What states and major cities have shelter-in-place orders?

So far, 39 states have issued state-wide shelter-in-place orders, including Maryland and Virginia on March 30; Florida, Georgia, and Pennsylvania on April 1; Mississippi on April 2; and Alabama on April 4. Just about as many other states have decided to leave shelter-in-place orders up to the discretion of local governments.

A shelter-in-place order is when a state or local government tells its citizens to stay at home for all non-essential travel. That means people aren’t supposed to eat out at restaurants, gather in crowded public spaces, or frequent non-essential businesses. A shelter-in-place order, though, does allow you to buy groceries, pick up restaurant takeout orders, travel to medical appointments, and procure pharmaceutical needs. 

States which have issued mandatory shelter-in-place orders include:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • 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
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Some states have left it up to local governments. Here are the major cities that are now in a shelter-in-place order: 

  • Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma City, Stillwater)
  • South Carolina (Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia)
  • South Dakota (Sioux Falls)
  • Tennessee (Franklin, Nashville, Memphis)
  • Texas (Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Plano, San Antonio, Waco)
  • Utah (Salt Lake City)
  • Washington D.C.
  • Wyoming (Jackson)

As of April 6, here were the four states with no shelter-in-place orders within their borders:

  • Arkansas
  • Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota

Sources: New York Times, Newsweek, Indianapolis Star, SF Gate

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