Entire D.C. Region Under 'Stay-at-Home' Orders

Maryland and Virginia issue stay home orders.
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By WPGC 95.5

Stay home. 

That's the message (and warning) from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Govenor Larry Hogan and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam -- as all three jurisdictions made the decision Monday to order residents -- not performing an essential job or needing something essential like food or medication -- to stay in their homes. 

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In Maryland, Gov. Hogan addressed the state on Monday, heightening the actions being taken to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Hogan issued a stay-at-home directive, calling on Marylanders to take the severity of the situation more seriously.

"No Maryland resident should be leaving home unless for an essential job or reason," he said.

Only essential businesses will be allowed to remain open and the governor has called for those businesses to scale down operations in order to decrease the amount of person-to-person interaction.

The order is also calling for Marylanders not to travel outside of the state unless it is absolutely essential.

"We are no longer asking or suggesting Marylanders that stay home, we are directing them to do so," Governor Hogan said.

He also stated that anyone travelling into Maryland from outside of the state should self-quarantine for 14 days.

The executive order will go into effect at 8 p.m. Monday night and will be enforced by law enforcement.

"Today's order states that any person who knowingly and willfully violates the order is guilty of a misdemeanor," Hogan said. "And upon conviction is subject to imprisonment not to exceed one year or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both."

A wireless alert will be sent out to residents on Monday with a safety advisory to follow the directive.

Watch the full press conference below:

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In D.C., Mayor Bowser made the decision late Monday afternoon. 

"This order reinforces my direction to residents to stay at home except to perform essential activities," she said in a tweet. 

The Order specifies that residents may only leave their residences to:

* Engage in essential activities, including obtaining medical care that cannot be provided through telehealth* Obtaining food and essential household goods* Perform or access essential governmental functions* Work at essential businesses* Engage in essential travel* Engage in allowable recreational activities, as defined by the Mayor’s Order.

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A similar order was issued for Virginia by Governor Ralph Northam.

"I ask Virginians to stay at home. Stay home to the greatest extent possible," Northam said on Monday.

The order will maintain the state's rules prohibiting parties and social gatherings of 10 or more and urges Virginians to stay at their own residences unless they need to leave for an essential reason.

Beaches and state parks will be closing under the order -- execept for exercising and fishing -- while non-essential retail still remains open as long as they are only servicing 10 patrons or less at a time.

"We need everyone to take this seriously and act responsibly," Northam said.

He also ordered for anyone who is travelling from out of the state to self-quarantine for 14 days.

"To date this has been a suggestion to Virginians, today it's an order."

Watch the full press conference here:

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