Summary of State-by-State Reopening Plans

The following is a partial compilation of state actions regarding the reopening of businesses within each state. For information on states not included in this list, contact NFFS. Note: For information purposes only. Consult your legal counsel before making any determination regarding your business operations.

Stay at Home order ends: No end date
On April 13, a series of Western states (CA-OR-WA) announced their intention to work as a group on lifting stay at home orders and reopening commerce. CA Gov. Newsom outlined factors that will shape those states’ thinking. Find that information here.

Stay at Home order ends: May 30, 2020
Gov. Pritzker announced that a modified Stay at Home order would extend through the end of May. However, starting May 1, some restrictions will be lifted. Beginning May 1, individuals will be required to wear a face covering when in a public place where they cannot keep a 6-foot distance from others. Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces such as stores.

Stay at Home order ends: May 1, 2020

Stay at Home order ends: May 15, 2020
On April 23, Gov. Whitmer extended Michigan’s stay in place order through May 15, while also outlining a series of “renewed activities” allowed under alternative arrangements. The order describes a number of precautions required for those businesses, including limiting in-person interaction to the maximum extent possible, and barring any such interaction in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance. It also requires the provision of personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks as appropriate, adopting protocols to limit the sharing of tools and equipment to the maximum extent possible, and to ensure frequent and thorough cleaning of tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces. 

Stay at Home order ends: May 4, 2020
On April 24, Gov. Walz issued an updated order to allow some non-essential businesses to resume operations, including manufacturers in the state who might not have previously fallen into the “critical manufacturing” definition previously put forth. Businesses that intend to reopen must implement a Preparedness Plan covering how the company will keep sick employees at home, promote telework, enforce social distancing, support hygiene and approach disinfection if necessary. Senior management must sign and certify their company’s plan and share it with employees. A template plan is available here.

Stay at Home order ends: May 15, 2020
Gov. Cuomo on April 28 outlined a 12-step plan to reopen parts of the state. The plan would require establishing regional isolation facilities to monitor the outbreak and hiring contact tracers to track the spread of the virus. Cuomo said that businesses that do reopen will need to guarantee that their employees and customers maintain adequate social distancing. They will also have to frequently test employees, maintain strict cleaning standards and follow continuous tracing and reporting protocols, among other precautions.

Stay at Home order ends: May 1, 2020
On April 27, Gov. DeWine rolled out the Responsible Restart Ohio Plan to implement the reopening the manufacturing sector, among others. Information on the Manufacturing, Distribution & Construction sector can be found here, which includes requirements for manufacturers, including 6-foot social distances or barriers in between employees, mandatory wearing of face coverings, and employee-driven health assessments. Note: The stay at home order will remain in place, prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.

Stay at Home order ends: May 8, 2020
Gov. Wolf offered a plan for reopening the state with a targeted start date of May 8. The administration will categorize reopening into three phases: red, yellow and green. Regions and counties are likely to move into different phases at different times. 

Stay at Home order ends: April 30, 2020
On April 27, Gov. Abbott issued an order allowing a partial reopening of businesses in Texas beginning May 1. The order applies to businesses to the extent that they weren’t previously designated as “essential” during the state’s previous stay in place orders. The order mostly applies to nonessential retail businesses, which are permitted to reopen at 25% of their listed occupancy. For employers, Texas has provided this checklist on safe operations during this stage of the governor’s reopening plan.

Stay at Home order ends: May 26, 2020