(Reuters) – Three U.S. states – California, New York and Illinois – have issued similar statewide “stay at home” orders directing more than 72 million residents to remain in their homes for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic. New Jersey and Connecticut are expected to follow suit.
Here is a look at what is allowed – and what is not – under the most sweeping government clampdown yet in the worsening public health crisis.
WHAT DOES ‘STAY AT HOME’ MEAN?
Residents have been ordered to remain in their homes and not go to work unless they are in an “essential business.” Residents are allowed to visit essential stores and take walks.
WHAT CAN STAY OPEN?
Quite a few businesses are defined as “essential.”
– Food outlets including grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout and delivery restaurants
– Banks and related financial institutions