U.S. Chamber Staff


May 04, 2020


Across America, business leaders are restarting our nation’s economic engines and employees are returning to work. However, this process is taking place gradually and non-uniformly across the country depending on regional differences in the prevalence of COVID-19.

In some states, for example, masks are required; in others, they’re suggested. In some states, mask requirements apply only to employees, while in others, customers must wear them, too. In some states, employers are required to screen employees before shifts begin; in others, it’s required after each shift. In still others, it’s not required at all. Meanwhile, some states are leaning on questionnaires, but even then, the questions and retention rules vary.

To help track the differences across each state and provide the latest guidance and information to America’s employers, we have launched the following interactive state map and state guides. Below, you will find the latest guidelines, timelines and other critical information for businesses aiming to restart safely and sustainably amid the pandemic, as well as (at the bottom of each state profile) a link to the latest information for employers in that state.

We will update this resource as new state plans take effect and new information becomes available. Please note that this tracker captures plans in effect for reopening of non-essential businesses. It does not include guidance for essential workers or protocols for when an employee or patron is diagnosed with COVID-19.

Future phases of reopening in a given state will be updated at the start date. This map and the state profiles may not be exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please click on the links to further information for each respective state (at the bottom of each state profile) for the latest guidance and information for employers in that state.


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U.S. Chamber Staff