Locales with shelter-in-place (or similar) orders for coronavirus disease

Last updated: 20 March 2020 @ 11:00 pm Pacific

As part of social distancing (physical distancing) efforts, governors other public officials across the country have restricted public gatherings, closed bars and restaurants, and shuttered entertainment venues. These states, cities and counties have issued orders to shelter-in-place, which restricts travel as well as the types of businesses that can remain open.

On 19 March, California Governor Newsom issued the such first statewide order; he told 40 million people to stay home except for essential travel.

“There’s a social contract here. People I think recognize the need to do more and to meet this moment,” Newsom said. “People will self-regulate their behavior, they’ll begin to adjust and adapt, as they have been [doing] quite significantly.”

If it works, the physical distancing enabled by restricting movement will make this prevention feel like it wasn’t needed. That’s the point. Those of us who remember Y2K preparations in the computer industry remember this point well.


  • Isolation – for people have tested positive for the virus or suspect they may be infected
  • Quarantine – for people who may have been exposed to the virus (14 days)
  • Shelter in place – a public safety term introduced to most of us because of gun violence and, until now, associated with an active shooter situation. In the context of COVID-19, it means that those of us who are not in isolation or quarantine should stay at home as much as possible. Permitted activities include getting food or gas; refilling prescriptions; going for a walk; and attending to any medical concerns. People whose jobs are considered essential are expected to continue to go to work if they are healthy.


Jurisdictions with shelter-in-place (or similar) orders

Similar orders include health orders that limit face-to-face interaction or restrictions on dining out. Links are to the most recent orders.

Health order
Restaurant/bar restrictions
Shelter in place or equivalent

  1. Alaska
  2. Alabama
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California – 19 March
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut – 19 March
  8. Delaware
  9. District of Columbia
  10. Florida – 20 March, closed state beaches
  11. Georgia
  12. Hawaii
  13. Idaho
  14. Illinois – 20 March
  15. Indiana
  16. Iowa
  17. Kansas
  18. Kentucky
  19. Louisiana
  20. Maine
  21. Maryland
  22. Massachusetts
  23. Michigan
  24. Minnesota
  25. Mississippi
  26. Missouri
  27. Montana
  28. Nebraska
  29. Nevada
  30. New Hampshire
  31. New Jersey – expected 21 March
  32. New Mexico
  33. New York – 20 March 
  34. North Carolina
  35. North Dakota
  36. Ohio
  37. Oklahoma
  38. Oregon
  39. Pennsylvania – 19 March, closed non-essential businesses
  40. Rhode Island
  41. South Carolina
  42. South Dakota
  43. Tennessee
  44. Texas
  45. Utah
  46. Vermont
  47. Virginia
  48. Washington – 15 March
  49. West Virginia
  50. Wisconsin
  51. Wyoming

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Written by Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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