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Tightening quarantine restrictions: what has changed in each state

In recent weeks, many governors across the country have reinstated restrictive measures to cope with a new surge in COVID-19 cases. And this is on the eve of the holiday season, weekends and holidays. New quarantine requirements for each state compiled into one list by the edition Fox News.

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More than 19 million cases have been reported in the United States since the COVID-11 pandemic began. The approaching holiday season is of great concern to state officials, who fear that large gatherings could worsen the country's current health situation.

"The situation has never been more dire," Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.

State governors have introduced extensive restrictive measures, from ending private lessons in schools to restricting restaurants and other establishments.


Governor Kay Ivey has ordered the introduction of mandatory masks in the state. Until December 11, people will have to wear a mask or other protective covering for the face in public places and indoors when it is impossible to maintain social distance.

However, social distancing rules have been relaxed for restaurants, retailers, gyms and other close contact service providers (such as hairdressing salons).


Governor Mike Dunleavy has issued several executive orders that restrict travel between communities. Dunleavy also updated the rules for residents and non-residents coming to Alaska.

All Alaska employees, contractors and site visitors are still required to wear face masks if they cannot maintain a social distance of at least six feet (1,8 m).

Alaska does not require the use of masks by all residents, but recommends wearing them in places where social distancing is impossible.


According to the latest executive order from Gov. Doug Dewey, malls, casinos, swimming pools, gyms and fitness centers may remain open as long as there is physical distance.

In addition, restaurants may continue to receive customers in lounges, although officials are encouraging the use of delivery services and summer terraces whenever possible.

The governor also urges residents to avoid large gatherings and, if possible, hold outdoor gatherings.

He also stressed that people should wear masks and stay at home if they have any symptoms of a respiratory infection.


The Arkansas Department of Health advises anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus, who has recently been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, to avoid family gatherings on holiday.

Other residents need to be socially responsible by gathering with family and friends. The department says residents should avoid vacation travel and wear face masks around other people. The department also opposes mass gatherings. However, if people do attend any event, they should maintain a social distance.


Los Angeles County is expected to have a curfew from 20:22 pm to 00:6 am starting November 00. In addition, restaurants will have to fill their outdoor terraces by no more than 50%, and the maximum occupancy rate for other businesses will be reduced to 25%.

About 41 counties in the state have been placed in the strictest "purple" category in the pandemic plan. Many businesses in these counties will have to suspend or severely restrict their internal operations.

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Officials urged those planning holiday gatherings to observe strict precautions, limiting themselves to small groups and spending time outdoors.

The state is also tightening mask-wearing regulations by requiring people to wear masks whenever they are out.


Gov. Ned Lamont announced that Connecticut will revert to Phase 2.1 of the quarantine plan. At this stage, the capacity of restaurants is limited to 50%, and no more than eight people can sit at one table.

Restaurants and entertainment venues such as bowling alleys and cinemas are due to close by 21:30. However, food delivery services will be allowed after this time.

Personal services such as hairdressing will be limited to 75% of the capacity, while mass events will be limited to 25 people indoors and up to 50 outdoors. Museums and cinemas will seat 100 people, while religious gatherings will be limited to 50% or a maximum of 100 people.


Gov. Jay Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that additional measures will be taken in every region of the state from November 20 to slow the spread of the virus.

This will cover the following industries:

  • Retail
  • Personal hygiene services
  • Health
  • Fitness centers
  • Hotels
  • Manufacture
  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Meetings and social events
  • Offices
  • Organized group entertainment
  • Indoor relaxation
  • Театр
  • Cultural institutions

The latest round of restrictions does not include an isolation decree, however, according to the governor, "if mitigation measures are not followed and the number of diseases continues to rise in the coming weeks, another decree may be required."

Pritzker previously announced heightened security measures in Southern Illinois, Will and Kankakee counties, and Kane and Dupage counties.

In connection with the tightening of restrictions, bars and restaurants should reduce the number of guests at one table from 10 to 6 people. Indoor and outdoor gatherings are also limited to 10 people. This does not apply to full-time students.

Organized group entertainment is limited to 25 people or 25% of the total room capacity.

The Governor also announced restrictions in Region 2, which includes Rock Island, Henry, Bureau, Putnam, Kendall, Grundy, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren, McDonough, Fulton, Stark, Marshall, Peoria, Tasewell, Maclean, Woodford, Livingston and Lasalle districts.

Measures in these counties include:

Bars and restaurants provide outdoor service only. All bars and restaurants close at 23:00.

The number of participants in group events should be limited to 25 people or 25% of the total capacity. Entertainment establishments such as casinos are required to close at 23:00 and operate at 25% capacity.


Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced restrictions on the state's orange and red counties.

In orange districts, public gatherings should be limited to 50 people. Attendance at K-12 winter sports events indoors should be limited to 25%. Public sports leagues and tournaments may continue, but attendance should be limited.

In red districts, public gatherings are limited to 25 people. Attendance at K-12 Winter Indoor Extracurricular Activities is restricted to members, support staff, and parents or guardians only. Public sports leagues and tournaments may only continue with the necessary staff and parents or guardians.

Local authorities may consider limiting the time spent in bars, nightclubs and restaurants.


Gov. Kim Reynolds said all Iowa residents age 2 and older must wear masks in public and indoors. Indoor meetings are limited to 15 people and outdoor meetings are limited to 30 people. Restricted gatherings include wedding receptions, family gatherings, conventions, and other non-essential gatherings, but do not apply to gatherings that take place during "normal business or government activities."

Group sports and activities of youth and adults are prohibited, with the exception of schools, colleges and professional sports. Spectators must wear masks and be six feet apart.

Restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, billiard rooms, bingo rooms, arcades, indoor playgrounds and children's play centers close at 22:00.


Governor Larry Hogan has issued an emergency decree to contain the spread of the virus. The new restrictions went into effect statewide starting November 17.

Bars, restaurants and establishments serving food and alcohol are due to close at 22:00. However, they can continue to operate for pickup and delivery.

The capacity of shopping establishments and religious sites has been reduced by up to 50%. Fans are prohibited from entering racetracks and other professional and student stadiums throughout the state.

Visits to hospitals and nursing homes are also prohibited, although some exceptions are possible.


Gov. Charlie Baker has imposed isolation orders and curfews on most businesses.

The recommendation instructs residents to stay at home from 22:00 to 05:00. Although travel to and from work, as well as activities such as grocery shopping and exercise, are permitted.

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Curfew requires restaurants and other businesses, including theaters, performance areas, golf courses, youth and amateur sporting events, and indoor and outdoor events, to close at 21:30 pm. Delivery services may be open in restaurants after curfew.

Indoor private gatherings are limited to 10, and outdoor gatherings are limited to 25.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration has ordered high schools and colleges to end personal studies, closed indoor dining restaurants and suspended sports events.

The ordinance also restricts indoor and outdoor gatherings, closes some entertainment venues, and bans gyms from holding group classes.


Governor Tim Waltz has issued state-level restrictions on public gatherings, celebrations and receptions, and has also restricted the operation of bars and restaurants.

All bars and restaurants must close service by 22:00. The capacity of the premises will be limited to 150 people and cannot exceed 50% of the total capacity of the establishment.

Indoor and outdoor gatherings should be limited to 10 people, and all community gatherings will be limited to members of up to three families.

Weddings, funerals and similar events cannot be held between 22:00 and 04:00.

New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy announced that restaurants, bars, clubs, lounges and other food and beverage businesses must close by 22:00 pm. Outdoor dining may continue after 22:00, as can takeout and delivery services.

In addition, non-essential retailers, food outlets, and leisure and entertainment establishments are due to close by 20:00.

Indoor meetings are limited to 10 instead of 25, and outdoor meetings are limited to 150 instead of 500.

Religious services, celebrations, political events, weddings, funerals, memorial services and other performances can still allow up to 25% of the hall capacity, but no more than 150 people.

New Mexico

Gov. Michel Lujan Grisham has banned most of the nonessential close-contact businesses statewide since November 16. This will last for two weeks, although this period may be extended.

Residents are instructed to stay at home, except for important travel such as shopping for food, emergency medical care, and a flu shot or COVID-19 test.

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Major businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, orphanages, kindergartens and gas stations will remain open, but will be required to minimize operations and staffing.

Food and beverage establishments are limited to delivery and pick-up services only.

Major retailers such as grocery and hardware stores, self-service laundries, liquor stores and large retail stores are required to close by 22:00 pm and are limited to either 25% maximum occupancy or 75 customers at a time, whichever is less.

New York

All businesses and gyms are to close by 22:00 pm, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued such a decree.

North Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper said the state will have Phase 3 restrictions in place until at least December 4.

Large outdoor areas (with a capacity of more than 10 people) can operate at 000% occupancy, while smaller outdoor entertainment venues can operate at 7% outdoor occupancy - or 30 people, whichever is less ... Cinemas, bars and convention centers can be operated by 100% - or 30 people.

Amusement parks can also operate at 30% utilization, but only for outdoor attractions.

Indoor mass gatherings are limited to 10 people.

23:00 PM - Curfew for the sale of alcohol for personal use in restaurants and outdoor bars.

North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum announced a state-of-the-art mask-wearing rule.

Masks must be worn in businesses, in public spaces, and outside public places where social distancing is not possible. The decree is valid until December 13.

The capacity of all bars and restaurants will be limited to 50%.

Venues for events should be limited to 25% of the capacity.


Gov. Mike Devine has announced a state curfew that will take effect November 19.

The curfew will be in effect from 22:00 to 05:00 for 21 days. However, it does not apply to those who must be at work, those in an emergency, or those in need of medical attention. According to Devine, residents can still leave their homes to go grocery shopping or if they take out or deliver food.

The Ohio Department of Health also announced a restriction on mass gatherings.

Wedding receptions and other banquets will have to follow several rules to minimize the spread of COVID-19, including avoiding close contact with visitors, guests must be in their seats at all times, and the bar and self-service buffet will not be open. Masks must be worn all the time, except when eating. There should be no more than 10 people at each table, and they should all live in the same house. If guests live separately, they must be seated at separate tables.

This decree does not apply to religious practices.


Gov. Kevin Stitt has tightened security measures for restaurants, bars and government officials in Oklahoma.

All bars and restaurants must close by 23:00.

All restaurants must have tables at least 6 feet apart, unless tables are separated by sanitized dividers.

All civil servants are required to wear masks in public places or when they are around other people.


According to the head of the Department of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, masks must be worn indoors and outdoors if people are outside the home.

When you are indoors, masks are essential even if you are physically away from people outside of your family. This applies to all indoor facilities, including homes, shops, gyms, doctors' offices, public transportation, and wherever food is prepared, packaged or served.

In addition, starting November 20, anyone traveling from out of state must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel. This does not apply to people traveling from out of state for work or medical treatment.

Colleges and universities should also implement a testing plan for students when they return to campus after vacation.


Oregon Governor Keith Brown issued a "two-week moratorium" that took effect November 18. According to the decree, most indoor areas such as gyms and restaurants will be closed and basic services such as grocery stores and pharmacies will be restricted.

All businesses are strongly encouraged to transfer employees to remote work. The state is also suspending long-term care visits.

However, the two-week moratorium does not apply to personal services such as hairdressing and non-medical massage, homeless shelter, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, K-12 schools, and K-12 sports.

Rhode Island

Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered businesses such as restaurants, bars, gyms and recreational areas to close by 22pm on most business days and 00:22 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Governor has lowered the capacity limit for large stores, indoor and outdoor areas, and catering events. Indoor and outdoor public gatherings are limited to 10 people. The capacity limit for enclosed spaces such as cinemas or houses of worship is 50% of the normal capacity with a maximum capacity of 125 people. The limit for open areas is 66% of the normal capacity with a maximum capacity of 150 people.


Gov. Gary Herbert announced that the entire state is under a rule on wearing face masks.

In addition, casual social gatherings should be limited to family members only, and all extracurricular activities are temporarily suspended.

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These restrictions are due to end on November 23, just a few days before Thanksgiving.


Gov. Phil Scott announced a temporary ban on "public and private gatherings of several families" and announced the closure of bars and clubs.

The ban applies to both indoor and outdoor meetings, as well as festive gatherings. However, people who live alone can visit other family members living elsewhere.

Bars and social clubs must be closed for personal service. Most recreational sports, with the exception of permitted school sports, are suspended.


Governor Ralph Northam has imposed a 25-person limit for all gatherings, as well as a curfew on the sale of alcohol.

Places offering alcohol will be required to close by midnight, and the sale and consumption of alcohol on site should end at 22:00.

All public and private gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, should be limited to 25 people instead of 250.

All residents over 4 years of age are required to wear face masks in public.


Gov. Jay Inslee announced that bars and restaurants will be limited to outdoor dining and delivery.

All retail in stores, including grocery stores, will be limited to 25% capacity and staying in areas with seating is prohibited. Religious services will also be limited to 25% room capacity or no more than 200 people. Neither the choir, nor the orchestra, nor the ensemble should perform during the service.

Gyms will be prohibited from offering indoor services, but outdoor fitness activities may continue as long as there are no more than five people in a group.

Entertainment venues such as cinemas, bowling alleys, museums and zoos will be banned from offering indoor services, although cinemas will continue to be allowed to operate under previously set restrictions. Long-term care facilities may only offer outdoor visits, excluding deaths.

Weddings and funerals will be limited to a maximum of 30 people, and youth and adult sports are to be held outdoors with masks only.


Governor Tony Evers's directive requires all people to stay at home as long as possible and only travel when needed, such as to go to work, buy groceries, or replenish medicine.

When residents leave their homes, they must take extra precautions.

Evers also strongly encourages all businesses to take steps to protect their employees and customers.


Delaware Gov. John Carney announced the new restrictions that will take effect November 23, amid rising coronavirus cases in the state and the rest of the country.

Indoor gatherings in homes should be limited to 10 people, while outdoor gatherings should be limited to 50. Restaurants and other outdoor events should be limited to 30% of the capacity.

“These are tough decisions, but we have a tough winter ahead of us,” Governor Karney said. - COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in Delaware and across the country. About 250 Americans, including 000 Delawareans, have already died due to the virus. Our focus must be on protecting lives. "

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