As states and counties progress into opening phases, you may be considering whether or not to reopen your business. We have all been hearing the phrase “new normal” as we navigate through uncertain waters. For businesses, this means facing a new world with six feet social distancing guidelines, mask requirements, and reduced in-store capacity.

For many, the key to returning to business will be prioritizing the health and safety of both employees and customers. It is highly recommended that you review your state and/or municipality’s resources to properly adhere to and enforce any new health guidelines put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below are states’ 1-25 resources in alphabetical order to help you get back to business safely.

1. Alabama.

Alabama has a “Proceeding With Caution” plan in place. This consists of three parts.

  1. Stay at home.
  2. Amended Safer at Home
  3. Safer Apart.

Click here for more information about this plan.

For more Alabama state resources, see the below links:

2. Alaska.

Alaska has taken a four-phase approach called “Alaska’s Plan Forward” to reopening the state. Learn more about this plan here.

For more Alaska state resources, see the below links:

3. Arizona.

Arizona is following a gradual and phased-in return. Arizona issued an executive order outlining it’s gradual and phased-in return to “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger.” Learn more about this plan here.

For more Arizona state resources, see the below links:

4. Arkansas.

Arkansas’ governor released an executive order on June 18, 2020, regarding COVID-19. Although there is no clear phase-in strategy, Arkansas’ Ready for Business has industry-specific guidelines and resources for businesses and consumers.

For more Arkansas state resources, see the below links:

5. California.

California released its reopening strategy which consists of four stages.

  1. Stage 1: Safety and preparedness.
  2. Stage 2: Lower-risk workplaces.
  3. Stage 3: Higher-risk workplaces.
  4. Stage 4: End of Stay Home Order.

Learn more about California’s plan here.

For more California state resources, see the below links:

6. Colorado.

Colorado’s reopening strategy uses three levels.

  1. Level 1: Stay at Home.
  2. Level 2: Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors.
  3. Level 3: Protect Our Neighbors

Learn more about Colorado’s plan here.

For more Colorado state resources, see the below links:

7. Connecticut.

Connecticut has a simple three-phase approach. You can learn more about this plan here.

For more Connecticut state resources, see the below links:

8. Delaware.

Delaware has a three-phase approach. You can learn more about here.

For more Delaware state resources, see the below links:

9. Florida.

Florida has a recovery plan in place called, “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” Learn more about this plan here.

For more Florida state resources, see the below links:

10. Georgia.

Georgia has a general phased reopening approach. Learn more about this plan here.

For more Georgia state resources, see the below links:

11. Hawaii.

Hawaii’s reopening and recovery plan has four phases.

  1. Phase 1: Stabilization.
  2. Phase 2: Reopening.
  3. Phase 3: Long-term Recovery.
  4. Phase 4: Resilience.

Learn more about this plan here.

For more Hawaii state resources, see the below links:

12. Idaho.

Idaho has a plan in place using four stages. Learn more about “Idaho Rebounds: Our Path to Prosperity” here.

For more Idaho state resources, see the below links:

13. Illinois.

Illinois adopted a five-phased approach to reopening called “Restore Illinois.” This plan follows the below structure:

  1. Phase 1: Rapid Spread.
  2. Phase 2: Flattening.
  3. Phase 3: Recovery.
  4. Phase 4: Revitalization.
  5. Phase 5: Illinois Restored.

Learn more about Illinois’ plan here.

For more Illinois state resources, see the below links:

14. Indiana.

Indiana adopted 5 stages to get back on track.

Learn more about Indiana’s “5 Stages to get Indiana Back on Track” here.

For more Indiana state resources, see the below links:

15. Iowa.

Iowa’s reopening approach consists of three general phases, that are outlined here.

For more Iowa state resources, see the below links:

16. Kansas.

Kansas’s reopening plan follows the below steps:

  1. Phase one.
  2. Phase 1.5.
  3. Phase two.
  4. Phase three.
  5. Phase-out.

Learn more about these phases here.

For more Kansas state resources, see the below links:

17. Kentucky.

Kentucky’s phased approach to reopening its economy is called, “Healthy at Work.

Learn more about this plan and find updates here.

For more Kentucky state resources, see the below links:

18. Louisiana.

Louisiana is following a basic phased-in approach to reopen businesses safely. You can learn more and download phase documents here.

For more Louisiana state resources, see the below links:

19. Maine.

Maine is following a staged approach for “Restarting Maine’s Economy.” Learn more about this plan here.

For more Maine state resources, see the below links:

20. Maryland.

Maryland’s phased reopening strategy is divided into three stages of activities:

  1. Low Risk
  2. Medium Risk
  3. High Risk

Learn more about “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” here.

For more Maryland state resources, see the below links:

21. Massachusetts.

Massachusetts reopening plan consists of four phases:

  1. Phase 1: Start.
  2. Phase 2: Cautious.
  3. Phase 3: Vigilant.
  4. Phase 4: New normal.

See Massachusetts reopening report here to learn more.

For more Massachusetts state resources, see the below links:

22. Michigan.

Michigan has a “MI Safe Start Plan” in place with six stages.

  1. Uncontrolled growth.
  2. Persistent spread.
  3. Flattening.
  4. Improving.
  5. Containing.
  6. Post-pandemic.

Learn more about this safe start plan here.

For more Michigan state resources, see the below links:

23. Minnesota.

Minnesota is following a four-stage plan to reopen called Stay Safe MN. Learn more about this plan here.

For more Minnesota state resources, see the below links:

24. Mississippi.

Mississippi has not issued a specific outline for re-opening, however, resources and guidance for re-opening can be found here.

For more Mississippi state resources, see the below links:

25. Missouri.

Rather than a phased-in approach, Missouri’s “Show Me Strong Recovery Plan” includes guidelines for re-opening. Learn more here.

For more Missouri state resources, see the below links:

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