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COVID-19 Order Updates by State

NLBMDA has been tracking the growing list of state “stay-at-home” and business closure orders. The ever-changing circumstances surrounding the federal and state response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been moving at a fast and chaotic pace. During this time, NLBMDA continues to issue member-only daily updates detailing these federal and state orders that may impact business operations. Please find your state below to view the most recent updates.

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Updated May 27, 2020

Alabama – The governor issued an amended “safer at home” order through July 3. The order expands the list of non-essential businesses allowed to reopen. The order expires on July 3.

Alaska – The “stay at home” order has expired. The governor recently extended an existing order mandating social distancing. The governor signed an order allowing the reopening of non-essential businesses and in-person retail establishments effective immediately.

Arizona – The governor issued an order which reopens non-essential businesses on May 15. The order includes health guidance for employers.

Arkansas The governor has reopened non-essential businesses effective immediately.

California – The governor announced that certain non-essential businesses can reopen effective immediately. The state also issued health guidance for retail businesses. The statewide “stay at home” order is in effect until further notice.

Colorado The governor has signed a “safer at home” order through May 26. The order allows existing essential businesses to remain open and outlines actions for reopening certain non-essential businesses starting May 1. The order expires May 26.

The governor also announced a reopening plan for non-essential businesses.

The governor issued an order requiring essential business workers to wear masks or face coverings while working. It also requires workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods if gloves are provided to workers by their employer.

Connecticut – The governor issued an order implementing phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan. Certain non-essential businesses can reopen effective immediately. 

The governor signed an order requiring individuals to wear face coverings in public, including places of work, when unable to maintain a safe social distance. The state also issued rules requiring employers to provide employees with masks or cloth face coverings.

Delaware – The governor announced that the “stay at home” order will be lifted on June 1 and additional non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen. 

District of ColumbiaThe mayor announced that the stay-at-home order will be lifted on May 29 and certain non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen.

Florida – The governor issued an order reopening of certain non-essential businesses beginning May 4. The “stay-at-home” restrictions will remain in effect for Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

Georgia The “stay at home” order has expired. The governor issued an order providing health guidance for both essential and non-essential businesses effective immediately.

Hawaii – The “stay at home” order has been extended through May 31. Existing exemptions for essential businesses remain the same. The order expires on May 31.

Idaho – The “stay at home” order has expired. The governor has released a staggered reopening plan for non-essential businesses.

Illinois – A “shelter in place” order has been issued and extended. The order exempts building supply stores and construction. The order expires on May 30.

The governor announced guidelines for businesses to reopen during phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, including non-essential manufacturers. The state is on track to move into phase 3 in the coming days.

The governor also announced new requirements for essential businesses. These businesses will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing, as well as follow new requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers. This will include occupancy limits for essential businesses and precautions such as staggering shifts and operating only essential lines for manufacturers. NLBMDA will provide more information as it becomes available.

Indiana – The governor issued an order reopening non-essential businesses effective immediately.

Iowa – The governor issued an order reopening non-essential businesses effective immediately.

Kansas – The “stay at home” order has expired. The governor issued an order reopening non-essential businesses effective immediately.

Kentucky – The state has announced the reopening of non-essential businesses beginning May 11. The governor has issued health guidance for all employers.

Louisiana – The governor announced that certain non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen effective immediately once the existing “stay at home” order expires.

Maine – The governor announced that the “stay at home” order will be extended through May 31. The order will also include a partial reopening of certain non-essential businesses beginning May 1.  For exemptions, it references the DHS/CISA guidelines for essential businesses that may continue to operate, which includes manufacturing, construction and the supply chain. The order expires on May 31.

Maryland – The governor discontinued the existing “stay at home” order and issued a “safer at home” order in its place. The order allows for the reopening of certain non-essential businesses effective immediately. The order remains in effective until further notice.

Massachusetts – The governor announced a new “safer at home” advisory which allows for the gradual reopening of non-essential businesses, including all construction, effective immediately.

Michigan – The “stay at home” order was extended through June 12. The order expires on June 12.

Minnesota – The governor issued an order reopening non-essential businesses between May 18 and June 1. The existing “stay at home” order will not be renewed.

Mississippi – The governor announced that the “safer at home” order will be extended to June 1.  The order expires on June 1.

MissouriThe governor issued an order which will allow certain non-essential businesses to reopen effective immediately. The state also released detailed health guidance for all businesses.

Montana – The governor has issued an order reopening non-essential businesses effective immediately.

Nebraska – The state health department has recommended limiting public events to no more than 50 people. However, there have been no other formal restrictions which impact manufacturers or construction businesses. The order expires between April 30 and May 11 depending on the county.

Nevada – The “stay at home” order has expired and the state is moving forward with its reopening plan. The state also released industry-specific reopening guidance

New HampshireThe governor issued a modified “stay-at-home” order through May 31. The order allows for a phased reopening of non-essential businesses starting today. The state also published health guidance for retail businesses. The order expires on May 31.

New JerseyA “stay at home” order has been issued. Construction may continue to operate, but the state calls on businesses to limit staff on site to the minimal number needed for essential operations. The governor recently announced that all non-essential construction would cease indefinitely starting at 8:00 PM Eastern on Friday (April 10).  The Governor stated that an exemption applies to “the building of affordable housing and other individual housing sites that can adhere to strict limits on the number of workers on-site”. The order is in effect until further notice.

New Mexico The governor announced that the “stay at home” order will be extended through May 31. Certain non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen beginning tomorrow, including retail. The order expires on May 31.

New York – The “stay at home” order has been extended through June 13. The governor announced that the Western New York, Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions have met the health benchmarks under phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan. These six regions can begin reopening businesses effective immediately. These businesses include construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, and retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup. The state also released detailed health guidance for manufacturers. The order expires on June 13.

North Carolina – The governor has lifted the “stay at home” order and issued a “safer at home” order in its place.  Additional non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen.

North Dakota – The governor issued an order reopening most non-essential businesses effective immediately. The governor strongly encourages all employers to follow state health protocols.

Ohio – The governor lifted the “safer at home” order which will allow all businesses to reopen under strict health guidelines. Mass gatherings over 10 people are still prohibited.

Oklahoma The governor released a reopening plan that calls for reopening some non-essential retail businesses effective immediately.

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

Pennsylvania – The existing statewide “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.

The state has also issued an order which requires essential businesses to provide masks for employees to wear during the normal course of daily operations. The order also includes more stringent social distancing requirements.

The governor has issued detailed guidance for the restart of construction projects in the state. All businesses in the construction industry are permitted to resume in-person operations starting Friday, May 1 which is one week earlier than previously announced.

Rhode Island – The governor announced that the existing “stay at home” order will expire on May 8 and the state will begin reopening non-essential businesses. The plan includes health guidance for employers.

South Carolina – The governor issued an order reopening non-essential businesses effective immediately.

South DakotaThe state has reopened non-essential businesses under a reopening plan

Tennessee The governor has issued a reopening plan for nonessential businesses effective immediately. The plan also includes health recommendations for essential businesses.

Texas – The governor issued an order which will allow certain non-essential businesses to reopen beginning effective immediately. The state has released a checklist for all businesses on minimum standard health protocols during this stage of the reopening plan.

Utah – The governor issued an order to implement the first phase of state’s reopening plan.

Vermont – The governor issued an amended “stay at home” order through June 15. The state is planning to allow for the reopening of certain non-essential businesses beginning June 1. The order expires on June 15.

Virginia – A “stay at home” order has been issued through June 10. The governor announced that certain non-essential businesses could reopen as soon as May 15. The order expires on June 10.

Washington – The “stay at home” order has been extended through May 31. Existing exemptions remain the same. The order could allow for the reopening of certain non-essential businesses within a week. The governor also announced a plan to restart non-essential construction projects. The order expires on May 31.

West Virginia – The governor has issued a “safer at home” order which reopens most of the state’s economy effective immediately.

Wisconsin – The state Supreme Court overturned the existing “stay at home” order. Local governments are now issuing their own restrictions. 

Wyoming – The governor issued orders to reopen non-essential businesses effective immediately.

 

Canadian Federal and Provincial Guidance on Essential Businesses Issued

The Canadian federal government has issued its own non-binding guidance for determining essential business infrastructure, which is similar to the first version of the DHS/CISA guidance.  It covers wood products manufacturing but also its supply chain.  Residential construction is not covered.  Several provinces have issued their own lists of essential businesses which go further than the federal guidance: Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

 

Please note these updates do not constitute legal advice. Information contained may be subject to interpretation and companies should consult with their ow