Stay on Top of “Stay At Home” – A List of Statewide Orders, as of March 27, 2020

By Littler Mendelson on

March 27, 2020


Governors and public health officials across the country are implementing stringent measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19. This post, current as of March 27, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. (CDT), identifies the states where “stay at home” orders are effective or pending. We will update the list regularly but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made.

As of this posting, the most recent announcements affect Montana, New Hampshire and Colorado.

Generally speaking, the “stay at home” types of orders shutter all non-essential business operations, permitting employees of non-essential businesses to work from home only, with narrow exceptions. Many also specifically require citizens to remain home at all times, unless they are engaged in essential activities, such as shopping for food and basic goods, commuting to perform essential work, seeking medical attention, or participating in outdoor activities.

Note that this list does not include “stay at home” actions at the local level. Nor does it include less restrictive orders that: affect only certain businesses, like restaurants or salons; recommend but do not require people to stay home; or that apply only to certain counties within a state (as in Pennsylvania, for example). Employers should monitor news outlets and consult with counsel for details on additional orders that may apply to their operations.

State Effective Date Duration or End Date Resources
California March 19, 2020 Until further notice Executive Order N-33-20FAQsLittler Article
Colorado March 26, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. April 11, 2020 Press ReleaseExecutive OrderFAQsStay at Home Page
Connecticut March 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. April 22, 2020 Executive Order No. 7HBusiness Exemptions GuidanceFAQsLittler ArticleSee also Executive Order 7N
Delaware March 24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. May 15, 2020 or until health threat eliminated Press ReleaseFAQsList of Essential Businesses
Florida – for vulnerable populations only March 25, 2020 May 8, 2020, unless extended Executive Order (ordering advisory be issued)Public Health Advisory
Georgia – for certain medically fragile people only March 24, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. April 6, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Executive Order
Hawaii March 25, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. April 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ProclamationPress Release
Idaho March 25, 2020 At least 21 days Press ReleaseOrder to Self-IsolateFAQsStay at Home Page
Illinois March 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. April 7, 2020 Executive OrderFAQsLittler Article
Indiana March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. April 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. but could be extended Executive Order 20-08FAQsAll Executive Orders
Louisiana March 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. April 13, 2020 unless extended Proclamation 33 JBE 2020Littler ArticleAll ProclamationsHelp Desk for Businesses
Massachusetts1 March 24, 2020 at 12:00 noon April 7, 2020 at 12:00 noon Press ReleaseEmergency OrderList of Essential ServicesLittler Article
Michigan March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. April 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Press ReleaseExecutive OrderLittler Article
Minnesota March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. April 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Executive OrderFAQsStay at Home Page
Montana March 28, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. April 10, 2020 Directive Implementing Executive Orders
New Hampshire March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. May 4, 2020 Emregency Order No. 17List of Essential Businesses
New Jersey March 21, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. Until revoked or modified Executive Order 107All Executive OrdersLittler Article
New Mexico March 23, 2020 Until rescinded Press ReleasePublic Health OrderFAQsList of Essential Businesses
New York March 22, 2020 April 17, 2020 Press ReleaseExecutive Order 202.8All Executive OrdersLittler Article
Ohio March 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. April 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Press ReleaseStay at Home OrderFAQs
Oklahoma – for vulnerable individuals only March 24, 2020 April 30, 20202 Executive Order 2020-07 (4th am.)
Oregon March 23, 2020 Until terminated Press ReleaseExecutive Order 20-12Littler ArticleStay at Home Page
Washington State March 23, 20203 April 6, 2020 AnnouncementProclamationList of Essential Critical Infrastructure WorkersLittler Article
West Virginia March 24, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Until terminated Executive Order No. 9-20Stay at Home Page
Wisconsin March 25, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. April 24, 2020 Executive Order #12Guidance Page
Vermont March 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. April 15, 2020 Press ReleaseExecutive OrderFAQs

Because the COVID-19 situation is dynamic, with new governmental measures each day, employers should consult with counsel for the latest developments and updated guidance.

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This article only includes general information and IMS is not, by means of this article, rendering any tax, legal or other professional services. This communication should not be relied upon for any decision or action that may have an impact on your business. Prior to taking any action, you should be in contact with your advisor.

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