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What you can and cannot do if you are locked up, quarantined, or seeking shelter



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The national and regional coronavirus guidelines are designed to keep public areas empty and help residents isolate themselves.


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Millions of people in the United States have been instructed to stay at home when nonessential businesses close and residents are urged or required to social distance or self-quarantine . And countries around the world are locked in an attempt to limit the spread of the new coronavirus – from Italy to India and the UK. This raises questions: are you on curfew or do you have shelter? Will the police intervene when you leave the house? Where can you go and what can't you do? How do you help protect yourself when you leave the house ?

The rules and definitions depend on where you live, but in general restrictions become stricter as countries brace themselves for swell in cases and deaths related to COVID-19.

Keep scrolling for areas that participate in lodging in place, curfews, travel bans, and what defines essential versus non-essential companies. This story is updated regularly as the situation develops.

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Shelter in place: This is what states do.

Shelter in place is a fairly restrictive directive that instructs residents to stay at home and leave only for essential tasks, such as going to necessary doctor's appointments and grocery store. In general, you can walk for groceries and relaxation while practicing social distances – and you can walk your dog and garden. You can also drive to and from essential services, but driving around for fun is out. But many businesses, such as gyms and movie theaters, are closed while residents remain at home. US states, from New York to Hawaii, have ordered people to stay indoors.

While there is generally no police check for shelter, in some regions, such as the San Francisco Bay Area counties, you may receive a fine or imprisonment. if you fail.

California: San Francisco Bay Area communities began sheltering from March 17 and expanded to a state-wide mandate from March 19. Seniors over 65 are ordered to stay indoors, except for walks and necessary appointments, and are encouraged not to go to shops. On March 22, Governor Gavin Newsom requested a statement from a presidential major disaster to get federal help with the crisis.

Colorado: From 26:00 on March 26, Colorado Governor Jared Polis ordered Coloradans to stay at home. The governor said he had also requested a federal disaster presidential statement for major disasters.

Connecticut: Governor Ned Lamont issued the order on March 23, "Stay safe, stay home," shutting down non-essential companies across the state. residents to avoid contact with others when outside.

Delaware: As of March 24, Governor John Carney ordered residents of the state to provide shelter and close down non-essential businesses. The state has drawn up a long list of what can and cannot be left open.

Hawaii: Gov. David Ige ordered everyone in the state – residents and tourists alike – to stay in their hometown, including hotels, condos, townhouses, condos, or other multi-unit homes, beginning March 25. The governor had previously ordered someone to arrive in the state to self-quarantine.

Idaho: Gov. Brad Little ordered residents to remain at home for a minimum of 21 days throughout the state, except for essential outdoor services and exercise, a few feet away from other individuals. all over the state, with essential services such as pharmacies and clinics that remain open.

Indiana: From March 25 to April 7, Governor Eric Holcomb ordered residents to remain at home, except for essential services, and forbidden to dine on site.