More states issue stay-at-home orders as coronavirus crisis escalates
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced a similar directive on Monday evening.
The big picture: The states and territory are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.
"This virus is spreading rapidly and exponentially. To researchers and medical experts, they're saying that in two weeks time, the D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas could look like New York and the tristate area."— Gov. Larry Hogan said at a press conference
The big picture: The orders allow citizens to leave their homes for "essential" reasons like grocery shopping, pharmacy pick-ups or trips to restaurants for takeout only. They also permit people to assist others in obtaining supplies, as well to walk their dogs and be in nature — as long as they keep six feet between themselves and others.
- Some excursions deemed essential in North Carolina include traveling to and from places of worship and volunteering.
- "Many people want to know how they can help right now, and for most people this is how – by staying home," D.C. Mayor Bowser said Monday.
- There is no doubt in my mind that we have to ratchet down what we are doing in society," Amy Acton, director of Ohio's Department of Health, said. "Listen to Italy begging us not to make mistakes — you're hearing it from folks who are ahead of us in this curve. We don't have a day to spare."
States/territories that issued stay-at-home orders: