Lockdown by State 2023

State, territorial, local and tribal governments responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in the US with the closure of schools and public meeting areas, declaration of emergencies, lockdowns, and other measures to slow the spread of the virus.

Multiple groups of states formed compacts to help coordinate their responses. These include:

On the Midwest

On the Northeast

On the West Coast

Regions That Formerly Had a Stay-At-Home Order

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it was up to local officials and the states to determine what restrictions to impose to slow the progress of infections. All the 50 states had a stay-at-home order.

A nationwide patchwork of rules for residents and businesses led to months of trial and error, as governors reopened sectors only to re-close and reopen them due to the rise of case infections.

States moved closer to lifting all restrictions on gatherings and businesses as the vaccination campaigns progressed. In the states where they were yet to reopen fully, authorities set targets for doing so depending on the vaccination rates and other health measures.

A full reopening came with rules in many places. Some states mandated wearing masks for unvaccinated people, and some still insisted that businesses observe social distance measures.

All across the nation, most states have resumed business as usual, and restrictions have been lifted. It appears nearly the entire nation will be opened with few restrictions by the end of 2022.

Many states eased mask mandates for those vaccinated after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that fully vaccinated people needed not to wear masks in most outdoor and indoor settings. Advisedly, we need to keep taking steps to stop the spread of the virus. Keep reading to stay safe and protect yourself and others from the pandemic.


Get your kids, and yourself boosted and vaccinated. It’s our best approach to end the pandemic. Vaccination is effective, easily accessible, and safe. Masks

Wear your mask to help stop spreading the virus to vulnerable people. This includes the unvaccinated, the immunocompromised, and those who are pregnant.


Get tested for COVID-19 if you might have been exposed. It’s confidential and available for everyone in the country.

Quarantine and Isolation

Please stay home for the appropriate time if you test positive for COVID-19. It would be best to learn how to care for yourself if exposed.

Education and Childcare

Find out how your state fights COVID-19 at child centers and K-12 schools. Get recommendations and rules for testing, vaccinations, and masking.

Workplace Safety

Employers need to keep their work environment safe. As an employer, learn the state’s standards and rules on how your boss can protect you and your colleagues.


Mega-events are indoor activities with about 1,000 or more people and outdoor events with 10,000 people. Please comply with your state’s recommendation for each.


Keep America healthy and safe by following your state travel guidelines.

Lockdown by State 2023