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COVID-19: Travel & Work Restrictions by Region–States N-W

COVID-19: Travel & Work Restrictions by Region–States N-W

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


  • Nebraska:
    • Face Coverings: An Order went into effect on 6/22/20 which requires the use of mask for some activities.

  • Nevada: An emergency directive went into effect on 3/20/20 and will continue through 4/30/20. The directive orders all residents to stay home and all non-essential businesses to close. The order was amended and extended with modified restrictions and expired on 5/15/20.

  • New Hampshire: A Stay at Home order went into effect on 3/27/20 and will continue through 5/4/20. The order directs all residents to stay home and all non-essential businesses (as outlined in Exhibit A) to close. On 4/24/20, the State of Emergency was extended by 21 days and expired on 5/4/20.
    • Face Coverings: Any business allowed to reopen under the new “Stay at Home 2.0” order is eligible for free masks from the state for their employees and customers. .  Masks are required for certain industries like restaurants and personal care services.
    • Reopen Plan: The Economic Re-Opening Task Force was announced on 4/21/20. They will examine how to start to re-open some sectors of the economy in phases at the appropriate time, guided by public health.A new “Stay at Home 2.0” order went into effect on 5/1/20 with modified restrictions that relax some aspects of the previous order and re-open parts of the economy. A timeline with Universal Guidelines was also released. “Stay at Home 2.0” was extended through 6/15/20. Additional reopening guidelines were released on 6/5/20. The "Stay at Home 2.0" order expired on 6/15/20. An Executive Order was issued on 6/15/20 regarding public health guidance for business operations and advising that residents are safer at home. Phase Two reopening took place on 6/8/20, 6/15/20, 6/22/20, 6/28/20, and 6/29/20.

  • New Jersey: A “Stay at Home” order went into effect on 3/21/20 which directs all residents to stay at home and all non-essential businesses to close. The Pubilc Health Emergency Order was extended through 5/7/20 and again through 6/6/20. The “Stay at Home” order was lifted on 6/9/20.
    • Face Coverings: An Executive Order went into effect on 7/8/20 which requires individuals to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance and keep a six-foot distance from others, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, where the individual is under two years of age, or in situations where individuals cannot feasibly wear a face covering, such as when eating or drinking at outdoor dining areas.
    • Reopen Plan: While the Emergency order is still in effect, 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. “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health” was announced on 4/27/20 which outlines six principles and key metrics that will guide the process for lifting restrictions. A multi-stage approach to execute a responsible and strategic restart was unveiled on 5/18/20. Phase Two of the "Restart and Recover" plan began on 6/15/20.

  • New Mexico: A “Stay at Home” order went into effect on 3/24/20 and will continue through 4/10/20. The order directs all residents to stay at home and all non-essential businesses to close. The order was extended through 4/30/20 and and extended again through at least 5/15/20 and then extended again through at least 5/31/20.  
    • Face Coverings: As of 6/30/20 all residents are required to wear face coverings in public, with exceptions for eating, drinking, and exercising. Under the expiring order, only retail workers were required to wear face coverings. On 6/30/20 it was announced that the state will aggressively enforce the mask mandate. Violators will be subject to a $100 fine.
    • Reopen Plan: While the Public Health Emergency Order is still in effect, it was modified effective 5/18/20 with loosened restrictions including allowing most retailers to operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy as determined by fire code. More eased restrictions were announced on 5/26/20. New businesses eligible for reopening were announced on 6/1/20. 

  • New York: A “New York State on PAUSE” order went into effect on 3/22/20 and will continue through 4/15/20.  The order mandates 100% closure of non-essential businesses statewide. The order was extended through 5/15/20 and again through 6/13/20.
    • Face Coverings: Another order went into effect on 4/15/20 which requires any employees of essential businesses or entities who are present in the workplace to be provided and wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Additionally, a separate order went into effect on 4/17/20 which requires all individuals to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.  An Executive Order was issued on 5/28/20 which authorizes businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face coverings
    • 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. In NY, reopen decisions will be made on a region-by-region basis. On 4/26/20 a phased plan to reopen was announced. The “New York Forward” plan was released on 5/20/20 which outlines reopening on a regional basis as each region meets the criteria necessary to protect public health as businesses reopenAll regions are in Phase Four as of 7/20/20.

  • North Carolina: A Stay at Home order which went into effect on 3/30/20 and will continue through 4/29/20. The order directs all individuals to stay at home except for Essential Activities or to participate in or access COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations.The order was extended through 5/8/20.

  • Ohio: A “Stay at Home” order went into effect on 3/23/20 and will continue through 4/6/20 which directs all persons to stay at home unless engaged in essential work or activity. The order was extended through and expired on 5/1/20.
    • Face Coverings: As part of the new “Stay Safe Ohio” order businesses must require all employees to wear facial coverings, except for specific reasons. An Executive Order went into effect on 7/23/20 which states that all citizens are under a mandatory mask order while out in public. Masks must be work at all times when: at an indoor location that’s not a residence; outdoors when unable to keep 6-ft social distance from those not in your household; when waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, taxi, car service, private rideshare.
    • 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. The “Responsible Restart Ohio” plan was announced on 4/27/20. A new "Stay Safe Ohio Order" went into effect on 5/1/20 and will continue through 5/29/20 with exceptions for reopening some businesses. The next phase of the plan was announced on 5/8/20 which allows for the staggered reopening of restaurants, bars, and personal care services beginning 5/15/20. Additional services are permitted reopen on 5/15/20 with the implementation of proper safety measures.  New “Responsible Restart Ohio” opening dates were announced on 5/14/20. Details of a new “Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Healthy Advisory” which replaces the “Stay Safe Ohio” order were released on 5/20/20. Orders to reopen certain facilities were released on 6/4/20.

  • Oklahoma: An Executive Order went into effect on 4/1/20, will continue through 4/30/20, and applies to all 77 Oklahoma counties. The order requires adults over the age of 65 and vulnerable individuals with serious underlying medical conditions to stay home and closes all businesses not identified as being within a critical infrastructure sector. The Order was extended through 5/30/20.
    • Reopen Plan: While Safer at Home guidelines are still in effect for those mentioned above, a phased a phased “Open Up and Recover Safely” Plan was announced on 4/22/20 and Phase One began to go into effect on 4/24/20. Phase Two went into effect on 5/15/20. Phase Three began on 6/1/20.

  • Oregon: A “Stay Home, Save Lives” order went into effect on 3/23/20 which directs all residents to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and which adds to the list of businesses that will be temporarily closed. 
    • Face Coverings: As of 7/15/20, residents are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, whether publicly or privately owned, as well as outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. As of 7/24/20, children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering. Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance. 
    • Reopen Plan: Framework for reopening the state was announced on 4/14/20. 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. A “Plan for Rebuilding a Safe and Strong Oregon” was released on 5/7/20 which includes new guidance for counties and businesses on the phased reopening process. All counties are either in Phase One or Phase Twoa county-by-county map was released which indicates which phase specific areas are currently in.

  • Pennsylvania: The order for all but “life sustaining” businesses to shut down went into effect on 3/19/22 and will continue through 4/30/20. The order was extended through 5/8/20. The order was extended through 6/4/20 for those counties still designated in the red phase per the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania plan. The order expired on 6/4/20.
    • MSS Headquarters/Montgomeryville, PA: Prior to the implementation of this directive, in light of the myriad closures in our local community, MSS headquarters followed suit and proactively closed our brick and mortar office building. Effective 3/17/20 our office staff transitioned to work-from-home status. Our business remains open and fully operational. Our warehouse remains open as our field technicians continue to accommodate service orders, carefully following our safety guidance as previously outlined. On 6/1/20, our office staff partially transitioned back into the office, with strict adherence to myriad safety protocols and guidance. MSS currently still comprises a hybrid work-in-office/work-from-home workforce. 
    • Face Coverings: An order went into effect on 4/19/20 which requires businesses that are authorized to maintain in-person operations to provide masks for employees to wear during their time at the business, and make it a mandatory requirement to wear masks while on the work site. Masks must be worn whenever a person leaves home. 
    • 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. Additionally a phased Plan for Pennsylvania and the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania were also announced. On 5/8/20 the Stay at Home order was lifted for those counties designated in the yellow phase. Businesses in those counties previously deemed non-life-sustaining are permitted to reopen if they follow the guidance. The Stay at Home order expired on 6/4/20, bringing all counties in the state into the yellow or green phase. o   All counties except Lebanon County moved to the green phase as of 6/26/20; Lebanon County went green on 7/3/20.

  • Rhode Island: A Stay at Home order went into effect on 3/28/20 and will continue through 4/13/20. The order was extended through and expired on 5/8/20.
    • Face Coverings: Any person who is in a place open to the public, whether indoors or outdoors, shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering unless doing so would damage the person’s health. 
    • Reopen Plan: While the Stay at Home order is still in effect, 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 “Reopening RI: Charting the Course” phased plan was announced on 4/27/20. The Stay at Home order was lifted on 5/8/20, leaving certain restrictions in place and limiting re-openings with stringent health regulations. Phase Two of the reopening plan went into effect on 5/30/20 and 6/1/20.  Phase Three reopening guidelines and restrictions went into effect 6/30/20.

  • South Carolina: A statewide Executive Order went into effect on 4/6/20 and will continue through 4/12/20. The order directs residents to stay at home with exceptions and calls for the closure of Non-Essential Businesses. The order was extended and expired on 5/4/20.
    • Face Coverings: An order went into effect on 8/2/20 which requires masks in state government buildings. Restaurants must require that all employees, customers, patrons, suppliers, vendors, and other visitors wear face coverings, except while actively engaged in eating or drinking. All persons in attendance where there is a large crowd or gathering must wear a face covering as a condition of entry or participation.
    • Reopen Plan: “accelerateSC,” a coordinated economic revitalization plan, was announced on 4/20/20 which reopens some retail stores and provides other exceptions. The previous “home or work” order, which encourages people to limit their movement, is now voluntary. Restaurants were permitted to reopen with limited dine-in services beginning 5/11/20.

  • Tennessee: “Safer at Home” order went into effect on 3/31/20, was extended, and expired on 4/30/20.
    • Face Coverings: On 7/6/20 an Executive Order was issued which grants local governments authority to mandate face masks in public. The order was extended through 8/29/20 and extended again through 9/30/20..
    • Reopen Plan: The Economic Recovery Group to Reboot Tennessee Economy was announced on 4/16/20.  As part of the “Tennessee Pledge,” a new Executive Order went into effect on 4/30/20 and will continue through 5/29/20 which allows residents to return to work safely while encouraging continued adherence to health guidelines. Another order amending that Executive Order went into effect on 5/5/20 which allows the reopening of close contact personal services pursuant to new safety guidelines. And another order amending that Executive Order went into effect on 5/7/20 which allows the reopening of small group, non-contact entertainment and recreational venues pursuant to new safety guidelines. An Executive Order went into effect on 5/22/20 which expands the number of people who may return to work safely while urging continued adherence to health and social distancing guidelines.

  • Texas: A statewide Executive Order went into effect on 4/2/20 and expired on 4/30/20.

  • Utah: A statewide “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order went into effect on 3/27/20 and will continue through 4/13/20. The order encourages residents to stay home and work from home as much as possible. The order was extended through and expired on 5/1/20.
    • Face Coverings: Residents are encouraged to wear face coverings in public. Under “A Mask for Every Utahn” initiative, the state will provide one mask to each resident who needs one. Masks are mandatory in parts of Utah that are home to several of the state’s famous national parks and in certain businesses. 
    • Reopen Plan: “Utah Leads Together,” a task force plan that outlines the path to recovery and identifies tools to gauge success in reopening the economy, was announced. A color-coded health guidance system was developed to guide health behaviors for individuals and businesses. An Executive Order moving much of the state to the Yellow Health Risk phase was released on 5/18/20. An Executive Order with updated guidelines for low-risk phase of reopening was released on 5/27/20. A county-by-county map was released which indicates which phase specific areas are currently in.

  • Vermont: A “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order went into effect on 3/24/20 and will continue through 4/15/20. The order directs residents to stay at home, leaving only for essential reasons and provides exemptions for businesses and entities providing services or functions deemed critical. The order was extended through 5/15/20, at which time the “Be Smart, Stay Safe” order went into effect.

  • Virginia: A Statewide Order went into effect on 3/24/20 and will continue through 6/10/20. The directive orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses and urges residents to avoid non-essential travel outside the home. Certain essential businesses, organizations, and facilities may remain open.
    • Face Coverings: An order went into effect on 5/29/20 which requires people ages 10 and older to wear face coverings when in public buildings and indoor businesses and when riding public transportation. It also requires all employees of essential retail businesses to wear a face covering whenever working in customer-facing areas.
    • Reopen Plan: While the Statewide Order is still in effect, a phased “Forward Virginia Blueprint” plan was announced on 5/5/20. An Executive Order was released on 5/12/20 which delays Phase One for Northern Virginia localities. An amended Executive Order was released on 5/26/20 with new Phase One guidance that eases certain temporary restrictions. The entire state is under Phase One, which advises residents are “safer at home” with new guidance, as of 5/29/20. Phase Two began on 6/5/20; Richmond and Northern Virginia joined Phase Two on 6/12/20. Phase Three began 7/1/20.

  • Washington: A “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order went into effect on 3/24/20 and will continue through 4/6/20. The order directs people to stay at home except to conduct or participate in essential activities and/or for employment in essential business services. The order was extended through 5/4/20 and extended again through and expired on 5/31/20

  • Washington, D.C.: An order mandating the closure of non-essential businesses went into effect on 3/25/20 and will continue through 4/24/20. The order was extended through 5/15/20 20 and extended again through 6/8/20. The Stay at Home order was lfited on 5/29/20.
    • Face Coverings:  Under the new mask order issued 7/22/20, which is in effect until 10/9/20, people must wear a mask when they leave their homes if they are likely to come into contact with another person for more than a fleeting moment. Exceptions are listed, and common exceptions include: children under the age of three; a person who is in an enclosed office that no one else is allowed to enter; a person who is actively eating or drinking; and a person who is engaged in vigorous outdoor exercise and is maintaining social distance of at least six feet from other people.
    • Reopen Plan: Phase One of the Reopening Plan began on 5/29/20. Phase Two began 6/22/20.

  • West Virginia: A “Stay at Home” order went into effect on 3/24/20 and expired on 5/4/20.
    • Face Coverings: An Executive Order was issued on 7/6/20 which mandates individuals wear an adequate face covering when in confined, indoor spaces or when actively engaged in the consumption of food and/or beverage, and when not able to adequately social distance from other individuals who do not reside in the same household.
    • Reopen Plan: The “West Virginia Strong – The Comeback” plan was unveiled on 4/27/20 which detailed a six-week reopening process. A new “Safer at Home” order went into effect on 5/4/20 which encourages but doesn’t mandate residents to stay at home and allows certain businesses to resume operations. An Order was issued that will formally allow businesses, currently scheduled to reopen in the 5/30/20 phase of the reopening plan, to resume operations on that date if they so choose. An Executive Order was issued that officially allows 6/8/20 reopenings. Active and updated reopening guidance can be viewed here.

  • Wisconsin: A “Safer at Home” order went into effect on 3/25/20 and will continue through 4/24/20. The order prohibits all non-essential business and prohibits all non-essential travel.  The order was extended through 5/26/20. On 5/13/20, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the “Safer at Home” order, effective immediately, rendering it unenforceable

  • Wyoming
    • Face Coverings: An Order went into effect on 7/13/20 which requires masks for personal care service employees.

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