Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) all issued “stay-at-home” orders for all residents, urging them to only leave their homes to buy food and carry out essential tasks.
Gov. Hogan announced the order earlier in the day, saying nonessential businesses must remain closed, and essential businesses will have to scale down their operations and allow telework as much as possible. The Maryland order goes into effect at 8 p.m. Monday. The Virginia order goes into effect immediately.
“Unfortunately we are only at the beginning of this crisis, and it will get considerably worse before it gets better,” Hogan said.
In addition, Hogan said any resident who has traveled outside the region in recent weeks should self-quarantine for 14 days.
Northam made his announcement shortly after Hogan, urging residents not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.
“I want to be clear: Do not go out unless you need to go out. This is very different than wanting to go out,” Northam said.
Bowser issued the order later on Monday afternoon, saying, “Our message remains the same: stay home.” She added that residents who violate the order may be guilty of a misdemeanor.