- Twenty-three states have issued stay-at-home orders, encouraging isolation measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
- Some metro areas in states without such orders — including Anchorage, Alaska; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Houston and Dallas, Texas — are also under stay-at-home orders.
- In total, that brings about half of America’s population under some form of lockdown.
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As of Friday, 23 US states have issued stay-at-home orders, asking residents to shelter in place and go out only for essential services like buying food and medicine. Many cities and counties in states that don’t have these policies have issued similar orders, and 10 other states and territories have ordered nonessential businesses to close: Guam, Puerto Rico, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington, DC.
The state-wide orders are represented on the map below in red. Different leaders have called the directives by various names — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee dubbed his state’s policy “stay home, stay healthy,” while Hillsborough County, Florida, is calling it “safer at home,” and Anchorage, Alaska has told residents to “hunker down.”
How many people are staying at home?
Together, the state and city populations affected by some kind of stay-at-home order add up to approximately 169 million people — nearly 52% of the US population.
The 23 states with stay-at-home orders are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The list of cities with local orders includes Anchorage, Alaska; Boca Raton, Gainesville, Miami, Orlando, and Tallahassee, Florida; Wichita and Topeka, Kansas; Portland, Maine; St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri; Charlotte, Durham, and Raleigh, North Carolina; Norman, Oklahoma; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Columbia, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas; and Park City, Utah.
The precise definition of an “essential” business varies by location, but “nonessential” tends to apply to most recreational businesses. Grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies are staying open, but in some places, restaurants had to convert their operations to takeout. Museums and salons are mostly closed. Rules about construction operations and marijuana dispensaries vary by region.
In some places, stay-at-home orders are causing confusion and even conflict. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced an executive order that effectively overrode measures implemented by local officials. It classified businesses including gun shops, department stores, and real-estate offices as “essential,” while urging employees to work from home “to the extent feasible.”
The US’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases has exceeded 100,000. That’s more than Italy’s (86,500) and China’s (81,800).
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