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COVID-19: Comfort Zones - Overview of Business and Social Restrictions in New England - Updated February 19

Last updated: February 19, 2021. Please note that these restrictions change frequently – we will be keeping this alert updated, so please check back regularly for updates or refer to state websites. Please also note that some localities have stricter rules.

New England states have shifted away from their phased reopening plans in favor of sector-specific guidance and broad capacity and gathering restrictions. A summary of current orders, business openings and restrictions, and limits on social gatherings is outlined below. A quick reference chart on key elements across New England is available here and our alert on travel restrictions is available here.

We note specifically that the regional suspension of interstate youth hockey (between all states in New England and New Jersey) in in effect through March 31, 2021. Further, effective February 1, the CDC now requires all passengers and operators to wear face coverings while using all methods of public transportation, with limited exemptions, including while waiting, boarding, and traveling on planes, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and other public modes of transportation. The White House has also issued an executive order requiring face coverings to be worn in all federal buildings. Violators can face both civil and criminal penalties, although the CDC has said it intends to rely primarily on civil enforcement mechanisms and denial of service (for example, those who do not wear masks will not be allowed on public transportation).  These penalties can be enforced by state and local authorities as well as federal.

 

CT

ME

MA

NH

RI

VT

State of Emergency Duration

April 20

March 18

Until rescinded

March 5

March 17

March 15

Early business closure

11:00 pm

n/a

n/a

n/a

11:00 pm for bar area of restaurants

10:00 pm for restaurants

Remote work requirement

Encouraged where possible

Encouraged

Encouraged

Encouraged as much as is practical

Recommended
where possible

Required where possible

Office capacity

Up to 50%

50 people

Up to 40%

Maintain social distance

Up to 33%

Up to 50% or 1 person per 100 sq ft (max. of 75 people)

COVID screening required by business

Employees

Employees and customers

Employees

Employees

Employees and customers

Employees

Cross-border travel restriction

10-day quarantine or negative test

10-day quarantine or negative test

10-day quarantine or negative test

10-day quarantine or negative test

10-day quarantine or negative test

14-day quarantine, or 7-day and negative test

Face coverings in public

Required*

Required

Required

Required*

Required

Required*

Vaccination Stage

Phase 1b

Phase 1b

Phase 2 Group 2

Phase 1

Phase 1

Phase 3

Penalties for non-compliance

$100 for masks; $250 for attending gatherings, $10,000 for hosting nonresidential gatherings

$1,000 for individuals; up to $10,000 for businesses

Up to $300 for masks and workplace violation; $500 for each person over gathering limit

$1,000 for reckless violation; $2,000 for failure to comply w order; $1,000 for failure to cooperate in investigation or cease operations

$100 for first offense; $250 for second; $500 for third

Up to $1,000 per violation

 

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