State by State Covid-19
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The cells below are protected, please add updates in columns GAccording to representatives from Pet Valu and Petco, their stores will remain open even in restricted areas since pet stores are currently considered essential businesses.Any additional updates should be added to the columns below. We will add them to the core document. If you would prefer to email updates then please send them to
StateWorkplace/Retail RestrictionsCurfewComments/Updates/Source LInksPet Stores Considered EssentialPlease add notes, changes, or other updates in this columnPIJAC Essential List:
AlabamaEffective March 17, all gatherings of 25 people or more or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons are prohibited in these counties. This order applies to all events or activities that bring 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time. of Health Departments
AlaskaAnchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has banned dine-in service for food and drink at restaurants, bars and breweries, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The order also closes gyms, bingo halls and theaters, and it bans gatherings of more than 50 people.Anchorage Mayor Berkowitz has banned mass events of over 50 people, though the order specifically exempts day-to-day business operations. Association of Manufacturers
ArizonaMarch 11 state of emergency declaration, and March 16 guidance on limitations for bars and restaurants.
ArkansasLittle Rock on Wednesday began enforcing a curfew from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. Fayetteville, in northwest Arkansas, had imposed restrictions on restaurants and bars that prohibited them from filling at least half their capacity.Another good consolidated source of data
CaliforniaEssential businesses in SF and the surrounding counties (which include pet supply stores) are allowed to operate during the recommended action and specifically include health care operations; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; fresh and non-perishable food retailers (including convenience stores); pharmacies; child care facilities; gas stations; banks; laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence. 3/19/2020 California has issued a stay-at-home order.San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and the City of Berkeley announced "Shelter in Place." This requires residents to stay in their homes unless performing certain taskes like working at an "essential business," care for a family or pet, or to get supplies. These orders exempted “essential” business operations or services.

Alameida County, CA (which borders Nevada) issued a mandatory shelter-in-place notification on March 18 that provides exemptions for a lengthy set of manufacturing functions, but is also being interpreted as possibly affecting manufacturers in the area. If a business is considered nonessential, it is allowed to maintain “minimum basic operations.”

Yes in Bay area counties and it is being used as a template in the rest of the state. City of Los Angeles - Mayor's "Safer At Home Order"
Deems obtaining "pet supplies" as an essential activity.
ColoradoRecommends limiting of gatherings to no more than 50 people. Closures limited as of March 16 to bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters and casinos.Gov. Polis announced the immediate suspension of dine-in service at restaurants and bars across Colorado for the next 30 days. Gov. Polis also announced the closure of large places of gathering, that includes gyms and theatres and casinos where large groups can gather.
ConnecticutAll business must close by 8:00pm. All restaurants (takeout and delivery excepted), schools, gyms, and theaters must close. No gatherings of more than 50 people.
The new closings will also affect businesses in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The four states are working together on a common set of closure policies so residents don't simply hop from one state to another where businesses may remain open. PA currently considers pet stores essential.
DelawareGov. Carney ordered all owners and operators of places of public accommodation (excluding grocery stores, pharmacies and similar establishments that sell food, cleaning supplies and health needs for people and animals) are strongly encouraged to do the following: ensure that no more than 50 people are present in the space at the same time and provide the precautions recommended by the CDC on COVID-19, including hand hygiene and social distancing.Governor Carney has modified his emergency declaration to limit restaurants, bars, and taverns to take-out and delivery service only; bans gatherings of 50 people or more; and has closed gaming activity at Delaware casinos.Yes
FloridaGov. DeSantis ordered that restaurants in Florida will be able to stay open but only be allowed to fill to half capacity and all tables must be at least 6 feet apart. Bars and nightclubs must remain closed for 30 days. City of Coconut Creekinitiates emergency measures: No groups greater than 10 people following CDC guidlines. In effect till April 18, 2020. No restrictions on pet stores but exempt businesses must have hand sanitizer at each entrance and ext. Follow State Health Protocols for employees handling food. Take all available stepsto ensure a six-foot distance between any groups of patrons, as recommended by the CDC.FRF reiterated with Director Moskowitz at the Department of Emergency Management our concerns about “non-essential” retail closures. He is in complete agreement and indicated only place he could see advising that is if they see a major spike of new cases in a localized area. In that event any such closures would be specific to that locality.Yes
GeorgiaGeneral recommendations on social distancing but no formal limits on mass gatherings.Governor Kemp signed Executive Order closing all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020.
HawaiiEffective Friday, March 20th Governor Ige anounceed all schools, bars, resturants, libraries, public buildings, large gatherings and sport events will be closed. The limit on social gathering size is 10.
IllinoisGovernor is ordering all bars and restaurants to close as of close of business Monday, March 16th thru Tuesday, March 30th. They are going to allow food delivery, drive-thru and curbside pick-up. Carry-out, defined as a person walking into the establishment to pick-up food, will not be allowed.Illinois Stay at home is from 5pm on 3/21-4/7,In light of COVID-19, the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health orders a partial suspension in enforcement of 8-32-130 of the municipal code (loading and unloading operations), by exercising general police power of the City of Chicago, to enable delivery of essential items such as groceries, food, healthcare supplies and/or equipment, and replenishment of necessary commodities for stores. The request to partially suspend enforcement of 8-32-130 shall take effect through May 1, 2020. Routine enforcement of this section should continue for noise related to loading or unloading that has no clear benefit to the public.
IndianaBars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March. No in-person events of more than 50 people.March 17 update adopts CDC recommendations against gatherings of more than 50 people but no apparent limits on manufacturers.

Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed an executive order to lift regulations on commercial vehicles transporting goods to retailers, some of which are running short on supplies. Drivers of commercial vehicles, including those who deliver food, goods and items to Indiana businesses for purchase or use by Hoosiers as well as delivery of items for emergency preparedness, are limited by in the number of hours they can work in a single day. This waives those regulations.
IowaMarch 17 order by Gov. Reynolds prohibits mass gatherings of more than 10 people, but limits to “social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events.”
KansasMarch 17 order prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people specifically exempts manufacturing operations.stores selling pet products and animal food processors defined as essential businesses in the four counties of the Kansas City metro regionYes
KentuckyGov. Beshear on March 17 issued an updated executive order specifically exempting manufacturers from prohibitions on mass gatherings.Yes
LouisanaGatherings are limited to no more than 50 people. Casinos, movie theaters, and bars are closed. Restaurants will be closed to patrons eating on site. Take-out, drive-through and delivery orders are allowed.
MaineMarch 18 order by the governor prohibits dine-in service at bars and restaurants; bans gatherings more than 10 people & signs emergency legislation to respond to COVID-19. Gatherings subject to this order are those that are primarily social, personal, discretionary events, not work-related events.
MarylandMarch 16 prohibition on mass gatherings of more than 250 people but which appears limited to “social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure and sporting gatherings and events” with no clear implications for manufacturers.March 25 all schools are closed. Bars and restaurants are open for carry-out and delivery only. All enclosed malls are closed. All non-essential businesses are closed. Pet Supply and feed stores are considered essential. Yes
MassachusettsGovernor Baker issued an emergency order limiting gatherings to 25 individuals (this does not apply to grocery or retail stores) and prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants, beginning on March 17 and effective until April 6.
Mandated Stay in Place a of Tuesday March 24th
Elementary and Secondary Schools suspended educational operations from March 17 until April 6.Yes
MichiganGov. Whitmer ordered all Michigan bars and restaurants, as well as gyms, spas, theaters and other public spaces, will be ordered closed starting at 3 p.m. Monday, except for restaurant delivery and carry-out services. The order does not apply to grocery stores, markets and food pantries.Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-17, which imposes temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures beginning as soon as possible but no later than March 21, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Executive Order 2020-17 states that hospitals, freestanding surgical outpatient facilities, and dental facilities, and all state-operated outpatient facilities, must implement a plan to temporarily postpone all non-essential procedures until the termination of the COVID-19 state of emergency.,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626--,00.html
Pet food is reccomended as essential
4/9 Stay at Home Executive Order Extend
MinnesotaMarch 17 executive order closes bars, restaurants, theaters and soforth but exempts from closure employers whose facilities or accommodations are not normally available to members of the public.
MissouriGovernor has urged cancellaton of public events with more than 50 people, but no formal restrictions.Yes
MontanaRecommended limits on mass gatherings more than 50 people, but no formal restrictions.Section 11 a
NebraskaRecommended limits on mass public gatherings to no more than 50 people, but no formal restrictions for manufacturers.
Nevada03/18/2020: Pet stores are being listed as essential in the media but not specifically referenced in the governors conference. Only essential services should remain open, such as fire, police, transit and healthcare services, in addition to businesses that provide food, shelter or social services for disadvantaged populations. Only essential businesses should remain open, such as pharmacies, grocery stores, drug and convenience stores, banks and financial institutions, hardware stores, and gas stations. All gatherings should be postponed or canceled. On March 17, Governor Sisolak announced an order shuttering all “non-essential” businesses starting at noon on March 18, including schools, public buildings, hotels, casinos, convention centers, sports areans, for a 30 day period of time. Nevada Health Response issued additional guidance including a number of sectors considered broadly within manufacturing but with no specific exemption for manufacturingEssential services and sectors include: "veterinary services and pet stores"
New HampshireMarch 16 order by the governor specifically exempts businesses from limits on gatherings of people over 50.not specific - name animal feed under food and agriculture
New JerseyAll restaurants (takeout and delivery excepted), schools, gyms, and theaters must close. All non-essential businesses must close by 8:00pm (this does not affect restocking or deliveries). Essential businesses including supermarkets, pharmacies, medical offices, and gas stations can stay open after 8 p.m. Still seeking clarification between essential v.s. non-essential. No gatherings of more than 50 people.Gov. Murphy is considering a statewide curfew. Hoboken has instituted a curfew between 10pm and 5am (except for emergencies, or if you are required to work by your employer). The city of Teaneck has requested residents to remain at home and only leave to get food or medicine.State information website updated continuously:
New MexicoGovernor Lujan-Grisham orders recreational facilities to close; restaurants, bars limited to takeout and delivery.
New YorkAll business must close by 8:00pm. All restaurants (takeout and delivery excepted), schools, gyms, and theaters must close. No gatherings of more than 50 people. Limits on mass gatherings and public spaces imposed on March 13 with no specific implications for manufacturers in the state. NYC Mayor DeBlasio publicly considering “shelter in place” order as of March 17.

NYC bans ride-sharing by Emergency Executive Order

NYC orders all establishments that serve food and drink closed until further notice, they may remain open for the sole purpose of carry-out and delivery orders. All entertainment venues ordered closed, commercial gyms closed.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he will sign an executive order mandating 100% of New York's workforce must stay home, excluding essential services, as the number of coronavirus cases in the state spiked.100% Workforce reduction at non-essential businesses.Yes, New York has deemed pet stores essential:
North CarolinaAll mass gatherings are prohibited (more than 100 people) (this does not apply to retail and grocery stores).Under essential business and operations section 1 Yes
North Dakota
OhioMarch 12 order by the Director of the Department of Health to limit and/or prohibit mass gatherings of 100 or more people. Mass gatherings does not include normal operations of airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers, or other spaces where 100 or more persons may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments, schools, restaurants, factories, or retail/grocery stores where large numbers of people are present.

Ohio Gov. DeWine submitted formal request to SBA for federal assistance:
Pet supplies considered essential in section 12 subsection B of the following document:
OklahomaExecutive Order recommending Oklahomaians follow the CDC guidelines including avoiding gatherings of 10 or more.

Prohibitions on mass gatherings in Tulsa.
OregonGov. Brown also recommended implementation workplace safeguards of distancing measures including an increased physical space between employees in offices and worksites, limited in-person meetings, limited travel, and staggered work schedules where possible.
Pennsylvania3/19/2020:Governor Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. March 19, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.
The governor also required restaurants and bars to stop all dine-in services. Enforcement for establishments with a liquor license began at 8 p.m. March 18, and enforcement for all other food establishments will begin at 8 p.m. March 19. Food establishments can offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service, including alcohol. as grocery stores and hospitals provide necessary sustenance and medical care to humans, pet stores that sell food, products and supplies and businesses that offer veterinary and boarding services can remain operational to ensure the continued humane care of animals.

Furthermore, businesses that provide products or services for the care of pets, and those that house animals, are allowed to remain open throughout the crisis.
Rhode IslandMarch 16 order prohibits gatherings of more than 25 people, identified as “community, civic, public, leisure, or faithbased events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals, and any other similar activity.”Yes
South CarolinaSection 4 of Governor’s prohibition of gatherings of 100 or more people specifically exempts private businesses and employers from this prohibition.

SC Governor orders restaurants, bars to end dine-in service
South Dakota
TennesseeRecommends limiting mass gatherings to no more than 250 peple, but no formal limitations on manufacturers.
Texas• Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
• Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
• Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
• Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.
These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.
Utah“Stay Home, Stay Safe” directive, which went into effect Friday, they could be charged with a class B misdemeanor, fined up to $1,000 and spend up to six months in jail.
VermontGovernor Scott orders that all bars and restaurants close or offer take out only, restricts size of mass gatherings to the lesser of 50 people or 50% of facility capacity.section 6 f
VirginiaGovernor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19. The Governor has also outlined these additional measures to ensure the health and safety of all Virginians: Virginia governor issues stay-at-home order
WashingtonGov. Inslee signed an emergency declaration temporarily shutting down bars, restaurants and places of entertainment and recreation statewide, and cap all public gatherings at 50 people.Yes
West VirginaOn March 16, W.V Governor Jim Justice E.O. regarding formally directing all restaurants and bars in West Virginia to limit service to carry out, drive-thru, and delivery operations only. The Executive Order also mandates the closure of all casinos in West Virginia.Yes
WisconsinMarch 17 guidance from Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Governor Evers exempts manufacturers from gathering limitations. – section 13 c
Puerto RicoAll non-essential business were ordered closed until March 30th. Pet stores can remain open from 9am to 6pm since animal food is an essential category, as well as veterinary services. Possible that grooming Services are prohibited and all salons must be closed.Gov. Vazquez announced a strict curfew that allows Puerto Ricans to stay in their homes between the hours of 9pm and 5am except to buy essential items or go to medical appointments, work or to assist children or the elderly.The government of Puerto Rico has imposed some of the most severe restrictions on businesses, ordering most businesses closed including manufacturers. Manufacturers may petition for exemptions under these guidelines issued March 18 by the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce.Yes
CanadaPrime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that all people except Canadian citizens, legal permanent residents, and US citizens would be denied entry into Canada. Exemptions also exist for diplomats, airline crews, and immediate family members of Canadian citizens.