These states have implemented stay-at-home orders. Here’s what that means for you

As the US grapples with the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus that has the health care system at a tipping point, a growing number of states are ordering their residents to stay at home. Despite the White House advising all Americans to practice social distancing, the number of coronavirus cases in the US continues to rise. So, governors across the nation are taking stronger action by issuing stay-at-home orders in their states. By March 30, at least 27 states will have those orders in effect. Those states contain more than 225 million people — more than two-thirds of the country’s population. These are the states that have implemented stay-at-home orders. CNN will update the list as more come in.


Alaska ordered its residents to stay at home unless absolutely necessary, starting March 28. Limited outdoor activities are allowed as long as social distancing of 6 feet is maintained. People also are ordered to avoid travel between communities, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum said. The mandates will be reconsidered by April 11, Crum said.


On March 19, Gov. Gavin Newsom became the first governor to set mandatory stay-at-home restrictions to help combat the coronavirus. Since the order went into effect, all nonessential services such as dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms and convention centers have been shut down. Essential services, such as groceries, pharmacies, gas stations, food banks, convenience stores and delivery restaurants, have remained open. So have banks, local government offices that provide services and law enforcement agencies. While the order is not being enforced by police, Newsom urged all Californians to stay at home. Residents who need to leave home to take part in essential activities are advised to practice social distancing.


Gov. Jared Polis has declared a stay-at-home order beginning March 26 and going through April 11. Coloradans must stay at home unless they need to leave for necessary business, according to Polis. While critical businesses are exempt from the order, they must comply with social distancing requirements. Simple guidance wasn’t enough, Polis said. “Now is the time to stay home.”


Connecticut’s “Stay safe, stay at home” policy went effect March 23 at 8 p.m.Under Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order, all nonessential businesses and not-for-profit entities were told to close. The order excludes any essential business or entity providing essential services such as health care, food service, law enforcement and similar critical services, according to a news release. Nonessential public gatherings of any size should be canceled and if residents must leave their home, the governor is advising they not travel in groups and keep at least 6 feet away from each other when possible.


Gov. John Carney has issued a statewide stay-at-home order that went into effect March 24 and will remain in effect until May 15 or until the “public health threat is eliminated.”The order advises residents to stay at home whenever possible and close all nonessential businesses, according to a news release. Delaware residents may leave their home for essential activities, such as getting groceries, seeing a doctor and engaging in “other activities essential to their health, and the health and well-being of their family members, including pets,” Carney said.”Delawareans may also engage in outdoor activity, but must adhere to social distancing guidelines,” Carney said.


Gov. David Ige issued a “stay at home” order for Hawaii residents. The order took effect on March 25 and will last through at least April 30.”These actions are extreme, but necessary, to flatten the curve and lay the groundwork for our recovery,” Ige said. Exceptions to the order are being made for essential services, medical care and grocery shopping.


Gov. Brad Little issued a stay-at-home order March 25 that went into effect immediately and extends for 21 days. Idaho residents can still leave home to obtain essential services, but the order closes all nonessential businesses, and restaurants can only provide delivery or takeout options. Little has also activated the Idaho National Guard to “assist civil authorities and local jurisdictions” with executing the state’s coronavirus response. He did not specify any specific mission or role for the National Guard but did say in Wednesday’s press conference that they are preparing to “stand up a joint task force, if requested.”


Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state, which went into effect on March 21 and lasts through April 7. Residents can go to grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, hospitals and gas stations. They can still go running or hiking and walk their dogs, according to the governor. Pritzker has since called on the White House to issue a nationwide stay-at-home order.


Gov. Eric Holcomb issued an order that went into effect on March 24 and lasts until April 6.Essential employees, including health care workers, grocery and transit workers, among others, can leave their home. Indiana residents can leave their home to exercise, Holcomb said.The governor added that the Indiana National Guard is not assisting with enforcing the order, but it is assisting in the distribution of hospital supplies the state receives.


Gov. Laura Kelly issued a general stay-at-home order starting March 30 at 12:01 a.m.The order allows for several exemptions, including traveling to essential work, and getting food, medicine and medical care, and other household necessities. Outdoor activity is allowed, provided people maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another, and gatherings are limited to 10 people. The measure, announced March 28, was scheduled to be in place until at least April 19. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment earlier ordered 14-day quarantines for Kansans who traveled to California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Washington, starting March 23.


After announcing that Louisiana has the fastest growth rate of coronavirus cases in the world, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a stay-at-home order to help slow the coronavirus spread. The order took effect on March 23 and ends on April 12, he said.John Bel Edwards✔@LouisianaGov

Today, I am issuing a statewide Stay at Home order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, as the number of confirmed cases is now more than 800. #lagov #lalege

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While state buildings and other essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies and doctors’ offices will remain open, nonessential businesses were ordered to close. Restaurants remain open for drive-thru, delivery and takeout options only.


Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide essential services to close their physical workplaces, but these businesses are encouraged to continue their operations remotely. The order, effective March 24 until April 7, limits gatherings to 10 people in confined spaces, but does not prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people in an outdoor space, such as a park or athletic field, according to a news release.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered Michigan residents to stay at home unless they are critical workers. The order went into effect March 24 and will last for at least the next three weeks, according to a news release from her office. Whitmer is banning gatherings, public and private, of any number of people. This does not apply to single households where people may already live together.”This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities,” Whitmer said in the news release. “If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.”


Gov. Tim Walz ordered Minnesota’s 5.6 million residents to shelter in place starting 11:59 p.m. on March 27 until April 10

We must take bold action to save the lives of Minnesotans. As a former Command Sergeant Major in the Army National Guard, I believe in having a plan – which is why I’m directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit their movements to essential services. #StayHomeMN

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Residents can still leave their homes for groceries and exercise, Walz said, adding that he hopes to “strike a proper balance” of “making sure our economy can function” while protecting the most vulnerable and slowing the rate of transmission.


Gov. Steve Bullock has ordered all citizens to stay at home except for essential work and limited outdoor activities. The effect goes into effect March 28.”With 90 cases in our state today … we have to do more to curtail the spread of this virus,” Bullock said. “I’d rather be accused of overreacting than to have our health care system overwhelmed. In order to have a healthy economy, we need to have a health population.”

New Hampshire

Gov. Chris Sununu issued a stay-at-home order to go into effect on March 27 and last until May 4. Nonessential businesses, including all state beaches along the coast, are ordered to close by the end of the day on March 27. Sununu clarified on Twitter that this is “not a shelter in place. No one will be prevented from leaving their home & the state is not closing its borders.”The order advises residents to stay at home and only leave for essentials.

New Jersey

In New Jersey, a stay-at-home order has been in effect since March 21. The order prohibits all gatherings, such as celebrations, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. The executive order requires all retail businesses to close except for essential businesses, including pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries, grocery stores, gas stations, pet stores, laundromats, banks, liquor stores and mail and delivery stores.

New Mexico

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham instituted a “statewide stay-at-home instruction” beginning March 24, according to a series of tweets on her official account.”All New Mexicans are instructed to stay at home except for outings essential to health, safety, and welfare,” Grisham wrote in a tweet.

Today I am announcing that effective tomorrow at 8 AM, New Mexico will be under a statewide stay-at-home instruction. All New Mexicans are instructed to stay at home except for outings essential to health, safety, and welfare. #AllTogetherNM #coronavirus

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The governor declared that “all businesses except those deemed essential to public health, safety and well-being will be ordered closed,” according to the series of tweets.”Our society must continue to operate — but in an extremely limited way,” she said.

New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all workers in nonessential businesses to stay at home. Under the executive order, which took effect March 22, civil fines and mandatory closures will be issued to businesses that don’t comply, Cuomo said. Civil fines, however, will not be issued for individuals who violate the policy, the governor said. Nonessential gatherings are restricted, and individuals are being asked to limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact activities. For essential workers who must go out in public, Cuomo encouraged social distancing. Grocery stores, food delivery service and public transportation are still operational.

North Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper has issued a stay-at-home order for North Carolina that goes into effect March 30 at 5 p.m. Residents may leave their home for essential activities, but if they need to go outside, they must maintain social distancing of at least six feet from other people, the order states. All nonessential businesses must close. The order limits gatherings to 10 people or less.”Being apart from family & friends is difficult,” Cooper said in a tweet. “But we have to act now in the safest, smartest way when we have the chance to save lives.”


On March 22, Gov. Mike DeWine announced he was issuing a statewide stay-at-home order. The order goes went into effect March 23 and will remain in place until at least April 6, DeWine said. Essential businesses and restaurants for takeout will be allowed to stay open. The governor encouraged Ohioans to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others if they need to go outside.


On March 23, Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order telling Oregon residents to stay home except for essential needs. The order, effective immediately, prohibits all nonessential social and recreational gatherings, regardless of size, according to her office.

I want to make it perfectly clear what’s allowed and what’s not under my new Executive Order. If you’re still not sure about an activity, skip it. Staying home will save lives.

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The order closes retail businesses in which close personal contact is difficult to avoid, such as barber shops, arcades, gyms and theaters. Businesses that are not closed by the order must implement social distancing policies in order to remain open, her office said. Failure to follow the new order could be punished as a misdemeanor.”If businesses are not complying with this order, we will shut them down,” Brown said.

Rhode Island

Gov. Gina Raimondo on March 28 issued a general stay-at-home order, scheduled to last until April 13.

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“This means unless you’re getting food, medicine, gas or going to work, you need to stay home,” she wrote on Twitter. Gatherings of more than five people are prohibited under this order. Also under the March 28 order, Rhode Island:• Is closing all “non-critical retail businesses,” starting March 30. The order specifies many types of businesses that can stay open. The allowed businesses include food stores, pharmacies, gas stations, auto repair stores, banks and firearms stores, to name just a few. Restaurants can operate for pickup and delivery.• Says any person traveling from any other state “for a non-work-related purpose” must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days, though health care and public safety workers are exempt.• Says Rhode Island residents who must travel to another state for work can do so, but must self-quarantine at home in Rhode Island while not working. Rhode Island has a separate order saying anyone entering from New York must self-quarantine for 14 days, citing the high number of coronavirus cases in New York. Unlike the order dealing with people coming from other states, this one isn’t narrowed to just non-work-related purposes, though it does exempt health care and public safety workers. The New York-specific order started March 26, and is scheduled to last until April 26. Law enforcement may pull over people with New York license plates to record their contact information and inform them of the self-qarantine order, Raimondo said March 27.


Gov. Phil Scott issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order which directs all in-person operations and nonessential businesses to close from March 25 until April 15.Under the order, Vermonters should only leave the house for reasons that are critical to health and safety, according to a news release.“I fully recognize the emotional, financial and economic impact of these decisions, but based on the best science we have available, these measures are necessary,” Scott said.


Gov. Jay Inslee issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order on March 23, requiring Washington residents to stay at home for the next two weeks. The order took effect immediately. Exceptions are made for critical jobs and grocery shopping.The order does not prohibit people from going outside for a walk, Inslee says, but people must keep six feet away from each other.

To protect Washingtonians from COVID-19, I am issuing a ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order.

Here is what it means for you and your family.

West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice issued a stay-at-home order that went into effect on March 24. Justice is directing all West Virginia residents to only leave home for essential needs. Taking a walk, riding a bike and being out in nature for exercise is allowed, but people should stay at least 6 feet away from others. All nonessential businesses should close, and restaurants should only offer takeout, delivery or drive-thru, the governor said.


Gov. Tony Evers issued a “Safer at Home” order that prohibits all nonessential travel. The order went into effect March 25 and remains until April 24 or until a superseding order is issued. The order allows Wisconsin residents to leave the house for essential tasks such as visiting the doctor, caring for family members in another household or getting groceries, but people should stay at home as much as possible. Essential businesses allowed to remain operating include banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, and gas stations.”Issuing a Safer at Home order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do and it’s not something I take lightly, but here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously,” Evers said in a news release.

States close nonessential businesses or issue quarantines

Several states have ordered all nonessential businesses to close but stopped short of issuing official stay-at-home orders. These states are MarylandNevadaVirginia and Kentucky. Georgia issued orders for the “medically fragile” to shelter in place. The mayor of Atlanta issued a 14-day stay-at-home order on March 23.

Thank you @BrianKempGA for the updated state guidelines. Based upon our density & specific needs/concerns in Atlanta, I’ve signed a 14 day Stay at Home Order. As of now, this does not include essential businesses, parks, @AtlantaBeltLine & restaurants serving takeout.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order mandating a 14-day self-quarantine or isolation period for travelers arriving from airports in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hasn’t issued a statewide order, but officials in cities such as Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and El Paso have issued “stay at home” orders.Oklahoma issued a “Safer at Home” order that requires all vulnerable populations to stay at home until April 30. The order, effective March 25, restricts any gatherings of 10 or more people and closes all nonessential businesses in the 19 counties where coronavirus cases have been reported.

CNN’s Amir Vera, Stephanie Gallman, Melissa Alonso, Konstantin Toropin, Melanie Schuman, Devon Sayers, Gregory Lemos, Laura Ly, Andy Rose, Artemis Moshtaghian, Sheena Jones, Anna Sturla and Sarah Jorgensen contributed to this report.

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