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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 open for evidence pickup..  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. Archived corporate filing copies have not been processed since 3/2020.
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 public3/18/2020 – 5/11/2021Biennial 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 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 LicensingClosed to the public8/28 – end date unknownUCCNoUCC copies ordered directly with the state are delayed. UCC filings are delayed approximately 2 weeks.
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.
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 – SOSOpen for corporate filings not available online AllNoAll services no delays 
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:
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:       30 day extension of deadlines.
NV – City of SparksN/AEnd Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNEWOnline Renewals now available:                                   
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:                                   
NV – Washoe County Health DistrictClosed to the General Public, no walk-in3/23 – End Date UnknownBusiness License FilingNoOnline Renewals now available:                                     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 –
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
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

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. The governor removed all business capacity limit, although 6-foot distancing requirements remain in place.  The statewide mask mandate was extended until April 9, 2021.3/5/2021
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  for travelers arriving from out of state were lifted on February 15, 2021.  Local restrictions may be in place, especially in Anchorage.  However, the city announced that capacity restrictions on businesses will be removed on March 8th.  Strict social distancing requirements will still be enforced and the mask requirement remains in effect.  3/5/2021
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. Local mask requirements and other COVID-19 restrictions may be in place.1/31/2021
ArkansasOpen with restrictions.On February 27th, the governor lifted nearly all capacity restrictions but extended the mask restrictions through the end of March.3/3/2021
California*Reopening 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 fell below 15% of capacity.  The bars, wineries, hair salons and other nonessential businesses in any region under that threshold were required to close for three weeks.  Retail stores in those regions were limited to 20% capacity.  The governor also prohibited  non-essential travel within the state. 

Despite some regions remaining below the 15% hospitalization threshold, the governor rescinded the stay-at-home order on January 25th under pressure from recall efforts and other reopening proponants.
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. On February 5th the governor changed the metrix, which allowed most of the state to move to a level with lower business restrictions.  On March 3, 2021, Custer County removed all COVID-19 restrictions, including the mask mandate.3/5/2021
ConnecticutReverted from Phase 3 to Phase 2 of the reopening plan.Effective Friday, March 19th, all capacity restrictions will be eliminated for several types of businesses.  These include: (i) restaurants, although table capacity and 11:00pm ind10oor dining curfew remain; (ii) indoor recreation facilities, including gyms; (iii) offices; (iv) retail; and (v) personal services.  Gathering size limitations will increase to 25 indoor or 100 outdoor for private gatherings and 100 indoor or 200 outdoor for commercial venues.  Travel restrictions will move from mandatory to advisory.  The governor announced further loosening of restrictions for outdoor amusement parks and event venues will take place on Friday, April 2nd.3/5/2021
Delaware*Phase 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 Feb. 19th, the governor issued an amended order that increased indoor gathering limits from a maximum of 10 people to the lesser of 25 people or 50% of maximum fire occupancy.

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 on December 14th that was later extended through January 11, 2021, when the curfew and restictions on youth sports expired. The governor also tightened the mask mandate, which remains in effect.  Everyone must wear a mask when they are indoors with anyone outside their household.  The physical distancing exceptions have been eliminated.  The governor modified the emergency order to slightly ease restrictions effective on Friday, February 12th, which will allow retail, restaurants, gyms and other businesses to operate at 50% capacity.
District of Columbia*Phase 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 January 22nd, indoor dining at restaurants is allowed at 25% of capacity.2/1/2021
Florida*Mostly 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. Some local restrictions may apply.2/1/2021
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.  On February 26th, the governor extended the COVID-19 state of emergency through April 6th and the few business restrictions through March 15th.3/3/2021
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. On February 12th, the governor lifted quarantine requirements for residents who have been vaccinated.  That does not apply to vaccinated travelers from out of state.

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.
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. In February, the governor announced that the state will move forward to Stage 3 of its reopening plan due to falling COVID-19 infection rates and an increase in hospital capacity.  While businesses are generally not affected by this change, gathering sizes can increase to 50 from 10 people and large outdoor gatherings are permitted up to 25% of venue capacity.2/5/2021
Illinois*Reopening 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. However, by early February much of the state had moved back to Tier 1, which allowed indoor dining to reopen.
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 February 28th, although elective medical procedures were allowed to resume on January 3rd.  On Feb. 24th, the governor announced that the county-level restrictions would be extended for at least another 30 days.3/3/2021
IowaRestrictions mostly removed.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.  Some limits on private gatherings and spectators at sporting events expired on January 15th. On February 5th the governor lifted the state’s mask mandate and capacity restrictions on private and public gathering sizes. This effectively removes nearly all restrictions although some local restrictions may remain in effect
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.

On March 1st, the governor announded that 18 industries can increase indoor capacity to 60%.  These include office-based businesses, government offices, retail, various personal services, restaurants, bars, and fitness centers
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. On March 3rd, the restrictions rolled back to the level they were at last fall.  Most businesses are now able to increase capacity from 50% to 75% but gyms, bars and similar establishments will have lower capacity limits.  The new order will remain inforce for 28 days, until March 31st.  Orleans Parish will maintain its more restrictive requirements for the time being.3/3/2021
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.
Maryland*Stage 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.

On January 29th, the governor issued an emergency order to lift the curfew on indoor dining service.  However, the 50% capacity limitation remains in effect. 
Massachusetts*Phase 3 – Paused with some reinstated restrictions.Effective on Monday, March 1st, the state returned to Phase 3, Step 2, the same level it was at early last fall.  In this Phase, indoor entertainment venues, including theaters and recreational businesses, will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity.  Restaurants will no longer be limited to a percentage of capacity but must maintain social distancing and limit patrons to 90 minutes.   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.

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.
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.On January 22nd, the governor issued a new order. Effective on Monday, February 1st, the following business operations were again permitted: (i) indoor dining at restaurants; (ii) concessions at theaters, stadiums and casinos; (iii) personal services that require removing the mask; and (iv) gatherings of up to 10 people from 2 different households.  Venue capacity limitations, social distancing requirements and other safety measures will apply to all of the foregoing.  The order was supposed to remain in place until February 21st but was extended until March 29th.  However, the state department of health eased some COVID-19 restrictions on businesses effective on Friday, March 5th.  Indoor dining capacity can double to 50% at restaurants, while retail can increase capacity from 30% to 50% occupancy rating..3/3/2021
Minnesota*Reopening 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.  Effective on January 11th, the governor rolled back the additional restrictions that closed indoor dining and many other high-contact businesses.1/14/2021
MississippiReopened subject to safety regulationsThe governor lifted nearly all COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates effective on March 3, 2021.  The only remaining restrictions apply to large sports arenas and K-12 schools.3/3/2021
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. On January 13th, the new governor removed restrictions placed in effect by the former governor on November 20th. The governor allowed the state’s mask mandate to expire on February 11th.2/12/2021
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  since extended them until February 14, 2021. Effective on February 15th, the governor slightly relaxed restrictions. Restaurants can increase indoor dining capacity from 25% to 35% and there will be no capacity limitations on outdoor dining.  The new 35% capacity limit also applies to bars, gyms and casinos and will be in place until March 15th.Retail stores will remain at the current 50% capacity until at least May 1st.  High-risk businesses and venues will remain closed until May 1st. 2/12/2021
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 Jersey*Reopening 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.  On February 5th, the governor expanded indoor gathering size limits.  The limits will increase to the lesser of 35% capacity or 150 people.  This will apply to restaurants, indoor entertainment venues and other business and private gatherings.  In addition, the new order lifts the 10:00 pm curfew for indoor service at restaurants.  Large capacity venues of 5000 capacity or more were allowed to reopen at 10% occupance on March 1st.
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.  
On December 3rd a new three-color risk assignment system went into effect for county-by-county reopening and lifting of restrictions. 
The governor relaxed restrictions in 15 counties effective on February 12th. This includes the state’s most populous counties.   The 15 counties moved from the Red to Yellow level of restrictions.  Four other counties moved to the Green level, which has the fewest restrictions until the COVID-19 emergency is lifted.  This move allows indoor dining to reopen in the Yellow level counties at 25% capacity and other businesses to open or expand capacity.  Some close-contact businesses will remain closed even at the Green level.  These include bars, nightclubs and theaters.

On Feb. 24th, The state added a new Turquoise Level to its county COVID-19 risk ratings to recognize counties with the best metrics.   Businesses in the Turquoise Level can operate at 75% capacity.  The governor also upgraded several other counties, which allows most businesses in those areas to reopen, although at strictly limited capacity.
New York*Reopening 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 continued restrictions on restaurants and non-essential businesses in areas that experience COVID-19 outbreak clusters.  Private in-home gatherings remained limited to 10 people. The governor mandated that New York City restaurants close to indoor dining effective on December 14th.  Following a judges ruling on January 13th allowing Buffalo restaurants to reopen indoor dining, the governor allowed all restaurants across the state to reopen indoor dining.  The governor allowed New York City to reopen indoor dining at 25% capacity effective on February 14th.  In addition, weddings were able to resume in March but the number of attendees is limited to 150 and all must test negative for COVID-19 immediately before the event.

Large arenas and stadiums were allowed to reopen beginning February 23rd with approval of the state health department, subject to strict capacity, social distancing and testing requirements for attendees. the governor also pushed back the business curfew to 11:00 pm on Feb. 12th. Theaters can reopen effective March 5th subject to strict capacity limits. The governor later announced that indoor entertainment and amunsement venues can reopen on March 26th. Arts venues can reopen at 33% capacity on April 2nd.
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 governor later extended the order a couple of times through February 28, 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.

On Feb. 26th the governor issued an order to begin slowly relaxing restrictions.  The order lifted the modified stay-at-home order, removed the overnight business curfew, and increased private gathering sizes.  In addition, the order increased indoor business capacity   Higher-risk businesses can now be open at the lesser of 30% capacity or 250 people.  Restaurants, retail and a wide variety of other businesses can operate at 50% indoor capacity.  The governor’s order will run through March 26th and be reevaluated at that time
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 February 11th, when it was allowed to expire.  On February 25, the governor allowed all sports and entertainment venues to reopen at 25% indoor capacity and 30% outdoor capacity if masks are required and social distancing can be maintained
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.
Oregon*Reopening  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 governor slightly eased some COVID-19 business restrictions effective on February 12th, moving 10 counties from Extreme Risk to High Risk.  These included Multnomah and Washington counties in the Portland metro area.  This will allow restaurants, gyms and other  Indoor recreation facilities and entertainment venues to reopen at 25% capacity.  Marion County, which includes the Capital city of Salem, moved from the Extreme Risk category to High Risk in late Feb.
Pennsylvania*Yellow-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 the 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.  The governor further relaxed some restrictions on gathering sizes and lifted restrictions on out-of-state travel on March 1st.  Gatherings can now take place at 15% capacity for indoor events and outdoor events at 20%, assuming that social distancing can be maintained.  Travelers from out-of-state will no longer need to show a negative test or quarantine after return
Rhode IslandReopening paused.  Some restrictions reinstated.Restrictions imposed late in 2020 before the holidays were relaxed effective March 5, 2021. Restaurants can increase indoor dining from 50% to 66% capacity and gyms can increase capacity from 1 customer per 125 square feet to 1 customer per 100 square feet.  Restrictions are expected to be further loosened in April.3/5/2021
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.  Restrictions on alcohol consumption times and limits on large events were allowed to expire on March 1st.3/3/2021
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
Texas*Mostly open subject to local restrictions.The governor lifted nearly all COVID-19 restrictions and the statewide mask mandate effective on March 10, 2021.  Counties may implement local restrictions if hospitalizations reach a certain threshold but as of the date of the order, none were at that level.3/3/2021
Utah*Reopening 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.  

On Feb. 24th, the governor slightly eased restrictions on outdoor events and moved back the curfew for indoor dining from 10pm to midnight.  Effective March 1st, outdoor venues can operate at the lesser of 30% capacity or 1000 people, up from a cap of 250 people.  In addition, the curfew on alcohol sales was lifted
WashingtonReopening  by county currently paused.As of 11:59 pm on November 16th, new statewide COVID-19 restrictions took 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. 

On January 11th a new regional reopening plan was implemented.  The governor relaxed some COVID-19 restrictions for 7 counties, including the Seattle area, effective  February 1st.  This allowed restaurants to reopen indoor service at 25% capacity.   Likewise, indoor recreation and entertainment facilities were able to reopen at 25% capacity.   Bars must remain closed. This was the first significant relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Washington since mid-November.  As of February 14th, all counties moved to Phase 2.  In Phase 2, retail and offices are still limited to 25% capacity with work from home strongly encouraged.  However, indoor dining, along with some other moderate risk recreation businesses can reopen at 25% capacity.  The governor paused reopening on Phase 2 and as of March 4th had not announced any details of Phase 3.
West VirginiaCounty-based reopening in progress. All businesses must implement physical distancing and sanitation protocols. Restrictions vary by county based on risk status. On February 19th, the governor eased restrictions on bars and restaurants, which were allowed to increase indoor service to 75% capacity if they can maintain social distancing.  Grocery stores increased capacity from 3 to 6 people per 1000 square feet.  Other retails stores went from 2 to 4 people per 1000 square feet.3/3/2021
Wisconsin*Open.  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. Local restrictions may be in place.  Dane County slightly eased restrictions on private gathering sizes, from 10 to 50 people for indoor gatherings and from 50 to 150 for outside. Smaller capacity limitations remain in place for indoor service at bars and restaurants and other businesses remain limited to 50% capacity.  However, Dane County has issued a double-layer masking requirement.3/3/2021
WyomingOpenOn February 25th, the governor issued changes to the COVID-19 restrictions to take effect on March 1st. Capacity limits were raised for restaurants and gathering size limits were increased.  The effect is that most restrictions have now been lifted on businesses but the mask requirement remains in place.3/3/2021

** Duration may be extended by executive order

*** Subject to frequent change without notice

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