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More States Issue “Stay-At-Home” Orders Except for “Essential Activities”


A growing number of states in America are enacting “stay-at-home” orders to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and encourage all Americans to continue social distancing. The directives to keep residents in their homes, which commenced in California, has rapidly swept the nation. As of today, 31 million people in at least 41 states have been instructed to stay indoors.

States have been using terms like “safer at home” or “shelter in place” to advise residents to leave their home solely for necessities, like grocery shopping, getting fresh air, and receiving medical attention. The following states have created this rule for their residents:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

The states who have yet to issue a “stay-at-home” order include Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. While “non-essential” businesses in these states must close, “essential businesses” like construction work can remain in operation.

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