It is no longer a suggestion that we all stay home, it is now mandatory in Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland. All three Governors have ordered the new rules to go into effect later today.
Governor Northam ordered everyone to stay home unless they were going out for essential services such as grocery stores and doctor’s offices. He issued the order when he saw that Virginia’s beaches had begun to fill. People may also leave their homes to exercise.
All schools and universities of higher education will be closed, as will all campgrounds and public beaches, excluding the need for exercise.
All gathering of ten or more people prohibited and anyone with the ability to work remotely is encouraged to do so.
When asked how the order will apply to non-essential offices and businesses, Northam said businesses are encouraged to follow the 10 or more rule but they will be required to close if they do not do so.
Northam said if groups of 10 or more people are found congregating, especially in public areas, they can be charged with a Class 1 Misdemeanor.
In Maryland Governor Hogan said, “We’re no longer asking, we’re directing” people to stay at home. Violations of the order could result in up to a year in prison a $5,000 fine or both. Details on Hogan’s order here.
More on orders by Northam and Hogan here.
North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper issued a similar order on Friday.