En español | Governors across the country are issuing orders and recommendations to their residents on the status of schools, businesses and public services as their states respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
All states have taken coronavirus-related actions, but restrictions vary, and so does the length of time the measures are in place. Here's a look at each state's restrictions:
• Alabama: At the direction of Gov. Kay Ivey (R), the state health officer has extended a safer-at-home order until 5 p.m. on March 5. People over age 6 must wear masks in indoor public spaces, when using a transportation service or when outdoors in gatherings of 10 or more. Nonwork get-togethers are allowed, but individuals from different households must maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. Restaurants, bars and breweries can offer dine-in service, but party size is capped at eight people. Tables or booths must be placed 6 feet apart or, if within 6 feet, must be separated by partitions. Hair salons and similar personal-care businesses must also keep clients 6 feet apart or separate clients by partitions if within 6 feet. Retail stores and gyms are among the businesses that must implement sanitation and social distancing practices. Beaches are open, but patrons must practice social distancing. As of Oct. 2, hospital, nursing and long-term care facilities have been allowed to permit residents to receive one visitor at a time, subject to other restrictions.
• Alaska: Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) modified a travel mandate on Feb. 14. Travelers arriving in Alaska must opt for one of several options, such as show a negative COVID-19 test or submit to a test on arrival. Critical infrastructure workers are exempt. Previously, Dunleavy permitted all businesses, including restaurants, hair salons, gyms, museums and entertainment venues, to reopen at 100 percent capacity. Safeguards are recommended. In group gatherings, individuals from separate households are encouraged to maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. Local authorities and private businesses may enact stricter requirements.
• Arizona: Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed an order allowing restaurants to extend their premises for outdoor dining services. Restaurants can offer indoor dining service but must limit occupancy and must separate parties by at least 6 feet. Ducey also modified the rules for large gatherings. Organized events with more than 50 people are prohibited, but local authorities can approve them if certain safety precautions are met. Once approved, the local jurisdiction must post the mitigation efforts on its website and submit its plan to the state health department. Previously, Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services released requirements and guidelines for bars, gyms, movie theaters and water parks to reopen. Under the new guidance, the businesses can operate at a limited capacity if certain benchmarks are met. Travelers are free to visit the state without quarantining or providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
On Dec. 30, Ducey extended an order on driver's license renewals. A standard driver's license in Arizona expires when individuals turn 65, and renewal requires an in-office visit. Ducey's extension will allow seniors with a license that expires between March 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021, to defer renewal for one year from the expiration date.