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As retail stores prepare to reopen, they need to look to their local government for guidelines. There are wide variations within the US when it comes to reopening for business and other activities and it’s ultimately the business owner’s responsibility to be familiar with their location’s requirements.

While this guide links to each state’s retail and/or business resources as it relates to COVID-19, it should not be used as a final legal resource. Also, keep in mind that craft businesses may fall into several categories that each state or local government has specific requirements for so read carefully. Some states refer guidance to federal organizations that have been included in this list.

This list was created for us by Jamie Bourgeois. Read the accompanying case study of about WEBS reopening procedure to see how one craft retail store put state safety guidelines into action.


National:

CDC Coronavirus Resource

CDC Resuming Business Toolkit

CDC Small Business Guidance html format

CDC Small Business Guidance pdf format

National Retail Foundation Open Doors Checklist

EPA List of Disinfectants to Use Against COVID-19

OSHA Safety and Health Topics | COVID-19 – Control and Prevention

US Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Response & Resources

Alabama

GUIDELINES FOR SAFEGUARDING ALL BUSINESSES

Guidance for Businesses

Alaska

Reopen Alaska

Retail Businesses ADVISORY DOCUMENT PHASE III-IV 

Arizona

Reopening Guidance | Office of the Arizona Governor

GUIDANCE FOR RETAIL

Arkansas

COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Stores

California

Blueprint for a Safer Economy – Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

California COVID-19 Employer Playbook Supporting a Safer Environment for Workers and Customers – updates as of July 28, 2020

Colorado

Safer at Home: Retail

Connecticut

Sector Rules for Reopen

Business Recovery Updates 

Delaware

Economic Reopening PHASE-2

Florida

Plan for Florida’s Recovery

Georgia

COVID 19 Business Guide

Hawaii

Reopening Business Navigator

Idaho

Business-specific protocols for opening

Illinois

Retail Restore Resources

Indiana

SUGGESTED RETAIL GUIDELINES

Iowa

Reopening Guidance

Kansas

Reopen Information 

Kentucky

Requirements for Retail Businesses

Louisiana

Open Safely

Maine

Restarting Maine’s Economy | Covid-19

Phase 1: Retail Businesses | Department of Economic and Community Development

COVID-19 Checklist Compliance Form

Maryland

Back to Business | Maryland is Open for Business

RETAIL OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Massachusetts

Reopening Massachusetts

Safety Standards and Checklist: Retail Businesses

Michigan

Retail Establishments

COVID-19 Industry Based Guidelines

Minnesota

Retail Businesses / StaySafeMN

Mississippi

Workplace Guidance

Missouri

Show Me Strong Recovery Plan – Guidance | Governor Michael L. Parson

Business Guidelines – Show Me Strong

Montana

MONTANA RESPONSE: COVID-19 – Coronavirus – Global, National, and State Information Resources

Nebraska

(did not have any specific guidance for retail, and many areas just link to the CDC website)

Nevada

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Nevada’s Businesses & Employers

New Hampshire

Business Guidance | Safer at Home

Retail Specific Guidance

New Jersey

NJ Reopen

What guidelines must my business follow to be open?

New Mexico

Guidance Document – English

NM Safe Certified: Home
Retail | NMDOH – Coronavirus Updates

New York

General Retail Guidance

NYC Reopening Retail Guidance

North Carolina

Interim Guidance for Retail Businesses (July 24, 2020)

North Dakota

ND SMART RESTART

STANDARDS FOR ALL INDUSTRIES

Ohio

Responsible Consumer Retail

Responsible Restart Ohio

Businesses/Employers – COVID-19 Checklist

Oklahoma

Open Up & Recover Safely (OURS) Plan

COVID 19 Blueprints

Oregon

COVID-19 Resources for Oregonians

Related Forms for Oregonians

Pennsylvania

COVID-19 Guidance for Pennsylvania Businesses

Rhode Island

COVID-19 Information for Businesses: Department of Health

Retail Stores, Recreational Businesses & Historical/Cultural Sites

COVID-19 Control Plan: Template

South Carolina

Businesses & Employers (COVID-19)

South Dakota

Retail Business Checklist

Back to Normal Plan

Protecting Your Business

Tennessee

Reopening Tennessee Responsibly

Retail Guidelines

Texas

Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas | Office of the Texas Governor | Greg Abbott

Retailers Minimum Standard Health Protocols

Utah

COVID 19 Business Manual

Stay Open Utah

Vermont

Update on New Work Safe Additions to the Be Smart, Stay Safe Order | Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Restart Vermont Resources

Coronavirus Resource Guide — VRGA

Virginia

Support For Businesses

Retail Resource

Washington

COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers

Phase 3 Safe Start Plan Template

Safe Start: Business Guidance, County Status and What’s Open

West Virginia

Community COVID-19 Page

Guidance for Businesses & Employers

Wisconsin

COVID-19: Businesses, Employers, and Workers

Reopen Guidelines for Businesses | Focus Forward | WEDC

Retail Stores & Services Guidelines

Wyoming

COVID-19 Resources for Employers

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