Coronavirus impact: State-by-state restrictions

Daniella Genovese

Editor's note: This is a partial list of orders and restrictions, and it will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Daily routines nationwide have halted as officials implement drastic steps in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

But as the virus continues to spread around the world, government officials throughout the United States have issued "stay-at-home" or "shelter-in-place" orders, allowing those venture outside for essential jobs, errands and exercise only. Many states have also closed non-essential businesses and limited restaurants and bars to take out and delivery only.

The aggressive measures are meant to keep the virus in check by forcing people to stay away from each other as often as possible.

Last week, the White House, also in a rush to curb the spread of the disease, released sweeping guidelines that affected American's day to day lives.

Groups and gatherings should be limited to less than 10 people, classes should be held online at home and discretionary travel and social visits should be avoided. Additionally, If anyone in a household tests positive for the virus, everyone who lives there should stay home.

Here is the state by state breakdown of restrictions imposed by local officials:


Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a mandatory stay-at-home order statewide. However, those that work in grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other "critical sectors" will be allowed to go to work.


One day after the state's largest city issued a stay-at-home order, Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday (March 25) issued a statewide stay-at-home order, effective 6 a.m. Thursday, March 26 through April 11. Bars, restaurants, salons, theaters and other social gather places were closed last week. The governor said people should only leave their homes for essentials, such as groceries and medical care. Businesses deemed "critical" are exempt from the order.


Gov. Ned Lamont is directing all non-essential workers statewide to work from home.

District of Columbia

The mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, ordered the shutdown of  “non-essential” businesses in the District by 10:00 p.m. starting March 25 and to run through April 24. Those businesses include: touring services, gyms, health clubs, spas, theaters, auditoriums, nightclubs, hair, nail, and tanning salons and barbershops and tattoo parlors.

In addition, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) announced Tuesday (March 24) via its "Pandemic Task Force" that it would close 17 train stations starting Thursday, March 26 following a 90 percent decline in subway ridership. Metro said, "These steps will help reduce the risk of exposure to employees and save critical cleaning supplies for the remaining stations."

The stations scheduled to close are:

  • Federal Center SW
  • Federal Triangle
  • Mt Vernon Sq, Judiciary Sq, Archives
  • Greensboro 
  • Eisenhower Ave 
  • Virginia Square
  • Cleveland Park 
  • Grosvenor-Strathmore 
  • Cheverly
  • Clarendon 
  • East Falls Church 
  • College Park 
  • McLean 
  • Morgan Boulevard 
  • Van Dorn St 


Gov. John Carney ordered residents to stay at home and closed nonessential businesses in the state.


One day after Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered visitors flying from the New York Tri-state area (New York, Connecticut and New Jersey) to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the Sunshine State, the governor Tuesday (March 24) called for anyone who has traveled to the Tri-state area in the past 3 weeks to self isolate for 14 days and notify anyone they've had contact with that they have traveled recently. In addition, anyone over 65 years of age has been ordered to "stay at home" for the next 14 days to minimize potential exposure to coronavirus.

Late Tuesday night, the City of Miami ordered all residents to shelter in place and remain at home until further notice, effective at 11:59 p.m. All non-essential travel within Miami city limits -- including by car, public transit, motorcycle, etc. -- is prohibited until further notice. Citizens are allowed to travel for "essential goods" at grocery stores and pharmacies as well as "perform work in support of essential activities and establishments" and "deliver essential services to homes, such as repair, landscaping and pool services."

Outdoor recreational activities is permitted, but not locations already closed to the public under the existing emergency order, such as city parks.


Gov. David Ige signed a third supplementary proclamation on Monday, ordering the entire state to stay at home and work from home starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 25 through Apr 30. Essential workers are exempt.


Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all state residents to remain in their homes except for essential reasons.


Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a stay-at-home order until April 6. This applies to the entire state of Indiana except for those working for essential businesses or are doing an essential activity which includes health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others, according to the government.


Gov. Andy Beshear ordered on March 22 nonessential retailers to close. Three days later, the governor extended the order to "all non-life-sustaining businesses" as of Thursday (March 26) at 8 p.m. Exempted businesses include grocery stores, media, gas stations and hardware stores and media outlets. The sale of firearms and ammunition also is exempted.


Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide stay-at-home order.


Gov. Larry Hogan ordered nonessential businesses to close. The order does not affect essential businesses defined by the federal government, including health care, food and agriculture, energy, law enforcement and public safety.


Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all non-essential businesses and organizations to temporarily close. Baker also directed the state's department of health to issue a stay at home order. Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities.

On March 25, Baker issued a second order extending the closure of public and private schools and non-emergency childcare programs until May 4th.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a statewide stay-at-home order. This means all non-critical Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily close, and residents must stay home and stay six feet away from others, according to the state department of health.

However, essential businesses will still be operating.


Gov. Mike Parson issued an order for social distancing statewide meaning every person in the state must avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people. Residents are bared from dining at restaurants and or bars and are prohibited from entering nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes "unless to provide critical assistance," Gov. Parson tweeted.

Additionally, the state's largest cities, Kansas City and St. Louis, have implemented stay-at-home orders slated to take effect this week.

New Jersey 

Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order that directs all residents to stay at home. All non-essential retail businesses were also ordered to temporarily close their doors.

Additionally, Gov. Murphy suspended all elective medical and dental surgeries and invasive procedures. Certain low-level offenders will also be released from county jails to prevent the spread of the virus within the corrections system, according to a tweet by Gov. Murphy.

On Tuesday, March 24, the Garden State's chief executive announced the state has applied for a federal waiver to cancel April’s standardized testing for students.

New Mexico 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the state is under a stay-at-home order. All residents are instructed to stay at home except for "essential" outings.

New York 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced sweeping orders requiring workers in nonessential businesses to stay home. Additionally, nonessential gatherings of people of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed, including parties and celebrations.

“It is incumbent on all of us, young and old, and especially the young, who might think they are invincible, to stay the heck indoors,” said New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot.

Workers seen as essential to keeping society functioning are exempt.


A stay-at-home order has also been imposed on Ohio residents, according to Gov. Mike DeWine.


Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday, March 24, a “safer at home order” which requires all “vulnerable populations” to remain at home through April 30. Trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, are allowed but the governor’s order also included the restriction of all gatherings of 10 or more people, effective at midnight.


Gov. Kate Brown issued a statewide order for residents to stay at home.


Gov. Tom Wolf issued stay-at-home orders for residents of the state's hardest-hit areas including Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, according to local outlets. Similarly. the mayor of Philadelphia also imposed the same restrictions for residents in the area.

Wolf also cautioned that all "non-life-sustaining" businesses must close.


Gov. Bill Lee announced he is extending his closure of schools from March 31 to April 24. All Tennessee public schools were closed on March 20. The governor also said state workers are to remain working from home until April 24.


Gov. Ralph Northam closed all of the commonwealth's schools for the remainder of the academic year - becoming the second state after Kansas to do so. In addition, Northam banned "dining in" restaurants and ordered the closing of theaters, bowling alleys, gyms, beauty salons and race tracks closed. Take-out dining is permitted for restaurants.

As of March 25th, all elective surgeries were ordered to stop at all hospitals.


This state was hit hard when the disease first hit the U.S. Monday night, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered non-essential businesses to close and the state’s more than 7 million residents to stay home unless necessary in order in an attempt to slow the spread.

The stay-at-home order will remain in place through April 6 and expands Inslee's previous actions closing bars, restaurants, and entertainment/recreation facilities as well as large gatherings.

West Virginia 

Gov. Jim Justice issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state. Residents must stay at home except for essential needs.


Gov. Phil Scott issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state. Residents are urged to remain indoors only for essential reasons or for some fresh air.


Gov. Tony Evers issued a stay-at-home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions. Only essential businesses or operations will be able to continue to run normally.


The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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