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: Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses

Alabama Public Health: Schools K-12

Alabama COVID-19 Information Hub

Governor Kay Ivey’s 26th supplemental emergency proclamation amending the extending Safe Apart Order.

Alabama State Department of Education Roadmap to Reopening Schools

Alabama Department of Public Health: Back to School Toolkit 

Alaska 

Latest Guidance

Required: Consultations with public health officials are needed before scheduling a proposed large public gathering (e.g. festivals and concerts). 

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: It is recommended that Event Organizers continue to encourage adequate safety protocols such as social distancing to limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, it is recommended businesses follow the CDC, OSHA, and ADHS COVID-19 Safety Guidelines [See Workplace & Community Locations  and scroll to ‘Recommendations for Preventing COVID-19 Transmission’ for sector-specific recommendations].

References & Resources

Arizona Governor Ducey’s latest Executive Order 2021-06

Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information & Guidance

Arizona Department of Health Services: Workplace & Community Locations

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 

Arkansas Division of Elementary & Secondary Education COVID-19 Information

Arkansas State Government COVID-19 Information 

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

Required: 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 Temporary Standards & Resources, Employer Requirement Resources, Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for Employers for 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.

References & Resources 

The California Department of Health’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy for guidance on what organizations can reopen and when.  Effective April 1, counties in the Purple Tier or better can host outdoor sporting events live performances with limited capacity. Effective April 2, Red Tier or better counties can hold indoor live events and performances. Organizations in the red, orange, and yellow tier can hold outdoor gatherings subject to capacity limits. All tiers may resume private events or meetings with certain restrictions in place. 

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

California Emergency Temporary Standards & Resources, Employer Requirement Resources, Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for Employers

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 

CDPH COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education

CDPH COVID-19 K-12 School Guidance 

CDC-California K-12 Schools Guidance Crosswalk

State of California Safe Schools for All Hub

Colorado 

Latest Guidance

Required: Employers with over 50 employees in one location are required to implement employee screening protocols. 

Higher Education institutions are required to  implement screening protocols for their students as well, specifics of the requirements are in the Order (see below). 

Sports leagues and Teams are required to screen athletes and game attendees. 

Camp Operators are required to screen staff, volunteers, and campers. Visitors of long-term care facilities must also be screened before entering. 

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

Recommended: See Sector Rules for Reopen and scroll to ‘Reopen Recommendations by Sector* for specific sector recommendations. 

References & Resources

Business Recovery Center

Connecticut COVID-19 Response

Connecticut Sector Rules for Reopen

Delaware 

Latest Guidance

Requirements: Screening employees, visitors, and members of the public before entry is required for state buildings and essential business that Public Health officials have deemed “high-risk”.

Long-term care facilities are required to screen and restrict access to folks who have symptoms of exposure to someone confirmed or potentially sick with COVID-19

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

Office of the Governor John Carney: Twenty-Seventh Modification: State of Emergency Declaration

Delaware Guidance, Resources in School Year 2020-21

District of Columbia   

Latest Guidance

Required: Childcare centers are required to  follow guidance from the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) and DC Health [see Phase Two Guidance Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Childcare Facilities for more information] 

  • Under this guidance, childcare facilities must screen all students and staff entering the building.

Colleges and universities can continue operations so long as their plans are accepted and in line with the Office of Planning and were made in consultation with DC Health and the Office of the Deputy Mayor [see Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Colleges and Universities for more information]. 

  • Under this guidance,  Colleges and Universities should ensure 
    • Routine symptom screenings occur for all staff and students. 
    • Students and staff who have tested positive, are awaiting results, or have COVID-19 symptoms are  immediately isolated while ensuring their medical, social, and academic needs are met.
    • Any student or staff member who has symptoms or has had close contact with an exposure should be able to get tested.

Non-essential, non-retail businesses must implement plans to safely increase the presence of employees in compliance with public health guidance. 

Retail businesses must log contacts when interacting with customers. 

Farmers Markets must adhere to plans approved by the Office of Planning in order to operate. 

Gyms, health clubs, yoga, dance, and workout studios must operate in alignment with DC Health Guidance.

  • Under this guidance, businesses must screen employees daily before they enter business. 

Live Entertainment events must go through the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). 

Places of worship must have written safety protocols available for DC Health officials which includes mandating masks, managing inflow and outflow of worshippers, wellness checks, vaccine tracking of attendees, hygiene and airflow. 

  • Under this guidance, places of worship should screen staff and volunteers before they enter the premises. 

Recommended: It is recommended that schools daily health screenings for students and staff entering the building. 

It is strongly recommended that businesses and organizations screen and monitor for COVID-19 [see Health Guidances for more information]

References & Resources

DC Health COVID-19 Guidance for Schools

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

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

DC Health Phase Two Guidance Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Gyms and Fitness Activities

DC Health Phase Two Guidance Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Places of Worship

COVID-19 Health Guidances

Mayor’s Order 2021-038

Florida 

Latest Guidance

No Recommendations and Requirements active right now. Local governments may have regulations. 

References & Resources 

Executive Order 20-244

Florida COVID-19 Response: Businesses and Employers 

Florida Health Responding to COVID-19 in Schools (K-12)

Florida Department of Education Emergency Response

Georgia 

Latest Guidance

Required: Restaurants, industry, commerce, education and childcare institutions, and other organizations continuing in-person operations must screen employees for COVID-19 and follow other COVID-19 safety procedures. 

References & Resources 

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

No Recommendations and Requirements active right now. Local governments may have regulations.

References & Resources 

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

Recommended: 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

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

References & Resources 

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

Illinois Department of Public Health: School Guidance

Employee Symptom Screening Form Example

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 implementing an employee health screening process [see Executive Order 21-09 to see additional requirements]. 

Recommended: All Indiana businesses should take the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of employees, customers, and clients. Businesses are encouraged to restrict employee access to the office until they are recovered [see Executive Order 21-09 for more information].

References & Resources 

State of Indiana Executive Order 20-43 

General Guidelines for All Businesses

State of Indiana Executive Order 21-09

Indiana Department of Health and Department of Education: COVID-19 Health and Safety Re-Entry Guidance

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. 

References & Resources 

State of Iowa Proclamation of Disaster Emergency

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 employees  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.

References & Resources: 

Team Kentucky Healthy at Work: Reopening Kentucky

Team Kentucky Healthy at School

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

Kentucky Department of Education COVID-19 Guidance for Schools 

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

Kentucky’s Response to COVID-19

Louisiana

Latest Guidance

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

References & Resources 

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

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

References & Resources 

Maine Department of Economic & Community Development: General Guidance

COVID-19 Prevention Checklists

Maine Department of Education COVID-19 Toolkit

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

Maryland 

Latest Guidance

Recommended: Screening employees for COVID-19. 

References & Resources 

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: The Department of Public Health (DPH) and the COVID-19 Command Center developed Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at the workplace. The sector-specific safety protocols detail how these apply to specific industry operations [see Reopening: Sector-specific protocols and best practices for more information]. 

Within these standards, office spaces, personal care services, laboratories, gyms and fitness centers, lodging establishments, manufacturing, restaurants, and retail stores are required to conduct COVID-19 health screenings at each shift for employees. 

Large venues are required submit a COVID-19 Safety plan for approval [See Order No. 66 for more information]

References & Resources

Mass.gov Reopening: Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces 

Reopening: Sector-specific protocols and best practices

Order No. 66

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

Michigan

Latest Guidance

Required: The state recommends the following industries perform COVID-19 health screenings: all businesses, construction, manufacturing, research labs, offices, health care, in-home services, meat and poultry processing, and casinos. 

Additionally, the state recommends the following industries conduct temperature checks: construction, manufacturing, research labs, healthcare, meat and poultry processing, and casinos. 

Recommended: It is recommended that residential care facilities conduct health screenings on all visitors.

  • Residential care facilities include nursing homes, home for the aged, adult foster care facility, hospice facility, substance use order disorder residential facility, or assisted living facility. 

References & Resources

Residential Care Facilities Visitation Guidance 

Executive Order No. 2020-184

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. Higher Education institutions must also follow a plan aligned with these requirements, that follows OHE and MD guidance and requires face-coverings and social distancing measures. 

References & Resources 

Executive Order 21-11

Minnesota Department of Health Businesses and Employers: COVID-19

State of Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 21-19

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 implement shift screening protocols for employees and volunteers.

Personal care services are encouraged to screen customers prior to entering the worksite. 

References & Resources 

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

Recommendations:  It is recommended that businesses enact procedures and policies to monitor COVID-19 symptoms amongst the workforce and prepare a plan to respond and prepare for infectious diseases. 

References & Resources 

Show me Strong Recovery Plan: Business Guidelines

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

DHSS and DESE Missouri School Reopening & Operating Guidance

Montana 

Latest Guidance

No Recommendations and Requirements active right now. Local governments may have regulations. 

References & Resources 

Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force 

COVID-19 Resource Guide for Montana Employers and Employees

Office of Public Instruction Safety & Student Support in 2020-2021

Nebraska

Latest Guidance?

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

Folks organizing events with 500 or more attendees must get approval from their local health department [see Nebraska DHHS COVID-19 Weekly Update for more information].

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

Required: Daily COVID-19 symptom screenings are required for the following organizations:

  • Agriculture
  • Appliance and Furniture Showrooms
  • Auto Dealerships
  • Banking and Financial services
  • Drive-In Operations
  • Food Establishments
  • General Office Environments
  • Retail & Consumer Services
  • Transportation
  • Couriers
  • Warehousing. 

For Adult Youth and Sports all players, athletes, coaches, referees, officials, league officials, staff, and managers must go through contactless temperature screenings and complete COVID-19 screening surveys before each practice, game or other team events. Full-contact and close-contact sports organizations, clubs, associations, and leagues must implement a COVID-19 testing and mitigation plan prior to games, matches, competitions, or languages plays [see Emergency Directive 039 and Nevada Guidance for Adult and Youth Sports for more information].

*The authority of establishing COVID-19 mitigation measures for organizations to follow will be delegated to local authorities after May 1, 2021. 

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

References & Resources 

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

Emergency Directive 039

Nevada Guidance for Adult and Youth Sports

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

New Hampshire

Latest Guidance

Required: Employers must develop and communicate a screening process for employees and volunteers before they enter the workplace. They must do the screenings either via online process or at a specific location. 

References & Resources 

Safer at Home Universal Guidelines: COVID-19 Reopening Guidance

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

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

New Jersey

Latest Guidance

Required: Businesses, non-profits, government, or educational institutions requiring employees to report to the physical workplace must require daily health and temperature screening for COVID-19 before each shift.

Restaurants are required to conduct COVID-19 health and temperature checks for employees before each shift. 

Health clubs, gyms, and fitness center facilities are also required to conduct COVID-19 health screening for workers prior to their shift. 

High-touch amusement and recreation establishments must conduct temperature screenings and health screening surveys for staff and customers before entering the facility. These establishments must also require customers submit health screenings they have created.

Recommended: Employers and Housing Providers for Migrants and Seasonal Farmworkers are encouraged to conduct to COVID-19 symptom and temperature screenings before each shift.

References & Resources 

Executive Order No.192

INTERIM CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) GUIDANCE FOR MIGRANT AND 

SEASONAL FARMWORKERS, THEIR EMPLOYERS, AND HOUSING PROVIDERS

Health and Safety Standards for Indoor Dining Pursuant to Executive Order No. 183

NEW JERSEY GUIDANCE FOR HEALTH CLUBS/GYMS/FITNESS CENTERS

Health and Safety Standards for Outdoor and Indoor High-Touch Amusement and

Recreation Activities Pursuant to Executive Orders Nos. 157 and 181

Executive Order No.235

New Jersey’s  latest announcement

NJ Health COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools

NJ Health COVID-19: Information for Schools 

New Mexico

Latest Guidance

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

Summer Youth and Sports programs are also required to implement screenings safely. 

Casinos must screen employees and customers with a no-contact thermometer or thermal camera. 

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 

Daily temperature checks are recommended for youth and children in summer youth and sports programs. 

References & Resources 

COVID Safe Practices

COVID-Safe practices for all employers 

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

Required: Reopening businesses must adopt the NY Forward Safety Plan Template. The plan includes mandating COVID-19 daily health screening for employees before they begin work as well as screening essential visitors. The responses to the screening survey must be reviewed daily and this review must be documented. Employers must have a plan to trace and reach out to close contacts of positive cases [see NY Forward Safety Plan template for more information]. 

Horse and Auto Races as well as Large-Scale and Small-Scale College Sports venue can open to spectators subject to capacity limits. They must require that spectators provide proof of completed immunization or a recent negative COVID-19 test [see Governor Cuomo Announcements: Horse and Auto Races and Collegiate Sports below for more information]

References & Resources 

New York State Department of Health: NY Forward Safety Plan template

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Executive Order 202.99

Governor Cuomo Announcements: Collegiate Sports

 Governor Cuomo Announcements: Horse and Auto Races

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: The following organizations must request that people who have been symptomatic with fever and/or cough not enter and immediately isolate and remove sick workers

  • All operators of open museums
  • Operators of open public or private parks
  • Open indoor and outdoor pool facilities
  • Child care facilities
  • Meeting spaces
  • Conference center
  • Reception venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Gaming
  • Personal care and grooming businesses
  • Restaurants
  • Fitness and activity facilities
  • Open retail businesses, amusement parks
  • Bars, night spots, arenas, lounges, auditoriums, music halls, night clubs, dance halls, adult entertainment facilities, spectator stands and viewing areas at a sporting area (facility, stadium sporting complex, or speedway), amphitheaters, arenas, and other venues for live performances  

All schools resuming in person instruction are required to enforce that student and staff must disclose and stay at home until they meet criteria for return if: they have they have tested positive for COVID-19,  they have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and/or they are showing COVID-19 symptoms.

Routine testing and screening workers for COVID-19 can help organizations meet ‘Core Signage, Screening, and Sanitation Requirements’ to request symptomatic people not enter and  immediately isolate and remove sick workers [See Executive Order No. 204 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.

References & Resources 

Executive Order No. 204

NC DHHS COVID-19: Businesses and Employers 

NC DHHS COVID-19: Guidance

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

North Dakota Health: COVID-19 School Exclusion Guidance

Ohio

Latest Guidance

Required: See Education and Sector Requirements for mandatory sector specific COVID-19 requirements. 

Recommended: Nursing Homes and Residential Care facilities are required to screen visitors at the door. 

References & Resources 

Health Director Signs Amended Orders on Visitation with Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facility Residents

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: It is recommended that employers make certain safety considerations for COVID-19 including establishing policies for temperature checks, contact tracing following employee COVID-19 testing, and monitoring their workforce for COVID-19 symptoms [see Open up & Recover Safely for more information].

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 

Open up & Recover Safely

Oklahoma Commerce OURS Plan – Specific Guidance

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

Oregon

Latest Guidance

Required: Personal Services Providers are required to conduct a COVID-19 health screening for clients before their appointments. 

Oregon schools must meet COVID-19 safety measures outlined in Read Schools, Safe Learners Guidance which includes protocols for screening students and staff for symptoms. They must also screen visitors and volunteers upon each entry. 

Employers Operating Child Care and Early Education Programs must require staff members to self screen and attest to their own health on a daily basis [See Temporary Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks  for more information]. 

Colleges and Universities must require students, staff, and faculty to self-check for COVID-19 symptoms before reporting to campus.  

Emergency Medical Services: First Responders, Firefighters, And Non-Emergency Medical

Transport Employers must perform COVID-19 health screenings for employees prior to each shift.

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]. 

References & Resources 

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

Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – Personal Services Providers

Read Schools, Safe Learners

Temporary Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks 

Oregon: Health Safety & Wellness

Pennsylvania

Latest Guidance

Required: Business maintaining in-person operations, aside from healthcare providers, are required to follow the governor’s executive order and establish COVID-19 safety protocols. Amongst these requirements are screening, contact tracing, and employee isolation and quarantine requirements outlined below: 

  • They must implement temperature checks before employees enter the business. 
  • They must also establish contact tracing efforts and report the efforts of identifying close contacts to the Pennsylvania Department of Health or a local health department. 
  • Employers must promptly notify close contacts of their exposure. 
  • They must establish a clear way to communicate quarantine and isolation guidance to their employees if they are sick, exposed, or potentially infected with COVID-19. 

See the ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR MITIGATION, ENFORCEMENT, AND IMMUNITY PROTECTIONS 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 

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

COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses

Guidance for Businesses in the Restaurant Industry Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public

ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

FOR MITIGATION, ENFORCEMENT, AND IMMUNITY PROTECTIONS

Rhode Island

Latest Guidance

Required: Indoor and Outdoor Assembly venues (convention centers, concert halls, performance venues, theaters, fairs, festivals, concerts, performances), recreational and entertainment business, and historical/cultural establishments must adhere to screening protocols [see Executive Order 20-98 for more information].

All office based businesses must screen employees, collect contact tracing information, and develop a COVID-19 Control Plan. 

Institutes of Higher Education must conduct and continue COVID-19 surveillance testing for all students prior to initiating in-person learning or require every student present a recent negative COVID-19 test. These institutions must performa case investigation and contact tracing interviews for students, faculty, and staff [see Executive Order 21-04 for more information].

On-campus students and faculty may attend outdoor intercollegiate athletic events if they meet the school testing protocols [see Executive Order 21-24 for more information]. 

References & Resources

Executive Order 21-04

Executive Order 20-98

Executive Order 21-24

RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 Information: Information for Businesses

Reopening RI

Back to School RI

South Carolina

Latest Guidance

Required:  Restaurants are required to  conduct COVID-19 health screenings that record the employees temperature before the beginning of each shift. 

References & Resources 

Executive Order 2021-18 which extends Executive Order 2021-12

Executive Order No. 2020-63

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: What Can Employers Do?

South Dakota Department of Education: Starting Well 2020

Tennessee

Latest Guidance

Recommended: Businesses are encouraged to screen for COVID-19 symptoms or ask individuals to self-screen as well as other safety guidelines [see General Guidelines]. For sector specific guidance and recommendations see Reopening Guidance and Community Guidance

References & Resources 

Office of the Governor: General Guidelines 

Tennessee Department of Education: Reopening Guidance

Tennessee Department of Health: Community Guidance

Texas

Latest Guidance

Required: School systems must require teachers and staff to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before arriving on campus everyday. They must also screen all visitors to determine if they have COVID-19 symptoms. 

Recommended: Employers and Event organizers are encouraged to follow COVID-19 safety measures, including but not limited to conducting health screening employees and contractors before entering the business, conducting temperature checks prior to shift, and prohibiting employees returning until they’ve satisfied the return to work criteria outlined in the guidance [See Health Recommendations]. 

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

School systems are encouraged to consider screening students for COVID-19. 

References & Resources 

Health Recommendations

Opening the State of Texas

SY 20-21 Public Health Planning Guidance

Texas Public Schools COVID-19 Data

Utah

Latest Guidance

Required: Personal services should symptom check employees, and temperature check when feasible prior to each shift. The screening report should be easy to make available for review by the health department. Customers must also undergo a symptom check before receiving their services. 

Schools are required to offer in-person instruction at least 4 days per week and if their is 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 b 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 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 

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 

Utah Department of Health: COVID-19 School Manual

Utah Department of Health: COVID-19 Business Manual

Vermont

Latest Guidance

Required: All businesses must follow Vermont Department of Health and CDC Guidelines. Before each shift, all employees must complete a COVID-19 health screening survey either at the worksite or prior to arriving [see UPDATE ON NEW WORK SAFE ADDITIONS TO THE BE SMART, STAY SAFE ORDER for screening specific guidelines]. Workers with a positive COVID-19 case or symptomatic are not allowed on site and close contacts of positive cases must quarantine 14 days. 

Recommended: Families, students, and staff should monitor COVID-19 exposure and symptoms on a daily basis. Students with COVID-19 exposure, signs, or symptoms should not return to school. 

Schools are advised to:

  • Determine how they will collect screening information for all students attending school on a daily basis
  • Conduct temperature screenings
  • Keep a list of the students and staff who have been in close contact with a confirmed case while at school. 

References & Resources 

COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center: UPDATE ON NEW WORK SAFE ADDITIONS TO THE BE SMART, STAY SAFE ORDER

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: Large outdoor amusement parks and zoos should screen patrons for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entry and admission.

Recreational Sports are required to conduct COVID-19 screenings of coaches, officials, staff, and players for symptoms, diagnosis, and exposure before gaining admission to the facility or venue.

Recommended: According to Virginia’s Safer at Home Phase 3 Guidelines all business sectors, restaurant and beverage services should screen employees prior to their shift. 

Fitness and exercise facilities and swimming pools, should screen patrons for COVID-19 symptoms prior to facility admission. 

Camp personnel should  conduct daily COVID-19 symptom screenings of campers including upon when they arrive.

Horses and Other Livestock shows should conduct daily screening of trainers, officials, staff, participants, and other attendees.

Outdoor Speedways and Racetracks must screen individuals for their temperature and complete a COVID-19 survey following  Virginia Department of Health Interim Guidance on Screening, Monitoring, and Testing Employees Returning to Work: Non-Essential Workforce to check for COVID-19 symptoms prior to admission to the venue/facility.

Organizations with established occupational health programs can consider measuring temperature and assessing symptoms of employees prior to their shift. 

Recreational Sports as well as Horse and other Livestock Shows should ensure anyone who has symptoms of, has tested positive for, or has been exposed to COVID-19 follows appropriate quarantine and isolation guidelines. 

References & Resources 

Executive Order No. 72 (4th Amended)

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

Safer at Home: Phase Three Guidelines for All Business Sectors

THIRD AMENDED NUMBER SEVENTY-TWO (2021) AND ORDER OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY NINE EASING OF COMMONSENSE SURGE RESTRICTIONS

DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Virginia Department of Health: Businesses

Virginia Department of Health: K-12 Education

Virginia Department of Health: Virginia Department of Health Interim Guidance on Screening, Monitoring, and Testing Employees Returning to Work: Non-Essential Workforce

Washington

Latest Guidance

Required: 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

West Virginia

Latest Guidance

Recommended: Organizations are strongly encouraged to follow West Virginia Strong – The Comeback Plan [see Executive Order No. 9-21 for more information].

Live Music Performances, fairs, and festivals can resume operation provided that they follow health and safety precautions. Summer Camps may resume, following safety guidelines starting May 1, 2021. [see Executive Order No. 9-21 for more information].

For sector-specific guidance see Guidance for West Virginia Small Businesses, A Guide to Safely Reopening Casinos,: A Guide to Safely Operating Lodging Facilities, A Guide to Safely Reopening Larger Retail Stores, and Guidance for Fitness Centers, Gymnasiums, and Recreation Centers

References & Resources 

State of West Virginia  Executive Department at Charleston: Executive Order No. 9-21

State of West Virginia Executive Department at Charleston: Executive Order No. 10-21

West Virginia Strong — The Comeback: GUIDANCE FOR WEST VIRGINIA SMALL BUSINESSES

West Virginia Strong — The Comeback: A Guide to Safely Reopening Casinos

West Virginia Strong — The Comeback: A Guide to Safely Operating Lodging Facilities

West Virginia Strong — The Comeback: A Guide to Safely Reopening Larger Retail Stores

West Virginia Strong — The Comeback: Guidance for Fitness Centers, Gymnasiums, and Recreation Centers

West Virginia Department of Education School Recovery Mitigation & Protocols 

West Virginia Department of Education COVID-19 Information & Updates 

Wisconsin

Latest Guidance

Recommended: Screening workers is recommended as well as developing policies for the prompt identification and isolation of sick people. Employers should cooperate fully with any state or local health department contact tracing efforts [see ‘COVID-19 Guidelines under RELIEF AND RECOVERY RESOURCES FOR YOUR BUSINESS for sector-specific guidelines].

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 Economic Development Corporation: RELIEF AND RECOVERY RESOURCES FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Wisconsin General Guidance for All Businesses

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 Orders and Guidance

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

Wyoming Department of Education COVID-19 Resources