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Shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders have been prevalent throughout the United States since March 2020 as state and local governments have sought to protect their citizens from the spread of the COVID-19 virus while at the same time reopen their economies in accordance with phased reopening plans. Keeping abreast of the evolving nature of these orders and plans as the spread of the virus continues to evolve is critical to the functioning of all businesses throughout the country.

Baker McKenzie has a team in place that has been advising clients real-time on these most critical issues since the first orders were enacted. We are pleased to provide this tracker, which identifies the relevant state-wide shelter-in-place orders and their related expiration dates, as well as the applicable state-wide reopening plans, in each of the 50 United States plus Washington, D.C. The “What’s Open” table on each page highlights the reopening status of four major sectors (office, manufacturing, retail and bars/restaurants).

In addition, the tracker includes links to the relevant quarantine requirements or recommendations for incoming travelers in each state plus Washington, D.C.

Key developments reflected in this week’s update to the tracker include the following:

  • The following jurisdictions extended their state-wide orders and/or the duration of the current phase of their reopening plans: California, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, South Carolina and Tennessee.
  • The following states imposed more stringent limitations on gatherings, face mask requirements, and/or reduced capacities or limited closures of certain businesses and establishments:  Massachusetts and Washington.
  • In addition to the CDC’s December 25th Order requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test for all air passengers arriving from the United Kingdom to the United Sates, the State of Washington issued a 14-day quarantine requirement for anyone returning to Washington after visiting the United Kingdom, South Africa and other countries where the new, faster spreading coronavirus variant (501Y.V) has been circulating.

Please call or email your regular Baker McKenzie contact if you require additional analysis regarding these matters.

Last updated 25 December 2020


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