A state by state guide on retail and restaurant COVID-19 guidelines

As we enter the second quarter of 2021, many states are trying to put the coronavirus pandemic behind them. Businesses in many states have been allowed to reopen as normal, without capacity restrictions, and mask mandates are being dropped in various locations. Even so, some states and regions are slower to open up and have yet to resume business as usual. It’s essential to be clear on what your state or region permits and what restrictions are still in place.


Find your state below for an overview of the current retail and restaurant guidelines. Businesses listed as open include both indoor and outdoor service unless otherwise specified. Remember that these regulations are always changing; please check state and county resources for the most up-to-date information.


Note: All information is accurate as of April 11th 2021.


Alabama

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars

  • Breweries


Alabama’s “Safer at Home” ruling has now been changed to a Safer Apart Order, effective April 9 through May 5. See the Alabama government website for details.


Alaska

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Alaska government website for details.


Arizona

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


Bars no longer need to operate as restaurants and can resume normal operation. See the Arizona government website for details.


Arkansas

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


Mask mandates have been lifted, but businesses still have the right to ask their customers to wear masks. See the Arkansas government website for details.


California

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars (outdoors)


Closed:

  • Bars (indoors)


Bars are allowed to open indoors in some counties with lower risk. See the California government website for details.


Colorado

Open:

  • Retail stores

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


Bars are no longer required to serve food, but may still remain closed in some counties. See the Colorado government website for details.


Connecticut

Open:

  • Retail 

  • Restaurant dining


Closed:

  • Bars


Bars that only serve beverages are still closed statewide, and a new bill has been approved allowing outdoor dining under relaxed rules through to March 2022. See the Connecticut government website for details.


Delaware

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


Capacity restrictions have changed as of April 1. See the Delaware government website for details.


Florida

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Florida government website for details.


Georgia

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Georgia government website for details.


Hawaii

Open: 

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars (in some areas)


Closed:

  • Nightclubs


Guidance for each region and island vary. See Hawaii’s government website for details.


Idaho

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars

  • Nightclubs


See the Idaho government website for details.


Illinois

Open:

  • Retail stores

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Illinois government website for details.


Indiana

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars

  • Nightclubs


The state’s mask mandate for businesses has been replaced with an advisory. See the Indiana government website for details. 


Iowa

Open: 

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Iowa government website for details.


Kansas

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Kansas government website for details.


Kentucky

Open: 

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


BeginningMarch 19, bars and restaurants may stay open until 1 a.m. See the Kentucky government website for details.


Louisiana

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


As of late March there are plans to remove capacity restrictions on retail, bars and restaurants. See the Louisiana government website for details.


Maine

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars (outdoors)


After Match 26, bars can operate indoor service at 50% capacity (75% capacity outdoors). See the Maine government website for details.


Maryland

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars

  • Breweries, wineries and distilleries (outdoors)


Outdoor capacity restrictions have been lifted, but indoor venues are still limited to 50% capacity. See the Maryland government website for details.


Massachusetts

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining


Closed:

  • Bars


See the Massachusetts government website for details.


Michigan

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


Closed:

  • Nightclubs


Restaurants, bars and retail stores still may operate at 50% capacity indoors. See the Michigan government website for details.


Minnesota

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


Indoor gathering restrictions eased again in March. See the Minnesota government website for details.


Mississippi

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Mississippi government website for more details.


Missouri

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining


See the Missouri government website for details.


Montana

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Montana government website for details.


Nebraska

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Nebraska government website for details.


Nevada

Open: 

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


As of March 15, nearly all businesses can operate at 50% capacity. See the Nevada government website for details.


New Hampshire

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining


See the New Hampshire government website for details. 


New Jersey

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the New Jersey government website for more details.


New Mexico

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars (in some counties)


Various counties are now in the least restrictive tier, which allows all categories of business to reopen indoors and outdoors. Bars may operate in some counties. See the New Mexico government website for details.


New York

Open: 

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining (outdoors and some indoors)


The 11 p.m. curfew for some businesses was lifted on April 5. See the New York government website for details.


North Carolina

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


Restaurants may now operate at 75% capacity and bars at 50%. See the North Carolina government website for details.


North Dakota

Open: 

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


Capacity restrictions are now recommendations, rather than requirements. See the North Dakota government website for details.


Ohio

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Ohio government website for details.


Oklahoma

Open: 

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Oklahoma government website for details.


Oregon

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurants (indoor in most counties)

  • Bars (outdoors)


See the Oregon government website for details.


Pennsylvania

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining


Indoor dining capacity restrictions are set to 75% capacity starting April 4th. See the Pennsylvania government website for details.


Puerto Rico

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining (outdoor)


Closed:

  • Bars 


As of April 9 and effective through May 9, an overnight curfew is in place from 10pm to 5am, with businesses required to close by 9pm. See the Puerto Rico government website for details.


Rhode Island

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars 


See the Rhode Island government website for details.


South Carolina

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurang dining

  • Bars


See the South Carolina government website for details.


South Dakota

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining


See the South Dakota government website for details.


Tennessee

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Tennessee government website for details.


Texas

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars (most counties)


Restrictions to bars still apply in some counties. See the Texas government website for details.


Utah

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


Bars in counties with low transmission no longer have capacity restrictions. See the Utah government website for details.


Vermont

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining


Closed:

  • Bars


By July 4th, all restrictions are set to become recommendations. See the Vermont government website for details.


Virginia

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


The sale of alcohol is now permitted until midnight. See the Virginia government website for details.


Washington

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining


See the Washington government website for details.


West Virginia

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the West Virginia government website for details.


Wisconsin

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Wisconsin government website for details.


Wyoming

Open:

  • Retail

  • Restaurant dining

  • Bars


See the Wyoming government website for details.


Tom Quinn |
Tom (he/him) is a growth marketing manager at Snagajob helping small businesses find hourly workers.