5 was added to the reopening plan and went into effect on 5/18/20. Phase Two went into effect 5/22/20. A Proclamation was released on 5/26/20 which relinquishes the reopening of businesses to local control. 

  • Kentucky: A statewide “Healthy at Home” order went into effect on 3/26/20. The order directs all residents to stay home and all businesses that are not life-sustaining to cease operations.
    • Face Coverings: An order was released on 5/11/20 which mandates masks for certain employees. An Executive Order was issued on 7/9/20 which mandates face coverings in indoor spaces, public transportation, and outdoors if social distance cannot be maintained; includes some exceptions. The order was extended on 8/6/20.
    • Reopen Plan: While the Stay at Home Order is still in effect, Midwest Governors announced their plan on 4/16/20 to coordinate on reopening of economies in IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, OH, & WI. Additionally a “Healthy at Work” phased approach to reopening Kentucky’s economy was announced on 4/21/20. Guidelines with 10 Rules to Reopen Business was shared on 4/28/20. Phase One began on 5/11/20. Phase Two was announced on 5/8/20 and began on 5/22/20. The next phase of the plan was announced on 5/8/20 which allows for the staggered reopening of restaurants, bars, and personal car services beginning 5/15/20. A “Healthy at Work” timeline was released on 5/19/20 with dates for business reopenings. Phase Three began on 7/1/20.

  • Louisiana: A “Stay at Home” order went into effect on 3/23/20 and will continue through 4/13/20. The order was extended through 4/30/20 and expired on 5/15/20.
    • Face Coverings: Face coverings are required when inside a commercial establishment or any other building or open space to the public, whether indoor or outdoor. Counties with fewer than 100 cases per 100K residents may opt out. 
    • Reopen Plan: “Resilient Louisiana” was announced on 4/16/20, a state commission charged with examining Louisiana’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic and making recommendations for more resilient business-related activities and commerce in the coming months. The state moved to Phase One of the reopening plan on 5/15/20 and additional businesses are permitted to open under strict occupancy, protection and social distancing guidelines. Phase Two began on 6/5/20.

  • Maine:  A Stay at Home order went effect on 4/2/20 and expired on 4/30/20.
    • Face Coverings: Individuals must wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. A revised mandate provides for greater enforcement and requires certain businesses in specific localities to implement mask requirements.
    • Reopen Plan: A new “Stay Safer at Home” went into effect on 5/1/20 and continued through 5/31/20 which established four stages to reopening the state, the first of which began on 5/1/20. The “Restarting Maine’s Economy” plan was released on 5/19/20. An Order was issued on 5/29/20 which allows for the gradual easing of restrictions as the state continues to reopen.

  • Maryland: As an amendment to a previous order, a new “Stay at Home directive” went into effect on 3/30/20. The order directs all residents to stay at home except to perform certain Essential Activities and directs all Non-Essential Businesses to close. The Stay at Home order was amended on 5/6/20 and amended again on 5/13/20 with new modifications and expired on 5/15/20.
    • Face Coverings: An Executive Order went into effect on 7/31/20 which requires all residents over the age of five to wear face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state. The order was amended on 8/3/20.
    • Reopen Plan: The “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” was released on 4/24/20 outlining a phased recovery plan. The amended Stay at Home order released on 5/13/20 allows for the reopening of certain businesses and facilities, subject to local regulation. The state moved into Stage One of recovery on 5/15/20 with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopening. Stage Two began 6/5/20. An order allowing certain businesses and facilities to reopen, subject to local regulation, was released on 6/10/20.

  • Massachusetts: An “Essential Services and Revised Gatherings” order went into effect on 3/23/20 and will continue through 4/7/20. The order directs non-essential businesses and organizations to close their physical workspaces and facilities to customers, workers, and the public. The order was extended through 5/4/20 and again extended through and expired on 5/18/20.
    • Face Coverings: An order went into effect on 5/1/20 which requires the use of masks or face coverings in public situations when appropriate social distancing measures are not possible.
    • Reopen Plan: The phased “Reopening Massachusetts” plan was released on 5/18/20. Phase One began on 5/18/20, making businesses eligible to reopen, subject to their ability to comply with all mandatory safety standards. Phase Two began 6/8/20. As of 7/6/20, certain businesses were permitted to reopen as part of Phase Three, Step One, subject to industry-specific rules concerning capacity and operations..

  • Michigan: A “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order went into effect on 3/24/20 and will continue through 4/13/20. The order directs all non-critical businesses to temporarily close and all residents to stay home or six feet away from others. We recommend consulting the guidance provided by The Michigan Movers Association.  The order was extended through 4/30/20 and again through 5/15/20 and again with modifications through 5/28/20. The order was rescinded on 6/1/20.

  • Minnesota: A Stay at Home order went into effect on 3/27/20 and will continue through 4/10/20. The order directs all residents to stay at home or in their place of residence except to engage in the Activities and Critical Sector work set forth. The order was extended through 5/4/20. The order was amended and extended again with modified restrictions and expired on 5/18/20.
    • Face Coverings: An Executive Order went into effect on 7/25/20 which requires residents to wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings, with exceptions for medical conditions and children under the age of six.
    • Reopen Plan: A new Executive Order went into effect on 5/18/20 through 5/31/20 which details guidelines on “Safely Reopening Minnesota’s Economy and Ensuring Safe Non-Work Activities.” Additional businesses were permitted to reopen as of 6/1/20 with guidance for businesses and workers to safely return to work. An Executive Order with new reopening guidelines went into effect on 6/9/20.

  • Mississippi: A statewide Shelter in Place order went into effect on 4/3/20 and will continue through 4/20/20. The order directs all individuals currently living in the state to stay at home or in their place of residence with exceptions. Essential Businesses or Operations identified in Executive Order 1463 may remain open and shall operate at such level necessary to provide essential services and functions. The order was amended and extended through and expired on 4/27/20.
    • Face Coverings: An Executive Order went into effect on 7/10/20 which requires residents in 13 specific counties to wear masks when out in public. Additionally, masks are required for certain businesses.
    • Reopen Plan: The Commission for Economic Recovery was announced that as leaders of the business community were tasked to chart a course for economic recovery and re-opening Mississippi’s economy. A new “Safer at Home” order went into effect on 4/28/20  which eases restrictions on businesses, still requires medically vulnerable people to remain home but allows more movement by others. That order was amended on 5/5/20 with some loosened restrictions. The order was amended and extended again through 5/25/20, permitting the reopening of barbershops and salons and modified again on 5/18/20 to allow more reopenings and loosen more restrictions. The order was extended again through 6/1/20. The "Safe Return" order was extended through 6/29/20.

  • Missouri: A statewide Stay at Home order went into effect on 4/6/20 and will continue through 4/24/20. The order directs residents to avoid leaving their homes or places of residence with exceptions and any entity that does not employ individuals to perform essential worker functions as set forth by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to adhere to the limitations on social distancing. The order was extended through and expired on 5/3/20.
  • Montana: A Stay at Home directive went into effect on 3/28/20 and will continue through 4/10/20. The order requires residents to stay home and temporarily closes all non-essential businesses and operations. The order was extended through and expired on 4/26/20.
    • Face Coverings: A new Executive Order was issued on 8/12/20 which requires businesses and other indoor spaces to ensure masks are worn by employees and members of the public and requires masks for outdoor activities of 50 or more people, including schools. Applies to counties with 4 or more active cases.
    • Reopen Plan: A plan to begin a gradual and phased reopening of the state went into effect for individuals on 4/26/20 and extended to businesses on 4/27/20. Additional Phase One guidelines with new reopening inclusions were released on 5/11/20. Phase Two began 6/1/20 which allows additional reopenings with reduced capacities.

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