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

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

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

UPDATE: 5.27.20


  • 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.
    • 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.

  • 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.
    • Face Coverings: An order went into effect on 4/11/20 which requires all individuals to wear face coverings when walking into restaurants or bars to pick up takeout orders or when utilizing public transportation. 
    • 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.

  • 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: The Public Health Emergency Order was amended to reflect that effective 5/6/20 all businesses over 50,000 sq ft are required to have all employees wear a mask. Effective 5/11/20 employees of all essential businesses that are open will have to wear a mask. Effective 5/16/20 masks will be required of everyone in public places, with exceptions for eating, drinking, exercising, and medical requirements.
    • 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.

  • 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.  
    • Reopen Plan: While the “State on Pause” 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. In NY, reopen decisions will be made on a region-by-region basis. On 4/26/20 a phased plan to reopen was announced. On 5/11/20, plans were announced to reopen statewide certain low-risk and recreational activities as of 5/15/20. A seventh region hit the benchmark to begin reopening 5/21/20, joining the other previously reopened regions. 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 reopen.

  • 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.
    • Reopen Plan: While the Stay at Home Order is still in effect, a path forward was outlined on 4/15/20. A Phase One Executive Order went into effect on 5/8/10 which eases restrictions on travel, business operations, and mass gatherings. Phase Two went into effect on 5/22/20.

  • 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.
    • 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.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.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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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. 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.

  • 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: An order went into effect on 4/18/20 which requires cloth face coverings for any employee working at a customer/client-facing business, non-profit organization, office-based businesses, and any other such business category as determined by the Department of Business Regulation (DBR) that is still in operation.
    • 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.

  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Dallas
      • Face Coverings: An order went into effect on 4/17/20 which requires people to wear some form of covering over their nose and mouth when patronizing an Essential Business or using public transportation. The order also directs, to the greatest extent possible, that all non-medical employees who work at an Essential Businesses to wear face coverings while performing their work.
      • Reopen Plan: The Strike Force to Open Texas was announced on 4/17/20. The Governor’s Report to Open Texas was released on 4/27/20. Restaurants, retailers, and other businesses were permitted to reopen on 5/1/20 with limited capacity restrictions. Phase Two to Open Texas was released on 5/18/20. Additional services and activities that can open up under Phase Two were announced on 5/26/20.

  • 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.
    • 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.

  • 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. A new “Be Smart, Stay Safe” order went into effect through 6/15/20 which reflects re-openings and eased restrictions. 

  • 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 will go 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.

  • 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 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.
    • Face Coverings: An order went into effect on 4/17/20 and will continue through 6/8/20. The order requires people to wear a mask or face covering in certain situations—including employees, customers, and visitors of hotels, grocery stores, and other retail food sellers and taxis, ride-sharing companies, or private transportation providers.

  • West Virginia: A “Stay at Home” order went into effect on 3/24/20 and expired on 5/4/20.

  • 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.
    • 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 phased “Badger Bounce Back Plan” was released on 4/20/20. An “Interim Order to Turn the Dial” went into effect on 5/11/20 which loosened some restrictions.

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