Governor to Loosen Some COVID-19 Restrictions

Posted on March 5, 2021

Today, the governor has announced several changes to COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and places of worship. This is in response to positive data, including a decrease in infection rates and hospitalizations. All protocols related to mask and face covering requirements, social distancing, and cleaning measures will remain in place.

Here are the highlights:

Beginning March 19, 2021

  • All capacity limits will be lifted for restaurants (8 person limit per table), retail stores, offices, libraries, places of worship, museums, aquariums, zoos, personal services, and gyms and fitness centers
  • Private residences may now host up to 25 people indoors/100 outdoors
  • Commercial venues may now host up to 100 people indoors/200 outdoors
  • All sports will be allowed to practice, compete, and play in tournaments subject to public health guidance
  • The state’s travel advisory will be modified from a requirement to a recommendation

Beginning March 29, 2021

  • Capacity on early childhood classes (daycare/childcare centers) will increase to 20 (currently 16)

Beginning April 2 2021

  • Outdoor amusement parks may open
  • Outdoor event venues may operate at 50 percent capacity (10,000 person limit)
  • Indoor stadiums may open at 10 percent capacity
  • Summer camps and summer festivals are advised to begin preparations to open for the upcoming season

Please note: Bars that only serve drinks will remained closed and indoor theaters will remain limited to 50 percent capacity. Venues hosting events, restaurants, and entertainment centers must continue to close at 11:00 p.m.

The governor’s press release has more information on these changes.