Timeline of the U.S. Reopening: A State-by-State Guide

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Since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, the U.S. response to control and contain the spread has mostly been at the state level with state governments (and more locally, those of cities and counties) enforcing closures, social distancing, face masks, and other safety precautions. As of July 2021, all states have fully reopened. Most states have no restrictions and others only mandate masks for non-vaccinated individuals, however, smaller municipalities or independent businesses may enforce their own rules. The CDC has also announced new guidelines that condone travel for fully vaccinated people without the need to get tested or self-quarantine.

Use our guide below, broken down by region, to learn more about each state's reopening plan, newly announced restrictions, and what to expect if you plan to visit.

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West

Alaska

In February, all previous restrictions in Alaska became advisories as the state of emergency expired. Travelers entering Alaska do not need to test, quarantine, or show proof of vaccination.

Arizona

In Arizona, all business occupancy limits have been lifted, and businesses are open at full capacity.

California

All capacity and distancing restrictions were lifted on June 15, but masks are still required indoors for non-vaccinated individuals. Until October 1, proof of vaccination will be required to attend large indoor events. Following a rise in cases of the delta variant, Los Angeles County is requiring everyone to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status and other parts of California are issuing advisories.

Colorado

Colorado is operating on a county-by-county approach, with health orders in place in less than half of counties. Masks are required for non-vaccinated people in some places like schools and hospitals.

Hawaii

Fully vaccinated travelers entering from the U.S. no longer need to get tested or quarantine upon entering Hawaii. However, they must upload proof of vaccination to the Safe Travels website or present a hard copy on arrival. Non-vaccinated travelers and international arrivals are required to present a negative test result taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Idaho

Idaho is in the final stage of its four-stage reopening plan. There is no limit on gathering size, but people are still advised to maintain social distancing and practice sanitation according to the health guidelines.

Montana

Businesses are open without capacity limits and the statewide mask mandate has expired. The state of emergency has officially ended, but smaller municipalities and sovereign tribal nations may enforce their own restrictions.

Nevada

All capacity limits have been lifted, but as of July masks are again required indoors regardless s of vaccination status in urban centers like Reno, Las Vegas, and Carson City.

New Mexico

All business restrictions have been lifted and masks are still encouraged to be used in line with CDC guidelines.

Oregon

All business restrictions and mask requirements have been lifted in Oregon.

Utah

Businesses in Utah are open and there is no limit on social gatherings or capacity. Some counties or local businesses may enforce mask-wearing and social distancing but statewide restrictions have ended.

Washington

Washington has fully reopened and all restrictions have ended, but non-vaccinated people will still need to wear masks indoors.

Wyoming

All businesses are open at full capacity and all restrictions have been listed in Wyoming.

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Midwest

Illinois

Illinois is in Phase 5, the final phase of its reopening plan. All businesses are fully open with safety guidance in effect.

Indiana

All pandemic orders have been lifted in Indiana and businesses are open.

Iowa

In Iowa, all restrictions have been removed and the mask mandate was lifted.

Kansas

Kansas is in Phase 3, which means all businesses are open under certain health and safety guidelines. Kansas has a self-quarantine mandate in place for non-vaccinated travelers arriving from certain states or countries.

Michigan

In Michigan, all business capacity limits and mask mandates have been lifted.

Minnesota

Outdoor gathering restrictions, mask requirements, capacity limits, and social distancing requirements have all been lifted.

Missouri

Missouri reopened businesses and lifted restrictions in May 2020—which were never reinstated.

Nebraska

All restrictions and health measures have been lifted and the state of emergency has officially ended.

North Dakota

All restrictions in North Dakota have been lifted and the state mask mandate has expired. Requirements limiting business capacity have become recommendations and all businesses are open.

Ohio

All health orders were lifted and businesses are open at 100 percent capacity. The state of emergency has also been lifted.

South Dakota

All businesses are open and no mask mandates are in place.

Wisconsin

All businesses are open in Wisconsin and few public restrictions are in place.

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South

Alabama

Under Alabama's new "Safer Apart Order," masks are no longer required statewide and most businesses including restaurants are open without capacity limits.

Arkansas

All statewide business directives have become guidances. Businesses have been allowed to reopen in Arkansas with suggested capacity limits still in place. The statewide mask mandate has been lifted.

Delaware

Mask mandates, business capacity restrictions, and social distancing requirements have been lifted.

District of Columbia

Capacity limits have been lifted for all businesses and indoor activities. Non-vaccinated travelers, except for visitors from Maryland and Virginia, are advised to get tested within 72 hours before traveling to Washington, D.C., and within three to five days of arrival. All visitors must also adhere to the mandatory mask policy, which requires masks to be worn regardless of vaccination status.

Florida

All businesses are open without capacity limits and all local restrictions and mandates were officially and permanently invalidated.

Georgia

All businesses are allowed to operate at full capacity without social distancing measures and the state of emergency was allowed to expire.

Kentucky

All business capacity limits and mask mandates were lifted in June.

Louisiana

The statewide mask mandate ended in April and all business capacity limits have been lifted.

Maryland

Capacity limits have been lifted for all businesses and all remaining restrictions have ended.

Mississippi

Gov. Tate Reeves has lifted all restrictions on capacity and masks are only required in certain locations.

North Carolina

All capacity limits and social distancing requirements were lifted, reopening the state 100 percent. Masks are only required on public transportation and in healthcare facilities.

Oklahoma

All restrictions and the State of Emergency have been lifted in Oklahoma, which has been in the final phase of its reopening plan since June 2020.

South Carolina

The State of Emergency ended in June and all business restrictions were lifted.

Tennessee

All health orders and business restrictions have ended and Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order to prevent counties from issuing mask mandates.

Texas

All mask mandates and business restrictions in Texas have been lifted.

Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam lifted the indoor mask mandate to align with CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people. All capacity limits and social distancing requirements have been lifted.

West Virginia

All businesses are allowed to open at 100 percent as long as social distancing can be maintained. The mask mandate has been lifted for fully vaccinated people.

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Northeast

Connecticut

All businesses are allowed to open at full capacity and the travel ban has been lifted. Masks are no longer required outdoors or indoors for fully vaccinated people.

Maine

All capacity limits, mask mandates, and social distancing requirements have been lifted. Maine has ended all testing and quarantine requirements for out-of-state travelers.

Massachusetts

The State of Emergency has ended and all restrictions and mask mandates have been lifted.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire lifted the testing and quarantine requirement for incoming travelers and removed all business restrictions. The statewide mask mandate and the State of Emergency have expired.

New Jersey

All indoor gathering limits and the statewide mask mandate have been lifted.

New York

Most business capacity limits and all remaining restrictions have been lifted. Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

Pennsylvania

The indoor and outdoor mask mandate has been lifted statewide for fully vaccinated people and all business restrictions were lifted.

Rhode Island

All capacity and social distancing restrictions on businesses were lifted. Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks. If you are not vaccinated and are coming to Rhode Island from a state with a testing positivity rate of five percent or more, you will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks or provide a negative test taken within the past 72 hours.

Vermont

After reaching its vaccination goal, Vermont lifted all restrictions and the emergency order has expired. It's no longer necessary to quarantine when entering Vermont from out-of-state if you can show a negative test or proof of vaccination.

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Territories

Puerto Rico

Most businesses, including restaurants, theatres, gyms, and museums, are operating at full capacity. Masks are required indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Anyone arriving from an international destination or anyone who has not been fully vaccinated will need to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their trip. Health screenings will be conducted at the airport and symptomatic travelers will be tested and required to quarantine at their hotel while awaiting results.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Any traveler over the age of five, including Virgin Island residents, will be required to provide a negative test through the official online Travel Portal, regardless of vaccination status. There is no requirement to quarantine.

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