State-By-State Gathering Updates: The Latest Information

March 12, 2021

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Mask requirements will be lifted for vaccinated Californians in most settings on June 15 when the state fully reopens.

Updated June 10, 2021.

With Covid-19 cases and deaths across the United States decreasing dramatically, and vaccinations rising, some restrictions are being relaxed while others remain steadfastly in place.

In the latest news, California will remove mask requirements for vaccinated people in most settings on June 15 when the state fully reopens. Massachusetts lifted all Covid-19 restrictions on May 29, allowing casinos to operate fully and eliminating all gathering limits. Meanwhile, New Jersey rescinded the state's indoor mask mandate and dropped the social-distancing requirement on May 28, followed by the elimination of indoor-gathering limits on June 4. New York has also eliminated its mask mandate, although gathering restrictions remain.

Meanwhile, the District of Columbia lifted most Covid-19 restrictions on May 21, including capacity measures for meetings. Remaining limitations will be removed on June 11. In Washington state, all counties have been moved to phase three of the state's reopening, with plans to drop all other Covid-19 restrictions at the end of June. Nevada is planning to fully reopen on June 1. Las Vegas currently allows gatherings of up to 80 percent of a venue's fire-code capacity or 250 people, whichever is fewer.



Reopening Status and Event Restrictions for Each State


Alabama


Gov. Kay Ivey extended the statewide Safer at Home order until at least March 5, including a statewide mask requirement. Under that order, nonwork gatherings of all sizes are allowed if six feet of distance can be maintained between participants. Restaurants and bars can offer dine-in services with limited seating, partitions between tables or six feet of distancing. Retail stores and entertainment venues are open, with physical-distancing guidelines.


Current meeting limits:
Gatherings of any size are permitted, as long as physical-distancing rules can be followed.

Alaska


Alaska entered phase 3 of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's "Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan" on May 22 — allowing most businesses to reopen at full capacity, with a handful of restrictions still in place. Large gatherings are permitted in the state with strict social-distancing and hygiene practices. Some cities, however, have imposed stricter guidelines. In Juneau, indoor events cannot exceed more than 20 people, while Anchorage has limited indoor gatherings to six people and outdoor meetings to a maximum of 10 guests.

Visitors are required to submit a travel declaration and show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result taken with 72 hours prior to travel. Those who do not get a test must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, or purchase a Covid-19 test when they arrive in Alaska and quarantine until they get the results. Alaskans are asked to contact health officials before organizing a major event to coordinate communication and ensure a proper plan is in place.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings are permitted, with physical distancing and permission of state public health officials. Some cities have imposed restrictions on gathering sizes.

Arizona


Gov. Doug Ducey lifted occupancy restrictions on restaurants, bars and theaters on March 5. Businesses must still abide by social-distancing and mask protocols. Meeting restrictions remain the same, with public gatherings of more than 50 people prohibited unless the event organizers have received permission from the city, town or county. Private gatherings cannot exceed 50 percent of the permitted fire-code occupancy. The Arizona Department of Health Services has developed a detailed list of Covid-safety recommendations for private events that can be found here.

Current meeting limits: Public gatherings are limited to 50 people or fewer, unless granted permission by the city, town or county. Private events are limited to 50 percent of venue capacity.

Arkansas


On June 15, the state fully entered phase 2 of reopening, allowing restaurants and other businesses to expand to two-thirds capacity, but with physical distancing and mask-wearing encouraged. On Nov. 20, Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order requiring bars and restaurants that serve alcohol to close by 11 p.m. The Arkansas Department of Health released new guidelines for indoor venues on Jan. 2. Gatherings of 10 people or less can take place without submitting a plan to the Secretary of Health. For larger events, a safety plan must be submitted and approved. Venues with an approved plan can operate at 66 percent capacity.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of 10 or fewer people are permitted with no approved plan. Larger events at indoor and outdoor entertainment venues can be held for up to 66 percent of a venue's capacity, with approval from the Secretary of Health.

California


The California Department of Public Health has announced plans to fully reopen the state on June 15, as long as hospitalizations remain low and vaccine supply is sufficient. If so, the state will move beyond its four-tiered reopening framework and all sectors will be able to return to normal operations in compliance with public-health guidance. State officials confirmed June 8 that vaccinated people will not be required to wear face masks in restaurants, bars, stores, movie theaters and most other establishments. In accordance with Federal guidance, masks will be required on public transportation and in taxis, hospitals, homeless shelters, prisons and most K-12 schools.

Conventions will be allowed for up to 5,000 people, beginning June 15 and through Oct. 1. In order to host larger events, all attendees must be tested or provide proof of vaccination. International convention attendees will only be allowed if they are fully vaccinated.

The state currently follows the Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework, which includes four tiers of Covid-19 restrictions that are tied to the local number of Covid-19 cases. Areas where coronavirus is widespread fall under tier one, which only allows for outdoor meetings of up to 25 people. If all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination, capacity limits will increase to up to 100 people. Counties with minimal spread must abide by the tier four restrictions, which permit outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people, or 400 if all guests are tested and show proof of vaccination. Indoor events of up to 200 people can be held in tier four areas, but all attendees must be tested or fully vaccinated. In all tiers, modifications are required to reduce risk. This includes pre-purchased tickets, or a defined guest list and assigned seating.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions currently vary by county, depending on the state's four-tiered system. On June 15, the state is expected to fully reopen and conventions of up to 5,000 people will be allowed. Larger events will be permitted if all attendees are tested or show proof of vaccination. International guests can only attend conventions if they have been fully vaccinated.

Colorado


Gov. Jared Polis has extended the state's indoor mask mandate, but amended it so that people gathering indoors in groups of 10 of more are no longer required to wear face coverings if at least 80 percent of the group is vaccinated. Masks are not required outdoors.

Colorado's color-coded framework of Covid restrictions expired in mid-April, and counties can now set their own measures. However, a statewide order says that gatherings in public indoor settings are not to exceed 500 guests, and six feet of social distancing is required for anyone who is unvaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown. Venues looking to exceed the 500-person limit can apply for an exemption with their local public-health agency and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Current meeting limits: Event capacities depend on local restrictions, although the state has mandated that gatherings are not to exceed 500 people, unless approval has been granted by the city and state health agencies.

Connecticut


Gov. Ned Lamont announced that most business restrictions will be lifted on May 19, but masks will continue to be required in indoor public settings where social distancing is not possible. Indoor gatherings are currently limited to 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 100 people. Meanwhile, outdoor gatherings are capped at 200 people. Reopening guidelines can be found on the state's official website.

Current meeting limits: Indoor events cannot exceed 50 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Outdoor events are permitted at up to 200 guest

Delaware


Gov. John Carney raised outdoor gathering limits on April 1. In spaces with no fire-occupancy restrictions, outdoor gatherings are permitted for up to 150 people. Outdoor venues with fire-occupancy restrictions and more than 100,000 square feet must limit capacity to 50 percent of the fire-code capacity. Meanwhile, outdoor venues with fire-occupancy restrictions and less than 100,000 square feet cannot exceed 75 percent of the stated capacity. Event organizers who wish to host an outdoor gathering with more than 150 people must submit a plan to the state's Division of Public Health for approval. As of Feb. 19, indoor gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is fewer. On Feb. 12, indoor dining capacities were raised from 30 percent to 50 percent.

Current meeting limits: Indoor public gatherings are restricted to 50 percent of a venue's capacity, with a maximum of 25 people. Outdoor public gatherings are limited to fire occupancy restrictions, up to 150 people. For larger events, planners must seek approval from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

District of Columbia


Mayor Muriel Bowser lifted most restrictions on May 21, including capacity limits for meetings, restaurants and museums. Bars and nightclubs remain limited to 50 percent capacity, and large sports and entertainment venues must continue to follow a waiver process. On June 11, all remaining Covid-19 restrictions in Washington, D.C., will be lifted. Residents and visitors will still be required to follow the CDC's mask guidance. Destination DC shares the latest reopening details on its website.

Current meeting limits: All meeting capacity limits have been lifted.

Florida


Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on May 3 that suspends all local Covid-19 restrictions, including mask mandates. Businesses, however, still can require patrons to wear face coverings. DeSantis also signed a law that prohibits the use of vaccine passports.

Florida entered phase three of reopening on Sept. 25. Bars and restaurants are allowed to operate at full capacity when following social-distancing protocols. While there are no restrictions on gathering sizes, event organizers are encouraged to follow guidelines from the state's health department.

Georgia


Gov. Brian Kemp has issued an executive order, which will roll back many Covid-19 restrictions on April 8. The shelter-in-place order will be lifted and the ban on gatherings of more than 50 will be eliminated. There are no capacity limits for conventions, but event organizers must follow 20 safety requirements outlined by the state.

Current meeting limits: Conventions must follow the state's safety guidelines, but are not restricted in terms of capacity

Hawaii


On Dec. 17, Gov. David Ige reduced the state's quarantine period from 14 days to 10. A pretravel testing program allows most visitors to avoid quarantining. Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and the Island of Hawaii currently participate in the program. Travelers visiting these islands must complete a Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure from the final leg of travel. Proof of a negative result must be uploaded to the Safe Travels system. Hawaii will only accept results from a list of approved testing partners. The island of Kauai has suspended its participation in the program. All visitors to Kauai must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine, even if they test negative for the virus.

Previously on Nov. 16, Ige issued an emergency proclamation expanding the state's mask mandate. Residents and visitors are required to wear face coverings while in public and when entering a business or waiting in line. The new guidance advises business owners and operators to refuse service to anyone who fails to wear a mask, unless they qualify for an exemption. Businesses that do not comply could be subject to fines and mandatory closures. Currently in the Act With Care phase of reopening, most businesses — including gyms, dine-in restaurants and personal services — have been allowed to accept clients again. Gathering restrictions vary among islands. Maui, for example, has lowered gathering limits to five people. Meanwhile, Hawaii County allows indoor gatherings of groups of 10, with a maximum of 50 people, and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by island.

Idaho


Idaho remains in stage two of Gov. Brad Little's four-phase reopening plan, which allows for gatherings of no more than 10 people with physical-distancing and precautionary measures in place. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs can offer indoor service, but patrons must remain seated at all times. Indoor movie theaters and recreational facilities can reopen, as long as they follow strict safety protocols.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted, with physical distancing.

Illinois


On Nov. 20, all regions in the state were placed under the toughest restrictions, part of tier three of the "Restore Illinois" plan. As of Jan. 15, areas could move to tier two, tier one and phase four if they meet certain criteria from the Illinois Department of Health. A statewide ban on gatherings of more than 50 people (or 50 percent of a building's maximum occupancy if the occupancy limit is less than 50) is currently in effect for a maximum of 150 days, until early June. The emergency order can be found here.

Chicago is currently in phase four of the state's reopening plan. A curfew on nonessential businesses has been lifted and restaurants can reopen for indoor service at 25 percent capacity, or 25 people per room. Museums can also reopen at 25 percent capacity. Under the phase four restrictions, indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 25 percent capacity are allowed, or up to 25 guests, whichever is fewer.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by region, with events of no more than 50 people currently allowed under an emergency order, which is in effect for a maximum of 150 days. The latest information can be found here.

Indiana


Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced that all decisions about venue capacity and social-gathering restrictions will be in the hands of local officials, starting April 6. Also on this date, the state's face-covering mandate will become a mask advisory, and customers in bars and restaurants will no longer be required to be seated — although six feet of distancing is still recommended.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions are now set by regional health official officials.

Iowa


Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a public health proclamation, lifting the state's mask mandate and other Covid-19 restrictions. Anyone over the age of 65 is advised to limit activities outside of their home and avoid social gatherings. As of Feb. 7, there is no limit on gathering sizes. Event organizers are encouraged to take steps to ensure the safety of all participants, including via social distancing and increased hygiene practices.

Current meeting limits: There are no limits on gathering sizes, but event organizers must enforce physical distancing and implement safety measures.

Kansas


Gov. Laura Kelly imposed a statewide mask mandate on Nov. 18. Counties with their own face covering orders can keep the local rules in place. Any counties that did not previously have a mask mandate will now have to follow Kelly's executive order, which requires face coverings be worn in public places and while waiting in line to enter public spaces. Masks are also required in businesses, as well as outdoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Gathering restrictions have been set by individual counties. In Sedgwick County, for example, gatherings are currently limited to 25 people and venues must receive approval from the local health officer to host larger meetings.

Current meeting limits: Restrictions on gathering capacities differ depending on the county.

Kentucky


On Dec. 14, Gov. Andy Beshear eased Covid-19 restrictions, allowing bars and restaurants to reopen at 50 percent capacity. Gyms and indoor recreational facilities can also operate at 50 percent capacity. Private indoor gatherings are limited to no more than eight people from a maximum of two households. There is no limit for outdoor gatherings. Venues and event spaces are allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. A mask mandate for anyone over the age of 5 is in effect. Face coverings are required in businesses, restaurants and bars, and any indoor or outdoor public settings where it is difficult to maintain six feet of physical distancing.

Current meeting limits: Meeting venues can hold events at 50 percent capacity. Private indoor gatherings cannot exceed more than eight people from two households.

Louisiana


The state moved to phase 3 of reopening on March 2 — except for New Orleans, which entered a modified phase 3 on March 12. Event venues in the Big Easy cannot exceed 50 percent capacity and must follow gathering limits of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors. In the rest of the state, venues are limited to 50 percent occupancy, up to 250 people. Social distancing and masks are required.

Current meeting limits: In most of the state, venues can host events at 50 percent capacity, up to 250 people. Tighter gathering restrictions are in place in New Orleans, with a cap of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.

Maine


On Nov. 4, Gov. Janet Mills reduced restrictions on gatherings to 50 people indoors. Outdoor events cannot exceed 100 people, with physical distancing and masks required. Bars and tasting rooms were scheduled to reopen on Nov. 2, but this has been postponed until further notice. Maine is currently in phase 4 of its "Restarting Maine's Economy" plan.

Current meeting limits: Outdoor gatherings of 100 or fewer, and indoor gatherings of 50 or fewer are permitted.

Maryland


Gov. Larry Hogan lifted capacity restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and bars on March 12, although they are only able to offer seated service. Social-distancing and mask requirements remain. Capacity limits on indoor recreational facilities, including casinos, also have been lifted. Large indoor and outdoor venues are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Previously, on Dec. 17, the Maryland Department of Health prohibited all public and private indoor gatherings of more than 10 people.

Current meeting limits: Event venues can operate at 50 percent capacity.

Massachusetts


Massachusetts lifted all Covid-19 restrictions on May 29. The gathering limit has been rescinded and all industries, including casinos, are able to operate at full capacity. Face coverings still are required on public transportation.

Current meeting limits: All gathering limits and restrictions have been lifted

Michigan


On March 2, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services relaxed Covid-19 restrictions. Restaurants now can operate at 50 percent capacity, up to 100 people. Entertainment venues can operate at 50 percent capacity, but must abide by the gathering limits of 25 people indoors and 300 people outdoors. Venues must also comply with social-distancing and mask requirements.

Current meeting limits: Venues can operate at 50 percent capacity, up to 25 people indoors and 300 people outdoors. See details here.

Minnesota


Gov. Tim Walz loosened some gathering restrictions on Feb. 13. Indoor dining capacities have been increased to a maximum of 250 people, although restaurants are not to exceed 50 percent capacity. Dine-in services must end by 11 p.m. Indoor event and entertainment venues can operate at 25 percent capacity, up to 250 people. Indoor venues with separate, self-contained spaces can have up to 250 people or 25 percent capacity in each area. In this case, the maximum number of people allowed at the venue cannot exceed 1,250 (see details here). Outdoor events can continue at 25 percent capacity, up to 250 people. Private events are not to exceed 50 people, or 25 percent capacity. A mask mandate, issued July 25, requires residents to wear face coverings in stores and in indoor gathering spaces.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up of 25 percent capacity are allowed, with social distancing. Venues cannot exceed more than 250 people outdoors, and more than 250 people in each area of the venue indoors.


Mississippi


On March 3, Gov. Tate Reeves lifted Mississippi's mask mandate and increased capacities for all businesses to 100 percent. Reeves said that businesses will be able to operate with no state-imposed rules. There are no restrictions on gatherings, which had previously been limited to 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

Current meeting limits: Meeting venues can operate at full capacity with no restrictions.

Missouri


Missouri became the first state to allow the resumption of live events when Gov. Mike Parson's "Show Me Strong Recovery" plan went into effect on May 4. It entered phase 2 on June 16, in which all businesses, including large concert venues and theaters, have resumed operations, at limited capacity and with physical-distancing measures in place. There are no statewide gathering restrictions currently in place, but some counties have implemented their own regulations, such as Jackson County, which has limited gatherings to no more than 10 people. On Nov. 19, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued a public health warning advising counties with an extreme risk of Covid-19 to cap social gatherings at 10 people. Critical-risk counties should permit events up to 25 people. For areas with the least amount of risk, the state recommends that gatherings abide by physical-distancing guidelines, but there is no need for a capacity limit.

Current meeting limits: The state permits gatherings of any size, as long as physical-distancing practices are followed. Recommendations have been issued based on Covid-19 risk levels. Some counties have implemented capacity restrictions.

Montana


The statewide mask mandate was lifted on Feb. 12, along with capacity restrictions on businesses. There are no statewide limits on gatherings, although event organizers are advised to manage the event in a way that accommodates the CDC's social distancing guidelines. Some counties have imposed gathering limits (details here).

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are allowed in the state, although some counties have implemented capacity restrictions.

Nebraska


Nebraska moved to the blue level of its five-tier coronavirus framework on Dec. 24. Restaurants, bars and gyms can now operate at full capacity, but guidance urges businesses to restrict tables to no more than eight people and maintain physical distancing from other groups. Gatherings at outdoor events can resume at 100 percent capacity. Indoor event venues are restricted to 75 percent capacity. Social distancing is recommended but not required.

Current meeting limits: There are no limits on outdoor gatherings, while indoor events must remain within 75 percent of the venue's capacity.

Nevada


Gov. Steve Sisolak announced plans to fully reopen the state on June 1. Venue capacities and other Covid-19 mitigation measures are currently being handled by local counties. In Clark County, which includes the city of Las Vegas, events are now allowed at up to 80 percent of the venue's fire-code capacity or 250 people, whichever is fewer. Attendees must maintain three feet of social distancing. Groups that wish to host gatherings with more than 250 people before June 1 need to submit a safety plan to the county for approval.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county, but the state plans to fully reopen on June 1.

New Hampshire


Gov. Chris Sununu imposed a mask mandate requiring anyone over the age of 5 to wear a face covering in indoor and outdoor public settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. The order has been extended until March 26. Business guidelines for restaurants, hotels, museums and more can be found here. There are no capacity limits for gatherings.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of all sizes are permitted.

New Jersey


Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the state's indoor mask mandate for public spaces, as well as eliminated the social-distancing requirement for both indoor and outdoor spaces on May 28. Catered events are currently allowed for up to 250 people indoors. Gathering limits were lifted on June 4.

Current meeting limits: All restrictions have been removed.

New Mexico


As of Feb. 11, New Mexico no longer requires visitors or residents arriving from high-risk states to quarantine. However, the state still strongly encourages anyone traveling from another state or country to self isolate for at least 14 days and take a Covid-19 test as soon as possible.

New Mexico transitioned to a three-tiered reopening system on Dec. 2. Restrictions vary by county depending on the local Covid-19 risk level. In areas under red-level restrictions, gatherings of no more than five people are allowed, indoor dining is prohibited and outdoor dining is limited to 25 percent capacity. Yellow-level restrictions permit gatherings of up to 10 people, as well as indoor dining at 25 percent capacity and outdoor dining at 75 percent capacity. For counties in the green level, gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed, and dining is allowed at 50 percent indoors and 75 percent outdoors.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county depending on a red-to-green system.

New York


On May 19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted New York's mask mandate, in accordance with CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks in public settings and the Department of Health recommends face coverings in indoor settings where vaccination status is unknown. Also on May 19, the state dropped its capacity restrictions for most businesses. Gatherings are currently allowed for 250 people indoors or 500 people outdoors. Large event venues can operate at 30 percent capacity indoors and 33 percent outdoors. Six feet of social distancing is required, unless all attendees show proof of vaccination. Gatherings can only exceed the state's limits if all attendees have proof of full vaccination status or a recent negative Covid-19 test result.

Current meeting limits: Events of 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors are permitted. Large venues can operate at 30 percent capacity indoors and 33 percent capacity outdoors.

North Carolina


On May 14, Gov. Roy Cooper removed the state's mask mandate for most indoor settings, although face coverings still are required in certain setting, such as public transportation. In addition, the state has lifted all mass-gathering and social-distancing requirements.

Current meeting limits: There are no limits on gathering sizes and events do not need to abide by social distancing.

North Dakota


In response to a decline in Covid-19 cases and hospitalization, Gov. Doug Burgum announced the state would ease restrictions on Jan. 8. Capacity limits for bars and restaurants will be increased from 50 percent capacity to 66 percent, with a maximum of 200 people. Event venues will be able to host gatherings at 50 percent capacity, up from 25 percent previously. Meeting spaces must not exceed the large gathering capacity limits that have been established based on venue size.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings cannot exceed 50 percent of a venue's maximum occupancy and must also abide by new capacity restrictions that have been tiered according to the size of the facility.

Ohio


The Ohio Department of Health relaxed Covid-19 restrictions on March 2. Events at banquet centers are no longer limited to 300 people, but must still comply with social-distancing and mask requirements. Capacities were also increased for entertainment venues, which can now operate up to 25 percent of the fixed seated capacity indoors and up to 30 percent of the fixed seated capacity outdoors. The latest guidelines for businesses can be found on the "Responsible Restart Ohio" page.

Current meeting limits: There is no limit on attendance at banquet centers, as long as venues comply with social-distancing and mask requirements.

Oklahoma


An executive order issued by Gov. Kevin Stitt on March 12 lifted all statewide restrictions on events and residents. Face coverings are no longer required in public buildings. Some cities, including Tulsa and Oklahoma City, have extended their face-mask requirements.

Current meeting limits: There are no statewide restrictions on gatherings.

Oregon


Coronavirus restrictions in Oregon vary by county, depending on a four-tiered system. Indoor dining is allowed at 50 percent capacity in the lower-risk areas, along with indoor gatherings of 10 people and outdoor events of 12. In extreme-risk areas, indoor dining is prohibited, and all gatherings are limited to six people from two households.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county. See details here.

Pennsylvania


On April 4, Gov. Tom Wolf allowed restaurants to resume bar service and raise indoor dining capacities to 75 percent for establishments that have completed Pennsylvania's Covid-19 self-certification process. Restaurants that have not completed the certification process can operate at no more than 50 percent capacity. The capacity limits for entertainment facilities, including casinos and theaters, have been raised to 75 percent. Events will be allowed at 25 percent of the maximum occupancy when held indoors and up to 50 percent capacity outdoors, regardless of venue size. Event organizers must comply with social-distancing and mask requirements.

Philadelphia, however, will not follow the state's relaxed restrictions. Health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley instead announced that the city will allow outdoor catered events of up to 250 people with restrictions, beginning April 4.

Current meeting limits: The state now allows meeting venues to operate at 25 percent capacity indoors and 50 percent capacity outdoors. Philadelphia is maintaining tighter restrictions.

Puerto Rico


Pedro Pierluisi, who was sworn in as Puerto Rico's new governor on Jan. 2, announced he would eliminate an islandwide lockdown on Sundays. Pierluisi also said beaches, marinas and pools will be reopened. A Covid-19 curfew that has been in place since the beginning of the pandemic will be shortened from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m, to 11 pm. to 5 a.m. Large group gatherings will not be allowed. The new order, announced on Jan. 5, will be effective for 30 days.

Anyone visiting Puerto Rico must present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to travel, or complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Additional updates and resources are available at the Puerto Rico Health Department's online portal.

Current meeting limits: Large group gatherings are not allowed at this time.

Rhode Island


Rhode Island is rolling back restrictions. As of March 12, indoor dining is allowed at 66 percent capacity. Catered events are permitted at up to 50 percent capacity, with no more than 30 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. A licensed caterer must be on site, and catered events with more than 15 people must require pre-event testing for all attendees and staff. Indoor and outdoor venues including event spaces and performing arts centers, can operate at up to 40 percent capacity or 125 people, whichever is fewer. Details can be found on the state's reopening page.

Beginning March 19, indoor dining capacities will increase to 75 percent. Catered events will also be allowed at 75 percent capacity, up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. The limit for venues will be raised to 50 percent capacity, with no more than 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.

Current meeting limits: Meeting venues can host events of up to 125 people, or 40 percent capacity, whichever is fewer. On March 19, venues can host gatherings at 50 percent capacity, up to 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.

South Carolina


Gov. Henry McMaster lifted restrictions on mass gatherings on March 1. Events with more than 250 people no longer need to seek approval from the South Carolina Department of Commerce. The state, however, recommends that event organizers limit attendance to 50 percent of the venue capacity, up to 250 people. Planners are also advised to take reasonable safety precautions, follow guidelines from the CDC and other health officials, and encourage all guests to wear masks.

Current meeting limits: There are no restrictions on gatherings, although planners are encouraged to limit attendance, follow safety protocols and require masks.

South Dakota


The state has not issued any lockdowns or mask mandates. Businesses are encouraged to follow safety guidelines outlined in Gov. Kristi Noem's "Back to Normal" plan. While there is no cap on the number of people who can meet, the plan urges individuals to "resume operations in a manner that allows for physical distancing, good hygiene and appropriate sanitation." The plan also suggests event organizers consider restricting occupancy.

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of any size are permitted, as long as social distancing is practiced.

Tennessee


There is no statewide mask mandate and Covid-19 restrictions vary largely by county. In Nashville, events of more than eight people indoors and 25 people outdoors currently require approval from the Metro Public Health department and attendees must wear face coverings (see details here).

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary by county.

Texas


Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the state's mask mandate and allow all businesses and facilities in Texas to operate at 100 percent capacity on March 10. Businesses can continue to limit capacity and implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion. If Covid-19 hospitalizations get above 15 percent capacity for seven straight days in any of Texas's 22 hospital regions, the county judge for that region can impose new Covid-19 mitigation strategies. Per the Governor's executive order, those restrictions cannot include reducing capacity to less than 50 percent for any facility.

Abbott had previously increased business capacities in October, allowing most businesses to operate at 75 percent capacity. Businesses in areas with high hospitalization rates cannot exceed 50 percent capacity. Venues can host indoor events up to 75 percent capacity, with tables of no more than 10 people. Outdoor meetings must follow physical distancing, but there is no occupancy limit.

Current meeting limits: All facilities in the state can operate at 100 percent capacity.

Utah


A state of emergency, which had prohibited all social gatherings with nonhousehold members in Utah, expired on Nov. 23 and was not renewed. A new executive order issued by Gov. Gary Herbert the following day does not including any limits on gathering sizes, but event organizers must complete the state’s event management template and require all guests to wear face masks. Events also must include signage that lists all Covid-19 symptoms, urges individuals with symptoms to stay home and reminds attendees to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

Current meeting limits: There are no limits on gathering sizes, but event organizers must abide by certain safety protocols.

Vermont


Gov. Phil Scott has extended the state of emergency until Feb. 15. The order includes a ban on all public and private gatherings with members from more than one household. Restaurants must close in-person dining at 10 p.m., but can continue curbside, drive-through and delivery services. Dining establishments can only seat one household per table. All residents are required to wear face masks when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.

Current meeting limits: Public and private gatherings with more than one household are prohibited at this time.

Virginia


Gov. Ralph Northam has lifted the state's mask mandate and announced that Virginia will ease all distancing and capacity restrictions on May 28. Social gatherings currently are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. In addition, entertainment venues are allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity, up to 500 people indoors and with no maximum outdoors.

Current meeting limits: Entertainment venues can operate at 30 percent capacity, up to 500 people indoors. On May 28, all distancing and capacity restrictions will be lifted.

Washington


Gov. Jay Inslee moved all counties in Washington to phase three of the "Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery" plan on May 18. Under the new guidelines, event spaces can host indoor gatherings at 50 percent capacity or 400 people, whichever is fewer. Outdoor events are allowed at up to 400 people. The state plans to fully reopen and lift all Covid restrictions on June 30. According to Inslee, a full reopening could happen sooner if the vaccination rate reaches at least 70 percent of Washingtonians over the age of 16.

Current meeting limits: Events of up to 50 percent capacity or 400 people are permitted indoors under the phase three guidelines. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 400 people. All capacity restrictions will be lifted on June 30.

West Virginia


On March 5, Gov. Jim Justice announced that restaurants and bars could operate at 100 percent capacity, up from 75 percent previously. All guests must be seated and follow social-distancing protocols. The state's mask mandate remains in place. Limits on social gatherings have also been expanded, from 75 people to 100. Meetings that have been deemed essential are exempt from the limitation. The latest updates on the state's reopening can be found here.

Current meeting limits: Social gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed, with social distancing, masks and other safety precautions. Meetings for essential business purposes are exempt.

Wisconsin


Gov. Tony Evers signed a stay-at-home order on Nov. 10. Residents are strongly encouraged, but not required, to avoid gatherings with anyone outside of their household and follow physical distancing. Anyone over the age of 5 must wear a face mask when in indoor and enclosed spaces with other people. Some areas of the state have imposed tighter restrictions. Milwaukee, for example, only permits indoor gatherings of less than 10 people, or 25 percent capacity, or one person per 30 square feet of space. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people. Seating is required for both indoor and outdoor events.

Current meeting limits: Gathering restrictions vary across the state.

Wyoming


On Feb. 15, the state increased gathering capacities. Indoor events can now be held at 25 percent of venue capacity, up to 500 people. Outdoor gatherings are allowed at 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people. Event organizers must follow safety precautions, including maintaining proper social distancing and screening the staff for symptoms of Covid-19 or potential exposure within 14 days prior to the event (see details here).

Current meeting limits: Gatherings of up to 500 people or 25 percent capacity are permitted indoors. Outdoor events cannot exceed 1,000 people, or 50 percent of a venue's capacity, whichever is fewer.




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