It’s November and as many anticipated, we are seeing a surge in Coronavirus infections and positive tests.
I live in Utah and our state is facing what New York was back in March and April. Our hospitals are overloaded and we are even having nurses and doctors from other states come to assist.
With that being said, many states are going back into lockdown and having tighter restrictions on what can and cannot be conducted.
Here’s The Entire List of States That Are Starting to Lock Down Again
As of right now, there are over 20 states that are starting to close down due to a surge in COVID-19 infections.
Republican Gov. Kay Ivey on Nov. 5 extended the state’s face mask order until Dec. 11 at 5 p.m.
You can read about the Alabama updated COVID-19 Health Order Here
Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a statewide emergency alert Nov. 12 and implored Alaskans to take steps to slow the spread for the next three weeks, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Alaska does not have a statewide mask order.
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey posted a Twitter video Nov. 10 to urge mask-wearing, physical distancing, handwashing and staying home when sick.
“I can’t stress this enough. These are simple steps, and as we’ve seen, they can make a real difference,” he said.
You can read about theArizona updated COVID-19 Health Order Here
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has not imposed any new restrictions on businesses or gatherings. The Republican governor said many of the state’s cases are coming from smaller gatherings at homes and that they can’t be regulated.
Arkansas has had a statewide mask order since July.
The state moved 11 counties back a notch on its four-tier reopening plan last week. California has had a statewide mask order since June.
California rolled back reopening plans after nearly 1 million cases, 4.2% coronavirus positivity rate.
Gov. Jared Polis extended Colorado’s face mask order Nov. 9 for 30 days. He urged Coloradans to buckle down in the coming few weeks by avoiding social interactions outside of their households, washing their hands and wearing a mask.
“As hospitalizations increase, everyone needs to do better by socializing only with those who you live with, wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart, so we can get our numbers under control,” he said in a statement.
Gov. Ned Lamont rolled back Connecticut’s reopening plans last week, meaning a 10 p.m. closing time for restaurants, entertainment venues like movie theaters or bowling alleys, and indoor and outdoor events.
Connecticut has had a statewide mask mandate since April.
The state’s Department of Correction is suspending in-person visitation to its prisons and work release and violation of probation facilities as COVID-19 cases spike across Delaware.
A spokesperson for Gov. John Carney, said the governor will consider implementing new restrictions “if that becomes necessary to reduce the spread, based on advice from the public health experts.” Carney has said previously a shutdown similar to the one earlier this year is not feasible and Delawareans have to “adapt to a new normal.”
Delaware has had a face mask order since April.
Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted last week that “it is now more important than ever for all Georgians to double down on prevention measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Georgia does not have a statewide mask mandate.
Hawaii has started allowing all travelers to use proof of a negative COVID-19 test in lieu of having to quarantine. This week, the Department of Health said new cases had dropped to 64 on Nov. 9.
Hawaii has a statewide mask mandate.
Gov. Brad Little signed a statewide public health order Oct. 26 moving Idaho back into a modified Stage 3, which limited indoor gatherings to 50 and outdoor gatherings to 25% of capacity, and it requires wearing of masks in long-term care facilities.
Idaho does not have a statewide mask order.
The Illinois Department of Public Health on Nov. 11 is encouraging residents to take extra precautions for the next three weeks amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state. Those suggestions include: work from home, participate in essential activities only and limit travel and gatherings.
Illinois has had a statewide mask order since April.
Gov. Eric Holcomb on Nov. 11 moved the state out of its Stage 5 of reopening after seven weeks of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations soaring beyond the spring rates.
“Unfortunately, too many of us and around the country have let our guards down,” Holcomb said. “Stage 5 was being lost on people or it was being misinterpreted. … Stage 5 to many was translated to or received as, ‘We’re past it, we’re at the final stage, there’s nothing more we need to do.'”
Indiana has had a statewide mask order since July.
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Nov. 10 that she would require masks at many public gatherings as new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to set records.
“You can still eat in a restaurant. You can still go to a movie and work out at the gym —and in many states you can’t do that,” Reynolds said at a news conference. “Iowa is open for business, and we intend to keep it that way. That’s why it’s time for these additional mitigation measures, but it will take all of us doing everything we can to stop the spread of the virus and keep it at a manageable level that we can live with.”
Gov. Laura Kelly said Nov. 10 she was not yet considering any sort of statewide mitigation efforts, instead choosing to work with local governments and Republican legislators.
Kansas has had a statewide mask order since July.
Kentucky has had a statewide mask mandate since July and, in early November, Gov. Andy Beshear extended the order through Dec. 4.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Nov. 12 that Louisiana would stay in Phase 3 and keep its current COVID-19 mitigation measures in place for another 28 days. This includes a statewide mask mandate.
Gov. Janet Mills issued an executive order Nov. 5 requiring people to wear a face covering regardless of whether they can physically distance from others as.
Gov. Larry Hogan re-imposed restrictions to combat a “public health catastrophe” due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. Staring Nov. 11, indoor dining at restaurants and bars must return to 50% capacity.
“More people are getting infected with the virus, more people are being hospitalized, more people are going into intensive care, and more Marylanders are dying,” Hogan said. “The actions we are taking today are absolutely necessary to help us withstand this surge, to save lives.”
Gov. Charlie Baker instituted a partial stay-at-home order effective Nov. 6. The revised order seeks to restrict late-night congregating, telling residents to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. ET. But it allows trips to work, running “critical errands,” such as going for groceries or for health reasons, and allows people to take walks.
More restrictions on businesses and bars.
All residents also must wear face masks even when they can maintain 6 feet of distance from others under the order. The state has had a mask mandate since May.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Nov. 15 that in-person classes at high schools and colleges statewide will be suspended for three weeks.
The measures take effect Nov. 18 and include a ban on eat-in dining at restaurants and bars for those three weeks, as well as the cancellation of organized sports and group exercise classes that don’t involve college or pro athletics. Casinos and movie theaters will be closed temporarily and gatherings inside homes will be limited to two households.
Gov. Tim Walz imposed new COVID-19 restrictions including the closure of bars and restaurants must stop serving at 10 p.m., but they can still offer takeout and delivery, and attendance at weddings, funerals and social gatherings will be limited.
Minnesota has had a statewide mask order since July.
Gov. Tate Reeves announced Nov. 11 he is extending his mask mandate until Dec. 11.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak issued Nevadans an ultimatum on Nov. 10: Shape up in two weeks, or expect steps toward another shutdown.
Gov. Phil Murphy said he planned to sign an order on Nov. 12 that would require towns and counties to close bars, restaurants and other businesses by 8 p.m.
“Our approach to this second wave is to act surgically to hot spot areas,” Murphy said at a briefing. “That means giving local officials the ability to take action to prevent localized hot spots from becoming COVID wildfires.”
New Jersey has had a statewide mask order since July.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Nov. 13 announced a two-week “reset” of heightened public health restrictions from late March and early April. That means citizens are ordered to shelter in place, leaving home only for essential trips for health, safety and welfare. All non-essential businesses and nonprofits will cease in-person activities per the order. Essential businesses may operate under reduced operations and occupancy to the “greatest possible extent.”
This encompasses the Thanksgiving Day holiday, running through Nov. 30.
New Mexico has had a statewide mask order since May.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is requiring that bars and restaurants with a liquor license will have to close by 10 p.m. and indoor gatherings at private homes will be limited to no more than 10 people under new statewide rules announced Nov. 11 by . Gyms will also have to close by 10 p.m.
New York has had a statewide mask order since April.
Republican Gov. Doug Burgum on Nov. 13 mandated the wearing of masks in businesses and indoor spaces in their states.
The directive goes into effect Nov. 14 and will last until Dec. 13.
Gov. Mike DeWine on Nov. 11 threatened to close restaurants, bars and fitness centers, impose a revised mask order that could briefly close businesses for violations, and crack down on post-event gatherings.
Gov. Kate Brown announced Nov. 13 a two-week “freeze” for the state that will take effect starting Nov. 18. Restaurants and bars will have to go back to take-out service only and indoor recreation centers like gyms, museums and theaters will close again, as will zoos and gardens. Grocery stores will be limited to 75% capacity, and Brown is encouraging curbside pickup when possible.
Oregon has had a statewide mask order since July.
Gov. Gina Raimondo warned Nov. 12 that Rhode Island is “moving toward another lockdown,” which she has attributed to people not following her calls to cancel social gatherings, particularly indoors without masks.
She said at her news conference that she was “pleading” with Rhode Islanders, one last time, to change their behavior.
Republican Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency and issued a statewide mask mandate Nov. 8. Businesses such as bars or those with liquor licenses must now close at 10 PM.
Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced Nov. 10 that all travelers going in or out of Vermont for nonessential reasons are required to quarantine.
New restrictions on social gatherings, with early closing for bars and a ban on multiple household gatherings. The restrictions take effect at 10 p.m. on Nov. 14, when bars and social clubs will be closed to in-person service but may offer take-out.
Vermont has had a statewide mask mandate since August.
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam on Nov. 13 said in a news release that the state’s cap on gatherings will be reduced from 250 to 25, the state’s mask requirement will be applied to younger children, and alcohol sales will be prohibited at dining establishments, breweries and wineries after 10 p.m. Those and other new restrictions will take effect at midnight Nov. 15.
The gathering ban will apply to events such as weddings, but won’t impact schools or restaurants. Restaurants were already subject to capacity limits due to rules requiring that patrons remain socially distanced.
Virginia has had a statewide mask mandate since May.
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions that goes into effect Monday at midnight and extends through Dec. 14.
Washington has had a statewide mask mandate since June.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Nov. 13 ordered the wearing of masks at all times in businesses and other indoor spaces starting at midnight.
Justice said public and private schools must use remote instruction from Thanksgiving through Dec. 3. All winter high school sports are postponed until Jan. 11.
Gov. Tony Evers on Nov. 10 delivered a statewide address and issued an executive order to make his case to the public: please stay home.
“Wisconsin, this is serious. This crisis is urgent,” Evers said in a speech from the state Capitol. “It’s not safe to go out, it’s not safe to have others over — it’s just not safe. And it might not be safe for a while yet.”
Wisconsin has had a statewide mask mandate since August.
Wyoming does not have a statewide mask order, but in some cases, residents are required to wear masks.