Data is current as of September 23, 2020

This article is an updated version of a prior JVC article: Can My Retail Store Reopen Yet?

As the coronavirus pandemic presses onward for the foreseeable future, states have taken further steps in reopening their economies and adjusting to the ‘new normal.’ Some jewelry retailers may have been left in the dark as to the status of their reopening and what is permissible and not under their respective state guidelines. Below, we have outlined the reopening status for jewelry retailers in each state and municipalities, and the precautions that must be taken to comply with state and local guidelines.¬† Do not forget to check out our other blogs that delve into federal guidelines businesses must also reconsider before reopening.

Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, New York, Oregon and South Carolina specifically mention jewelers in their reopening plans.¬† For the remaining states that don‚Äôt explicitly mention jewelry businesses, we are including these businesses in the broader term ‚Äúretailers.‚ÄĚ

Can my retail business reopen yet?

Alabama
Yes, retailers can reopen, but the Safer at Home Order mandating 50% capacity remains in-place.

Alaska
Yes, retailers can reopen. Anchorage no longer has a capacity restriction for general retail.

Arizona
Yes, retailers can resume with social distancing measures in-place.

Arkansas
Arkansas never had a statewide stay-in-place order.  Retailers remained open throughout Covid-19 closings.

California
Yes, retailers can now operate at full capacity with social distancing modifications unless otherwise noted by county below.

  • 25% capacity: Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba.
  • 50% capacity: Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Tehama.

Colorado
Yes, retailers can reopen so long as strict social distancing safeguards are in place.

Connecticut
Yes, jewelry shops can reopen but remain at 50% capacity.

Delaware
Yes, retailers can reopen but remain at 60% capacity.

District of Columbia
Yes, as D.C. entered its Phase 2, retailers can reopen at 50% capacity.

Florida
Yes, most Florida counties are in Phase 2 of reopening, allowing retail stores to reopen at 75% capacity.  Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are now in Phase 2 as well.

Georgia
Yes, retailers can open.  It does not seem as though retailers were ever required to close.

Hawaii
Yes, retailers can reopen but with physical distancing and safe practices despite interisland travel restrictions returning.

Idaho
Yes, retailers are allowed to reopen.

Illinois
Yes, retailers can reopen but with capacity limits and other guidance, such as face coverings.

Indiana
Yes, retailers can reopen at full capacity now.

Iowa
Yes, retailers can reopen, with capacity limits having been lifted.

Kansas
Yes, retailers can reopen provided physical distancing requirements are met.

Kentucky
Yes, retailers can reopen at 50% capacity.

Louisiana
Yes, nonessential retailers can reopen at 50% capacity. In some cities, jewelry stores fell into a gray area and technically did not need to close under the statewide order.  Jewelry stores in those cities where mayors implemented their own restrictions can now also reopen at 50% capacity.

Maine
Yes, retailers can reopen with social distancing precautions.

Maryland
Yes, retailers can reopen at 75% capacity.

Massachusetts
Yes, retailers can reopen at 50% capacity, paying mind to current safety standards.

Michigan
Yes, retailers can reopen but social distancing restrictions still apply.

Minnesota
Yes, retailers can reopen but at 50% capacity.

Mississippi
Yes, retailers can reopen at 75% capacity.

Missouri
Yes, retailers can reopen but at limited capacity based on square footage.

Montana
Yes, retailers can reopen but with social distancing and limited capacity.  Pawn Brokers are considered essential and were never required to close.

Nebraska
There was never a statewide stay at home order.  It is unclear whether retailers were ever required to close, but they can operate at 75% capacity.

Nevada
Yes, retailers and indoor malls can reopen but at 50% capacity.

New Hampshire
Yes, retailers can reopen but with certain occupancy and physical distancing restrictions in place.

New Jersey
Yes, retailers can reopen but remains at a 50% capacity.

New Mexico
Yes, retailers can reopen but at 25% capacity.

New York
Yes, generally retailers can reopen but indoor malls cannot.  Jewelry retailers and retailers overall can reopen but at 50% capacity and with safety regulations in place.

North Carolina
Yes, retailers can reopen but at 50% capacity.

North Dakota
There was never a statewide stay at home order, and capacity restrictions are only recommendations.  It appears that retailers were never required to close.

Ohio
Yes, retailers can reopen but with capacity restrictions and other safety guidelines in place.

Oklahoma
Yes, retailers are considered essential businesses and can reopen.

Oregon
Yes, jewelry shops can reopen statewide, but they must follow all social distancing guidelines.

Pennsylvania
Yes, retailers can reopen for in-person retail, but curbside pickup and delivery is preferable.

Rhode Island
Yes, Phase 3 has been extended to the end of September, and retailers can reopen but with capacity restrictions limiting one customer for every 150 square feet.

South Carolina
Yes, jewelry stores can reopen.

South Dakota
Yes, retail stores can reopen should they pay mind to social distancing.  There were never any statewide restrictions in place.

Tennessee
Yes, retail capacity restrictions are lifted in most counties, but Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan counties are rolling out their own reopening plans.  Retailers in Nashville can reopen at 75% capacity.

Texas
Yes, retailers can reopen at 75% capacity.

Utah
There was never a statewide stay at home order.  Retailers were never required to close.

Vermont
Yes, retailers can reopen at 50% capacity.

Virginia
Yes, retailers can reopen without an enforced capacity limit, but can only have customers if all are kept six feet apart from one another.

Washington
Yes, retailers in most counties can reopen for in-store purchases with restrictions in place.  Retailers in counties in all phases can reopen at 30% capacity. To see which phase your county is in, click here.

West Virginia
Yes, retailers can reopen but must adhere to certain guidelines.

Wisconsin
Yes, retailers can reopen. Milwaukee allows retailers to open at 75% capacity.

Wyoming
There was never a statewide stay at home order.  It appears that retailers were never required to close.