As you know, jurisdictions are in varying phases of reopening. Many secretary of state offices are now operating with limited staff and delayed processing. However, CSC has established electronic filing with most jurisdictions, as well as processes to manage your corporate filings, transactions, and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) at normal levels in most cases. CSC has already begun working with our clients to manage their increased volume, and we are ready to do more. Contact your CSC Customer Service Team. We are prepared to take care of your filings, searches, and retrievals based on our deep knowledge of what is available in every jurisdiction.

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Last updated: 1/14/2021

CSC cut-off times will vary per issuing office, please contact your CSC representative for additional information  

JurisdictionClosure or DelayDates ImpactedImpacted ServicesOnline Services  ImpactedNotes
AK – DMVOpen    
AK – SOSOver the Counter not vailable3/23 – end date unknownN/A
NoCorporate Filings and copies are delayed – The state does not offer expedite service options
AK – DNROpen 10am – 2pm AST6/1 – end date unknownUCC filings and searchesNoThe state does not offer expedite service options
AL – SOSOpen   All services no delays
AL – Department of RevenueOver the Counter not vailable3/18 – end date unknown N/AAll services no delays
AL – Trademark DivisionOpen   All services no delays
AL – DMVcourier only   Courier still being accepted 
AR – SOSDrop-off Only; CSC is not affected (same day service must be received by 11:00 am CST)3/13 – end date unknown  All services no delays
AZ – Corporate CommissionDrop-Off Only3/24 – end date unknownCorp & LLCNoAll services no delays.
To meet state cut-off times, CSC must have by 8:45 AM MST for same day; 1:15 PM MST for 2 hour; and 3 PM MST for all other corporate services.
AZ – Navajo NationOpen   All services no delays
AZ – SOSDrop-Off Only3/23 – end date unknownUCC, Partnerships, Authentications & TradenamesNoUCC filing expedite options are suspended. Expedite service for Limited Partnerships is available.
Canada (Federal)Closed3/18 – end date unknownCorporate
Entities whose anniversary date is between February 1 and June 30 now have until September 30, 2020 to file their annual return.
NoDocuments may be emailed
Over the counter services delayed for all services
CA – DMVCourier only    
CA – Franchise Tax BoardClosed3/19 – end date unknownTax Reports / Status CertificatesN/ADocuments received by overnight courier/USPS will be processed. 
CA – SOSDrop-Off Only24-JunN/ANo24 hour expedite and preclearance services are suspended. No other expedite options are currently available. The lobby is closed for evidence pickup; documents will be sent by FedEx.  CSC cut off time 3 pm PST. Apostille/Authentication orders are taking approximately 3 weeks.
CO – DMVOpen    
CO-SOSOver the counter not available3/18 – end date unknownAll filing services not available onlineNoExpedite options are currently unavailable for filings that cannot be submitted online or sent USPS. Office will review filings on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays only.
CO – Legalization UnitOver the Counter not available3/16 – end date unknownApostille/Legalization Expedite options are currently unavailable. Routine service no delays
CT – DMVcourier only    
CT – SOSDrop-Off Only3/18 – end date unknownExpedite options are currently unavailable for Apostille/legalizations.NoAll services no delays
DC – DCRAClosed3/20 – end date unknownCorporate Filings NoOvernight courier and USPS accepted and will be processed routine. A return envelope must be included. Expedite services available for online filings only.
DC-Recorder of DeedsOver the counter not available3/23 – 6/8UCC filings must be submitted via erecord. Paper documents will not be accepted.NoAll services no delays
DC – Notary Division Open   All services no delays
DE – DMVOpen    
DE – Division of RevenueClosed3/23- end date unknownTax Good StandingsN/ADocuments received via USPS /overnight courier will be held by the state and processed once they open to the public.
All services delayed
The state does not offer expedite service options
DE – SOSCSC is not affected by DE’s limited public access3/23 – end date unknownN/A All services no delays
FL – DMVClosed    
FL – Secured Transaction Registry (UCC)Over the Counter not available3/20 – end date unknownN/ANoAll services no delays
FL – SOSDrop-Off Only 3/19 – end date unknownOnline services and Apostille / Legalization requests remain available NoRoutine corporate filings are delayed. Evidence is a letter only a stamped copy is not returned. The state does not offer expedite service options.
GA – DMVall DMV offices are closed    
GA – SOSOver the counter not available3/17 – end date unknownAuthentications documents will be returned via overnight courier.NoCSC must have by 8:30 AM EST to meet the 9:15 AM state cut-off for all expedited corporate services. Documents and payments sent via overnight courier/USPS may be delayed.
No delays for routine or expedite filings
GA – ApostillesOver the counter not available; CSC is not affected3/17 – end date unknownApostilles OnlyN/AAll services no delays
Guam – SOSClosed8/17 – end date unknownAll
The  $50 penalty for annual reports not filed by 09/01 will be imposed after 10/02
N/ADocuments will not be processed until the jurisdiction reopens. Annual return filings are being accepted.
HI – Bureau of ConveyancesAppointment Only8/25 – end date unknownUCC Searches
UCC filings are completed via erecord and not affected
NoAll services no delays
HI – DCCAOpen to the public 7:45 HST to 12:00 HST3/20 – end date unknownCorpNoAll expedite and routine options are delayed 
HI – DMVCourier only    
IA – DMVcourier only   Courier still being accepted
IA – SOSClosed to the general public3/18 – 01/05Biennial reports which were not filed by 4/1 are delinquent; however, the state has no definitive plans for administrative dissolution.NoExpect delays with paper Corporate filing 
UCC filings – delayed

UCC filings – delayed
ID – DMVClosed    
ID – SOSOver the Counter not available3/19 – end date unknownN/ANoAll services no delays
IL – DMVCourier Only    
IL – SOSCorp & UCC closed for the remainder of 8/198/19 – the state plans to re-open 8/20 (subject to change)No penalties for annual reports filed  90 days after the due date.NoStand and wait services remain unavailable
24-48 hour expedite is available; however, it is taking as long as 72 hours to receive evidence.
Routine corporate filings are delayed
Apostilles/Legalizations are taking 24-48 hours
IN – DMVClosed    
IN – SOSOver the Counter not available without an appointment 3/17 – end date unknownEntities will remain in active status and will not be revoked or administratively dissolved until further notice.  NoAll services no delays
KS – DMVClosed    
KS – SOSDrop-off Only3/23 – end date unknown NoAll services no delays
KY – DMVAccepting Courier    
KY – SOSClosed to the gneral public3/17/2020 – end date unkownApostilles delayed 3-4 weeksNoCorporate and UCC no All services no delays
LA – DMVClosed    
LA – SOSOver the Counter not available without an appointment   3/16 – end date unknownAll
Entities will remain in active status and will not be revoked or administratively dissolved until further notice. 
NoAll services no delays
MA – SOSOpen    Corporate filings and document retrieval orders are taking 48-72 hours
MA – Department of InsuranceOver the counter not available4/23 – end date unknownAllN/ADocuments received by  overnight courier/USPS will be processed and returned regular mail.
Document retrieval is delayed
The state does not offer expedite service options
MA – DMVcourier only    
MD – DMVBy appointment only    
MD – SOSDrop-Off Only ***(corporate filings that may not be submitted online)3/16 – end date unknown  All
Expiration dates for trade names, name reservations & forfeiture dates are extended to 30 days after the state of emergency is rescinded.
 Corporate filings not available online may be dropped off Monday through Friday; CSC must have by 11:15 AM EST to meet the 12:30 PM EST cut-off. Evidence will be sent regular mail. 2 hour expedite service is available on Monday, Wednesday & Friday only, limited to 3 submissions and must be submitted before 8:30 AM.  CSC must have by 4pm the prior business day.
Over the counter copy requests (business filings from 1999 and prior) are not available at this time.
MD – LegalizationsOpen by appointment only3/16 – end date unknownApostille/LegalizationN/AAll services no delays
ME – DMVClosed    
ME – SOSDrop-Off-Only3/18 – end date unknownAllNoSame day service is suspended; 24 hour and routine services are delayed for corporate filings
MI – DMVClosed    
MI – SOSOver the Counter not available3/24 – end date unknownAnnual Reports due on 5/15 will have late filing penalties assessed after 12/31.NoAll corporate expedite and routine options are available.
Routine evidence is delayed
UCC filings no delays
MN – DMVOpen    
MN – SOSOpen Apostille/Authentication delayed
Annual Reports due on 5/15 will have late filing penalties assessed after 11/27.
NoOne hour corporate filing service is suspended – All other corporate filing services no delays
MO – DMVClosed    
MO – SOSOpen N/ANoOnly 6 expedites are allowed a day. The waiting list is approximately 1 month. Routine filings are taking 6 + weeks. UCC filings are not affected.
MS – Department of RevenueDrop-Off Only3/19 – end date unknownTax Clearance & set aside letters N/AThru dates on State Tax Lien searches will be impacted.
The state does not offer expedite service options
Tax Clearance &  set aside letters are taking 10 months
MS – DMVclosed    
MS – SOSClosed to the general public3/17 – 6/15Apostille/Authentication only delayedNoAll services no delays
MT – DMVcourier only    
MT – SOSOpen   All services no delays
NC – DMVClosed    
NC – LegalizationOpen by appointment only3/19 – end date unknownApostille/LegalizationN/ADocuments will be processed as received
Routine services are delayed. The state does not offer expedite service options
NC – SOSOpen by appointment only03/20 – end date unknown NoAll services no delays
ND – SOSOpen   All services no delays
NE – SOSOpen by appointment only  NoAll services no delays
NH – SOSOver the Counter not available3/27 – end date unknownApostille, Authentications & Tax Clearances will be delayedNoAll services no delays
NJ – DMVClosed until at least March 30    
NJ -Department of Taxation Closed to the Public4/20 – end date unknownTax Status/ Clearance Certificates Expect delays for Tax Status & Tax Clearance Certificates 
NJ – SOSDrop-Off Only3/18 – end date unknownN/ANo1 hour, 2 hour and same day service is suspended
Expedite corporate filing services delayed 5-7 days
Expedited Apostilles are delayed 5-7 days

NM – DMVCourier only    
NM – SOSOver the Counter not available3/19 – end date unknownAllNoDocuments received by overnight courier/USPS will be processed. Expedite services are not available.  
Northern Mariana Islands Open   All services no delays
NV – DMVclosed    
NV – SOSOpen by appointment only Annual Lists / business license renewals due during closure will be extended 60 days after the emergency is terminated.
If past due, filings must be filed via email or paper to avoid the penalty fee.
Past due Annual Lists / business license will be charged a penalty fee if filed online.All corporate services no delays
NY – BankingOver the Counter not available5/13 – end date unknownN/AN/ADocument retrieval and consents are – delayed. The state does not offer expedite service options
NY – DMVClosed    
NY – InsuranceOver the Counter not availableEnd date unknownN/A Certified copies not available. No delays for good standings. The state does not offer expedite service options
NY – Legalization UnitClosed3/16 – end date unknownApostille/LegalizationN/ADocuments are now being accepted at the Department of Licensing Services.  Processing time frame is unknown. The state does not offer expedite service options
NY – SOSOpen  NoAll expedite corporate filing services are available. The 24 hour service is taking 48 hours to receive evidence. 
OH – DMVClosed     
OH – SOSOver the counter not available11/23 – end date unknown NoAll corporate filings services must be filed online except pre-clearances they may be sent to the vendor or by email to business@ohiosos.gov. Apostille/authentication request should be sent by USPS. An appointment may be scheduled for all urgent apostille/authentication requests. 
OK – DMVOpen    
OK – SOSOver the Counter not available3/18 – end date unknown NoAll services no delays
OR – DMVAccepting transactions via courier    
OR –SOSOver the Counter not available3/16 – 12/31All
Annual report due date not extended;
however, the state is delaying the reinstatement fees upon request
NoAll filing services are delayed
The state does not offer expedite service
PA – Department of Revenue (including Labor and Industry)Over the counter not available3/19 – end date unknown NoTax Clearance & tax certificates no delays
PA – DMVClosed until at least March 27    
PA – Legalization UnitDrop-Off Only3/16 – end date unknownApostille/LegalizationN/AAll services are delayed. The state does not offer expedite service options
PA – SOSDrop-Off Only3/13 – end date unknownAllNoNow offering a limited number of corporate expedite services per day. The 30 day window to resubmit a rejected filing has been extended to 60 days.
Routine Corporate Filings – No delays
Document Retrieval, UCC Certified Searches and UCC filing  – No delays
Puerto Rico – Legalization UnitClosed3/19 – end date unknownApostille/LegalizationN/a 
Puerto Rico – SOSOver the Counter not available3/19 – end date unknownBased on the Administrative Order, it is required to request both extensions on or before November 6, 2020 to file the 2019 Annual Report..
 Once both extensions are requested, you must file said report on or before January 15, 2021 to avoid penalties
NoAll services no delays
RI – DMVCourier only    
RI – SOSDrop-Off Only3/17 – end date unknownAllNoAll services no delays
SC – SOSDrop-Off Only8/13 – end date unknown NoSC is now allowing drop-off service
Expect slight delay of 1-2 days on all services.
SC – Department of RevenueClosed3/25 -end date unknown N/A 
SC – DMVOpen   Courier still being accepted, but unsure of turnaround times 
SD – DMVClosed    
SD – SOSOpen AllNoAll services no delays
TN – DMVCovington, Milington, Oakland, Shelby, Summer and Union services centers are closed. Can submit via courier.     
TN – SOSDrop-Off Only3/16 – end date unknown NoAll services no delays
TX – ComptrollerOver the counter not available
Drop-Off available for Authentications/Apostilles only
3/24 – end date unknownAll
Except Authentications/Apostilles
NoTax clearances are taking approximately 3 months and must be sent USPS. 
TX – DMVDallas County Closed, Harris County closed    
TX – SOSOver the Counter not available3/27- end date unknown NoCorporate and UCC filings are delayed
US – Copyright OfficeOver the Counter not available3/12 – end date unknownN/ANoDocuments may be submitted via email only, and only by paying the additional $550 special handling fee. Reports are not affected
US – IRSLimited Service3/31 – end date unknownEIN applicationNoMost applications are processed online. Applications that require fax submission are now being accepted. Services are delayed.
US – Office of the Comptroller of the CurrencyClosed04/06 – end date unknownCertificate of Good Standing Certified Copies of Charter DocumentsN/AAll services no delays
US – Patent & Trademark OfficeClosed3/16 – end date unknownUncertified document copiesNoAll services no delays
US – US Department of StateOver the Counter not available3/20 – end date unknownAuthenticationsN/AAll services are delayed approximate turnaround is 8-10 weeks.
USVI – Division of CorporationsOver the Counter not available3/25 – end date unknownCorporate filings NoMay be sent by overnight courier and USPS. 
UT – DMVClosed    
UT – SOSDrop-Off Only3/25 – end date unknownAllNoAll services no delays
VA – DMVOpen    
VA – SOSDrop-off only3/18 – end date unknownallNoAll services no delays
VA – Legalization UnitOver the Counter not available3/16 – end date unknownApostille/LegalizationN/AMay be sent by overnight courier & USPS. The state does not offer expedite service options
VT – DMVCourier only    
VT – SOSOpen   All services no delays
WA-Department of LicensingOpen – Tuesdays & Thursdays  NoUCC copies ordered directly with the state are delayed
WA – SOSClosed to the public
Offering a by appointment curbside service


8/28 – end date unknownAllNoSame day service is suspended. Expedite is available for corporate filings evidence is taking 2-3 days.  UCC filings are delayed approximately 2 weeks.
WI – DMVAccpeting transactions via courier    
WI – Legalization UnitOver the counter not available3/26 – end date unknownApostille/LegalizationN/AMay be sent by overnight courier & USPS. The state does not offer expedite service options
WI – SOSOver the Counter not available3/24 – end date unknownAllNoCorporate filing 1 hour and 4 hour expedite services are suspended; 24-72 hour expedite is available.  
WV – DMVCourier only    
WV – SOSOver the Counter not available3/25 – end date unknownApostille/legalizationNoCorporate filings that are not available on-line can be submitted to the state.
24 hour Expedite filings are taking 48 hours.  No delays for routine filings.
WY – DMVCourier only    
WY- SOSDrop-Off Only3/23 – end date unknownN/ANoDocuments must be dropped-off or mailed by USPS only – All services are delayed. The state does not offer expedite service options

Business License Services – Jurisdiction Impact

JurisdictionClosure or DelayDates ImpactedImpacted ServicesOnline Services ImpactedNotes
AL – Alabama Department of LaborClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/18 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingN/AClosed to the public
CA – City of BakersfieldN/AN/ABusiness License FilingNoBusiness Tax Certificate renewal notices will be mailed at the end of May 2020, and the deadline to renew (penalty free) has been extended through August 31, 2020.
CA – City and County of San FranciscoN/AN/ABusiness License FilingNoThe City will extend the 2020 Business Registration Fee deadline by four months from May 31, 2020 to September 30, 2020.  The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector encourages all businesses who can register and pay their fee on time to do so.
CA – City of BeniciaGrace Period ExtensionN/ABusiness License FilingN/AExtension of due date for Business License Renewal, Transient Occupancy Tax through 6/15
CA – City of ConcordClosedN/ABusiness License FilingNoServices available online.
CA – City of HaywardClosed to the General Public, no walk-inN/ABusiness License FilingNoServices available online or via phone
CA-City of Morgan HillClosed to the General Public, no walk-in
Only City Hall is open
Ends 7/13/2020Business License FilingNoSerices available online or via phone.  Social distancing plan implemented beginning July 13.  All businesses and people in the county must follow these directives.
CA – City of LancasterGrace Period Extension, Expiration Date AdjustmentN/ABusiness License FilingNoApplications for new business licenses are still being processed, expect longer timelines for processing. No penalties will accrue for all licenses due through 5/31. Licenses with expiration dates from 3/31 – 5/31 will be permanently adjusted to 6/30
CA- City of MaderaExpiration dates extended, approved by City Council3/4-10/31/20Business License FilingNoGovenor Newson declared the existence of a state of emergency for California on 3/4.  City Council deems it appropiate to defer business license payments for 3 months, approves the automatic extension of business license renewals from 6/31 to 10/31.
CA- City of Los Angeles Department of Public HealthUpdated due date for Public Health PermitsExtended until Sept. 15Business License FilingNoThe County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health (ID: 510) has updated the due date for Public Health Permits. This jurisdiction will not be sending invoices until mid-September and will be available to pay online at that time. Renewals will be due at the end of October. This was the extension due to Covid-19.
CA – City of LancasterClosed to the General Public, no walk-in
Only City Hall is open
3/17 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoA ninety (90) day stay on the payment of application fees for all new or renewed business licenses required pursuant to Title 5 of the Lancaster Municipal Code shall be implemented upon adoption of this Resolution.
CA – City of Moreno Valley – City HallClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/20 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoAll services still operational, staff available by phone
CA – City of Newport BeachClosed to the General Public, no walk-inN/ABusiness License FilingNoOffice closed to the public.  Apply or renew business license online.
CA – City of NovatoClosed to the General Public, no walk-inN/ABusiness License FilingNoServices available online or via phone
CA – City of Orange Finance DepartmentDelay3/20 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoOperating at limited capacity, government & Public safety considered essential personnel
CA- City of Scotts ValleyClosed to the pubicEnds 9/30/20Business License FilingNoServices available online or via phone
CA – City of Sam RamonClosed to the General Public, no walk-inN/ABusiness License FilingNoServices available online or via phone
CA – City of San FranciscoN/A5/31-9/30/20Business License FilingNoFor businesses with up to $10M in gross receipts, the city is deferring payment of quarterly business taxes due 04/30/2020 to 02/2021, a 9 month extension.  The city is also deferring collection of annual small business and license permit fees that make up the Unified License Bill for 3 months.  The due date has been extended to 9/30/20 and in August when you log in, you should be able to see the licenses listed for renewal.
CA – City of Santa BarbaraN/AN/A1st Quarter Parking & Business Improvement Area FeesNo1st Quarter Parking & Business Improvement Area Fees are being waived. (January-March) Typically due in April.  Businesses will not need to pay for this quarter.
CA – City of Santa MonicaClosed to the General Public, no walk-inN/ABusiness License FilingNoServices available online or via phone
CA- City of VallejoExtended dedline for 2020 Business license renewalsExtended to 9/30Business License FilingNoThe City of Vallejo has issued an Emergency Order to extend the deadline for the 2020 business license renewals to September 30, 2020. A new business tax renewal will be mailed to you in late August and will be due September 30, 2020. Late fees will be ten percent (10%) for renewals received between November 1st and November 30, 2020 and a fifty percent (50%) late fee for renewals received after December 1, 2020.  
CO – City of CentennialClosed to the General Public, no walk-inN/ABusiness License FilingNoServices available online or via phone
Co – City of Lone TreeClosed to the General Public, no walk-inN/ABusiness License FilingNoServices available online or via phone
CT- Town of GlastonburyExtended Due DateExtended from 6/31 to 10/31Business Renewal FilingNoThe Town of Glastonbury is providing a one-time-only modification to the legnth of time covered under your annual license, and a fee adjustment. 
DC – Department of Consumer and Regulatory AffairsGrace Period Extension, Closed to the General Public, no Walk-in3/17 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoOffices remain open and encourage online filing. All licenses that expire during the state of emergency will be considered valid until 45 days after the state of emergency ends. Late fees and penalties will be waived if renewed within 45 days of emergency ending.
FL – Division of Motorist ServicesClosed to the General Public, no walk-inUnknownMotor Vehicle Auction Dealer LicensesN/AStill accepting renewals via mail. No extensions for deadlines.
GA – City of DaltonClosed to the General Public, no walk-inN/ABusiness License FilingNoServices available online or via phone
GA – City of MorrowN/AN/ABusiness License FilingNoRenewal due date extended from 03/31 to 06/01
GA – City of Sandy SpringsN/AN/ABusiness License FilingN/ALicense deadline extended to 5/31
GA – City of StockbridgeClosed to the General Public, no walk-inN/ABusiness License FilingNoServices available online or via phone
GA – Macon Bibb CountyClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/23 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoRenewal due date extended to 6/30
IL – City of NorthlakeClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/31 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoExpiration dates of licenses extended from 4/30 to 7/30
KS – Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Lodging ProgramClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/23 – End Date UnknownFood Establishment LicenseNoServices available online or via phone
LA- Professional Engineering and Land Surveying BoardClosed to the General Public, no walk-inUnknownContractor RenewalsNoLate fees waived for April 1, new due date is 7/29/2020. Fall 2020 renewals mailed in early August.
MI – Genesee County Health DepartmentClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/26 – End Date UnknownFood Establishment LicenseNoOffice staff is available by phone
MI – State of Michigan – Central Mich Dist Health Dept – ArenacClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/24 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingN/AOffice closed to the public – Recommend pay by phone or USPS
MO – City of ClaytonN/AN/ABusiness License FilingN/ARenewals normally sent 5/1 for payment due 6/30 will be postponed.  Renewals will be sent 7/1 with payment due 8/31.  Penalty will not apply until 9/30.
MO – City of O’FallonDelayN/ABusiness License due date extended to August 31st.  Renewals will be mailed in July.
MO – Missouri Department of RevenueDelay3/20 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoLimited staff & excessive phone wait times; online services uninterrupted
MT – Montana State Auditors Office (Commissioner of Securities and InsuranceClosure or Delay3/20 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoAll services still operational, staff available by phone
NH – Board of Professional EngineersClosed to the General Public, no walk-inUnknownBusiness License FilingN/AAll board and licensing is being done via email: christine.horne@oplc.nh.gov
NJ – Township of BordentownClosed to the publicEnd Date UnknownBusiness License FilingYesPer Resolution #2020-100, the Township Committee has suspended the collection of Business License Fees for the 2020-2021 Licensing Year (July 2020-June 2021). Township businesses remain responsible and required to file business license applications by July 1, 2020 to receive the 2020-2021 Business License; however, no fees will be collected.  The 2020-2021 business license applications will be emailed and/or mailed to businesses by June 5, 2020. The updated application will also be posted on this webpage.
NM – New Mexico Construction Industries and Manufactured Housing – Motor Home DivisionClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/23 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoPublic offices closed for walk-in service, encouraged to submit permits online, by email or mail. Staff will continue to schedule and conduct inspections.
NM – New Mexico Health DepartmentClosed to the General Public, no walk-inUnknownPool PermitsUnknownJuris unsure when inspections will occur. May send invoices before inspections.
NV – City of HendersonN/AN/ABusiness License FilingNoCity issued business licenses will not expire or be revoked for delinquent payments. Payments can continue to be made online.
NV – City of Las VegasClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/15 – unknownBusiness License FilingNoWalk-In by appointment only
NV – City of North Las VegasPhones open 8-5:45 Monday-Thursday4/17 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingN/AA 60-day grace period for multi-jurisdictional contractor business license renewals due April 30th
NV – City of RenoN/AEnd Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNEWOnline Renewals now available:  https://aca.accela.com/ONE/Default.aspx       30 day extension of deadlines.
NV – City of SparksN/AEnd Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNEWOnline Renewals now available:  https://aca.accela.com/ONE/Default.aspx                                   
NV – Nevada Department of Health and Human ServicesClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/19 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingUnknownClosed to the public
NV – Washoe County   N/AEnd Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNEWOnline Renewals now available:  https://aca.accela.com/ONE/Default.aspx                                   
NV – Washoe County Health DistrictClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/23 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoOnline Renewals now available:  https://aca.accela.com/ONE/Default.aspx                                     Unable to accept FedEx delivery, send by USPS or pay by phone (775-328-2434)
NY – Suffolk County Alarm PermitsNot Accepting Phone Calls6/29 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingCommunicate via email only – alarmmanagement@suffolkcountyny.gov
OH – Ohio Department of TaxationClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/25 – Due date has been extended.Business License FilingN/AThe Ohio Architects Board has extended their due dates and licenses will not expire until 12/1/2020.
PA – City of ChesterClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/23 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingN/AInterest will not accrue until 5/15
Pearson VUE Testing Centers (Continuing Education testing)Closed to the General Public, no walk-in3/23 – UnknownContinuing Education TestingN/AAppointment availability is limited due to social distancing precautions and varies by location. Please note that our customer service wait-times are also longer than usual right now.
SC – Department of Labor, Licensing and RegulationClosed to the General Public, no walk-in03/26 – End Date UnknownNon Resident Pharmacy LicensingNoServices available online or via phone.  License renewal period extended to 9/30
SC – Horry CountyClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/23 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoOffices closed to the public, accepting renewals via mail, FedEx and online.  Renewal due date extended to 6/1
SC – South Carolina Board of Licensing (Pharmacy)Grace Period Extension3/20 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingN/A1) Pharmacist licenses due date extended through 6/30

2) Pharmacy technician registration due dates extended to 7/31
3)Facility Permits; due date extended to 7/31
4) All associated Continuing Education requirements will be extended to match new due dates
SC- Town of Mount PleasantGrace Period ExtensionEnds 8/31/20Business License FilingN/ACity Council has extended their deadline to 8/31/20.
SC – South Carolina Department of Consumer AffairsClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/19 -End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoClosed to the public & limited in-office resources, encourage filing online wherever possible to expedite processing.  No Online convenience fees at this time. 
SD – Board of Technical ProfessionsClosed.  Limited staffing and hours.4/6 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingN/AOffices closed. Employees working part-time remote hours with no public contact.
SD – State of South DakotaClosed.  All State Offices.4/6 – UnknownBusiness License FilingN/AOffice closed til 5/2.  Majority of staff working remotely.
TN – Tennessee Department of RevenueClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/19 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoBusiness Tax Filings now due 6/15/2020
TX – Desoto Health DepartmentClosed to the General Public, no walk-inN/APool PermitsUnknownJuris unsure when renewal apps are being sent.
UT – City of CottonwoodOpen with limited staff and hoursN/ABusiness License FilingNoServices available online.  Mail will be handled during limited office hours. No late fees during limited hours.
VA – City of LynchburgClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/19 -End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoRenewal due date extended from 05/01 to 05/20
VA – City of Virginia BeachClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/25 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingN/AOffice staff is available by phone
VA-Town of WarrentonClosed to the General Public, no walk-inExtended from 6/30 to 7/31.Business License FilingN/ATown of Warrenton has not sent out renwal forms, but hope to have them done by 7/1.  City council will now be charging late fees or penalties for any late filings.
VA – Department of Criminal Justice ServicesClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/26 – End Date UnknownPrivate Security Services RegistrationNoRegistration renewal expiration dates are suspended until the Governor lifts the current state for emergency
WA – Kitsap Public Health DistrictClosed to the public, Due Date Extension6/30 – 09/01/20Health Permit RenewalHealth permit renewals deferred until end of September 2020
WA – City of TacomaClosed to the General Public, no walk-inN/ABusiness License FilingNoSmall businesses that paid less than 10K in B & O tax in 2019 are automatically switched to quarterly filings.  Not mandatory.  If you take advantage of quarterly filing, Quarters 1, 2 & 3 will not be due until January 31, 2021.
WI – Waukesha County Environmental Health DepartmentDelayN/AFood, Restaurant, Lodging and Recreation Businesses.NoDue Date of June 30th has been pushed to December 31st.  If you are still able to pay in June, please do so.  All licenses will remain in effect until December 30th.  If payment not received by January 2nd, the license will be placed out of business.  Operators will not be charged late fees for 2020.

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Annual Report Filing Details

JurisdictionAnnual report details
AL – Department of RevenueAnnual report due date extended until 7/15
AR – secretary of state (SOS)No late fees or interest for Franchise Tax Reports filed between 5/2 and 7/15
Canada (federal)Entities whose anniversary date is between 2/1 and 6/30 now have until 9/30 to file their annual return
CT – SOSLLC annual reports due 3/31 may be filed on or before 06/30 with no penalty applied
DC – Department of Consumer and Regulatory AffairsDue date extended until 6/1 for biennial reports
FL – SOSDue date extended until 6/30 for annual reports
GA – SOSAnnual registration renewal extension through 5/1 expired
IA – SOSBiennial reports which were not filed by 4/1 are delinquent; however, the state has no definitive plans for administrative dissolution
IL – SOSNo penalties for annual reports filed 90 days after the due date
IN – SOSEntities will remain in active status and will not be revoked or administratively dissolved until further notice
KS – SOSDue date extended until 7/15 for annual reports
LA – SOSEntities will remain in active status and will not be revoked or administratively dissolved until further notice
MD – SOS (Baltimore Office)Annual report and personal property return due date extended to 7/15
MT – SOS 
NC – SOSAnnual report due date extended until 7/15
NH- SOSAnnual reports due 4/15 will not be considered delinquent until after 6/15
NM – SOSAnnual report late filing penalty waived until 5/1 has expired
NV – SOSBiennial report’s due 4/15 is extended until 7/15
OR –SOSAnnual business license renewals due during closure will be extended 50 days after the emergency is terminated
Puerto Rico – SOSAnnual report due date not extended; however, the state is delaying the reinstatement fees upon request
SC – Department of RevenueAnnual report due date extended until 7/15
TX – ComptrollerThe Department of Revenue website indicates tax due dates will mirror the IRS and are extended to 7/15
WA – SOSFranchise tax report and the public information report due date extended to 7/15
 Delinquency fees for entities with an annual report due date of 4/30 are waived

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Remote Online Notarizations by State

PERMANENT REMOTE ONLINE NOTARY ENACTMENTSCOVID-19 EMERGENCY REMOTE NOTARY ADOPTION
StateEnactedYearEffective DateCitationPermitted*Authority**
AlabamaNo   YesGovernor’s Proclamation
AlaskaYes20201/1/2021Alaska Stat. § 44.50.010, et. seq., HB 124YesStatute through 3/11/21
ArizonaYes20196/30/2020Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 41-371, et. seq.NA 
ArkansasNo   YesExecutive Order
CaliforniaNo   No 
ColoradoYes202012/31/2020Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-21-501, et. seq., SB 96YesExecutive Order until 12/31/20
ConnecticutNo   YesExecutive Order
DelawareNo   YesExecutive Order
District of ColumbiaNo   YesEmergency ordinance unil 9/6/20
FloridaYes20191/1/2020Fla. Stat. § 117.201, et seq.NA 
GeorgiaNo   YesExecutive Order
HawaiiNo  Bill Pending Governor’s SignatureYesExecutive Order
IdahoYes20191/1/2020Idaho Code § 51-101, et. seq.NA 
IllinoisNo   YesExecutive Order
IndianaYes20187/1/2019Ind. Code  § 33-42-17-1, et seq.NA 
IowaYes20197/1/2020Iowa Code §9B.1, et. seq.NA 
KansasNo   YesExecutive Order
KentuckyYes20191/1/2020Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 423.300, et. seq.NA 
LouisianaYes20202/1/2022La. Rev. Stat. § 35:621, et. seq., HB 274YesGovernor’s Proclamation
MaineNo   YesExecutive Order
MarylandYes201910/1/2020Md. Code Ann. State Gov’t § 18-101, et. seq.YesExecutive Order
MassachusettsNo   YesStatute – Temporary
MichiganYes20183/30/2019Mich. Comp. Laws § 55.261, et. seq.NA 
MinnesotaYes20181/1/2019Minn. Stat. § 358.645, et. seq.NA 
MississippiNo   YesExecutive Order
MissouriYes20208/30/2020Mo. Rev. Stat. § 486.1100, et. seq.,  HB 1655YesExecutive Order
MontanaYes201510/1/2015Mont Code Ann. § 1-5-602, et. seq.NA 
NebraskaYes20195/30/2019Neb. Rev. Stat. § 64-401, et. seq.NA 
NevadaYes20177/1/2018Nev. Rev. Stat. § 240.001, et. seq.NA 
New HampshireNo   YesExecutive Order
New JerseyNo   YesStatute – Temporary
New MexicoNo   YesExecutive Order
New YorkNo   YesExecutive Order
North CarolinaNo   YesStatute – Temporary until 8/1/21
North DakotaYes20198/1/2019N.D. Cent. Code § 44-06.1-01, et. seq.NA 
OhioYes20189/19/2019Ohio Rev. Code § 147.01, et. seq.NA 
OklahomaYes20191/1/2020Okla. Stat. tit. 49, §201, et. seq.NA 
OregonNo   YesStatute – Temporary until 6/30/21
PennsylvaniaNo   YesStatute – Temporary
Rhode IslandNo   YesJoint authority of governor and SOS.
South CarolinaNo   No 
South DakotaYes20197/1/2019S.D. Codified Laws § 18-1-1, et. seq.NA 
TennesseeYes20187/1/2019Tenn. Code § 66-22-101, et. seq.NA 
TexasYes20177/1/2018Tex. Code Ann.  § 406.001, et. seq. YesExecutive Order – Limited Scope
UtahYes201911/1/2019Utah Code Ann. § 46-1-3.5, et. seq.NA 
VermontYes20187/1/2019Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 26, § 5301, et. seq.NA 
VirginiaYes20117/1/2012Va. Code Ann. § 47.1-1, et. seq.NA 
WashingtonYes201910/1/2020Wash. Rev. Code § 42.45.010, et. seq.NA 
West VirginiaNo   YesExecutive Order
WisconsinYes20205/1/2020Wis. Stat. § 140.02(1), et. seq.NA 
WyomingNo   YesEmergency Guidance

Details vary widely by state so please check the state statute or order to determine whether remote online notary may be used for a particular transaction.

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State Reopening Status

StateCurrent Phase/StatusNotesUpdated
AlabamaPhase 2 Safer at Home paused.Safer at home plan took effect on May 1st. The governor removed all business occupancy limits in early November but extended the statewide mask mandate until January 22, 2021.12/11/2020
AlaskaOpen with restrictions.All businesses are allowed to be open at 100% capacity.  Some restrictions remain in place for nursing homes and other particularly at-risk establishments.   Testing and quarantine restrictions may apply for travelers arriving from out of state.  Local restrictions may be in place, especially in Anchorage.11/12/2020
ArizonaReopening paused.Businesses may open subject to capacity, health and safety restrictions.  Despite the surge in cased during November, the governor announced that he does not plan to impose additional restrictions.1/4/2021
ArkansasReopening paused.Businesses may operate at reduced capacity. No date has been announced for further reopening but the governor has indicated that he does not plan addition restrictions in spite of spiking COVID-19 numbers.However,  a curfew was put in place on bars and restaurants on November 20th.  The curfew was later extended until February 3rd.1/4/2021
CaliforniaReopening by county paused or revertingThe state uses a 4-tier, color-coded system to control reopening by county.  It also requires a minimum 21-day waiting period before a county can be downgraded to better allow businesses to plan reopening with more certainty.  However, the governor pulled the “emergency brake” on reopening due to the explosive growth of COVID-19 cases. 

The governor announced a new stay-at-home order on December 3rd for any region of the state where ICU availability falls below 15% of capacity.  When a region falls under that threshold bars, wineries, hair salons and other nonessential businesses will be required to close for three weeks.  Restaurants will be limited to takeout only and retail stores will be limited to 20% capacity.  Four of the five designated regions in the state are expected to fall below the 15% threshold within days, including the Greater Sacramento Region.  Once the stay-at-home order is triggered, those in the affected region will have 24 hours to comply.  In addition to the stay-at-home restrictions, non-essential travel within the state is now prohibited.  Southern California, San Joaquin, Bay Area and Greater Sacramento regions remain under the stay-at-home order until at least mid to late January..  
1/4/2021
ColoradoReopening by county paused. Business restrictions are based on county infection rates using a color-coded system.  More counties reverted to Level Red in November.  Red is the most restrictive, including a stay-at-home order, but counties in that category have been reluctant to go that far.  Level Red, the most severe level, originally required stay-home-orders and non-essential business closures.  So many counties are now at Level Red that the governor removed the stay-at-home and closure requirements and created a new higher purple alert level.  That will stave off business closures for now.  After a sustained reduction in cases during the latter half of December, the governor asked the department of health to move all Level Red counties to Level Orange effective January 4th.  This will allow indoor dining to resume at 25% capacity..1/4/2021
ConnecticutReverted from Phase 3 to Phase 2 of the reopening plan.Due to rising COVID-19 infection numbers, the entire state rolled back from Phase 3 to a modified version of Phase 2 of its reopening plan effective November 6th.  Phase 2 resulted in more business closures, curfews and reduced capacity in those businesses that remain open.11/12/2020
DelawarePhase 2 -PausedPhase 2 of the state reopening plan began on June 15th. 

On November 17th the governor announced gathering size restrictions and limitations on business.  The restrictions include (i) no in-home gatherings of more than 10 people; (ii) indoor gatherings at other venues are limited to the lesser of 30% fire capacity or 50 people; (iii) outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people; and (iv) restaurant indoor dining is limited to 30% capacity.

On December 3rd, the governor announced a new stay-at-home “advisory” and urged all state residents to avoid gatherings with anyone outside the same household.  The advisory does not apply to residents at their workplaces or traveling to and from work. The governor issued additional restrictions on December 10th.  The new restrictions take effect on Monday, December 14th and include (i) retail stores over 100k sq. ft. must limit shoppers to 20% of rated fire capacity; (ii) most other businesses are limited to 30% of rated fire capacity; (iii) retail under 5k sq. ft., houses of worship and funerals may operate at 40% capacity; (iv) a 10:00 pm curfew is in place for restaurants and bars, although delivery may continue past that time; (v) gyms and exercise centers are limited to 10 people and machines must be 13 feet apart; and (vi) business gatherings and other gatherings in indoor spaces are limited to the lesser of 10 people or 30% of the venue’s stated fire capacity.  In addition to the restrictions, the governor issued a stay-at-home advisory from December 14th through January 11, 2021.  The governor also tightened the mask mandate.  Everyone must wear a mask when they are indoors with anyone outside their household.  The physical distancing exceptions have been eliminated. 
12/11/2020
District of ColumbiaPhase 2 Paused.The mayor extended the district’s COVID-19 state of emergency through the end of the year.  Phase 2 allows restaurants and retail to be open at 50% capacity.  Commercial offices can open at 25% capacity if they follow social distancing and work from home remains strongly recommended. Effective December 14th, the maximum occupancy for indoor dining at restaurants is reduced from 50% to 25% of capacity.12/14/2020
FloridaMostly open subject to local restrictions.State entered Phase 3 reopening on September 25th, which effectively lifted all statewide restrictions for nearly all businesses.  Local governments may still impose restrictions on bars but the governor has prohibited local governments from limiting occupancy to less than 50%.  The governor’s office clarified on October 7th that sports stadiums are allowed to operate at 100% capacity.11/12/2020
GeorgiaMostly open subject to some restrictions.Restrictions have been targeted at protecting senior care facilities and limiting gathering sizes.  Businesses do need to observe physical distancing and safety protocols.11/12/2020
HawaiiReopening by Island.Trans-Pacific travel (tourism) resumed beginning October 15th, subject to certain restrictions.  A traveler will not need to quarantine if they can demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival.  Otherwise, travelers will need to quarantine until the earlier of 14 days or receipt of negative test results.   The  governor slightly relaxed restrictions on some businesses effective September 24th.  Restaurants with indoor dining, retail, malls and some other businesses can reopen with strict occupancy limitations and other restrictions.  Outdoor fitness facilities can also reopen subject to gathering limitations.  Social gatherings are limited to 5 people. On October 21st the governor approved Oahu’s move to Tier 2 of the reopening plan.  Tier 2 only slightly relaxes restrictions.  Gyms and arcades can open at 25% capacity and helicopter tours can operate at 50% capacity.  Outdoor gatherings are allowed but limited to 10 people.

Effective November 25th, travelers must upload negative COVID-19 test results before departing for Hawaii.  Test results will not be accepted after arrival and all travelers who fail to upload test results are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
12/3/2020
IdahoReverted from Stage 4 to Stage 2 of reopening plan.The state fully reopened in Stage 4 with some capacity restrictions on certain businesses.  However, the governor rolled back to Stage 3 effective on October 27th due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.  On November 15th, the state reverted back to Stage 2.  No businesses will have to close but they must observe strict safety protocols.  The order also prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people.  12/11/2020
IllinoisReopening by zone paused.  The entire state had moved to Phase 4 of the 5-Phase reopening plan but some regions have now reverted back as far as Phase 2, due to rising infection numbers.In Phase 4,  Employer requirements are:
• Make sure that each employee can maintain at least 6 feet of physical separation between others, including co-workers and customers.
• Mark with signage or tape 6-foot spacing for employees and customers to maintain appropriate distance from one another.
• Provide face coverings to employees, especially when it is not possible to maintain at least 6 feet of space between other persons.
• Provide handwashing stations with soap, clean water, and single use paper towels and encourage frequent handwashing for 20 seconds or longer.
• Provide hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) & sanitizing products for employees and customers.
• Regularly clean high-touch surfaces including doorknobs, light switches, shared equipment, toilet handles, sink faucets, and clock in/out areas.  
The state zones will not go beyond Phase 4 until a vaccine is available. 
On November 12th the governor said that a mandatory statewide stay-at-home order may be issued in coming days.  The same day, Chicago issued a stay-at-home advisory effective on November 16th and ordered mandatory restrictions on social events and home gatherings.
On November 17th, the governor announced a new plan of statewide restrictions due to the out-of-control COVID-19 infection rates.  Under the new plan, all businesses are strongly encouraged to have employees work from home.  In addition, many businesses, including casinos, theaters and museums, will have to close.  Retail stores may remain open at 25% capacity but restaurants and bars must close to indoor service.  The governor indicated in late December that the state is in no hurry to ease restrictions.
12/28/2020
IndianaGovernor implemented a color-coded county-by-county reopening plan in November.  All but one county is in the most restrictive Red category.Effective on November 15th, COVID-19 restrictions are reinstated in 87 of the state’s 92 counties and the statewide mask mandate was extended.   Each county will be assigned a risk level.  Gathering size will be restricted to 20 people in the highest-risk Red counties and to 50 people in the next highest-risk level Orange counties.  The maximum capacity allowed at some types of businesses will also be reduced.   In addition, gathering sizes are to be further limited but the maximum size will be determined by county based on local metrics. The restrictions have been extended until January 24th, although elective medical procedures were allowed to resume on January 3rd.1/4/2021
IowaRestrictions reimposed.The governor lifted nearly all business restrictions in June.  Restrictions were reimposed on November 10th due to increasing infection rates.  The new restrictions target bars, restaurants, personal services and private gatherings.  No businesses will have to close but they will have to observe mask and physical distancing requirements.  In addition, private social and recreational event gatherings are limited to 25 indoors or 100 outdoors and groups can be of no more than 8 people unless they are from the same household. The new restrictions are now in effect.No end date was set for lifting restrictions.

The COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the governor on November 6th in anticipation of a Thanksgiving surge in cases were allowed to expire on December 17th.  
12/17/2020
KansasPhase 3 – Paused.State reopening is on hold in Phase 3.     11/12/2020
KentuckyPhase 2-PausedThe state moved to Phase 2 reopening on June 26th but has largely been on hold since then.

The governor implemented new restrictions effective on November 20th due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.  These include (i) closing bars and restaurants to indoor service; (ii) limiting gym occupancy to 33% and requiring users to wear masks at all times; (iii) employees should work from home if possible; (iv) professional services are limited to 33% capacity; and (v) social gatherings are limited to 8 people from 2 households.  However, those restrictions expired on December 13th. 
12/14/2020
LouisianaPhase 2 reinstated.The  state moved to Phase 3 of its reopening plan on September 11th after being on hold in Phase 2 since June.  In Phase 3, most businesses can operate at 75% capacity subject to social distancing and safety protocols.  On November 24th the governor moved the state back to Phase 2. Under Phase 2 most businesses, including restaurants and bars, must reduce capacity from 75% to 50%.  Gathering sizes were also rolled back to the smaller of 25% capacity or 75 people for indoor events. On December 23rd, the governor extended Phase 2 for another 3 weeks, until at least January 13, 2021.12/23/2020
MaineStage 3 – Paused.  Restrictions reinstated.The state entered the next-to-last phase of its reopening plan on July 1st.  Phase 3 allowed spas and some other high-contact businessses to reopen with restrictions.  The governor announced on October 6th that the state will move to Phase 4 on October 13th.  Employers should continue WFH whenever possible and practice physical distancing.  The governor implemented a significant rollback of the state reopening plans on November 1st.  Indoor gatherings, which had been increased to a maximum of 100 people, were reduced to no more than 50.  Bars and tasting rooms, which had be scheduled to reopen at the beginning of November, will not be allowed to reopen until further notice.  In addition, the governor added NY, NJ and CT to the list of states subject to Maine’s travel restrictions.

Effective November 20th, all indoor and outdoor amusement venues, including bars and restuarants, must close for the night at 9:00 pm.  This order was originally in effect until December 6th.  However, on December 4th the governor extended it until January 3, 2021.  Later, the governor extended the curfew indefinitely.
1/4/2021
MarylandStage 3 – Paused.  Restrictions reinstated.The state has been in the third and final stage of its reopening plan since September 4th.  However, restrictions were reimposed on November 11th due to rising infection rates.  Restaurants indoor dining capacity was reduced from 75% percent to 50 %.  This puts Maryland statewide back to almost the same restrictions that were in place last summer, although some local jurisdictions have even stricter rules in place, such as Baltimore. On November 12th, the state’s chief judge issued an order to shut down all civil and criminal trials until January.

Beginning on November 20th, all bars, restaurants and any establishment where alcohol is served must close between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am.  Nearly all other businesses, including retail, and other organizations will be limited to a maximum of 50% capacity.  On December 17th, the governor announced further measures, including emergency travel restrictions. Starting on December 21st, non-essential travel is limited and arrivals from out of state must either quarantine for 10 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test. Travel between Maryland and DE, DC, PA, VA and WV is exempted from the quarantine requirements. Private gatherings sizes were reduced from 25 to 10 people. 
12/18/2020
MassachusettsPhase 3 – Paused with some reinstated restrictions.The entire state is in the first steps of Phase 3 of the state’s 4-phase reopening plan.   Each business must develop a written COVID-19 Control Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of the virus.  Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards will apply to all business activities.  These include (i) social distancing, which requires face coverings for all employees, signage, etc.; (ii) hygiene protocols; (iii) employee training and establishment of a return to work plan; and (iv) cleaning and disinfection protocols. New restrictions took effect on November 4th, including a new business curfew and a stay-at-home advisory.  A wide range of businesses must close at 9:30 pm each evening. The same order also reduced maximum gathering sizes.  State residents are now advised to stay at home between 10 pm and 5 am.

On December 22nd, the governor announced more statewide restrictions in effect from December 26th to January 6, 2021.  These include: (i) most industry sectors must reduce capacity from 40% to 25%; (ii) masks must be work in the workplace when the employee is not alone or in their individual workspace; (iii) a 9:30 pm curfew and 10-person limit on indoor gatherings, including those in homes; and (iv) a 25-person limit for outdoor gatherings.  The stay-at-home advisory remains in effect from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am each day.

The City of Boston rolled back its reopening plan effective on December 15th, which closed many indoor businesses.  Gyms, fitness centers, museums and other indoor facilities must close to limit spread of the virus.  Restaurants can stay open with indoor dining if they follow strict guidelines.  Offices, barbers, and other businesses may remain open if they adhere to capacity restrictions and work-from-home is strongly encouraged whenever possible.
12/23/2020
MichiganReopening by region paused. Some restrictions reinstated.Governor’s plan will reopen the state by region using a 6-phase plan.  So far, business reopening requirements are suggested as best practices and include: (i) employee screening; (ii) social distancing; (iii) sanitation/hygiene, including hand sanitizer and HEPA filters in HVAC; (iv) providing PPE to employees; and (v) contract tracing if employee becomes sick or shows symptoms.  The state supreme court found the governor’s use of emergency powers unconstitutional but MI-OSHA adopted rules to substantially adopt the restrictions contained in the governor’s prior orders. On November 18th, new COVID-19 restrictions took effect, including a stay-at-home order.  Other restrictions include: (i) workplaces must close to the extent work can be done from home; (ii) restaurants and bars must close to indoor service; (iii) public entertainment venues must close; and (iv) indoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people from 2 households and outdoor gatherings limited to 25 people.This latest order was expected to remain in effect for at least 3 weeks, but the governor later extended it until at least January 15, 2021.12/28/2020
MinnesotaReopening paused.  Some restrictions reinstated.Bars and restaurants must close service between 10 pm and 4 am.  Social gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people from no more than 3 households.. Work from home is still strongly encouraged for all employees that may do so.   The governor announced more severe restrictions on businesses, sports and social gatherings effective on November 20th.  The restrictions include (i) in-person social gatherings with people outside of the immediate household are prohibited; (ii) bars and restaurants must close to indoor service, although they can remain open for takeout; (iii) gyms, indoor recreation and entertainment venues must close; (iv) all youth and adult sports must stop but college and pro sports are exempt; and (v) personal services, such as barbers, may remain open at 50% capacity.  Retail and grocery stores remain open at 100% capacity. 
On December 17th the governor extended the restrictions until at least January 10, 2021, except that restaurants are now allowed to reopen outdoor dining.
12/18/2020
MississippiReopened subject to safety regulationsAll businesses in the state were able to reopen on Monday, June 1st.  Reopened businesses are still subject to safety regulations.  Safety protocols in place by executive order expired on August 17th.11/12/2020
MissouriOpen subject to local government restrictions.The state fully reopened and entered Phase 2 of its plan on June 16th.  In Phase 2, all statewide restrictions were lifted.  However, local government can still put restrictions in place.11/12/2020
MontanaReopening by county paused. The governor imposed new restrictions effective on November 20th. These include a 10:00 pm curfew for bars, restaurants and casinos, which will also be limited to 50% capacity during the hours they can be open. The order also expands the mask mandate to any county with 4 or more active COVID-19 cases and limits gathering size to 25 people.11/19/2020
NebraskaRestrictions relaxed.Although businesses had been able to be open at 100% capacity, new restrictions were placed on gathering sizes (25% venue capacity), as well as physical distancing and mask requirements for businesses.  Those restrictions took effect on November 10th, due to a significant increase in COVID-19 infection rates.However, due to an improvement in COVID-19 numbers the governor relaxed some restrictions effective on Saturday, December 12th.  Elective surgeries may resume and restaurants can increase indoor dining capacity from 25% to 50%.  Other current restrictions, such as social distancing and masks, became advisories, not requirements.12/14/2020
NevadaReopening paused.  Additional restrictions under consideration.Effective October 1st, trade shows, conventions and conferences were able to operate with a maximum attendance of 1000 people.  Large venues (over 2500 people) may reopen for sporting events and concerts if they do not exceed 10% capacity. Effective November 24th, restaurants, bars, casinos and gyms must reduce capacity from 50% to 25%.  Indoor dining is restricted to reservations only.  No walk-ins may be accepted.  Gathering sizes were also rolled back to the smaller of 25% capacity or 50 people for indoor events. Private gatherings are now limited to 10 people from no more than 2 households.  The new restrictions were to remain in place at least until December 15th but the governor extended them until January 15, 2021.12/14/2020
New HampshireReopening paused.Employers must screen employees for symptoms, provide hand sanitizer, implement disinfectant practices, allow work from home to the extent practical, and mitigate exposure through social distancing.11/12/2020
New JerseyReopening paused.  Some restrictions reinstated. On July 6th the governor announced a pause in the state’s reopening plans due to the risk of rising COVID-19 cases.  Some business restrictions  were reinstated on November 10th, the result of rising infection rates. Restaurants are limited to 25% capacity and must close indoor service between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am.

On November 17th the governor restricted indoor gathering size to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 150 people.  These reductions are from 25 and 500 respectively.

On November 29th the govornor suspended all indoor sports, except for college and professional teams.  Effective on December 7th, the maximum size allowed for outdoor gatherings was reduced from 150 to 25 people.  There are exceptions for certain ceremonies, religious and political gatherings.
12/11/2020
New MexicoReopening paused.Effective November 16th, the state went into a new economic shutdown. During the shutdown, residents must stay at home, except if performing essential business activities.  Non-essential businesses must again close for in-person services.  This represents a return to nearly the same strict shutdown level that was imposed in the state during the first wave of the COVID-19 virus last spring.  The shutdown will last a minimum of 2 weeks but will probably be extended, at least in parts of the state.
On December 3rd a new three-color risk assignment system will be used for county-by-county reopening and lifting of restrictions.  As of December 3rd, nearly the entire state is in the Red or most restricted status. On Dember 16th, occupancy limits on big-box and grocery stores were increased from a maximum of 75 shoppers to 33% or 50% capacity, depending on size.  This was to alleviate long lines outside such stores during cold weather.
12/17/2020
New YorkReopening by region began on May 15th.A new round of restrictions effective on Friday, November 13th require gyms any establishment with a liquor license to close by 10:00 pm.  In addition, gatherings, including those in private homes, must be limited to no more than 10 people.

On November 30th the governor announced a new plan to combat COVID-19 during the winter months.  The plan will continue restrictions on restaurants and non-essential businesses in areas that experience COVID-19 outbreak clusters.  Private in-home gatherings will also continue to be limited to 10 people. The governor mandated that New York City restaurants close to indoor dining effective on December 14th.
12/14/2020
North CarolinaReopening paused. Some restrictions reinstated.Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan has been extended until December11th.  New restrictions were put in place on November 10th to reduce gathering sizes from 25 to 10 people.

On December 8th the governor announced a new business curfew and modified stay-at-home order in response to the growing COVID-19 infection rates.  The new order runs today through at least January 8, 2021.  Residents must stay at home between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am but there are exceptions for certain essential activities.  Most businesses are required to close during those same hours.  Alcohol sales are prohibited between 9:00 pm and 7:00 am.
12/11/2020
North DakotaOpenNot applicable.  No stay-at-home order or non-essential business closure order in effect. A mask mandate is in effect until January 18, 2021.11/12/2020
OhioReopening paused.  Some restrictions reinstated.Employers must screen employees for symptoms, provide hand sanitizer, implement disinfectant practices, allow work from home to the extent practical, and mitigate exposure through social distancing.  Mandatory mask requirements signs are required for businesses.  Any business that allows employees to go without masks or permits customers to enter without masks could be closed for 24 hours.

Effective November 19th the state went under a 21-day curfew to slow the spread of COVID-19.  During the curfew, Ohio residents must stay home between the hours of 10:00 pm and 5:00 am.  There are some exceptions, including going to work, getting supplies and emergencies.  The curfew was scheduled to end on December 10th but the governor extended it until January 2, 2021 and then again until January 23rd.
1/4/2021
OklahomaPhase 3 – PausedThe state moved to Phase 3 on June 1st.  This phase allow unrestricted staffing of businesses and even more social interaction.  On December 10th the governor placed further restrictions on private gathering sizes.

Effective on November 19th governor imposed an 11 pm curfew and strict 6 foot distancing requirements on inside dining and bars.  The governor also ordered state employees to wear masks at work and to require masks in all public buildings.
12/11/2020
OregonReopening  by county currently paused.On November 13th, the governor announced a statewide “freeze” effective November 18th.  During the freeze, all businesses must mandate work from home when possible.  Resaurants and bars will be closed except for take out.  Retail, malls and grocery stores will be limited to 75% capacity.  All recreational activities and event venues will be closed.  The freeze will last at least 2 weeks and possibly 4 weeks longer in some areas. Violations of the freeze could result in stiff fines and potential jail time.

The governor announced that effective December 2nd a new 4-tier county-by-county plan will be used to assign COVID-19 restrictions.  Each county will be assigned one of 4 risk tiers.  Each tier has a corresponding set of restrictions on social gatherings, business closures and capacity limitations.  The Extreme Risk tier will require offices to utilize work-from-home to the greatest extent possible.  The entire Portland-Salem corridor remains within the Extreme Risk category until at least January 14th.
1/4/2021
PennsylvaniaYellow-Green  The state is currently using a color-coded reopening plan that allows counties or regions to move from the red phase (strict stay-at-home and non-essential business closure orders) to a yellow phase (which allows most businesses to open subject to safety rules) and then a green phase.  

Anyone visiting Pennsylvania from outside the state must either quarantine for 2 weeks or have a negative test for COVID-19 within 72 hour before the trip.  This rule does not apply to commuters.  Stronger mask rules are also be in effect, including a requirement to wear masks at any gathering where people from more than one household are present.

The governor allowed teh temporary restrictions put in place on December 10th to expire effective January 4th, which allows restaurants and bars to reopen in-person dining and other in-person businesses to increase capacity.
1/4/2021
Rhode IslandReopening paused.  Some restrictions reinstated.State entered Phase 3 of its reopening plan on July 1st.  Effective on November 8th, seven new restrictions were placed on lifestyle and businesses due to record numbers of COVID-19 cases:  (i) closure of restaurants, gyms, etc. by 10:00 pm each night (10:30 on weekends), although restaurants can offer takeout and drive-through beyond that; (ii) indoor assemblies limited to lesser of 50% capacity or 125 people and outdoor assemblies to 66% capacity or 150 people; (iii) capacity for catered events, including weddings, limited to 25 people indoors and 75 outdoors; (iv) big-box retail must restrict capacity to one person per 125 square feet; (v) cancellation of non-essential business travel; (vi) masks required at all times when with non-household members, including outside and at work; (vii) stay-at-home advisory from 10:00 pm until 5:00 am (10:30 Friday and Saturday).   The governor has extended the pause and maintained these restrictions through December 20th.  The governor also announced a new post-pause phase to take effect on December 21st that will allow indoor dining to increase from 33% to 50% capacity and allow gyms and certain indoor recreation businesses to reopen at 33% capacity.12/14/2020
South CarolinaOpen subject to restrictions.All businesses are open, including high contact businesses (restaurants, etc.)  provided they allow no more than 50% of capacity.  Masks must be worn in all public venues.11/12/2020
South DakotaOpenNot applicable.  No stay-at-home order or non-essential business closure order in effect.11/12/2020
TennesseeOpen subject to restrictions.Most business are able to reopen, including restaurants and retail, which are now able to operate at 100% capacity in most regions of the state.   Nashville may have additional restrictions.11/12/2020
TexasMostly open subject to local restrictions.Most businesses are open at up to 75% capacity if they comply with state protocols.  Minimum health standard protocols for employers require (1) regular clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces (doorknobs, tables, chairs and restrooms), (2) disinfect any items that come into contact with customers, (3) make hand sanitizer, wipes, soap & water, etc. available to employees and clients, and (4) place signage at business to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.  Some counties have implemented greater restrictions.11/12/2020
UtahReopening paused.The governor ordered a statewide mask mandate on November 9th.  In addition, he restricted social gatherings to only those in the same household. Organizers of any public gathering could be subject to a $10k fine.  The restriction on social gatherings were mostly lifted on November 24th.12/4/2020
VermontReopening paused.State moved to “Work Safe” reopening phase on May 29th.  Under this phase a wider range of business are allowed to reopen subject to health and safety restriction.  The emergency has been extended multiple times.  On November 13th the governor banned multi-family gatherings and imposed some other restrictions.12/3/2020
VirginiaPhase 3 – PausedOn July 30th, Virginia became the first state to adopt mandatory workplace safety rules by regulation.  

New restrictions took effect on November 16th due to the surge of COVID-19 cases.  The governor announced further restrictions on December 10th.

Effective Monday, December 14th, residents must stay at home between the hours of 12:00 am and 5:00 am.  In addition, the governor implemented a universal mask requirement where all persons over 5 years old must wear a mask in all indoor spaces shared with others and when within 6 feet of another person outdoors.  Social gathering sizes are reduced from 25 to 10 people.  Businesses are strongly encouraged to allow those who can telework to do so.  The restrictions remain in place through January 31, 2021.
12/11/2020
WashingtonReopening  by county currently paused.As of 11:59 pm on November 16th, new statewide COVID-19 restrictions are in effect.  The broad restrictions include (i) bars and restaurants must close to indoor service and outdoor service is limited to a maximum party of 5; (ii) all retail is limited to 25% capacity, including grocery stores; (iii) gyms, theaters, museums and other indoor public businesses must shutdown; and (iv) indoor social gatherings with people outside the household are prohibited unless the outsiders quarantine for 2 weeks and have a negative COVID-19 test.  The order has been extended a couple of times and is now set to expire on January 11th.1/4/2021
West VirginiaCounty-based reopening in progress. All businesses must implement physical distancing and sanitation protocols. Restrictions vary by county based on risk status.11/12/2020
WisconsinOpen.  Business closure under “Safer at Home” order struck down by courts.On November 10th the governor strongly advised residents to stay home, but stopped short of issuing a mandatory stay-at-home order.   The governor also advised businesses to require employees to work remotely and observe physical distancing, mask and sanitation requirements for employees who cannot work remotely.   All of this is advisory, not mandatory. 11/12/2020
WyomingOpenThe governor ordered restrictions effective on November 24th to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Thse include reducing gathering sizes to 25 people.  If social distancing is practiced, indoor venues can be open at 25% capacity or 100 people max.  Outdoor venues can be open up to 50% capacity or 250 people max.  However, the governor did not order any business closures or curfews.

On December 7th, the governor issued a statewide mask order, along with limitations on gathering sizes and a curfew for certain businesses.  Effective  December 9th, gathering size is limited to 10 people.  Bars and restaurants must close between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am.  Business capacity limitations will also apply.
12/11/2020

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*** Subject to frequent change without notice

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