State Lockdowns: Update on the latest orders in response to COVID-19


Stay-at-home orders nationwide are expiring and easing — or in some cases, extending — in varying degrees. Here’s an update on what some states are doing.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued an amended Safer at Home Order. The order which includes an expanded list of items to reopen was effective May 11 and will expire on May 22 at 5 p.m.

Alaska has issued the State of Alaska’s 18th COVID-19 Health Mandate on Intrastate Travel on May 12. COVID-19 Health Mandate 018 permits travel between communities on the road system and in-state travel by the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Travel continues to be prohibited to communities off the road system that are not served by the Alaska Marine Highway System, except for travel supporting critical infrastructure or critical personal needs. The state’s latest COVID-19 Health Mandates can be found here.

Arizona announced that the Stay At Home order in Arizona will be ending on May 15 and replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery. The new guidance aligns with gating criteria issued by the White House and Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and aims to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 resurgence. The latest guidance – “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger – can be found here.

Arkansas has extended Arkansas’s COVID-19 public health and disaster emergency for an additional 45 days. Hutchinson issued Executive Order 20-25 to renew the public health and disaster emergency he originally declared on March 11 and amended on March 26. he Governor has also issued an updated directive for out-of-state travelers, as detailed in Executive Order 20-25.

Under the new directive, all travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Orleans, and all international locations must follow quarantine directives outlined by the Arkansas Department of Health Secretary. The latest COVID-19 executive order from Hutchinson can be read here.

California announced new guidance for industries allowed to open statewide with modifications and some new guidance only for counties that will meet the state’s requirements. Some counties have been certified to open additional sectors including dine-in restaurants and shopping centers. Here is the guidance for these counties and the statewide guidance.

Colorado has allowed for retail businesses to reopen with curbside delivery and elective medical procedures can resume. Businesses such as personal training and dog grooming can reopen with social distancing. The state’s latest retail updates can be found here.

Connecticut has provided new guidance for the reopening of businesses, including retail, malls, and restaurants, effective May 20.

Delaware has extended the stay at home order through May 15, or “until the public threat has been eliminated.

The District of Columbia has extended the existing “stay at home” order has been extended through June 8

Florida announced Phase 1 of the Plan for Florida’s Recovery which took effect May 4 and was updated with changes taking effect May 11. Here are the state’s latest actions and emergency orders.

Hawaii eased restrictions on May 5 under the “safer-at-home” plan. The first phase of the plan allowed a number of businesses to open, including shopping malls, car washes, pet grooming, elective surgery, nonprofit organizations, and in-person retail businesses as long as social distancing is maintained.

Idaho, under the Stay Healthy Order, is allowing for the reopening of government and businesses at physical locations. Not all venues can reopen however, including bas, nightclubs, movie theaters, concert venues.

Illinois announced a five-phase reopening plan. Certain benchmarks must be met before non-essential businesses are allowed to reopen.

Louisiana is allowing certain non-essential businesses to reopen on May 15 once the existing “stay at home” order expires.

Massachusetts announced a four-phase reopening plan which could begin as soon as May 18. The plan includes mandatory health guidance for all employers.

Mississippi has extended the “safer at home” order has been extended through May 25.

New Jersey is permitting the resumption of non-essential construction. The executive order also allows for curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses and car gatherings for the purpose of drive-through and drive-in events.

New York reported that the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions have met the health benchmarks under phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan. If the benchmarks hold, the three regions can begin reopening businesses starting on May 15. These businesses include construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, and retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup. Landscaping will also be allowed to reopen statewide on May 15.

Oregon announced that the state will lift the existing “stay at home” order on May 15 and will begin reopening non-essential businesses.

Pennsylvania announced that its “stay at home” order has been extended through June 4. The governor also issued an order which lifts the “stay at home” order for 24 counties. Certain non-essential businesses in these counties will be allowed to reopen effective immediately. The state also issued updated health guidance and FAQ document for employers.

Rhode Island announced that the existing “stay at home” order will expire today and the state will begin reopening non-essential businesses. The plan includes health guidance for employers.

Wyoming has updated public health orders effective May 15, which ease restrictions on several business categories and permit restaurants to resume indoor table service statewide. The Governor has also allocated $17 million in federal funding to expand COVID-19 testing, improve contact tracing and add to the state’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Sources: HBSDealer research, NLBMDA, published reports

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