Where can you go in coronavirus lockdown? Here’s what you can and cannot do

id=”article-body” class=”row” section=”article-body”> The state and regional coronavirus guidelines are designed to keep public spaces empty and help residents self-isolate.

Angela Lang/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. California, New Jersey, Hawaii and New York residents are officially ordered to “shelter in place” or “stay at home.” In other states and cities, the closure of “nonessential” businesses and “self isolation” are the watchwords of the day. And across the world, countries are on lockdown, from the UK to India. The coronavirus situation is changing rapidly, with governments tightening restrictions on where people can go and what residents should and shouldn’t do when they’re out. 

Are you on lockdown? On curfew? Do you need to self-quarantine? How do you know which businesses are essential? What exactly do all these words mean and which protocols are states adopting to curb the spread of COVID-19? 

Though legal definitions might vary from state to state, here’s what the most common restrictions mean and where in the US and around the world where they’re being used. This story is being updated frequently as the situation develops.

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Shelter in place is a fairly restrictive directive that instructs residents to stay at home and only leave for essential tasks, like going to necessary doctor’s appointments and the grocery store. In general, you can go on walks for errands and recreation while practicing social distancing — and you can walk your dog. But many businesses, like gyms and movie theaters, are closed while residents stay at home. US states from New York to Hawaii have ordered residents to stay indoors.

While in general there’s no police enforcement for shelter in place, in some regions, such as the counties of the San Francisco Bay Area, you can be fined or imprisoned if you don’t comply.

California: San Francisco Bay Area communities started sheltering in place as of March 17, expanding to a statewide mandate as of March 19. Seniors over 65 are ordered to stay indoors, except for walks and necessary appointments. Seniors are encouraged not to go to stores. On March 22, Gov. Gavin Newsom requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to get federal assistance with the crisis. Also on March 22, The White House declared a major disaster in the state of Washington, allowing it to receive federal aid.

Connecticut: Gov. Ned Lamont issued a “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order for March 23, closing nonessential businesses statewide and asking residents to avoid contact with others when outside.

Delaware: Starting March 24, Gov. John Carney ordered residents of the state to shelter in place and closed nonessential businesses. The state provided a list of what can and can’t remain open.

Hawaii: Gov. David Ige ordered anyone in the state — residents and tourists alike — to stay in their place of residence, including hotels, condominiums, townhomes, apartments or other multiunit dwellings, starting March 25. The governor had previously ordered anyone arriving in the state to self-quarantine.

Illinois: Starting March 21, Gov. J. B. Pritzker ordered a statewide shelter in place, with essential services like pharmacies and clinics remaining open.   

Indiana: From March 25 to April 7, Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered residents to stay at home, except for essential services, and prohibited onsite dining.

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Louisiana: On March 23, residents of Louisiana were ordered to shelter in place. Gov. John Bel Edwards had previously shuttered nonessential businesses such as casinos and closed schools.

Maryland: Stopping short of calling it “shelter in place,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told residents to remain in their homes and ordered all nonessential businesses to close by 5 p.m. March 23.

Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker directed residents to stay at home from March 24 to April 7 and ordered nonessential businesses to close during that period.

Michigan: Starting March 24 and extending for at least three weeks, the state ordered residents to stay home unless for an essential activity.

New Jersey: He didn’t officially use the term “shelter in place,” but Gov. Phil Murphy directed residents to stay at home and ordered nonessential businesses to close by 9 p.m. March 21.

New Mexico: Beginning March 24, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham instructed residents to stay at home and go out only when necessary. The governor assured residents they could still walk their dog or go on a jog. She also closed all nonessential businesses.

New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo put his state on “pause,” stopping short of a call for a statewide shelter in place. Instead he shuttered all nonessential businesses and ordered all nonessential workers to work from home as of March 22. On March 20, the White House declared that a major disaster exists in the state. The White House on March 24 requested any New Yorker who had recently left the area to self-quarantine.

Ohio: Starting March 23, the state requires residents to stay at home.

Oregon: Effective March 23, Gov. Kate Brown ordered Oregonians to stay at home, except for essential services and walks.

Vermont: Gov. Philip Scott directed residents to stay at home, except for essential services or exercise, starting 5 p.m. March 25.

Washington: Hours after the Oregon order, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on March 23 issued a similar stay-at-home order.

West Virginia: Calling it a stay-at-home order, Gov. Jim Justice directed residents to stay indoors starting March 24, except for essential trips and exercise. The governor assured West Virginians a stay-at-home order is not martial law.

Wisconsin: In a series of tweets, Gov. Tony Evers said he would order residents to stay at home as of March 24.

At the regional level, cities and counties are also issuing stay-at-home orders, including Kansas City, Missouri, Miami Beach, Florida, St. Louis, San Antonio and a handful of counties in Pennsylvania.

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