Alabama: “Limited capacity” in restaurants until Oct. 2 and Gov. Kay Ivey has extended the state of emergency until Nov. 8. As of July 16, every resident has been required to wear masks in public. No limit on public gatherings but attendants must be at least six feet apart at all times. Retail spaces are limited to 50% occupancy. Tables at restaurants may not exceed parties of eight.
Arkansas: On June 15, the state entered Phase 2. For restaurants and bars, that means indoor dining capacity is expanded to 66% total occupancy. Groups of more than 10 people are still prohibited.
Connecticut: Gov. Ned Lamont announced Connecticut would enter Phase 2 on June 17 with a 50% capacity restriction at restaurants. Bars remain closed.
Delaware: Restaurants must operate at 60% capacity in Phase 2 of Delaware’s reopening which it entered on June 15. Booths must be spaces six feet apart, tables with freestanding chairs eight feet apart and patrons are not allowed to stand at the bar indoors at restaurants. Paper menus are also required by law and self-serve or buffets may not reopen.
Hawaii: The state is in Phase 2 out of a four-phase plan. State officials didn’t release capacity restrictions for restaurants, but a Sept. 22 emergency order outlined the reopening guidelines. Restaurants can reopen at 50% capacity and tables of more than five people from the same household are forbidden. Diners must make reservations and provide contact information.
Idaho: The state entered Phase 4 re-opening on June 13 and has extended orders to remain in Phase 4 throughout the summer. Restaurants and bars can operate at 100% capacity as long as there is enough room to space patrons six feet apart.
Illinois: Gov. JB Pritzker moved the state to Phase 4 on Aug. 25, where it will remain until a vaccine is created, according to the recovery plan from the governor’s office. Restaurants may open at full capacity as long as tables are six feet apart and standing areas inside restaurants must remain at 25% capacity. Will and Kankakee counties have been moved back in reopening due to a rise in cases, closing all indoor dining.
Indiana: On Sept. 26, Indiana plans to move to Phase 5 of reopening across the state. All businesses will resume, and patrons will be required to wear masks outside of their homes, except when eating or drinking.
Iowa: On Oct. 2, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced bars in Johnson and Story counties could reopen after being closed for more than a month after cases surged there in August.
Kansas: Gov. Laura Kelly announced plans to remain in Phase 3 on July 6 across the state where restaurants can resume serving at full capacity, so long as tables remain six feet apart.
Kentucky: Bars were allowed to resume operations on Aug. 11 and both restaurants and bars capacity limits increased from 33% to 50%.
Louisiana: Gov. John Bel Edwards “cautiously” moved the state to Phase 3 on Sept. 11 with plans to re-evaluate on Oct. 9. Restaurants are able to resume serving at 75% capacity with the new phase, but bars remain closed for now. When bars reopen, capacity will be at 25%.
Michigan: Michigan is in Phase 4 of a six-phase plan for reopening designed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Restaurants are not allowed to open for dine-in services at this time. The Northern regions of Michigan have moved into Phase 5 which allows for limited dine-in services at restaurants.
New Jersey: New Jersey, like New York, has reopened slowly. The state is currently in Phase 2 which is 25% capacity at indoor dining and tables are allowed a maximum of eight people.
New Mexico: Bars across the state that derived more than 50% of revenue through alcohol sales remain closed across the state, however restaurants can reopen at 25% capacity for indoor dining, as can breweries, the state announced on Aug. 29. Outdoor dining is allowed to increase to 75% capacity.
North Dakota: Health metrics determine the rate at which businesses can return to operations. About half of restaurants are at 50% capacity while the other half is at 75% and a smattering of counties are able to fully open. For more detailed information click here.
Washington: On Oct. 6, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that liquor cutoff would be changed from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. and table size limits could increase from 5 to 6 people from the same household.
Restaurants remain at 50% capacity and, according to the state’s plan, will remain that way until there is a vaccine or solution.
Wisconsin: Gov. Tony Evers placed a 25% cap on dine in restrictions at the beginning of Oct. as cses in Wisconsin rose to new records. A judge blocked the order less than two weeks later after a group of bar owners sued.
After restrictions were put in place by the governor at the beginning of the pandemic, the state Supreme Court struck them down meaning that businesses had to navigate safety measures on their own. Local orders differ in each county and city.