Nevada

Vaccine and testing regulations: A requirement that state employees who aren’t fully vaccinated submit to weekly testing was lifted in March 2022.

More information: Check the state’s COVID-19 page.

New Hampshire

Vaccine and testing regulations: Most state and local government agencies are barred from imposing workplace vaccine requirements. The prohibition does not apply to government-run medical facilities, including nursing homes, but those facilities must grant employee requests for exemptions on medical or religious grounds under legislation signed June 24 by Gov. Chris Sununu.

More information: Check the state’s COVID-19 page.

New Jersey

Vaccine and testing regulations: Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order June 12 ending the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for workers in health care settings, including long-term care facilities. Murphy had previously lifted a testing requirement for health care staff and testing and vaccine mandates for employees at congregate living facilities such as group homes and prisons.

Mask regulations: A state requirement for universal masking in health care facilities is no longer in effect, Murphy said April 17.

More information: Read New Jersey’s COVID-19 information hub.

New Mexico

Vaccine and testing regulations: With the end of the state public health emergency March 31 and of the federal emergency May 11, there are no longer any vaccine or testing requirements in place. 

Mask regulations: The state no longer requires masking in hospitals, long-term care facilities and other congregate settings. Major hospital systems ended their own face-covering mandates in April, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

More information: Check the state health department’s COVID-19 page.

New York

Vaccine and testing regulations: A COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers will officially end Oct. 4. The New York State Department of Health stopped citing health care providers for failure to comply with the rule in May, when it announced plans to rescind the order.

A requirement that unvaccinated state employees submit to regular COVID-19 testing ended in June 2022. 

On Feb. 10, New York City dropped a requirement that current and prospective municipal workers show proof of vaccination. A similar mandate for private-sector workers was lifted Nov. 1, 2022.

Mask regulations: As of Feb. 12, the state no longer requires masking in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care settings. Individual facilities and health systems may set their own policies, and face-covering remains mandatory in New York City public hospitals. A statewide public transit mask mandate ended in September 2022.

More information: Read about New York’s COVID-19 response and resources.

North Carolina

Vaccine and testing regulations: There are no longer any vaccine or testing requirements for state employees or health care workers.

Mask regulations: Health care and long-term care facilities follow the CDC guidance on masking, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

More information: See the state health department’s COVID-19 guidance.

North Dakota

Vaccine and testing regulations: State and local governments are barred from requiring employees to be vaccinated. Private employers with vaccine mandates must allow exemptions on the basis of an employee’s medical condition; a recent COVID-19 infection; religious, philosophical or moral objections to vaccination; or agreement to submit to periodic testing. Businesses are prohibited from requiring documentation of a customer’s vaccination status. 

More information: Check the state’s COVID-19 page.

Ohio

No current regulations: Gov. Mike DeWine (R) ended the state’s public health emergency in June 2021. There are no state vaccine or mask mandates in force, nor any prohibitions of mandates. 

More information: Check the state health department’s COVID-19 page.

Oklahoma

Vaccine and testing regulations: Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed an order that prohibits state agencies from requiring a visitor to show proof of vaccination to enter public buildings. The order exempts agencies that conduct medical activities requiring patient interaction.

More information: Check the state’s COVID-19 page.

Oregon

Vaccine and testing regulations: A vaccine requirement for health care workers ended May 11.  A similar order covering school staff will expire June 17 with the end of the school year. A vaccine mandate for state government employees was lifted April 1, 2022.

Mask regulations: A statewide indoor mask mandate expired March 12, 2022. A face-covering requirement for workers in health care settings ended April 3.

More information: Check the state’s COVID-19 page.

Pennsylvania

Vaccine and testing regulations: State health care employees and workers in high-risk congregate-care facilities were required to be vaccinated by Sept. 7, 2021, or undergo regular testing. New hires in such facilities must be vaccinated.

Philadelphia requires city-employed health care workers who interact with patients to be vaccinated. Vaccine mandates for other city employees ended in May. Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, rescinded a vaccine mandate for county employees May 18.

More information: Visit the state department of health’s COVID-19 page.

Puerto Rico

Vaccine and testing regulations: Gov. Pedro Pierluisi (D) issued an executive order in March 2022 lifting workplace vaccine and booster mandates except for those necessary to comply with federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rules.

Mask regulations: Pierluisi ended Puerto Rico’s general indoor mask order in March 2022 and lifted the mandate for schools and childcare centers the following September. Face-covering remains mandatory in medical and long-term care facilities under a May 10 executive order.

More information: Check the Puerto Rico health department’s COVID-19 guidelines and protocols (Spanish).

Rhode Island

Vaccine and testing regulations: Health care workers were required to be vaccinated by Oct. 1, 2021, unless they were medically exempt.

Mask regulations: Face-covering is required for health care workers who are not up to date with their vaccines when weekly COVID-19 community levels in their area exceed 50 cases per 100,000 people (check the Rhode Island Department of Health’s COVID-19 datahub). 

More information: See the health department’s COVID-19 information page.

South Carolina

Vaccine and testing regulations: Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed legislation in April 2022, that bars the state, local governments and school districts from requiring COVID-19 vaccination as a condition for employment or attendance and prohibits places of public accommodation such as hospitals, restaurants, theaters and stores from denying service based on vaccination status. The measure took effect immediately and will remain in force through at least the end of 2023.

Mask regulations: There is no statewide requirement, and McMaster issued an executive order in May 2021 invalidating local mask orders in effect at the time. A local mandate covering indoor public spaces in in unincorporated parts of Richland County expired in May 2022.

More information: Check the state health department’s COVID-19 page.

South Dakota

Vaccine and testing regulations: Gov. Kristi Noem (R) issued an executive order in April 2021 barring state and local governments from issuing or requiring the use of vaccine passports.

More information: Check the state health department’s COVID-19 page.

Tennessee

Vaccine and testing regulations: State law prohibits private employers from compelling workers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and from taking “adverse action” or discriminating against those to object to getting vaccinated.

Mask regulations: Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed legislation in November 2021 restricting local governments’ authority to institute face-covering orders.

More information: Check the state’s COVID-19 page.

Texas

Vaccine and testing regulations: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed legislation June 2 that prohibits state and local government bodies from imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, effective Sept. 1. Such mandates have been effectively banned since October 2021 under an executive order. The new measure does not cover private businesses. 

Mask regulations: The new law also bars most government entities from mandating mask use to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There are exceptions for health care, corrections and juvenile justice centers and residential facilities for people with intellectual or development disabilities.  

More information: Check the state health department’s COVID-19 page.

Utah

Vaccine or testing regulations: State agencies and public universities are prohibited from requiring proof of vaccination. Private employers with workplace vaccine requirements must allow exemptions for medical reasons, prior COVID-19 infection, or religious or personal beliefs.

More information: Check the state’s COVID-19 page.

Vermont

Vaccine or testing regulations: A requirement that state employees get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing was lifted in April 2022.

More information: Check the state health department’s COVID-19 page.

Virginia

Vaccine or testing regulations: Upon taking office in January 2022, Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) rescinded his predecessor’s executive order mandating vaccination for state employees.

Mask regulations: State legislation adopted in February effectively bars school mask mandates by allowing parents to decide whether or not their children wear masks in public schools and early childhood programs. 

More information: Check the state health department’s COVID-19 page.

Washington

Vaccine and testing regulations: A vaccine requirement covering employees at most state agencies was rescinded May 11. A similar order for health care and education workers expired Oct. 31 with the end of the state’s COVID-19 emergency order.

Mask regulations: A general indoor mask mandate was lifted March 12, 2022. Masks are still required in health care, long-term care and correctional facilities but that order was lifted April 3.

More information: Check the state health department’s COVID-19 page.

West Virginia

Vaccine and testing regulations: State law prohibits government entities from requiring proof of vaccination as a condition for entering their premises or utilizing services. Employers with workplace vaccine mandates are required to except employees with valid medical or religious exemptions.

More information: Check the state’s COVID-19 page.

Wisconsin

Vaccine and testing regulations: A requirement that unvaccinated state employees undergo weekly COVID-19 testing was lifted in March 2022, about five months after it was instituted.

Mask regulations: Milwaukee County lifted all remaining mask mandates May 9. 

More information: Read the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 guidelines.

Wyoming

Vaccine and testing regulations: Gov. Mark Gordon (R) issued a directive in May 2021 that prohibits state bodies from requiring proof of vaccination to access facilities and services and encouraging, but not requiring, local governments and private business to do the same.

More information: Check the state health department’s COVID-19 page.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect new information.

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