• Rebecca Blackmon

Current Covid-19 Restrictions for Domestic Travel

Updated: May 27, 2021


Hey guys! I just wanted to update you on some research I’ve been doing. I have a bachelorette trip coming up, so I’ve been looking at some of the different Covid travel restrictions from state to state.



Here are the Covid Domestic Restrictions

 




California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina,

Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington









Connecticut - 11pm

Illinois - in some counties, 11pm-6am

New York - 11pm

North Carolina - 10pm-5am

Ohio - 10pm-5am

Virginia - 12am-5am






Alaska

Hawaii

Kansas, if traveling from a “hot spot”

Maine

Massachusetts, with the exception of “low rate covid states”

New York

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island, for “non-work travelers”

Vermont


 

Restrictions by State:


Alabama: Alabama is under a “safer at home” order until March 5. Indoor places will still require masks and 6ft distancing. Most restaurants will require parties of 8 or less (6 at some of the stricter places). Everything is open with no curfew, and (from someone who lives here!) life has pretty much resumed normalcy.


Alaska: Alaska currently has a travel mandate that requires a negative Covid test to enter, or an immediate test upon entry. They are also requiring a 14 day quarantine for all non-residents. However, all businesses have been allowed to reopen at 100% capacity, so if you visit you won’t miss out on anything!


Arizona: Arizona is open for business at limited indoor capacity and regular outdoor capacity. Masks and 6ft distancing will be required, but travelers are not required to show any kind of Covid test to visit the state.


Arkansas: Arkansas is limiting indoor venues to 100 people, and outdoor venues to 66% capacity. Other than that restriction, all businesses are open with the required use of masks and social distancing.


California: Cali is currently divided into 4 color tiers: purple (where covid is most prevalent), red, orange, and yellow (where it is least prevalent). If traveling to CA, I highly recommend looking to see what color your county falls in, as the color dictates the severity of the restrictions. In the purple counties, restaurants can only offer outdoor dining, retail stores can only operate at 25% capacity, and most “nonessential” businesses (nightclubs, theme parks, etc) are still closed. In the yellow zones, however, businesses have reopened with the following of safety measures.


Colorado: Colorado is operating much like California with the color coded counties. They have six levels: green (least restrictive), blue, yellow, orange, red, and purple (most restrictive). If you plan on traveling to CO, check to see what color your county is! In the green counties, business can operate at 50% or 500 people, whichever is smaller. There are currently no counties zoned as purple, but in red counties (the next-most restrictive) no indoor dining is permitted, and most businesses are operating at 25% capacity.


Connecticut: Connecticut has a statewide curfew of 11pm and most businesses are operating at 50% capacity. If you plan on visiting, you will be asked to fill out a health form and quarantine for 10 days, unless you can show proof of a negative covid test within 72 hours of arrival.


Delaware: Pretty basic here - most businesses are operating at 50% capacity, masks are required, and 6ft distancing will be mandated except for people living in the same household.

Florida: I feel like if you watch the news or get on social media ever, you know that Florida does what Florida wants (lol). The governor has lifted most covid restrictions, all capacity limitations, and all penalties/fines that used to be associated with businesses who weren’t following the rules. Basically, Florida has resumed life as we used to know it.

Georgia: Most businesses in Georgia are operating as normal, with the governor “encouraging” people to wear face masks, but not mandating it. Restaurants are still required to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Hawaii: If traveling to Hawaii, you will be asked to either show a negative covid test acquired within 72 hours of your arrival or quarantine for 10 days. Some of the islands are even requiring a second test upon arrival (if you’re visiting, make sure you check the guidelines for your specific island as they do vary). Once you’re in the clear, however, Hawaii has reopened all businesses with the requirement of a face covering.

Idaho: Businesses have reopened with little restrictions, and the governor “encourages” people to wear masks, but it is not currently required.

Illinois: Illinois is operating on a 3-tier system for counties to determine how prevalent covid is in that area. Tier 3 is the most restricted - counties in these areas have a curfew (businesses must close between 11pm and 6am) and there is no indoor dining at all. Indoor recreational business (movie theaters, nightclubs, etc) are still completely closed. Under the tier 1 guidelines, indoor dining is allowed at 25% capacity - parties are limited to 4 people and have a 2 hour time limit. There is still a statewide mask mandate in the entire state.

Indiana: Indiana, like many states, is employing the color code. Red and orange counties can only operate at 25% capacity. Yellow counties can operate at 50% capacity. Blue counties are allowed to operate at full capacity. There is still a statewide mask and social distancing mandate. If visiting, check what color your county is!


Iowa: Iowa has pretty much lifted all covid restrictions. People are encouraged to wear masks but it isn’t required, and businesses are now operating without any restrictions.

Kansas: Kansas has a statewide mask mandate and social distancing guidelines are still in place. Other than that, the governor left it up to each county to decide how to proceed - most businesses are back open. Kansas requires a 14 day quarantine from people entering the state from covid “hot spots” - of course, that’s on a merit system.


Kentucky: Kentucky pretty much has a 50% capacity rule statewide. Restaurants and bars are required to stop food and drink service by 11pm and close by midnight, but delivery service can continue after that time.


Louisiana: Most businesses in LA are open to operate at 50% capacity. There is, however, an 11pm cutoff for all restaurants and bars serving alcohol.


Maine: Maine has a statewide mandate requiring either a negative covid test or a 10 day self quarantine for anyone visiting the state. Once in, indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people with the exception of bars, who can offer outdoor dining only.


Maryland: Most businesses in Maryland are limited to 50% capacity, and there is a statewide mask mandate in effect.


Massachusetts: There is a 40% capacity restriction on most businesses in Massachusetts, as well as a statewide mask mandate. There is an order for either a negative covid test or a 10-day self quarantine upon entering the state, but it says “states with low covid rates are exempt”, so it’s a little vague.


Michigan: Restaurants in Michigan are operating at 25% capacity - parties are limited to 6 people statewide, and there is a 10pm curfew placed on eateries right now. Nightclubs are still closed. Most other businesses are open, but contact tracing is required when you enter most businesses.


Minnesota: Businesses in Minnesota are operating anywhere between 25-50% capacity, with a statewide mask mandate in place. Restaurants are required to stop indoor dining services at 11pm.


Mississippi: In Mississippi, businesses are operating at roughly 50% capacity. People are encouraged to wear masks, and bars and restaurants are required to stop serving alcohol by 11pm.


Missouri: The state is fully operation currently under capacity restrictions. The governor encourages everyone to wear a mask, but says by June 16th the state will be fully opened and operating unrestricted.


Montana: Montana currently has no restrictions. The governor even recently lifted the mask mandate, but encourages businesses to practice good sanitation and hygiene habits.


Nebraska: Nebraska is completely open with no restrictions! The governor encourages social distancing, but it is no longer mandated.


Nevada: Nevada is operating with about 35% capacity restrictions. Restaurants are limiting parties to 6 people. While there is currently a mask mandate, it is believed that on March 15 the governor will lift some restrictions to move to the next phase of reopening.


New Hampshire: NH seems to be pretty much open, with the exception of gyms that are restricted to 50% capacity. There is a statewide mask mandate in place.


New Jersey: Most businesses in NJ are operating at 35% capacity. Until recently there was a curfew in place, but with it’s recent recension there is now only a mask mandate.


New Mexico: NM is operating under a color-code system for each county. Red, being the most infected counties, do not permit indoor dining and restaurants/places that serve alcohol have to close by 9pm. In yellow counties, indoor dining is limited to 25% capacity with a 10pm closing time. In green counties, most business can operate with loose capacity restrictions and no curfews. Make sure to check what color the county you’ll be visiting is!


New York: NYC recently lifted it’s ban on indoor dining, as well as extended the statewide curfew to 11pm. The state is operating at various capacity restrictions, so definitely plan ahead if you’re visiting NY (especially NYC) to make sure you can have reservations and do what you want to do! Visitors have two options: either a 10 day quarantine, or a negative covid test upon arrival, a three day quarantine, and another negative covid test on day four.


North Carolina: NC has a mandatory stay at home order which requires residents to stay home between the hours of 10pm and 5am. Alcohol services are prohibited from 9pm to 7am. During day time hours, indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, but outdoor venues are operational. Masks and social distancing are being closely monitored.


North Dakota: ND is operating at about 75% in all businesses, and a mask mandate is in place. All other restrictions and curfews have been lifted.


Ohio: Ohio also has a stay at home order between the hours of 10pm and 5am. Restaurants and bars are also required to stop selling alcohol after 10pm, but otherwise, businesses are open as normal at restricted capacity during the day.


Oklahoma: Oklahoma has pretty much reopened all businesses, but the governor is really encouraging people to limit travel, social gatherings, etc. In their current phase of reopening, businesses that are able are actually required to allow people to work from home if they want to.


Oregon: Oregon is operating under the color coded system by county. In red counties, indoor dining is prohibited and outdoor dining is limited to 50 people with parties no larger than six. Other businesses are operating at about 25% capacity. In the orange counties, indoor dining is permitted to about 25% capacity, and in yellow counties it’s permitted up to 50%. Red, orange, and yellow counties all have an 11pm curfew on restaurants and bars. In the green counties, businesses are open and restaurants/bars must close at midnight.


Pennsylvania: Businesses are operating at limited capacity, with restaurants and bars operating with an 11pm closure time. Travelers require a negative covid test or a 10 day self quarantine. The toll booths in PA have also stopped taking cash.


Rhode Island: The governor has loosened restrictions so that RI can now allow indoor dining at 50% capacity, but bars in the state are still closed. Parties are also restricted to 8 people or less. Individuals visiting the state for non-work purposes are asked to quarantine for 10 days or get a negative test result upon arrival.


South Carolina: Most businesses are open unrestricted in SC, with the required use of masks and social distancing. The only caveat is that alcohol is not allowed to be served after 11pm.


South Dakota: SD is operating under their “back to normal” plan, which includes no restrictions or mandates.


Tennessee: The governor of TN has lifted all restrictions. All residents are highly encouraged, however, to wear masks, stay home/virtual as often as possible, and to stay socially distanced when in public.


Texas: Texas is kind of divided into two groups: those with a high number of covid cases, and those with a low number of cases (I’m honestly not sure what criteria they use to categorize counties). In high case areas, restaurants are limited to 50% capacity and bars are closed. In the low case areas, most businesses are operating at about 75% capacity with no other restrictions. If you’re traveling to Texas, I would check each individual city’s website to check which category they fall into!

Utah: Utah has no restrictions except for a statewide mask mandate.


Vermont: Vermont’s governor recently extended tight restrictions until March 15th. All bars are closed, and all restaurants are open at 50% capacity but have to close by 10pm. Hotels aren’t allowed to resume operations until May 22nd, but all nonessential travelers will need a negative covid test AND a seven day quarantine.


Virginia: In Virginia, there’s a mandatory “stay at home” order between midnight and 5am. All gatherings, indoor or outdoor, have a 10 person cap on them. Restaurants are operating at full capacity, but must stop serving alcohol by 10pm.


Washington: Some counties here are still in Phase 1 (the more highly infected counties), and others have moved on to Phase 2. In Phase 1 counties, indoor dining is not permitted. Outdoor dining is, but parties are limited to 6 people and the restaurant must close at 11pm. Most other businesses are restricted to 25% capacity. In Phase 2 counties, indoor dining is permitted up to 25% capacity, but there is still a 6 person limit and an 11pm closure.

West Virginia: There is a statewide mask mandate in WV, but it sounds like most businesses are open with various capacity limitations, depending on the industry of the business. WV is also operating on a color-coded system, but their description of each color code was not as descriptive as some of the others I’ve seen.


Wisconsin: Wisconsin has a mask mandate, but most other restrictions have been lifted. The governor is pretty serious, however, about encouraging people to stay at home with the exception of grocery shopping and picking up medication. He also has encouraged all businesses to let their employees work from home if possible.


Wyoming: WY has a mask mandate, but otherwise the state is operating all businesses (some capacity restrictions apply). Restaurants and bars are open - the only stipulation being that parties cannot exceed eight people.



Keep in mind, this is only information that pertains to being able to go out and do activities, early closing times, closures, etc. I’ll try to summarize the information at the beginning of the article, but keep reading for updated information listed by state. Save this post and reference it when you’re going to travel domestically! I’ll do my best to keep it updated as changes continue to happen. I hope you guys find this helpful when planning your upcoming weekend getaways, road trips, and summer travels!



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