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 We will update the list regularly but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made.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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