What's open in each phase?

This is a general summary of what's open in each phase of Safe Start. This is not an exhaustive list of allowed activities. Counties in a modified phase may differ. Visit the county status page to see which phase your county is in and, where applicable, information about modified phases. Detailed guidance and information is available on the governor's website.

If you think a business isn't operating in compliance with the Safe Start plan, you can anonymously report a Safe Start violation here.

No matter which phase your county is in, staying home is still safest. If you do go out, remember: stay six feet apart, wear a face covering, wash your hands and stay local!

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This information below reflects the newest Safe Start updates announced by the governor.

Phase 1

  • Recreation: Hunting, fishing, golf, boating, hiking
  • Gatherings: Outdoor spiritual or religious services of up to 100 people (choirs not allowed).
    • Weddings and funerals ceremonies are permitted, but receptions are prohibited. Maximum occupancy for a wedding or funeral is limited to 20% capacity or up to 30 people, whichever is less, as long as six feet of physical distancing can be achieved between households. This applies to both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. (In effect 8/10/2020)
  • Details about what's allowed in counties that are in a modified Phase 1 can be found on the county status page. 
  • Travel: Essential travel and travel for Phase 1 activities. Travel to counties in other phases to participate in non-essential activities is not allowed. Examples include sports tournaments, large group events or dining.
  • Businesses: Essential businesses, existing construction that meets agreed upon criteria, landscaping, auto/RV/boat/ORV sales, retail (curb-side pick-up orders only), car washes, pet walkers

Phase 2

All activities in previous phases are allowed in addition to the following:

  • Recreation, sports and fitness: Outdoor recreation involving five or fewer people outside your household, camping (where open), beaches (where open).  Indoor sports and fitness facilities must provide 300 feet of distance between visitors. For large facilities, occupancy is limited to 25%. Certain indoor sports practice and training is allowed, but limited to no more than 5 athletes, and spectators are not allowed. Practice and competition for low contact sports, such as tennis and volleyball, are allowed but participants are limited to no more than five per court and spectators are not allowed.
  • Gatherings: Gather with no more than five people outside your household per week.
  • Indoor spiritual or religious services: up to 25% of capacity or 200 individuals (whichever is less). Choirs not allowed. In-home faith-based services or counseling with up to five people.
  • Travel: Essential travel and travel for activities allowed under Phase 1 and Phase 2. Travel to counties in other phases to participate in non-essential activities is not allowed. Examples include sports tournaments, large group events or dining.
  • Businesses: Manufacturing, construction, real estate, photography, pet grooming, in-home/domestic services (nannies, housecleaning, etc.), retail (in-store purchases allowed with restrictions), professional services/office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged), personal services (hair and nail salons/barbers, tattoo, etc.)
  • Restaurants/bars*: Open at <50% capacity, table sizes no larger than 5, and indoor dining only allowed for members of the same household. Alcohol service ends at 10:00 p.m. No bar area seating allowed. No indoor seating at bars unless the establishment meets minimum food requirements in Safe Start guidance. No karaoke or live entertainment allowed. (*bars are defined as taverns, breweries, wineries and distilleries)

Phase 3

All activities in previous phases are allowed in addition to the following:

  • Recreation, sports and fitness: Outdoor group recreational sports activities (50 or fewer people), recreational facilities at less than 25 percent capacity (gyms, public pools, etc.).
  • Gatherings: Allow gatherings with no more than 10 people.
    • Spiritual or religious services: Indoor capacity of 50% or 400 people (whichever is less). Choirs not allowed. Health requirements for social distancing and facial coverings will remain the same as the guidance for previous phases.
  • Travel: Resume non-essential travel
  • Business: Customer-facing government services (telework remains strongly encouraged), libraries, museums and indoor movie theaters limited to 25% occupancy.

Phase 4

All activities in previous phases are allowed in addition to the following:

  • Recreation: Resume all recreational activity
  • Gatherings: Allow gatherings with greater than 50 people
  • Travel: Continue non-essential travel
  • Business: Indoor family entertainment and recreational centers (mini golf, bowling alleys, arcades, etc), indoor card rooms, nightclubs, concert venues, large sporting events, resume unrestricted staffing of worksites. Vending game areas (pool tables, video games, darts, etc) can reopen.