U.S. State COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines

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Alabama 

Latest Guidance

Recommended: COVID-19 health screening of all employees before reporting to work is recommended. All employees are encouraged to prevent employees who are sick from coming into contact with other people.

References & Resources

Alabama Public Health: Public Health Guidance for Reopening

Alabama Public Health: Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses

Alabama Public Health: Schools K-12

Alabama COVID-19 Information Hub

Alabama Department of Public Health: Back to School Toolkit 

Alaska 

Latest Guidance

Recommended:  Following local, state, national, and industry guidelines on safely conducting business activities is recommended [see COVID-19 Information and Updated Business & Entity Guidance]. 

References & Resources

Alaska’s Phase III/IV General Guidance

State of Alaska COVID-19 Information and Updated Business & Entity Guidance

Arizona 

Latest Guidance

Recommended: Businesses are encouraged to follow CDC guidance.

References & Resources

Arizona Governor Ducey’s latest Executive Order 2021-06

Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information & Guidance

Arkansas

Latest Guidance

Recommended: Daily health screening before entering for staff before they enter the work facility is recommended. See COVID-19 Health Guidances for more information on sector specific guidance. 

School Sponsored team sports are encouraged to consider routine or pre-event testing, vaccination of eligible players and coaches, and athlete, coach, officials, and all other staff temperature and health screening before any activities. Community and School Sponsored Music and Theater teams are encouraged to do the same except the routine testing. See Guidance for Community and School Sponsored Music and Theater and Guidance for Community and School Sponsored Team Sports for more information.

References & Resources

Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) COVID-19 Health Guidances (Scroll down to ‘The following Directives have been changed to Guidances effective February 26, 2021’)

Arkansas Ready for Business

Arkansas Department of Health (ADH): Guidance for Community and School Sponsored Music and Theater

Arkansas Department of Health (ADH): Guidance for Community and School Sponsored Team Sports

California  

Latest Guidance

Everyone is required to wear masks in public transit, health care settings (including long-term care facilities, adult and senior care facilities, indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings, state and local correctional facilities and detention centers, and homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers. Unvaccinated people are required to wear masks in the following indoor settings, those vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices that serve the public. Unvaccinated workers must wear masks in state offices. Masks are not required, but encouraged for fully vaccinated employees indoors. Employers have to document workers’ vaccination status. Masks are required for all employees indoors and outdoors when there is an outbreak and six feet social distancing cannot be maintained. See California’s current mask recommendations and requirements for more information.

Required: School staff are required to show proof of vaccination or be tested once a week. See California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated for more information.

All facilities outlined in State Public Health Officer Order of July 26, 2021 must verify the vaccine status of all employees. The Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards outline what records count as proof of vaccination. 

Health care workers, state employees, and other employees in high-risk congregate settings are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or be tested weekly. See ​State Public Health Officer Order of August 11, 2021, State Public Health Officer Order of August 5, 2021, and State Public Health Officer Order of July 26, 2021 for more information.

K-12 students are required to wear masks indoors and adults are required to wear masks when sharing indoor spaces with students. For additional guidance see COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year.

Fully vaccinated employees who provide proof of vaccination or self attest no longer have to wear masks at the workplace. Large indoor events must require vaccination or a negative test from attendees until earliest October 1. See Standards Presentation To California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board and Industry guidance to reduce risk for more information.

Employers are required to 

  • Notify all employees at a worksite of potential exposures
  • Notify all employees of their COVID-19 benefits and protections 
  • Follow COVID-19 safety measures in response to a potential exposure such as disinfection [see AB 685 for more information]
  • Notify public health departments of all workplace outbreaks 
    • Outbreaks are 3 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 among employees from different households within 2 weeks. 
  • Follow Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) [see Standards Presentation To California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Boardfor more information].

***Cal/OSHA can issue an order for worksite shutdowns if the worksite exposes employees to COVID-19 hazards and hold this right until January 1, 2023.

Recommendation: Sacramento County recommends that everyone wears masks indoors regardless of immunization status as a result of the rise in cases due to the delta variant and vaccination rates falling behind.

References & Resources 

California Department of Public Health: State Public Health Officer Order of July 26, 2021

California Department of Public Health: Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards

California Department of Public Health: COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year

California Will Require Vaccination Or Testing For Health Care, State Workers

California Department of Industrial Relations COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards – Fact Sheets, Model Written Program and Other Resources

California All covid19.ca.gov: Industry guidance to reduce risk

California’s current mask recommendations and requirements

State of California Standards Presentation To California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board

The California Department of Health’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy for guidance on what organizations can reopen and when.  

AB 685 outlines California’s latest requirements for Employers and Cal/OSHA rights to take action until January 1, 2023. 

AB 86 was signed by Governor Newsom and is a $6.6 billion package aimed to help streamline resuming in-person school instructions. $2 billion will be allocated to safety measures for in-person instruction. 

California Industry Guidance to reduce risk 

Colorado 

Latest Guidance

Required: Unvaccinated state workers must be tested regularly and wear masks. State employees who interact with vulnerable populations and populations living in congregate living settings, healthcare works, and state contractors will be required to be vaccinated. See Governor Polis to Require Regular Testing for all Unvaccinated State Employees and Sixth Amended Public Health Order 20-38 for more information.

References & Resources 

CDPHE Public Health & Executive Orders

Employee Health Screening Form Example

Colorado Department of Education COVID-19 Resources for Schools 

Colorado School District Reopening Plans 

CDPHE Reopening Schools Health Guidance by COVID-19 Phase

Connecticut  

Latest Guidance

Masks are required indoors unless individuals are vaccinated.

Required: All state employees, as well as staff of all childcare facilities and preK-12 schools statewide, must receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 27. See Executive Order 13D for more information. 

All long term care employees are required to be vaccinated or be exempted by September 7. See Executive Order 13B for more information.

Recommended: Residents are advised to follow CDC guidance.

References & Resources

Business Recovery Center

Connecticut COVID-19 Response

Delaware 

Latest Guidance

Requirements: Long term care, healthcare, and state employees must provide proof of vaccination or get tested regularly. See COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Updates for Long-Term Care Facilities, Health Care Facilities, and State Employees for more information.

Public indoor gatherings with more than 250 people must get permission from the health department to gather.

Recommended: Screening for all other organizations is recommended. 

References & Resources

Delaware Higher Education Relief Fund funded by the CARES Act to help Delaware colleges and universities mitigate COVID-19 expenses

8th revision to COVID-19 emergency order increasing outdoor gathering limits and restrictions

Delaware Guidance, Resources in School Year 2020-21

District of Columbia   

Latest Guidance

Mask mandate required for everyone indoors regardless of vaccination status. 

Required: Government and healthcare employees are required to be vaccinated. Employees who are exempted must undergo regular testing. See Order 2021-099 and Mayor Bowser and DC Health Announce Vaccination Requirement for District Health Professionals  for more information.

Recommended: It is recommended that schools perform a daily health screening for staff and visitors entering. Monitoring and screening children daily for COVID-19 is strongly encouraged.

References & Resources

Mayor’s Order 2021-069

DC Health COVID-19 Guidance for Schools

Office of Planning: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Colleges and Universities

DC Health Phase Two Best Practices for Businesses and Community Establishments

DC Health Phase Two Guidance Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Childcare Facilities

DC Health Phase Two Guidance for Overnight Summer Camps

COVID-19 Health Guidances

Florida 

Latest Guidance

No mask mandate or requirements. 

References & Resources 

Executive Order 21-102

Executive Order 20-244

Florida COVID-19 Response: Businesses and Employers 

Florida COVID-19 Response: Schools and Childcare Programs

Florida Department of Education Emergency Response

Georgia 

Latest Guidance

Required: Long term care facilities must have a screening protocol established for all visitors and healthcare workers following the Long-Term Care Facilities Reopening Guidance

References & Resources 

Georgia Department of Public Health Long-Term Care Facilities Reopening Guidance

Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19: Child Care, Schools, and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)

The State of Georgia’s latest Executive Order providing additional guidance for Empowering a Healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19  

Hawaii

Latest Guidance

Masks are required indoors.

Required: All state and county employees must get vaccinated or get tested regularly. See this Emergency Proclamation for more information. 

Under the Act with Care Plan businesses identified as medium to high risk can reopen and are required to follow the applicable CDC, industry, and regulatory COVID-19 guidelines before opening. See Beyond Recovery: Reopening Hawai’i for more information.

References & Resources 

Reopening Hawai’i: State Reopening Strategy for Businesses & Operations State of Hawaii OSHA: COVID-19 Resources for Employers

State of Hawaii Department of Health: School Guidance 

Hawaii State Department of Education Return to Learn: School Reopening Plan

Idaho

Latest Guidance

Required: See Business-specific protocols for opening for more information. 

References & Resources 

Idaho Rebounds: Business-specific protocols for opening

Idaho Official Resources for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Governor’s Actions

Idaho State Board of Education Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources

Illinois 

Latest Guidance

The state recommends people wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status in areas where COVID-19 is surging. Masks are required in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status. Masks are mandated for all students in schools regardless of their vaccination status.

Required: State employees working in state-operated congregate settings, K-12 teachers and staff, higher education employees and students, healthcare workers, and nursing home employees must get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. See Governor Pritzker Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Healthcare Workers, Pre-K-12 Teachers and Staff, Higher Education Personnel and Students to Slow Spread of Delta Variant for more information. 

Recommended: Screening all employees prior to their entry to the workplace as well as conducting temperature checks is recommended.

References & Resources 

Executive Order 2021-09

State of Illinois Coronavirus Reponse Bridge Phase

Illinois Department of Public Health: Guidance for Employers and Employees on Workers’ Rights and Safety

Illinois Department of Public Health: School Guidance

State of Illinois Coronavirus Response: Actions to Combat a Resurgence of COVID-19

Indiana 

Latest Guidance

Required: All businesses and entities continuing operations or resuming full operation are required to develop a COVID-19 response plan that includes making an employee health screening process available [see Executive Order 21-12 to see additional requirements]. 

Recommended: All Indiana businesses are encouraged to update sick leave policies, consider employees do a self-assessment each day and sick employees to stay home, separate sick employees, reinforce key safety messages, provide protect supplies, and perform cleanings of commonly touched surfaces [see Executive Order 21-12  and Executive Order 21-09 for more information].

Schools are encouraged to follow these safety measures:

  • Be prepared should outbreaks occur
  • Encourage vaccination of staff and students as they become eligible for vaccination
  • Mandatory reporting of all COVID– 19 cases by building (K-12 school portal)
  • Continue contact tracing by school
  • Encourage COVID testing
  • Follow current CDC and IDOH recommendations for quarantine and isolation
  • Require all parents, school visitors, and special guests to mask and physically distance when visiting the school 
  • Follow current mask recommendations for your school (even if off school grounds during the school day) i.e. field trip
  • Follow county guidance if traveling to a county with more stringent guidance. 

See the full guidance here Fall School Guidance – 06/04/2021

References & Resources 

Indiana Department of Health: Fall School Guidance – 06/04/2021

Executive Order 21-12

Executive Order 20-43 

Executive Order 21-09

General Guidelines for All Businesses

Iowa

Latest Guidance

Required: Screening of health facilities staff is required [See Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for more information]. 

  • Health facilities include hospitals, nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, residential care facilities, hospice programs, and assisting living programs. 

Recommended: Businesses resuming in-person operations are strongly encouraged to take reasonable measures to ensure the health of employees, patrons, and members of the public. Including social distancing, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission risk aligned with the Iowa Department of Public Health Guidance.

References & Resources 

State of Iowa Proclamation of Disaster Emergency

Iowa Department of Public Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Public

Indiana Department of Public Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Business & Organizations

Iowa Department of Education Return to Learn: Reopening Iowa’s Schools Safely and Responsibly

Iowa Department of Education and Department of Health Higher Education Guidance Operational Checklist

Iowa Department of Education and Department of Health K-12 School Guidance Operational Checklist  

Kansas 

Latest Guidance

Recommended: It is recommended that Businesses and Employers routinely monitor employee temperatures and other COVID-19 symptoms. 

References & Resources

Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Business & Employers

Governor Kelly Signed SB63 for all unified districts in Kansas to provide a full-time in-person attendance option for K-12 students 

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Education K-12

Kansas Department of Health and Environment K-12 COVID-19 Testing Program

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Guidance for School Events

Kentucky

Latest Guidance

Required: All organizations must conduct daily temperature/health. See Healthy at Work: Reopening Kentucky and scroll to ‘Healthy at Work Guidance and Requirements’ for industry specific requirements.

Recommended: State employees and contractors are encouraged to get vaccinated. If they are unvaccinated they must undergo biweekly testing. See CORRECTION: Gov. Beshear Announces New Testing and Vaccine Program in State-Run Health Care Facilities for more information. 

Schools are encouraged to implement the following layers of protection:

  • Promote and offer vaccination
  • Recommend masks for unvaccinated persons while indoors
  • Require masks on public transportation
  • Consider implementing universal masking based on factors outlined in K-12 School Operations for In-Person Learning 
  • Implement 3 feet social distancing between students and 6 feet between students and faculty
  • Implement screening testing
  • Ensure sick students and faculty stay home and those who test positive isolate
  • Work with the local health department to facilitate contact tracing and case investigation
  • Instruct unvaccinated close contacts to self-isolate

See K-12 School Operations for In-Person Learning for more information. 

References & Resources: 

Team Kentucky Healthy at Work: Reopening Kentucky

Team Kentucky Guidance for K-12 School Operations for In-Person Learning

Team Kentucky Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12)

Kentucky Department of Education COVID-19 Guidance for Schools and Districts

Kentucky’s Response to COVID-19

Louisiana

Latest Guidance

Masks are mandated for individuals 5 and older in indoor public spaces.

Recommended: It is recommended that businesses conduct COVID-19 symptom and temperature checks. 

References & Resources 

 

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Mitigation Measures Proclamation Number 79JBE 2021

Louisiana Department of Health: Return to Work Guidance for Businesses

Industry Specific Open Safely Guidance for Businesses

Louisiana Department of Health Community & Preventive Health School Resources 

Department of Education Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Louisiana Department of Education School Reopening Guidelines & Resources 

Maine

Latest guidance

Required: Certain healthcare workers are required to be vaccinated. See Mills Administration Requires Health Care Workers To Be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 By October 1 for more information.

Recommended: Requesting workers self-screen for COVID-19 is recommended. [See General Guidance for more information]

References & Resources 

Mills Administration Requires Health Care Workers To Be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 By October 1

Governor Mills Updates Moving Maine Forward Plan, Lifts Restrictions

Maine Department of Education COVID-19 Toolkit

Maine Department of Education Framework for Reopening Schools and Returning to In-Person Instruction

Maryland 

Latest Guidance

Required: All nursing home and hospital employees must get vaccinated or undergo screening and testing. See this order for more information.

Recommended: Screening employees for COVID-19. 

References & Resources 

Governor Hogan Lifts Capacity Limits on Indoor and Outdoor Venues, All Remaining Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Dining As of May 15

Maryland Department of Health Vaccination Matters Order

Maryland Best Practices for Businesses to Reopen: General Business Best Practices

Maryland.gov COVID-19 Information for Businesses: Safety & Vaccine Resources

COVID-19 Guidance for Schools 

Maryland State Department of Education COVID-19 Resources for Maryland Schools

Maryland.gov Outbreak-Associated Cases in Schools

Massachusetts

Latest Guidance

Required: All Executive Department employees must provide proof of vaccination. See Executive Order No. 595 for more information.

References & Resources

Executive Order No. 595

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Coronavirus/COVID-19

Michigan

Latest Guidance

Required: Sports practices and competitions with individuals ages 13 to 19 must comply with a testing program. If the sports organizer has determined that it would be unsafe for indoor sport participants to wear a mask, participants who are not fully vaccinated must be tested. Specific testing requirements are outlined in the Interim Guidance for Athletics issued May 24, 2021.

Recommended: Residential care facilities must:

  • Require residents to wear masks, if able, when not eating or drinking, any time a resident who is not fully vaccinated is present
  •  Inform employees and residents of the presence of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee or resident as soon as reasonably possible, but no later than 12 hours after identification. 
  • As soon as reasonably possible, but no later than 24 hours after identification of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee or resident: 
    • Inform legal guardians or healthcare proxies for all residents within the facility of the presence of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee or resident. 
    • Post a notice in a visible and obvious place near the main entrance of the facility indicating the presence of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee or resident. The notice must continue to be displayed until 14 days after the last positive COVID-19 test result for an employee or resident in the facility.
  • Adopt a protocol to inform prospective residents and staff of the presence of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee or resident. 
    • Such notification must continue until 14 days after the last positive COVID-19 test result for an employee or resident in the facility. The protocol must specify how guardians and health care proxies will be informed of the positive COVID-19 test result.
  • Contact the local health department in the facility’s jurisdiction to report the presence of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee or resident
  • Support and comply with contact tracing efforts as requested.
  • Maintain accurate and current COVID-19 records in a manner consistent with MDHHS surveillance reporting guidance.
  • Report to MDHHS and the applicable Local Health Department(s) all presumed positive COVID-19 cases in the facility together with any additional data when required under MDHHS guidance.

 Independent Living Facilities must:

  • Contact the local health department in the facility’s jurisdiction to report the presence of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee or resident
  • Support and comply with contact tracing efforts as requested

References & Resources

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Interim Guidance for Athletics issued May 24, 2021

Michigan.gov May 21, 2021 – Requirements for Residential Care Facilities – Rescission of March 17, 2021

Michigan.gov Epidemic Orders

Michigan.gov K-12 School Opening Guidance

Minnesota

Latest Guidance

Required: All businesses are required to have a COVID-19 preparedness plan. Each plan must  ensure sick workers stay home through procedures such as health screenings. See COVID-19 Universal Guidance for All Businesses and Entities for more information.

References & Resources 

Stay Safe MN COVID-19 Universal Guidance for All Businesses and Entities

State of Minnesota Executive Order 21-21

Minnesota Department of Health Businesses and Employers: COVID-19

Minnesota Department of Education COVID-19 Updates

Minnesota COVID-19 Response Resources for Schools 

Minnesota Department of Health Schools and Child Care COVID-19: Planning, Guidance, and Data

Mississippi

Latest Guidance

Recommended: Under Governor Reeves’ Executive Order businesses and nonprofit entities are encouraged to follow safety measures including implementing shift screening protocols for employees and volunteers, sending sick employees home, and actively encouraging  sick employees to stay home. To see the full list of safety measures see Executive Order No.1551.

Personal care services are encouraged to follow safety measures including screening customers. To see the full list of safety measures check out Executive Order No.1551.

References & Resources 

State of Mississippi Office of the Governor: Executive Order No.1551

State of Mississippi Office of the Governor: Executive Order No. 1549

Mississippi Department of Health Public Health Guidance for K-12 During COVID-19

Mississippi Department of Education Updates and Information in Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Missouri

Latest Guidance

No state mask mandate. 

References & Resources 

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Nebraska

Latest Guidance

No state mask mandate.

Recommended: COVID-19 temperature and health screening for all employees, contractors, and essential visitors is recommended at meat processing facilities.

References & Resources 

COVID-19 Nebraska Guidance Documents

University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Global Center for Health Security Meat Processing COVID-19 Playbook

Nebraska DHHS COVID-19 Weekly Update

Nevada

Latest Guidance

Governor Sisolak issued a mask mandate in line with CDC mask guidance. Masks are mandatory for everyone  in indoor public spaces in counties  with high COVID-19 transmission rates.

Required: State employees must get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. See this announcement for more information.

Employers with more than 10 employees must have a written COVID-19 prevention plan. See Updated Guidance for Business Operations under the State of Nevada’s Declaration of Emergency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for more information. 

Recommended: Employees are encouraged to provide daily health screening surveys for employees.

Temperature Screenings are strongly recommended for spectators and attendees of Adult and Youth Sports.

References & Resources 

State of Nevada Updated Guidance for Business Operations under the State of Nevada’s Declaration of Emergency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance

NV.gov State announces new mask, vaccination, and testing policy for state

Nevada Health Response Business and Industry – Compliance

Nevada Health Response Press Releases: COVID-19 in Nevada

Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery Chart 

Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery: Pre-k -12 Education

Nevada Guidance for Adult & Youth Sports

State of Nevada Department of Education Resources Related to COVID-19

New Hampshire

Latest Guidance

No state mask mandate. 

Recommended: Businesses are encouraged to consider daily screening of staff and volunteers before work. Diagnostic testing is recommended for individuals with symptoms of COVID-19. Screening testing (also known as surveillance testing) should be implemented in congregate living settings (e.g. long-term care facilities, residential schools, and overnight summer camps) that are high-risk for transmission in order to prevent introduction and spread of COVID. See Universal Best Practices for more information.

References & Resources 

State of New Hampshire Universal Best Practices

NNH COVID-19 Employer Travel, Screening, and Exclusion Guidance

New Hampshire Department of Education Grades K-12 Back-to-School Guidance

NH Division of Public Health Services Coronavirus Disease (COVD-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Education Partners

New Jersey

Latest Guidance

Required: State and private health care facility, high-risk congregate settings, and K-12 employees will be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or get tested regularly. See Executive Order No. 252 and Executive Order No. 253 for more information.

Youth Summer Camps can operate if they follow the safety measures outlined in New Jersey 2021 COVID-19 Youth Summer Camp Standards Guidelines

Adult Medical Daycare centers can reopen if they adhere to the requirements outlined in Executive Directive No.21-007 COVID-19 Related Health and Safety Requirements for the Reopening of New Jersey Adult Day Health Services Facilities

Recommended: Businesses are encouraged to follow CDC safety guidelines.

All students will return to full-time in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents won’t be able to opt children out of in-person instruction. Schools are encouraged to follow the Department of Health and Department of Education safety recommendations. See The Road Forward and Safety Guidance for the 2021-2022 School Year for more information.

References & Resources 

Executive Order No. 252 

Executive Order No. 253

New Jersey Department of Health New Jersey 2021 COVID-19 Youth Summer Camp Standards Guidelines

New Jersey Department of Health Executive Directive No.21-007 COVID-19 Related Health and Safety Requirements for the Reopening of New Jersey Adult Day Health Services Facilities

Executive Order No. 242

New Jersey Guidance for Health Clubs/Gyms/Fitness Centers

New Jersey’s  latest announcement

The Road Forward and Safety Guidance for the 2021-2022 School Year

New Mexico

Latest Guidance

Mask mandate has returned for everyone regardless of their vaccination status.

Required: All school workers and state employees are required to get vaccinated or be tested regularly. All workers in certain medical close-contact congregate settings (hospitals, nursing homes, juvenile justice facilities, rehabilitation facilities, state correctional facilities, etc) must be vaccinated. See Executive Order 2021-045, Executive Order 2021-046, and this Public Health Order for more information.

All Employers are required to screen employees for COVID-19 everyday before entering the workplace.

For sector specific guidance see COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers.

Recommended: The following organizations are encouraged to screen employees and customers with a no-contact thermometer. 

  • Agritourism
  • Ski areas
  • Gyms
  • Salons
  • Spas
  • Tattoo parlors and related service
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Construction
  • Field operations
  • Resorts
  • Lodging
  • Grocery stores
  • Farmers’ markets
  • All retailers
  • Veterinarians 
  • Pet care facilities
  • Farms, ranches, dairy producers, and processors, and other organizations 

References & Resources 

New Mexico Department of Health Public Health Order – May 14, 2021

All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers

New Mexico Public Education Department COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

New Mexico Department of Health New Mexico K-12 School COVID-19 Testing Program

New York

Latest Guidance

The state health department issued a school mask mandate for all students and staff regardless of vaccination status.

Required: State employees and health care workers are required to get vaccinated. MTA and Port Authority employees and teachers, administrators and other school employees are required to get vaccinated or be tested weekly. See Video, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Announces Patient-Facing Healthcare Workers at State-Run Hospitals Will Be Required to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19 by Labor Day and Governor Cuomo Announces MTA and New York Port Authority Employees Will Be Required to Get Vaccinated For COVID-19 or Be Tested Weekly Starting Labor Day for more information.

New York City will require city workers to get vaccinated or be tested weekly. See NYC Will Require Vaccination Or Weekly Testing For All City Workers for more information.

If businesses want to follow the new CDC guidance they must follow the appropriate guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Businesses that do not congregate patrons and/or that operate below the social gathering limit can rely on self-attestation of employee vaccination status. Businesses that congregate patrons and operate above the social gathering limit must require proof of vaccination. See Implementing CDC Guidance for more information.

All Large-Scale Event venues must verify vaccination status. A recent negative COVID-19 test is required for attendees age 4 and older. See  Governor Cuomo Announces New York State to Adopt New CDC Guidance on Mask Use and Social Distancing for Fully Vaccinated Individuals for more information.

Large-Scale and Small-Scale College Sports venues can open. They must require that spectators provide proof of completed immunization or a recent negative COVID-19 test [see Governor Cuomo Announcement: Collegiate Sports below for more information].

References & Resources 

NYC Will Require Vaccination Or Weekly Testing For All City Workers

Reopening New York Implementing CDC Guidance

New York State Governor Cuomo Announces New York State to Adopt New CDC Guidance on Mask Use and Social Distancing for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Governor Cuomo Announcement: Collegiate Sports

New York State Education Department School Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

New York State Education Department Guidance for P-12 Schools

New York State Department of Health Interim Guidance

North Carolina

Latest Guidance

Required: State government employees are required to get vaccinated or be tested weekly. See Executive Order 229 and Executive Order 224 for more information. 

Recommended: All schools are encouraged to consider conducting daily COVID-19 symptom and temperature screening and exclusion of any adults entering the building, including teachers, staff, and other visitors.

These settings are encouraged to monitor employees for COVID-19 symptoms and manage isolation and quarantine. For a full list of the NC DHHS recommendations see Interim General Guidance for Businesses and Organizations (May 20, 2021)

  • Businesses 
  • General Organizations
  • Indoor and Outdoor Venues
  • Bars and Places that serve food
  • Indoors Fitness Centers and Gyms Settings
  • Administrators and Participants of Youth and Amateur Sports Programs
  • Day Camp or Program Setting serving Children or Teens
  • Overnight Camp Settings

References & Resources 

Executive Order 229

Executive Order 224

Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) for Executive Order No. 215

NC DHHS COVID-19: Interim General Guidance for Businesses and Organizations (May 20, 2021)

NC DHHS COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Indoor and Outdoor Venues (May 14, 2021)

NC DHHS COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Bars and Places that Serve Food (May 18, 2021)

NC DHHS COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Indoor Fitness Centers and Gyms Settings (May 18, 2021)

NC DHHS COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Administrators and Participants of Youth and Amateur Sports Programs (May 18, 2021)

NC DHHS COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Day Camp or Program Settings Serving Children and Teens (June 1, 2021)

NC DHHS COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Overnight Camp Settings (June 1, 2021)

NC DHHS COVID-19: ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit

NC DHHS COVID-19: School Children and COVID-19

StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit 

NC DPI: Coronavirus Guidance for Schools and Districts

North Dakota

Latest Guidance

Recommended: The North Dakota Department of Health has published guidance for employers which they are strongly encouraged to follow [see ND Smart Guidance for Employers for more information]. 

References & Resources 

Executive Order 2021-05

North Dakota Health: ND Smart Guidance for Employers 

North Dakota Health: COVID-19 Information

North Dakota Health: Schools, Childcare, Universities

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction: ND K12 Smart Restart Guidance 

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction: Executive Orders – Education

Ohio

Latest Guidance

Required: Nursing homes and residential facilities must follow COVID-19 safety measures.

References & Resources 

Ohio Department of Health: Governor DeWine Announces Vaccine Incentives, End Date for Health Orders

Ohio Department of Health: Businesses/Employers – COVID-19 Checklist

Ohio Department of Health: Education and Sector Requirements

Ohio Department of Education Reset and Restart

Ohio Department of Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Ohio’s Schools and Districts 

Oklahoma

Latest Guidance

Recommended: Schools are encouraged to establish safety measures as well [see Public Schools COVID-19 Guidance & Resources for more information]. Included is encouragement to conduct daily health checks including temperature screening and/or symptom checks for staff and students. 

References & Resources 

Oklahoma COVID-19 Risk Level 

Oklahoma State Department of Health: Public Schools COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

Oregon

Latest Guidance

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status in indoor public spaces and outdoor settings where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Required:  State employees and healthcare workers are required to get vaccinated or get tested regularly. See this announcement and Executive Order 21-29 for more information.

All Oregon school districts are required to submit their Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services plan to the Oregon Department of Education by August 23, 2021. Oregon schools must adhere to the quarantine and isolation protocols outlined in their guidance. See Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 School Year for more information.

Oregon employers and businesses must confirm vaccination status before relaxing mask and social distancing requirements [see this Statement Regarding Vaccination Status in Relation to Oregon’s Facial Covering and Social Distancing Requirements for more information]

Recommended: Employers and organizations are encouraged to consider regular health checks with temperature and symptom screening or employees self-report their symptoms [see Sector Guidance – General Guidance for Employers and Organizations for more information].

Oregon schools are strongly advised to:

  • Conduct a risk assessment as required by OSHA
  • Update the written communicable disease management plan
  • Assign a single person to enforce COVID-19 healthy and safety measures
  • Include the names of those helped inform their plan
  • Maintain student contact tracing logs, and establish a protocol to notify and provide these logs to the local public health authority
  • Offer free on site COVID-19 testing to symptomatic students and staff. 

See Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 School Year for more information. 

References & Resources 

Governor Kate Brown Announcement

Executive Order 21-29

Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education: Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 School Year

Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – General Guidance for Employers and Organizations

Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – Personal Services Providers

Oregon: Health Safety & Wellness

Oregon OSHA: Statement Regarding Vaccination Status in Relation to Oregon’s Facial Covering and Social Distancing Requirements

Pennsylvania

Latest Guidance

Required: Employees must be vaccinated or get tested weekly. See this announcement for more information.

Recommended: All businesses are encouraged to ask that employees self-screen temperature and symptoms before each shift [see COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses]. For reopening restrictions information for certain sectors see Amended Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation and Enforcement, dated November 23, 2020

References & Resources 

Governor Wolf Announces ‘Vaccine or Test’ Requirement

Amended Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation and Enforcement, dated November 23, 2020

Public Health Guidance for School Communities

Resources for School Communities During COVID-19

Rhode Island

Latest Guidance

Required: All health care workers and health care providers are required to be vaccinated by October 1. See these rules for more information.

References & Resources

Rhode Island Department of Health COVID-19 Information: Information for Businesses

Reopening RI

Back to School RI

South Carolina

Latest Guidance

Recommended: Non-essential businesses can reopen but are encouraged to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines.

References & Resources 

Businesses & Employers (COVID-19)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and South Carolina Schools

Schools & Childcare Centers (COVID-19)

South Dakota

Latest Guidance

Recommended: Employers are encouraged to ask COVID-19 health screening questions to employees and separate employees who are ill. 

References & Resources

South Dakota Department of Health: COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information

South Dakota Department of Health: COVID-19: What Can Employers Do?

South Dakota Department of Education: Starting Well 2020

Tennessee

Latest Guidance

No statewide mask mandate.

References & Resources 

Tennessee Department of Education: Reopening Guidance

Tennessee Department of Health: Community Guidance

Texas

Latest Guidance

Recommended: Specific guidance for sectors is outlined in Opening the State of Texas under the subsection ‘Health Recommendations’.

References & Resources 

Opening the State of Texas

SY 20-21 Public Health Planning Guidance

Texas Public Schools COVID-19 Data

Utah

Latest Guidance

Required: Schools are required to offer in-person instruction at least 4 days per week and if there’s a COVID-19 outbreak [per their definition] students must undergo COVID-19 testing to attend in-person classes [see Bill No.107 for more information]. 

Event hosts in Utah are also subject to a variety of restrictions depending on their location [see State Public Health Order 2021-10 for more information].High school athletic events and extra-curricular activities that are recurring must verify each participant received COVID-19 test 14 days prior or have been fully vaccinated. Single-occurring events must require attendees to wear masks and are either fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID-19 test in the last two weeks. Before these events they must confirm participants have completed quarantine and isolation required by the COVID-19 School Manual and are not experiencing symptoms. Other Athletic events and extracurricular activities also must confirm participants have completed quarantine and isolation required and are not experiencing symptoms [see State Public Health Order 2021-10 for more information].

Recommended: It is recommended that employees in high-risk populations and those who work with them to be screened and monitored for COVID-19 symptoms and seek testing if symptomatic. Additionally sick employees and close contacts of positive cases should be contacted by employers and stay home. 

Generally, COVID-19 screening of all employees for symptoms and temperature before their shift is recommended. Employers should be prepared to help the health department with contact tracing or do their own contact tracing and dedicate a Point of Contact to this work. 

Gyms and Fitness centers are encouraged to screen customers entering the facility with a COVID-19 health questionnaire asking about travel, symptoms, and exposure. 

Larger school events should consider screening adults participating  and taking their temperatures. School administrators should dedicate a Point of Contact at the school who works with the local department of health on contact tracing efforts.

References & Resources 

Utah Department of Health: COVID-19 School Manual

Utah Department of Health: COVID-19 Business Manual

State Public Health Order 2021-10

Utah Labor Commission Announces $2 Million Small Business Quarantined Employee Grant to Assist Utah Employers

Best Practices, Cleaning & Hygiene and Monitoring Employee Symptoms

Gyms & Fitness Centers

Personal Services

Workplace Resources 

Vermont

Latest Guidance

Recommended: For sector specific recommendations see Universal and Specialized Guidance.

References & Resources 

State of Vermont: Universal and Specialized Guidance

Vermont Department of Health: Businesses and Employees 

Vermont Department of Health: Pre-K-12 Schools

Vermont Department of Health: How PreK-12 Schools Can Prepare for COVID-19

Cases in Their School

Vermont Department of Health: PreK-12 School COVID-19 Case Actions Checklist

State of Vermont Agency of Education COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Schools

Virginia

Latest Guidance

Required: State workers are required to get vaccinated or be tested weekly. See Executive Directive No. 18 for more information.

At overnight camps, personnel must screen campers daily for COVID-19, including when they arrive.

Fore more information on Virginia’s sector specific requirements and recommended best practices see Guidelines for All Business Sectors.

Recommended: It is strongly recommended that Elementary Schools implement a requirement for students, teachers, and staff to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status until vaccines are available for children under 12 and sufficient time has been allotted for them to become fully vaccinated.  See Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Virginia PreK-12 Schools for more information.

Businesses are encouraged to consider measuring temperature and assessing symptoms of employees prior to starting work/before each shift. Employees should be encouraged to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. See General Recommendations for Businesses and Other Establishments for more information.  

References & Resources 

Virginia Department of Health and Department of Education: Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Virginia PreK-12 Schools

Guidelines for All Business Sectors

Virginia Department of Health: General Recommendations for Businesses and Other Establishments

Governor Northam Announces Draft Plan for Safe In-Person Graduations and Commencements

Interim Guidance: Operational Strategy and Phased Prevention for Virginia PreK-12 Schools

Governor Northam Increases Capacity Limits for Outdoor Sports and Entertainment Venues as COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Infection Rates Continue to Fall, Vaccinations Rise

DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Virginia Department of Health: Businesses

Virginia Department of Health: K-12 Education

Washington

Latest Guidance

Masks are mandated regardless of vaccination status in indoor public spaces and at outdoor events with 500 people or more.

Required: State, private sector health care, long term care, K-12, most childcare and early learning, and higher education employees and on-site contractors and volunteers are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. See Proclamation 14, Proclamation 14.1, this announcement, and these FAQs for more information.

Before alleviating mask and social distancing requirements, employers must have confirmation that employees are fully vaccinated, either by receiving a signed self-attestation or proof of vaccination. See Mask and Distancing Requirements Are Changing: Key COVID-19 Updates for Fully Vaccinated Workers for more information. 

Organizations must screen employees for COVID-19 signs and symptoms at the start of their shift [see COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Requirements: Governor’s Proclamation Overview for more information]. 

Recommended: It is recommended that schools screen students and staff and encourage sick folks to stay home [see K-12 Schools 2020-2021 Guidance for more information].  

References & Resources 

Washington State Department of Health: COVID-19 Resources and Recommendations

COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Requirements: Governor’s Proclamation Overview

COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers

Washington State Department of Health: K-12 Schools 2020-2021 Guidance

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance & Resources

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: Mask and Distancing Requirements Are Changing: Key COVID-19 Updates for Fully Vaccinated Workers

West Virginia

Latest Guidance

Recommended: All businesses and activities are allowed now, following guidance is no longer required but still recommended. Amongst these recommendations is to consider having guests and staff self screen. 

References & Resources 

West Virginia Strong – The Comeback: COVID-19 Safety Recommendations 

West Virginia Department of Education School Recovery Mitigation & Protocols 

West Virginia Department of Education COVID-19 Information & Updates 

Wisconsin

Latest Guidance

No state mask mandate. 

References & Resources

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Guidelines for the Prevention, Investigation, and Control of COVID-19 Outbreaks in K-12 Schools in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19: Schools

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Information on COVID-19

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction COVID-19 Testing in Wisconsin Schools

Wyoming

Latest Guidance

Recommended: Education institutions are encouraged  to inform individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or exposure not to attend school. 

References & Resources

Wyoming Department of Health: COVID-19 Information and Guidance

Wyoming Department of Health COVID-19 Orders and Guidance

COVID-19: Guidance for Educational Institutions from the Wyoming Department of Health

Wyoming Department of Education COVID-19 Resources