State Resources

SAF is working hard to provide you with the most up-to-date information on how your state is handling COVID 19-related issues such as unemployment, aid, essential business information and re-opening guidelines. Decisions at the state and local level regarding directives on closures and re-opening strategies s are being made very quickly, with little notice. Provisions for requesting exemptions vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. SAF has compiled tips for requesting a waiver or exemption,  as well as examples of successful exemption letters and campaigns. In the event that you are unable to locate the resources you need under your listed state (below), SAF suggests you visit your state government page for further information. Your government page can be found by or

States with Exemptions, Limited or Full Operations for Retail Florists

  • Alabama – businesses allowed to operate at half capacity
  • Alaska – businesses allowed to operate at 25% capacity with social distancing and proper hygiene practices
  • Arizona – delivery services and funeral services allowed to continue
  • Arkansas – businesses open; customers have to follow guidelines and practice social distancing
  • Californiaflorists (explicitly mentioned) and some other retail will be able to open as soon as Friday 5/8 with modifications and if they follow guidelines of the state
  • Colorado – retail  allowed to open completely on May 1 under strict precautions
  • Delaware – florists allowed to continue to deliver
  • Florida – retail stores allowed to open May 4
  • Hawaii – florists exempt
  • Idaho – businesses can reopen if they meet business protocols
  • Iowa – can reopen at 50% capacity and social distancing
  • Indiana – call in ordering, online with delivery or curbside pickup
  • Maryland – no contact delivery
  • Massachusetts – can do online and phone orders
  • Minnesota – delivery and curbside pickup
  • Mississippi – businesses are allowed to remain open/ re-open if following safety guidelines
  • Missouri – businesses are allowed to re-open following occupancy limits
  • Montana – retail businesses allowed to open if they adhere to requirements to limit capacity and maintain strict physical distancing
  • Nebraska – businesses are allowed to re-open if following safety restrictions
  • Nevada – open for online operations with pickup and delivery
  • New Hampshire – listed as essential
  • New Jersey – online operations and delivery allowed
  • New Mexico – non-essential businesses can operate at up to 25% occupancy
  • New York – phone or online orders, only one employee present at the location to fulfill orders
  • North Carolina – retail businesses allowed to open at 50% capacity
  • North Dakota – businesses reopened on April 30 if they adhere to protocols
  • Ohio – retail allowed to reopen if they can meet mandatory safety requirements
  • Oklahoma – retail allowed to remain open
  • Oregon – allowed to be open if enforcing social distancing practices
  • Pennsylvania – contact free delivery
  • Rhode Island – phone and online orders, delivery
  • South Carolina – online and phone orders, delivery or curbside pickup
  • South Dakota – retail can resume operations if allowing physical distancing, good hygiene and appropriate sanitation. Consider restricting occupancy
  • Tennessee – online and phone orders, delivery and curbside pickup
  • Texas – designated as critical infrastructure, and can operate as “retail-to-go”
  • Utah – retailers allowed to remain open/ re-open
  • Vermont – phased restart has allowed online; phone orders with delivery or curbside pickup
  • Virginia – no more than 10 patrons per establishment
  • Washington – deemed as essential but only for online and phone orders, delivery and curbside pickup
  • West Virginia – open if you have 5 or less employees, or if you ship goods through commercial channels
  • Wisconsin – non-essential businesses to open for deliveries, mailings, curbside pick-up and drop-off
  • Wyoming – allowed to remain open/ re-open




Check your state links below for more information.




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