Covid-19 Restrictions by State | Coronavirus Mandates in the US by State

The Covid-19 plandemic has changed our world. Here is a list of the Covid-19 Restrictions for every state in the USA – to includes information about mask mandates, travel quarantines, and more. The information presented here was compiled by The Washington Examiner.


Coronavirus Restrictions by State

This is a running list of restrictions enacted in each state to stem the spread of COVID-19 as compiled by The Washington Examiner.

ALABAMA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Gov. Kay Ivey has extended the safer-at-home order to remain in effect until 5 p.m. on Jan. 22.
  • Gatherings with more than one household are required to maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another.
  • There are no restrictions on restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and businesses, which can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

ALASKA

  • Masks are not mandatory.
  • Gatherings with more than one household are encouraged to maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another. Local governments have the authority to enact more restrictions.
  • Restrictions on businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, and restaurants vary by county based on local infection rates.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

ARIZONA

  • Masks are not mandatory.
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.
  • Restrictions on businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, and restaurants vary by county based on local infection rates.
  • Restrictions on places of worship vary by county guidelines and infection rates.

ARKANSAS

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited unless venue plans are approved by state officials.
  • Until Jan. 3, restaurants, bars and similar establishments that serve alcohol must close by 11 p.m.
  • Restaurants are limited to operating at 66% capacity for indoor or outdoor dining services.
  • Gyms and fitness centers may operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • Effective Jan. 2, indoor and outdoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, museums, and sports venues can hold events at up to 66% of capacity as long as they follow social distancing protocols. Bars, entertainment venues, and businesses can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • Restrictions do not apply to places of worship.

CALIFORNIA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Most counties in California are under an extended stay at home order that prohibits most nonessential activity outside the home. The order applies to roughly 98% of Californians.
  • Gatherings are limited to three households in a space large enough to maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another.
  • Restrictions on businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, and indoor dining at restaurants are permitted to open on a county-by-county basis, depending on local infection rates.
  • Restrictions on places of worship vary by county guidelines and infection rates.

COLORADO

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Restrictions on gatherings vary on a county-by-county basis, depending on local infection rates.
  • Restrictions on businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, and indoor dining at restaurants are permitted to open on a county-by-county basis, depending on local infection rates.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

CONNECTICUT

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Indoor gatherings in public venues are limited to 25 people, while outdoor gatherings in public venues are limited to 50 people. Private gatherings, both inside and outside, are limited to 10 people.
  • Businesses, gyms, and indoor entertainment venues are restricted to operating at 50% capacity, while outdoor venues, such as amphitheaters and racetracks, can open up to 25% capacity.
  • Restaurants are restricted to operating at 50%, along with social distancing and a maximum of eight people per table.
  • Places of worship are restricted to operating at 50%.

DELAWARE

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Effective Monday, Nov. 23, no more than 10 people will be permitted at gatherings in private homes. Larger gatherings, such as weddings, funerals, or houses of worship, among other events, are to have no more than a total of 50 people. For outdoor gatherings, no more than 50 people are permitted, and gatherings of up to 250 people must be approved by the Delaware Division of Public Health.
  • People are required to wear masks at all times in gyms.
  • Restaurants must operate at no more than 30% of fire capacity indoors, with accommodations for additional outdoor seating.
  • Services in houses of worship are limited to 30% of capacity, up to 100 people.

FLORIDA

  • Masks are not mandatory.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are discouraged but not prohibited.
  • There are no restrictions on businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, and restaurants. All can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship.

GEORGIA

  • Masks are not mandatory.
  • Gov. Brain Kemp extended the state of emergency restrictions through Dec. 31.
  • Gatherings are restricted to 50 people unless they remain 6 feet apart.
  • There are no restrictions on businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, and restaurants. All can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

HAWAII

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Restrictions on gatherings vary on a county-by-county basis, depending on local infection rates.
  • Restrictions on businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, and indoor dining at restaurants are permitted to open on a county-by-county basis, depending on local infection rates.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

IDAHO

  • Masks are not mandatory.
  • Public and private gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people.
  • There are no restrictions on businesses, gyms, and entertainment venues. All can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Restaurants are restricted to the capacity needed to maintain a distance of 6 feet between customers.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship.

ILLINOIS

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Effective Friday, Nov. 20, businesses such as retail stores, salons, and gyms are restricted to operating at 25% capacity. Grocery stores are limited to operating at 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants and bars must close at 11 p.m. and may not reopen earlier than 6 a.m. the following day. Indoor services are prohibited.
  • Indoor entertainment venues, such as movie theaters and museums, must close.
  • In-home gatherings are limited to people in a single household. Outdoor group activities are limited to 10 people or fewer.
  • Places of worship are restricted to the capacity needed to maintain a 6-foot distance between customers.

INDIANA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Restrictions on gatherings vary by county based on local infection rates.
  • Restrictions on businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, and restaurants vary by county based on local infection rates.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

IOWA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • There are no limits on gatherings as long as people follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures
  • Effective Dec. 17 through Jan. 8, restaurants and bars must seat parties 6 feet apart and cannot seat groups with more than eight people.
  • There are no restrictions on entertainment venues and businesses, which can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

KANSAS

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Restrictions on gatherings vary by county, depending on local infection rates.
  • Restrictions on businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, and indoor dining at restaurants vary by county, depending on local infection rates.
  • Restrictions on places of worship vary by county guidelines and infection rates.

KENTUCKY

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Businesses remain restricted to operating at 50% capacity.
  • Gyms and entertainment venues are restricted to operating at 33% capacity, and no group classes or indoor games are allowed.
  • Restaurants and bars are limited to operating at 50% capacity for indoor services. They must stop food and drink services by 11 p.m. and close by midnight.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

LOUISIANA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Indoor gatherings are capped at 75 people or 25% capacity of the venue. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 150 people, and guests must maintain a 6-foot distance from one another.
  • Restaurants must reduce indoor dining capacity to 50% and must stop serving alcohol by 11 p.m.
  • Businesses and gyms must further reduce capacity from 75% to 50%.
  • Entertainment venues are restricted to operating at 50% capacity.

MAINE

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people.
  • Businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, restaurants, and places of worship are restricted to operating at 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants, indoor entertainment venues, and bars must close by 9 p.m.

MARYLAND

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Restrictions on gatherings vary by county depending on local infection rates.
  • Businesses, gyms, restaurants, and places of worship are restricted to operating at 50% capacity.

MASSACHUSETTS

  • Masks are mandatory
  • Effective Dec. 26, gathering limits at outdoor events will be further reduced from 50 people to 25.
  • Indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people.
  • Businesses, gyms, some entertainment venues, and places of worship will be further reduced to 25% capacity from 50% capacity.

MICHIGAN

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to two households at any one time with no more than 10 people. Outdoor gatherings are restricted to 25 people.
  • Most businesses and indoor entertainment venues can open as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.
  • Gyms are prohibited from offering group fitness classes.
  • Restaurants are restricted to carry-out services only.
  • There are no limits on places of worship as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

MINNESOTA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Indoor gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people from two households, while outdoor gatherings are limited to 15 people from no more than three households.
  • Gyms and outdoor entertainment venues are limited to operating at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is smaller. Group fitness classes are prohibited.

MISSISSIPPI

  • Masks are not mandatory.
  • Gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Businesses, gyms, and restaurants are limited to operating at 75% capacity.
  • Bar hours are restricted to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

MISSOURI

  • Masks are not mandatory.
  • Restrictions on gatherings vary by county depending on local infection rates.
  • There are no restrictions on restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and businesses, which can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

MONTANA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Public gatherings are limited to 25 people or fewer starting Nov. 20.
  • There are no restrictions on businesses.
  • Gyms, entertainment venues, and restaurants are restricted to operating at 75%.
  • Restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, and casinos can operate at a maximum of 50% capacity starting Nov. 20
  • Places of worship are restricted to operating at 50% capacity.

NEBRASKA

  • Masks are not mandatory.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 25% of the venue’s capacity, while outdoor gathering sizes are not limited.
  • There are no restrictions on restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and businesses, which can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

NEVADA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 50% of the venue’s capacity, while outdoor gathering sizes are not limited.
  • Restaurants, bars, and gyms are limited to operating at 25% capacity, while retail and grocery stores can continue to operate at 50% capacity.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • There are no restrictions on gathering sizes, but people should wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.
  • There are no restrictions on businesses, entertainment venues, and places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • Gyms are restricted to operating at 50%.
  • There are no restrictions on restaurants, which can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.

NEW JERSEY

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Indoor gatherings are restricted to operating at 25% of the venue’s capacity with no more than 10 people. Outdoor gatherings are capped at 25 people.
  • Large events, such as weddings, funerals, or religious or political activities, are limited to 25% of the room’s capacity or 150 people, whichever is smaller.
  • Businesses are restricted to operating at 50% capacity.
  • Gyms and entertainment venues are restricted to operating at 25%.
  • Restaurants are restricted to operating at 50% and with limited hours.
  • Places of worship are restricted to operating at 25%

NEW MEXICO

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Indoor and outdoor gathering limits vary by county based on local infection rates.
  • Essential businesses such as grocery stores, supermarkets, food banks, and other food vendors are open.
  • Restrictions on restaurants and nonessential businesses vary by county based on local infection rates.
  • Restaurants cannot provide indoor services.
  • Places of worship are restricted to operating at 25%

NEW YORK

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people.
  • Businesses, gyms, and restaurants must shut down operations from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.
  • Places of worship are restricted to operating at 50%.

NORTH CAROLINA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Effective Dec. 11 through Jan. 8, North Carolina is under a modified stay-at-home order requiring people to stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, and restaurants must close at 10 p.m. nightly and can reopen at 5 a.m.
  • Gyms and entertainment venues are restricted to operating at 30% capacity.
  • Restaurants and businesses offering indoor services are limited to operating with no more than 10 customers.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

NORTH DAKOTA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Restrictions on gatherings vary by county based on local infection rates.
  • All businesses, gyms, and entertainment venues are restricted to operating at limited capacity.
  • Restaurants and other food establishments are limited to operating at 50% capacity or 150 people, whichever is smaller. In-person dining is prohibited between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

OHIO

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • The state is under curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Public gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people.
  • Businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, and restaurants are restricted to operating at a limited capacity.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

OKLAHOMA

  • Masks are mandatory in state buildings.
  • Public gatherings are limited to 50% capacity.
  • There are no restrictions on businesses and places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • Indoor sports venues are limited to four spectators per participant or 50% of the building’s capacity, whichever is lower.
  • Restaurants and bars must close at 11 p.m. daily.

OREGON

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Effective Dec. 3, 25 of the state’s 36 counties will face the toughest restrictions, such as bans on indoor dining and limits on gatherings of more than six people. Houses of worship must limit services to 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors.

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people, and outdoor gatherings are limited no more than 50 people.
  • Businesses, gyms, and entertainment venues are restricted to operating at limited capacity.
  • Restaurants are closed for indoor dining.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

RHODE ISLAND

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Permitted social gathering size is limited to people in the same household.
  • Bars, gyms, and indoor entertainment venues such as bowling alleys must close.
  • Restaurants are limited to operating at 50% capacity.
  • Places of worship are restricted to operating at 25% capacity with a maximum of 125 people.

SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Masks are not mandatory.
  • Gatherings of 250 people or more require state approval.
  • There are no restrictions on businesses or restaurants as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • Entertainment venues are restricted to operating at 50% capacity.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

SOUTH DAKOTA

  • Masks are not mandatory.
  • There are no restrictions on gathering sizes.
  • There are no restrictions on restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and businesses, which can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

TENNESSEE

  • Masks are not mandatory.
  • Public gatherings are limited to 10 people.
  • There are no restrictions on restaurants, entertainment venues, and businesses, which can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

TEXAS

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Restrictions on gatherings vary by county based on local infection rates.
  • Restrictions on businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, and restaurants vary by county based on local infection rates.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

UTAH

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • There are no restrictions on businesses, entertainment venues, or restaurants, which can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

VERMONT

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Gatherings with members of more than one household are prohibited.
  • There are no restrictions on businesses or entertainment venues, which can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • Gyms are restricted to operating at 25% capacity.
  • Restaurants are restricted to operating at 50% at limited hours.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

VIRGINIA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Gatherings are limited to no more than 25 people.
  • Businesses, gyms, and entertainment venues are restricted to operating at a limited capacity.
  • Restaurants are restricted to operating at limited hours.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

WASHINGTON

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Gatherings with members of more than one household are prohibited. Outdoor gatherings are capped at five people from outside the household.
  • Businesses and places of worship are restricted to operating at 25% capacity.
  • Gyms and entertainment venues are closed, effective Nov. 18 until Dec. 14.
  • Restaurants are closed for indoor dining,effective Nov. 18 until Dec. 14.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Outdoor gatherings with more than 25 people are prohibited. Indoor gatherings are capped at 10 people.
  • Businesses are restricted to operating at 50% capacity.
  • Gyms must stop holding indoor group fitness classes, while outdoor classes are capped at 25 people. Entertainment venues are restricted to operating at a limited capacity.
  • Restaurants are restricted to operating at 50% capacity while adhering to social distancing protocols, such as spacing out tables and mandating masks. Restaurants must also stop alcohol service at 10 p.m.
  • Effective Dec. 14, restaurants will be required to restrict occupancy to 25% of its indoor capacity.
  • Places of worship must operate at 50% capacity or 50 people, whichever is smaller.

WEST VIRGINIA

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Gathering restrictions vary by county based on local infection rates.
  • Restrictions on businesses, gyms, entertainment venues vary by county based on local infection rates.
  • Restaurants are limited to operating at 50% capacity.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

WISCONSIN

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Gatherings with more than one household are discouraged but not banned.
  • There are no restrictions on businesses or entertainment venues, which can operate at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing protocols.
  • Restaurants are restricted to operating at a limited capacity.
  • There are no restrictions on places of worship as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

WYOMING

  • Masks are not mandatory.
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50% of the venue’s capacity. Indoor gatherings in confined spaces are limited to 50 people. Indoor gatherings in public places where people can maintain distance from one another may have no more than 250 people.
  • There are no restrictions on businesses, gyms, entertainment venues, or restaurants as long as they follow social distancing protocols and maintain good sanitization procedures.

More info on Travel Restrictions by State

U.S. State Sources for COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

STATESOURCE FOR UPDATES
Alabamahttps://covid19.alabama.gov/
Alaskahttps://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/
Arizonahttps://www.azdhs.gov/
Arkansashttps://healthy.arkansas.gov/
Californiahttps://www.cdph.ca.gov/
Coloradohttps://www.colorado.gov/cdphe
Connecticuthttps://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel
Delawarehttps://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/index.html
District of Columbiahttps://coronavirus.dc.gov/
Floridahttps://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/
Georgiahttps://dph.georgia.gov/
Hawaiihttps://health.hawaii.gov/
Idahohttps://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/
Illinoishttps://www.dph.illinois.gov/
Indianahttps://www.in.gov/isdh/
Iowahttps://idph.iowa.gov/
Kansashttps://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/
Kentuckyhttps://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/Pages/default.aspx
Louisianahttps://ldh.la.gov/
Mainehttps://www.maine.gov/covid19/
Marylandhttps://health.maryland.gov/pages/home.aspx
Massachusettshttps://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information
Michiganhttps://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs
Minnesotahttps://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/prevention.html#travel
Mississippihttps://msdh.ms.gov/
Missourihttps://health.mo.gov/index.php
Montanahttps://dphhs.mt.gov/
Nebraskahttp://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Nevadahttp://dpbh.nv.gov/
New Hampshirehttps://www.dhhs.nh.gov/
New Jerseyhttps://covid19.nj.gov/
New Mexicohttps://www.nmhealth.org/
New Yorkhttps://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory
North Carolinahttps://www.ncdhhs.gov/
North Dakotahttps://www.health.nd.gov/
Ohiohttps://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home
Oklahomahttps://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/
Oregonhttps://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/pages/index.aspx
Pennsylvaniahttps://www.health.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Rhode Islandhttps://health.ri.gov/
South Carolinahttps://scdhec.gov/
South Dakotahttps://doh.sd.gov/
Tennesseehttps://www.tn.gov/health.html
Texashttps://dshs.state.tx.us/
Utahhttps://coronavirus.utah.gov/
Vermonthttps://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel
Virginiahttps://www.vdh.virginia.gov/
Washingtonhttps://www.doh.wa.gov/
West Virginiahttps://dhhr.wv.gov/bph/Pages/default.aspx
Wisconsinhttps://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/
Wyominghttps://health.wyo.gov/

This guidance of United States Pandemic Travel Restrictions by State is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It is intended to offer travelers guidance regarding domestic travel. The information in this article reflects the most up-to-date information available at the time of publication. Due to the developing situation and lack of uniform reporting methods between states, some information may not be current. Please check the official state website of any state you plan to travel to/through for the most accurate information at the time of travel.

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