En español | For more than a year, governors across the country have issued orders and recommendations to their residents on the status of schools, businesses and public services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Now most states have lifted the COVID-19 safety measures they had put in place.
When a state is listed as fully reopened, it means that businesses no longer have to follow capacity limits or curfews. Most public and private gatherings of any size are allowed (large indoor event venues might still be subject to restrictions). Domestic travelers are free to visit the state without quarantining or providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Minimal restrictions may still apply in certain settings. For example, masks or social distancing may still be required in nursing homes. Many states have adopted CDC guidance on masks. Local governmental entities or private businesses may still have restrictions.
Here’s a look at each state’s restrictions.
• Alabama: Fully reopened.
• Alaska: Fully reopened.
• Arizona: Fully reopened.
• Arkansas: Fully reopened.
• California: Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) ended the stay-at-home order on June 15. The health department has ordered all unvaccinated individuals over age 2 to wear a mask in indoor public spaces and businesses. Vaccine verification or negative testing is required for indoor mega events (crowds larger than 5,000).
• Colorado: Fully reopened.
• Connecticut: Gov. Ned Lamont (D) lifted most business restrictions May 19. Restaurants must limit parties to 8 people per table and close indoor dining by midnight. A mask order in effect through July 20 requires unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
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• Delaware: Gov. John Carney (D) modified coronavirus-related restrictions, effective May 21. Individuals are encouraged, but no longer required, to wear a face covering when in indoor public places. Face coverings are still required in limited circumstances, such as when using public transportation or ride-hailing services or in health care facilities.
Social gatherings in public spaces are capped at 250 people. Individuals from different households should stay 3 feet apart from one another. With permission from the health department, public indoor gatherings larger than 250 are allowed. Businesses are no longer under capacity limits but must make handwashing or hand sanitizing stations available and are encouraged to modify practices to allow for social distancing.
• District of Columbia: Fully reopened.
• Florida: Fully reopened.
• Georgia: Fully reopened.
• Hawaii: Gov. David Ige (D) dropped the quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated U.S. travelers. Visitors arriving in Hawaii from out of state who have been fully vaccinated for two weeks can bypass the requirements. Otherwise, visitors must either show a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours of traveling or self-quarantine for 10 days. Each county has its own restrictions on gatherings. A statewide mandate requires individuals age 5 and older to wear a face mask in indoor public settings. Masks are not required outdoors. Ige extended until Aug. 6 a moratorium on residential evictions for tenants who fail to pay rent.
• Idaho: Fully reopened.
• Illinois: Fully reopened.
• Indiana: Fully reopened.
• Iowa: Fully reopened.
• Kansas: In 2020, Gov. Laura Kelly (D) announced that counties should come up with their own plans to reopen businesses. A statewide plan to restart the economy in phases offers guidance, but counties aren’t required to follow it. The state Department of Health and Environment mandated a quarantine for people arriving in Kansas who had traveled to certain states or countries with widespread transmission, but the length of quarantine varies depending on whether the individual has been tested. The mandate also applies to anyone who traveled on a cruise ship on or after March 15. Fully vaccinated people who have been asymptomatic since they traveled are not required to quarantine. The health department recommends individuals over age 2 wear a mask in public but doesn’t require it.
• Kentucky: Fully reopened.
• Louisiana: Fully reopened.
• Maine: Fully reopened.
• Maryland: Fully reopened.
• Massachusetts: Fully reopened.
• Michigan: Fully reopened.
• Minnesota: Fully reopened.
• Mississippi: Fully reopened.
• Missouri: Fully reopened.
• Montana: Fully reopened.
• Nebraska: Fully reopened.
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• Nevada: Fully reopened.
• New Hampshire: Fully reopened.
• New Jersey: Fully reopened.
• New Mexico: Fully reopened.
• New York: Fully reopened
• North Carolina: Fully reopened.
• North Dakota: Fully reopened.
• Ohio: Fully reopened.
• Oklahoma: Fully reopened.
• Oregon: Fully reopened.
• Pennsylvania: Fully reopened.
• Rhode Island: Fully reopened.
• South Carolina: Fully reopened.
• South Dakota: Fully reopened.
• Tennessee: Fully reopened.
• Texas: Fully reopened.
• Utah: Fully reopened.
• Vermont: Fully reopened.
• Virginia: Fully reopened.
• Washington: Fully reopened.
• West Virginia: Fully reopened.
• Wisconsin: Fully reopened.
• Wyoming: Fully reopened.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect new information.
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