Stay at home: These states have issued orders for residents not to go out amid COVID-19 pandemic 

State governments across the nation have implemented stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders in response to the growing novel coronavirus pandemic. Here is a list of states where all or some of their residents have been ordered or encouraged to stay at home over health and safety concerns.


Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay-at-home order on April 3 that is set to start April 4 until April 30. 


Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced guidelines for a "responsible" reopening on April 22. Restaurants, gyms, churches along with other businesses will be allowed to reopen on April 24 with restrictions. 


On March 30, Gov. Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order that would remain effective until April 30. According to reports by the Associated Press, grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open. The order suspends visitations to nursing homes until further notice.


Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on March 19 for residents to, “stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.” Other California leaders, such as San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, issued similar orders for their respective cities and communities.


As of April 26, Colorado's stay-at-home order ended and on April 27, the state switched to a 'safer-at-home' order. This new order still encourages people to stay home but all essential businesses and non-essntial businesses are allowed to reopen with restrictions. 


On March 20, Gov. Ned Lamont signed an order asking residents to stay safe at home and “directing all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities in Connecticut to prohibit all in-person functions if they are able to,” according to a press release.


Gov. John Carney ordered that by Tuesday, March 24 at 8 a.m. ET, non-essential businesses were to close and that Delawareans were “to stay at home whenever possible," according to a news release. The order is set to end on May 15. 

District of Columbia

Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a stay-at-home order for District residents on Monday afternoon following similar orders in Virginia and Maryland. The order will remain in place through May 15. Anyone who convicted of violating the order could be fined up to $5,000, spend 90 days in prison, or both.


Governor Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order that will limit people to only essential errands outside their home in an effort to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The "stay-at-home" order will begin on April 3rd at 12:01 a.m. It will last until April 30th.


Gov. Brian Kemp has allowed for a slow reopening of the state starting April 27. The reopening includes, hair salons, nail salon and gyms. 

The order was originally supposed to be extended until April 30, saying the virus had "was hitting our state hard."


Gov. David Ige issued a stay-at-home and work from home order on March 25. Anyone caught violating the order could face a fine of up to $5,000 or as much as a year in Jail. 


Gov. Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order on March 25 requiring residents to self-isolate whenever possible. The order is effected for 21 days in which officials will evaluate whether to extend the mandate at a later time. 


Gov. J.B. Pritzker extended an executive order requiring that residents stay at home as coronavirus cases in the state continue to rise. The new order will last until April 30.


Starting Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET, residents of the Hoosier state were to stay at home except in necessary circumstances, such as taking care of others and obtaining necessary supplies


An emergency proclamation for the state is in effect until May 27, however, the staqte will start to slowly reopen on May 1. This includes restaurants, gyms, malls and libraries, but with restrictions


Gov. Laura Kelly became the 22nd state in the country to impliment a stay-at-home order on March 30. The mandate will be effective until May 3.


Gov. Andy Beshear detailed steps that the Bluegrass State has taken to combating COVID-19 and released guidlines for a slow ans safe reopening of the state that started Monday, April 27.


Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a stay at home order on March 22. The order allows for state residents to perform essential tasks and take walks and exercise outside at a safe distance from others, but recommends not going to work or visiting friends if unnecessary.


Gov. Janet Mills stay at home order went into effect on April 2. “We are in the midst of one of the greatest public health crises this world has seen in more than a century," Mills said. 


Gov. Larry Hogan has signed an executive order issuing a 'stay at home' directive for the state of Maryland to go into effect Monday, March 30, at 8 p.m. 


Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Monday, March 23 that a two-week stay at home order for Massachusetts residents would be executed on Tuesday, March 24 and last through Tuesday, April 7 at noon. The order also required businesses that do not provide “COVID-19 essential services” to close, while encouraging others to work remotely when possible. Restaurants and bars are still able to provide takeout service.

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On March 23, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order that said, “effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so,” according to a news release. On April 9, Whitmer extended the order through at least May 1.


Gov. Tim Walz implemented a stay at home order which went into effect on March 28. "We are asking you — because it is going to take cooperation and collaboration — stay home," he said.


Gov. Tate Reeves announced a safer at home order that will be in effect until March 27 to May 11. 


The state issued a safer at home order that will be in effect until May 4. The state will begin a slow reopening dubbed "Show Me Strong Recovery".


A safer at home order will be in effect until April 26 for individuals and April 27 for non-essential businesses. However, bars and restaurants will remain under this order until May 4.  


On April 1, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a statewide directive telling Nevadans to stay at home, with an exception for essential trips.

The Democratic governor had already asked Nevada residents two weeks ago to stay home and ordered a closure of casinos and non-essential businesses, but on Wednesday he decided to formalize his request that Nevadans stay home with a written order.

Unlike the orders issued by some other governors, Sisolak’s directive does not include a penalty for those who violate it.


Gov. Steve Bullock announced a staty at home order which went into effect March 28. 


Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a slow reopening plan as the state nears the end of the “21 Days to Stay Home and Stay Healthy” campaign. 


Gov. Steve Sisolak's stay at home order went into effect on April 1, after the state shut down all nonessential businesses. The state recently joined California, Oregon and Washington's pact to start reopening their states slowly and safely. 

New Hampshire

Gov. Chris Sununu issued a stay at home order which went into effect on March 28. The state has put up a list of exceptions to the mandate online. 

New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order that directed residents to stay at home except in special circumstances, such as obtaining groceries, medicine or visiting family. This went into effect since March 21st, will remain in effect in its entirety until further notice, however, a plan to reopen was released.

New Mexico

Gov. Michelle Grisham announced that starting on Tuesday, March 24, New Mexico would 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," the governor tweeted.

New York

The “New York State on PAUSE” order requires that 100% of the workforce “must stay at home, excluding essential services,” according to a state government website. The order also has more specific directions, such as non-essential gatherings of any size being banned.

North Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper issued an official statewide stay at home order effective March 30 at 5 p.m. "Even if you don’t think you have to worry about yourself, consider our nurses, doctors, custodial staff & other hospital workers who will be stretched beyond their capacity if we are unable to slow the spread of this disease," he said on Twitter.


Gov. Mike Dewine announced that from March 23 through April 6, Ohio residents would be under a “stay at home order.” The state will begi a phased reopening beginning May 1 through May 12. 

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Gov. Kevin Stitt's stay at home order became effective March 30 at 11:59 p.m. 


Gov. Kate Brown issued a “stay at home except for essential needs” order on March 23. Individuals are still allowed to go to locations such as grocery stories and pharmacies while practicing social distancing measures, but are not allowed to go to social gatherings, fitness centers, dine-in restaurants and bars and other areas.


As of March 23, there has yet to be a statewide stay at home order for all Pennsylvanians. However, leaders within major metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia have executed similar orders, and the state itself has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close their physical locations

Puerto Rico 

Gov. Wanda Vázquez imposed a nightly curfew limiting residents travel outside their homes which went into effect March 15 at 6 p.m. 

Rhode Island

Gov. Gina Raimondo issued a stay at home order effective March 28. 


Nashville issued a “safer at home” order to its residents, and Memphis did the same


A Dallas County judge issued a “stay home stay safe order” that would begin at 11:59 p.m. CT on March 23. There is no larger stay at home order in place for all Texas residents as of March 23. 


Gov. Phil Scott issued a stay at home order effective March 25 at 5 p.m. “I need all Vermonters to understand that the more quickly and closely we follow these stay-at-home measures, the faster and safer we can get through this and get our daily lives, and our economy, moving again," Scott said. 


Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay at home order on March 30 which will remain in place until June 10, 2020. 


Gov. Jay Inslee ordered non-essential businesses to close and for state residents to stay at home unless necessary until April 6. 

West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice issued a stay at home order that would be in effect starting at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 24. "The order directs all West Virginians to stay at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs," according to the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources website.


Gov. Tony Evers has heavily encouraged residents to stay at home when possible, but announced that he would enact a safer at home order starting on Tuesday, March 24.