Updated on 01.21.21


  • As of November 2, the Governor extended the Safer at Home Order and the Public Health Emergency Order until January 22, 2020. A mask mandate remains in effect, and this was also extended until January 22.
  • All restaurants and bars shall continue to operate as follows:
    • Such establishments may continue to offer food for take-out or delivery provided the social distancing protocols, including maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between people.
    • Such establishments are strongly encouraged to offer online ordering and curbside pickup of food.
    • If establishments offer on-premises consumption of food or drink, they must limit the party size at tables to no more than eight people, and maintain at least six feet of separation between people seated at different tables, booths, chairs, or stools.
    • Employees shall wear a mask or other facial covering at all times while in regular interaction with patrons or guests.
    • No self-service by guests at drink stations, buffets, or salad bars.


  • Anchorage reduced COVID-19 restrictions on January 1, allowing indoor service in bars and restaurants at 25% capacity. Alcohol service must stop at 11 p.m.
  • As of May 22, the state opened up all businesses at 100 percent occupancy. Restaurants and bars currently have no imposed capacity limits and are not required to enforce social distancing. These establishments are not required to adhere to sanitation requirements. Reservations are recommended but not required.
  • Local communities will continue to have the option of keeping stricter rules.
  • The Governor said they will monitor their COVID-19 numbers after the business reopening and will be prepared to tighten restrictions again, but he “doesn’t believe that will be necessary.”


  • The Governor signed an order allowing restaurants to extend their premises for outdoor dining services. Restaurants can offer indoor dining service but must limit occupancy to 50% and must separate parties by at least 6 feet.
  • The state announced on December 11 that it made no further plans to amend state restrictions while vaccinations are administered. No statewide mask mandate has been administered, however, several counties have ordered one.
  • As of December 2, the Governor relaxed regulations on restaurants and bars in hopes to encourage a shift to indoor from outdoor dining; indoor dining will continue to be restricted, while outdoor dining capacity is expanded. Establishments that do not closely adhere to safety guidelines could potentially face closure.
  • Restaurants are encouraged to offer and promote outdoor dining opportunities.


  • The Governor on December 29 extended the coronavirus emergency declaration by another two months as the state reported a new high in hospitalizations from COVID-19. Arkansas has a mask mandate, and is requiring bars, restaurants and clubs that serve alcohol to close by 11 p.m. in an effort to curb a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Indoor dining is limited to 66% capacity.
  • On December 03, 2020, Arkansas is requiring bars, restaurants, and clubs that serve alcohol to close by 11 p.m.
  • On July 16, 2020 the Governor mandated that masks be worn in all public places when physical distancing is not possible. This mandate remains in effect.


  • A stay-at-home order for much of California was extended on December 29 by state officials as the COVID surge continues to flood hospitals and strain ICU capacity.
  • As of December 3, the Governor issued another limited stay-at-home order requiring counties with a rapid spread of cases to suspend indoor and outdoor dining. As of now, 94% of the state has suspended indoor dining. In these areas, a curfew of 10 p.m. is in place. This order was extended on December 29 in the counties with severe risk of COVID-19.
  • Each county or region may individually decide how to proceed depending on the number of cases and hospitalizations in that area. Purple (the most severe risk of COVID-19), Red, Orange, and Yellow (where the virus is minimally widespread). Counties may resume indoor dining at 25% in the Red tier or 100 patrons, whichever is fewer. In the Orange tier, bars and breweries may resume outdoor services. In the yellow tier, most businesses may reopen but must follow safety precautions.


  • After nearly six weeks under COVID-19 restrictions, many counties eased restrictions on January 4, reopening restaurants to limited indoor dining and allowing small, personal gatherings.
  • As of November 17, indoor dining was banned in counties with a severe risk of COVID-19. In counties with looser levels of cases, bars and restaurants and permitted to sell alcohol later than those with severe risk.
  • As of October 30, Colorado created a new method to gauge reopening plans through “the dial”. Each county or region is responsible for the corresponding directives based on its level on the dial.
  • In all dining circumstances, tables must be six feet apart with an eight-person party limit.
  • The Governor issued a statewide mask mandate on July 16, 2020. This requires people to wear a face-covering in public indoor spaces and on public and non-personal transportation services. This mandate remains in effect.


  • As of November 16, the Governor tightened restrictions on the state and brought Connecticut from its Phase 3 of reopening back to a modified Phase 2. Restaurants would be required to reduce capacity back down to 50%, and all indoor dining must close at 9:30 p.m. Social gatherings were also further limited.
  • A mask mandate remains in effect for any person over the age of two in public settings with non-household members when social distancing is not possible.
  • Gov. Ned Lamont said the second phase will begin on June 20. Indoor facilities including gyms, hotels, personal services, indoor restaurants (though no bars) will be allowed to re-open.

D. C.

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. on December 23, restaurants in D.C. could no longer offer indoor dining. Restaurants will continue to be allowed to stay open until midnight, but alcohol sales must stop at 10 p.m.
  • On December 03, the Governor amended its phase 2 reopening guidelines, mandating that restaurants will continue to be allowed to stay open until midnight, but alcohol sales must stop at 10 p.m.
  • Restaurants may operate at 50 percent occupancy; six-person party limit; tables outside must be six feet apart.


  • Starting January 8, Delaware bars and restaurants no longer have a curfew.
  • As of November 23, 2020, the state limited indoor dining at restaurants to no more than 30% capacity. Restaurants and bars in Delaware will also have a 10 p.m. curfew, and businesses in the state will have capacity limits cut back under new restrictions.
  • Starting December 14, Delaware will also require people who are indoors with anyone outside their immediate household to wear a mask. This is in addition to the state’s current mask order, which requires everyone out in public to wear a mask.
  • Restaurants and other food and drink establishments may operate at the required occupancy so long as the following criteria are met:
    • Management must ensure all staff and customers wear a face covering, except for customers seated at a table to eat or drink, and arrange tables so that guests are 8 feet apart. Tables and high human touch surfaces must be disinfected every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on volume and between each party.
    • Must ensure that all guests have seats, be seated, and remain seated unless going to the restroom. Guests should not leave the table to retrieve food or drink.
    • Must ensure customers have a reservation in order to sit down in a facility.
    • Food establishments that do not provide table service must ensure counter service locations are spaced 6 feet apart. Signage and floor markings must be present to guide patrons in appropriately spacing while in line. Staff must be designated to ensure social distancing throughout the facility.
    • Must ensure that guests are provided with disposable menus and that there are no condiments on the table, with only single-use condiments provided.
    • In accordance with the Food Code, must ensure no bare hand contact by food workers with ready-to-eat foods and to-go containers for food guests to bring home after dining are protected from possible contamination.
    • Employee health screening and return to work criteria.
    • Customers should be guided to seats by staff or clear signage to control traffic in, out, and through restaurants to ensure that safe social distancing is maintained as much as possible.
    • Must ensure that there are no common areas, pool tables, smoking areas, dance floors, etc. available for guests to congregate in.


  • On November 25, the September order was extended. This order prevents local authorities from inhibiting an individual from working or operating a business. It also continued to prevent restaurants to operate less than 50%, and forces local authorities to justify any limits below 100% occupancy.
  • A mask mandate has still not been ordered. Facial coverings in public spaces are left up to local authorities to determine, but they are not permitted to enforce.
  • As of September 25, the Governor declared that the state would be moving into its third phase, opening all bars and restaurants to 100% capacity. Although this mandates the minimum capacity for all restaurants must be 50%, local authorities must justify any capacity between this and full capacity.
  • On July 8, Miami-Dade County closed dine-in service after a spike in COVID-19 cases. Restaurants will be allowed to serve customers only via delivery and takeout.


  • On November 30, Governor extended the current coronavirus restrictions until January 31. Restaurants must continue to adhere to strict sanitation and social distancing guidelines but are permitted to operate at 100% capacity.
  • The Governor on November 13 extended existing social distancing and sanitization restrictions for businesses and gatherings in mid-November.
  • As of September 25, the governor renewed the State of Emergency to be in effect until October 10. A mask mandate has not been ordered, however, strongly encouraged in all public settings outside of the home.
  • As of June 16, 2020 restaurants no longer have to restrict the number of people who can sit together, and limits of the number of patrons per square feet were lifted. Bars were allowed to welcome 50 people or 35 percent of the total listed capacity, whichever is greater.


  • Starting January 2, Maui tightened restrictions on gatherings and restaurants. Bars must close by 10 p.m. and are limited to 30% capacity, while gatherings are limited to five people.
  • Most of the state is under an “Act with Care” plan for reopening which allows for most businesses to resume operations with some restrictions. Oahu, for example, is under a four-tier reopening approach; it is currently under the second tier, which allows for most businesses to operate at 50% occupancy. Most of Hawaii is permitting indoor dining at 50% occupancy.
  • On November 16, the Governor clarified the statewide mask mandate, which was previously assigned to local authorities on each island


  • On November 13, the Governor moved the state back to Phase 2 of its reopening plan. Although the state tightened restrictions, restaurant and bar capacity has not been affected. Customers must continue to be seated six feet apart and wear a face mask at all times except when eating or drinking. Bars and nightclubs may continue to operate as long as patrons receive service while seated.
  • Idaho asks restaurants to “limit occupancy as necessary to maintain six feet physical distancing,” but leaves specific capacity limits up to individual operators.
  • A statewide mask mandate has yet to be ordered, however, many businesses are encouraged to enforce them.
  • On July 9, the governor announced the state would remain in the fourth stage of reopening for at least an additional two weeks.


  • On November 20 the state expanded restrictions; restaurants and bars must close between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. and cannot offer indoor service. Outdoor dining is permitted, but reservations are required, tables must be spaced 6 feet apart, and party size is limited to six people. Individual establishments determine a suitable capacity limit that adheres to safety requirements. These restrictions were extended until February 6.
  • As of November 8, the Governor mandated that region 3 must again halt indoor dining services and that crowds of more than 25 people are no longer allowed. This region includes much of western-central Illinois.
    • When taking reservations and seating walk-in customers, restaurants are encouraged to obtain an email or phone number for contact tracing if needed.
    • Patrons are required to wear a face-covering when not actively eating or drinking.
    • Standing areas have a maximum occupancy of 25%, and high-contact areas such as buffets and self-service drink stations are permissible with additional precautions.
  • Illinois divides the state into four regions, with reopening phases for each keyed to COVID-19 test positivity rate, ICU bed availability, and other metrics.


  • The Governor extended the current public health emergency for an additional 30 days on January 4.
  • As of November 16, the Governor announced the state was no longer in Phase 5 of its reopening plan and tightened restrictions on social gatherings. The Governor opted out of reducing capacities for restaurants and instead increased state funding to maximize safety and sanitation in all businesses. A mask mandate remains in effect.
  • The Governor announced the state will move away from its stage 5 restrictions and toward a county-by-county approach. The Indianapolis Mayor announced that effective November 15, the County’s indoor bars and other entertainment venues must limit capacity to 25%. Restaurants must limit indoor dining services to 50% capacity and may not seat parties larger than six.
  • As of October 5, the state entered Phase 5 of its reopening plan, permitting all restaurants to operate at full capacity.
    • Patrons must be seated six feet apart, and bar section customers must be seated either at a table or a counter.
  • As of July 27, 2020 face coverings were required in public.


  • Effective through January 8, restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments may operate at 100% capacity but must seat parties six feet apart and cannot seat groups with more than eight people. On January 7 the state extended these restrictions, and also permitted these establishments to resume normal hours.
  • As of November 16, the Governor mandated that any person aged 2 and older is required to wear face coverings in public settings while within 6 feet of another person. Additionally, Reynolds also tightened bar and restaurant hours to 6 am – 10 pm, although carry-out and drive-through are still permitted before and after those hours.
  • As of June 10, restaurants and bars have no strict capacity limits, but social distancing and strong hygienic measures must be in place. Tables must be six feet apart and patrons should be properly distanced.


  • As of November 18, all citizens are required to wear a facial covering in all public spaces where social distancing is not possible. Arkansas restaurants are permitted to operate at 66% capacity with a maximum of 10 people per table. A mask mandate remains in effect.
  • As of October 5, 2020, Kansas solidified a phased plan to reopen the state giving individual counties the power to determine reopening speed. Restaurants are permitted to open beginning in phase 1 while adhering to social distancing guidelines, and bars are permitted to open starting in phase 3.
  • All counties’ businesses are encouraged to follow the state’s industry-specific guidelines regarding sanitation, and customers must be at least six feet apart at all times.


  • Kentucky restaurants and bars are able to reopen their indoor services at 50% capacity starting December 14. Restaurants and bars must stop food and drink service by 11 p.m. and close by midnight. Delivery and pickup may continue after those hours.
  • From Nov. 20-Dec. 13, restaurants and bars must close indoor dining. Outdoor dining will be allowed with some limitations.
  • On July 9, the governor mandated wearing a mask in all public indoor areas and in outdoor areas where social distancing is impossible.


  • On November 25 the Governor announced more restrictions, reducing capacity at most businesses and restaurants to 50% and must stop serving alcohol at 11 pm. Bars must suspend indoor food and drink consumption in parishes with a higher rate of COVID-19. This order remains in effect.
  • Outdoor service is permitted, however, each establishment must not seat more than 50 patrons.
  • As of July 11, the governor required that all citizens above the age of 8 wear a mask in all public areas, unless social distancing can be maintained. On August 26th, the governor extended this mandate, continuing to operate in Phase 2.


  • On January 4, the state extended the curfew on Maine businesses. Restaurants and bars must close by 9 pm, and may continue to operate at 100% capacity while adhering to social distancing and sanitation guidelines.
  • The state is in the fourth phase of its reopening plan. Restaurants, bars, and other businesses that offer indoor service are permitted to operate at 100% capacity, so long as a six-foot distance between seating areas is met, among other precautions.
  • On November 19, the Governor issued an order requiring all outdoor and indoor businesses that provide seated food and drink service to close by 9 p.m. This order was extended until January 3.
  • The Governor issued a mask mandate in all public spaces, regardless if social distancing is possible, on November 5.


  • As of November 17, the Governor announced that all restaurants and bars must close by 10 pm, and must reduce their maximum capacity down to 50% from the previous 75%. Restaurants must also close from on-premise dining between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.  These restrictions go into effect on November 20.
  • Previously, the state mandated that anyone over the age of 5 must wear a facial covering in any public setting where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Reopenings decided on a county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures. Local governments have the power to determine reopening plans.


  • Effective December 26, the state placed new restrictions on bars and restaurants, limiting capacity to 25%. The order was originally set to last until January 10. These restrictions were extended through January 24.
  • Massachusetts moved back to phase three, the first step of reopening, on December 13. Restaurant seating is limited, and each party is limited to a six-person party limit and a 90-minute stay. A mask mandate remains in effect.
  • On Nov 6, restaurants, liquor stores and some other recreational businesses and attractions must close from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. as well. Restaurants, however, may be allowed to stay later for takeout food.


  • Effective December 21, restaurants, bars, and other food establishments must continue to close indoor dining. Outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery are allowed, except between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.
  • As of November 18, eat-in dining at restaurants and bars will be suspended for three weeks. This order was extended by the Governor on December 7 and the restrictions will last until December 20.
  • On July 10, the governor signed an executive order that toughened the state’s existing mask-wearing requirements, most notably with a change that orders businesses to deny service or entry to those who refuse to cover their face.


  • Bars, restaurants and other venues will reopen with restrictions on January 11. Indoor dining is still not permitted, but outdoor is permitted at a four people maximum per party.
  • The Governor mandated on November 18 that bars and restaurants will pause indoor dining, and will only be allowed to do take-out and delivery service. Bars and restaurants were ordered to stop serving at 10 p.m. The new restrictions will last until Dec. 18.
  • As of July 25, the Governor mandated that all citizens wear facial coverings in many public settings.


  • The Governor signed an order updating coronavirus-related restrictions effective December 11. The order also extends a restriction on bars and restaurants; these establishments may continue to operate at 75% capacity, and may serve alcohol only to seated patrons and not after 11 p.m. Customers must be screened for illness prior to entry, and party size cannot exceed 10 people. This order will end on February 3.
  • As of December 9, businesses can remain open provided they operate at 75% capacity and adhere to guidelines issued by the Mississippi Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The order also extends a restriction on bars and restaurants, which may serve alcohol only to seated patrons and not after 11 p.m.
  • All restaurants and bars must limit the number of customers to no more than 75%. At least six feet between individuals of different households must be maintained.
  • Businesses are still required to adhere to sanitation and social distancing guidelines and should continue to take every measure to ensure proper precautions for customers.


  • As of June 16, 2020, the state fully reopened. All bars and restaurants may operate at 100% occupancy with a maximum of 10 people per party. The Governor has left the power up to each county to impose limits on public life in regard to capacity limits, sanitation, and other guidelines. There is no mask mandate.
  • Restaurants currently have no strict capacity limits, however, tables must be spaced out in accordance with social distancing guidelines.


  • Starting January 15, Montana removed health mandates on restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, and casinos all of which are no longer subject to a 10 p.m. curfew. These establishments may continue to operate at 50% occupancy.
  • On November 17, the Governor ordered bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m. They require restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, and casinos to operate at 50% of capacity, with tables limited to six people and with 6 feet of physical distance between groups. These measures went into effect on November 20.
  • Montana is currently in phase two of reopening, which had allowed increased capacity for bars, restaurants, and other gathering places.
  • On July 15, the governor issued a directive requiring face coverings to be worn in many indoor public spaces and outdoor gatherings.


  • Starting December 24, the state moved into the “blue” phase of reopening which allows bars and restaurants to operate at 100 percent occupancy with some social distancing and sanitation restrictions.
  • As of December 12, the Governor announced that the state has moved from the “orange” to “yellow” phase of its coronavirus pandemic response plan and initiated new directives.
  • Under these directives, masks are no longer required but are encouraged in many personal care businesses. Bars and restaurants may continue at recommended occupancy, but parties are limited to eight people and patrons must remain seated except in limited circumstances. Parties are encouraged to maintain six-feet apart but are no longer required to, and businesses are encouraged to follow sanitation and distancing guidelines.


  • COVID-19 mitigation efforts will be extended for another 30 days on January 11. These establishments may continue to operate at 25% capacity with a maximum of six guests per table.
  • On November 22,  restaurants, bars, gyms, fitness and dance studios, casinos, public gatherings, museums, zoos, churches, libraries, and other businesses were limited to a 25% capacity.
  • The Governor announced he will extend current restrictions until January 15 in an attempt to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Businesses will remain to operate under the same restrictions, however, people over age 9 must wear a face-covering whenever they leave home, indoors or outdoors, including at private gatherings.

New Hampshire

  • On Nov. 19, the governor announced a statewide face mask order, requiring people over five years old to wear a mask in public spaces.
  • Reopenings decided on a county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures. An order effective November 20 and lasts until January 15 allows restaurants to resume indoor and outdoor dining, so long as they continue to adhere to social distancing and sanitation guidelines.
  •  Tables must be 6 feet apart, only six people can be seated at a table, and servers must wear cloth face coverings.

New Jersey

  • On December 14, the Governor announced he had no plans of eliminating indoor dining in New Jersey. Previously, restaurants, bars, and other food establishments were ordered to stop offering indoor service between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. (outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery are OK) and must limit capacity to 25 percent. Seating at bar areas is prohibited, and restaurants can place tables closer than 6 feet apart if a physical barrier is in place.
  • On November 30, towns and counties have the discretion to close bars, restaurants, and other businesses by 8 p.m. under an executive order.
  • On July 8, the governor said he would sign an executive order that requires face coverings in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.

New Mexico

  • On December 2 a “Red to Green” system took effect. This allows many New Mexico counties with lower test positivity to operate under fewer restrictions. The color-coded framework allows for individual counties to determine their operating capacity. In high-risk red counties, indoor dining is not permitted while outdoor is permitted at 25 percent capacity and food establishments that serve alcohol must close at 9 pm. In yellow counties, restaurants may operate at 25 percent indoors and 75 percent outdoors and, if they serve alcohol, must close at 10 pm. In green counties, restaurants may operate at 50 percent indoors and 75 percent capacity outdoors.
  • As of November 9, restrictions began to tighten in New Mexico. The Governor anticipates an extension of the current restrictions; restaurants will continue to operate at 25 percent capacity and keep an updated log of recent customers for contract tracing purposes. Additionally, all establishments that sell alcohol must close by 10 pm.

New York

  • New York City suspended indoor dining starting Dec. 14. Bars and restaurants with a liquor license have to close by 10 p.m. and indoor gatherings at private homes will be limited to no more than 10 people under new statewide rules starting Nov. 13.
  • As of November 29, bars and restaurants with a liquor license have to close by 10 p.m.
  • On September 30, New York will offer indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, adhering to social distancing and sanitation guidelines.
  • On July 16, the governor announced a set of measures tightening restrictions on the state’s bars and restaurants requiring that customers that want to buy an alcoholic beverage at any establishment must also buy food.
  • On July 1, the governor said indoor dining at New York City restaurants will be delayed, while outdoor dining can continue. Tables must be six feet apart.

North Carolina

  • The Governor implemented a modified stay-at-home order that lasts until December 8. This included a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m and will remain in place until January 8. This order was extended for an additional three weeks on January 6.
  • As of November 9, the Governor announced the state would remain in its third phase of reopening which began on October 3. In this phase, restaurants continue to operate at 50% capacity, while bars may operate at 30% capacity with outdoor seating only. Additionally, all areas are further subject to individual county restrictions and limitations.
  • On September 4, the state moved into Phase 2.5, which opens several indoor activity areas and limits gatherings to a maximum of 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors. Bars, nightclubs, movie theatres, and indoor entertainment centers remain closed.

North Dakota

  • On November 13,  the governor directed all bars and restaurants to limit capacity to 50%, and closed all in-person service between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.
  • The Governor extended the state’s mask mandate until at least January 18, and business restrictions until at least January 8.
  • Reopenings decided on a county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures.
  • Many businesses were allowed to open on May 1. Qualifying businesses included bars and restaurants, but they must maintain social distancing of six feet, inform all employees and customers that they should avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever, provide contactless payment systems and hand sanitizer, and encourage wearing face masks.


  • The Governor extended a statewide curfew until January 2. Citizens must stay in their homes from 10 p.m. and 5 a.m with exceptions such as going to work, grocery stores, or other emergencies or essentials. Restaurants can offer table service indoors, with restrictions. Restaurants and bars are banned from selling alcohol after 10 p.m. These orders were extended for a second time through January 23.
  • Citizens statewide are required to wear face coverings when inside a location that is not a residence, when using public transportation, or when outside if a 6-foot distance between non-household members cannot be maintained.


  • Effective November 19, bars and restaurants must adhere to a nightly 11 p.m. curfew, except for to-go and drive-thru orders. Bars and restaurants will be required to close by 11 p.m., with no in-person food or alcohol served afterward.
  • On November 16, the Governor announced new restrictions on bars and restaurants and a requirement that all state employees must wear masks while at work.
  • On October 23, the Governor extended the state’s state of emergency that has been in place since March. The state’s restaurants can still operate at full capacity and bars, which opened in Phase 3. The state does not intend on enforcing any new capacity restrictions.


  • The Governor announced on December 15 that 29 of the state’s 36 counties are under “extreme risk” of COVID 19 spread. Effective December 18, indoor dining is prohibited. The state is working towards allowing restaurants and bars to offer alcohol to-go.
  • As of December 3, restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen for outdoor dining.
  • As of November 9, the state requires restaurants to maintain a maximum capacity of 100 people indoors and also requires all restaurants to close at 10 pm. Anyone over the age of 5 is required to wear a face mask in public unless eating or drinking.


  • The Governor lifted his temporary ban on indoor dining and school sports, reopening fitness centers and other indoor recreational businesses as scheduled on January 4 at 25% capacity. Alcohol sales must stop after 11 p.m. each night..
  • Effective through January 4, restaurants and bars must suspend indoor dining and alcohol sales. Outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery services are still permitted, including takeout alcohol sales. A mask mandate remains in effect.
  • As of November 23, the state issued a 25% indoor occupancy limit for restaurants.
  • Pennsylvania restaurants are required to go through a certification process in order to operate at 50% occupancy. Although on October 16 the state tried to repeal this process, the Governor vetoed it. Statewide restrictions remain unchanged.

Puerto Rico

  • The new Governor announced on January 5 that he will reopen many businesses, eliminate a Sunday lockdown, and shorten a curfew that has been in place since the pandemic began to control the number of COVID-19 cases. Puerto Rico did not, however, change the closure of bars and restaurant capacity.
  • As of December 7, the Governor gave a new executive order mandating that businesses must end all alcohol sales by 10 pm, except on the weekends in which alcohol must be served with food at a dining table. Although restaurants must decrease their operating capacity to 25%, the lockdown will be lifted for 24 hours on Sundays which permits them to operate at 50%. This order is set to expire on January 7.
  • On October 16, the Governor eased restrictions on restaurants allowing up to 50% indoor dining capacity. The territory is still expected to adhere to social distancing and sanitation guidelines.
  • As of June 15, 2020, the territory lifted nearly all of its coronavirus restrictions, allowing businesses to operate seven days a week with restaurants able to be filled to 25 percent capacity.

Rhode Island

  • New restrictions were put in place on December 21. Indoor dining at restaurants can resume operating at 50 percent capacity (up from 33%), but bar areas must remain closed. Members of a single household can be seated at indoor tables; if seated outdoors, members of two households is allowed.
  • A “Rhode Island on Pause” initiative began on November 30 and lasts through at least December 30. Under these restrictions, bars and many other public settings are to be closed, while indoor dining will be reduced to 33% capacity with one household allowed per table.
  • Outdoor dining is still encouraged as long as the restaurant does not serve more than its normal operating capacity and physical distancing can be maintained. Additionally, if an establishment has established extra outdoor dining capacity in Phase I or Phase II, that additional outdoor capacity may remain in Phase III if in accordance with the municipality’s approval processes.
  • Self-service seating (e.g. in a fast food restaurant) is prohibited.
  • Mingling or congregating of customers is prohibited. Establishments should take measures to prevent mingling and congregating of customers—especially at bars and in waiting areas, including outdoor bars and waiting areas.
  • Tables must be eight feet apart and six feet away from highly trafficked areas.

South Carolina

  • On November 9, the state announced it had no plans of enacting any new statewide restrictions.
  • As of October 2, restaurants may operate at full occupancy inside their dining rooms but are still expected to adhere to social distancing and sanitation guidelines.
  • As of Aug. 3, the governor mandated operating capacity for restaurants to restrict dine-in services at restaurants to 50 percent.
  • On July 10, the governor issued an order prohibiting restaurants and bars from selling alcohol after 11 p.m.

South Dakota

  • The Governor extended the emergency order for the state until June 30, 2021.
  • Restaurants and bars may continue to operate at full capacity and are not required to enforce social distancing or sanitation requirements.
  • On November 9, the Governor announced that the state makes no plans to enact any new statewide orders, or require facial coverings in public areas.


  • As of October 10, amidst many mask mandates nationwide, Tennessee opted out of a statewide mask mandate, and instead encouraged mayors to enforce when necessary.
  • The Governor repealed all restaurant and bar restrictions on September 29, however, individual county health departments in larger cities such as Nashville and Memphis will be able to continue to determine their own regulations.
  • All restaurants and bars must continue to adhere to national social distancing guidelines and sanitation requirements.


  • In hopes to properly monitor the spread of COVID-19, the state has divided into hospital regions to monitor the hospitalization threshold in each area and impose restrictions with respect to each area.
  • When seven of the hospital regions reached the hospitalization threshold, the Governor required restaurants to reduce capacity from 75% to 50% in those areas, and any bars that were previously allowed to be open to close. A statewide mask mandate remains in effect.
  • In mid-October, the state was allowed to open bars for in-person service at 50% capacity.
  • The businesses and bars that remain open must continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines and sanitation requirements.


  • The former Governor lifted a ban that prohibits restaurants from serving alcohol after 10 p.m, and all businesses can reopen if they take precautions.
  • On November 8, the Governor implemented a mask mandate in hopes to curb the recent spike in cases. In areas with high to moderate risk, indoor dining capacity is limited to 75%, groups of different households were required to keep six feet apart, and alcohol sales must end at 10 pm. Bars were required to limit occupancy to 75%, and masks were required for all individuals in indoor public settings.
  • Although in-person dining will be allowed as long as social distancing is maintained and the health of employees is monitored, the state still says takeout and delivery are preferable. Restaurants must operate at 50 percent capacity so long as masks are worn and hand sanitizer is used before each trip to a self-service line; tables must be six feet apart; 10-person party limit.
  • Restaurants must also sanitize the utensils every 30 minutes and individually hand out the needed tools for the line.


  • Starting November 14, bars and social clubs were closed to in-person service but can offer take-out. Restaurants may continue to operate at previous capacity limits, but must close to in-person service by 10 p.m. each night. The state is requiring restaurants, gyms, museums, and other establishments to keep a daily log of visitors.
  • As of November 10, restaurants and bars were permitted to operate at full capacity offering indoor dining and alcohol service until 10 pm. Establishments may provide alcohol and dining services after 10 pm, but only through curbside pickup, takeout, drive through, or delivery.


  • The Governor imposed a statewide overnight curfew on December 10. This requires all citizens not seeking immediate medical assistance, not commuting to and from work or school, or assisting someone in immediate need to remain home from midnight to 5 a.m This order lasts until January 31.
  • As of November 16, Virginia continues to operate in its third phase of reopening. Restaurants and bars have no capacity restrictions, however, all parties must be separated by at least six feet, including in the bar area, and all alcohol sales at bars and restaurants must end at 10 pm. All customers and employees are required to wear a face-covering at all times, and restaurants are required to adhere to sanitation guidelines.
  • Customers may be provided with self-service options. Facilities must provide hand sanitizer at food lines and require the use of barriers (e.g., gloves or deli paper) when employees or patrons touch common utensils. Food lines must be monitored by trained staff at all times of operation, and serving utensils must be changed hourly.
  • Bar seats and congregating areas of restaurants must be closed to patrons except for through traffic. Non-bar seating in the bar area (i.e., tables or counter seats that do not line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating as long as a minimum of six feet is provided between parties at tables.


  • As of December 8, the Governor announced that he would be extending current restrictions until January 4 due to a continued spike in coronavirus cases. Under these restrictions, restaurants and bars are limited to to-go service and outdoor dining with tables seating no more than five people. These restrictions were extended until January 11.
  • As of November 10, much of the state advanced forward in its reopening plan. Alcohol service is permitted until 11 pm, and a six-person party limit is now enforced.

West Virginia

  • As of November 18, the Governor mandated that masks be worn at all times in all indoor spaces when not eating or drinking starting at midnight. Restaurants and bars may continue to operate at 50% capacity while still offering outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery services. Parties with patrons that do not reside together are encouraged to sit socially distanced while on-premise.
  • As of October 13, bars were allowed to reopen at 50% capacity. Patrons must be seated six feet apart while being served, and all guests must be seated when not entering, exiting, or using the restroom. Masks are not required if social distancing is possible.


  • The Governor is working towards allowing state health officials to issue a new order that will limit capacity in indoor settings for about a month. The order would limit capacity at businesses such as bars and restaurants to 25% of total occupancy, or, four people per 1000 square feet if no occupancy limit is assigned to the establishment.
  • On November 10 the Governor asked residents to remain home as much as possible and requested that business owners require masks in the workplace.


  • Effective January 9- 25, the state lifted public health orders that required Wyoming bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m., and these establishments may offer indoor and outdoor services.
  • On December 7,  the Governor announced that the state will require people to wear masks in indoor public spaces starting Dec. 9. Previously, the state had left decisions on mask mandates to the local authorities to decide and 16 of the 23 had imposed local orders.
  • Unlike most states with similar regulations, people from different households will be allowed to sit at the same table. Buffet service is not allowed, and all restaurant employees must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before beginning work.
  • Tables must be six feet apart; six-person party limit. Up to 250 people, so long as social distancing guidelines are met, are allowed in a single, confined space.