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Factbox: California, New York and Illinois ‘stay at home’ orders

(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.”

– Pharmacies

– Food outlets including grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout and delivery restaurants

– Banks and related financial institutions

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Here is what you can and can’t do under L.A.’s new coronavirus Safer at Home order

On the first day of L.A.'s 'Safer at Home' order, Union Station was restricted to only ticketed passengers. <span class="copyright">(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)</span>
On the first day of L.A.’s ‘Safer at Home’ order, Union Station was restricted to only ticketed passengers. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles city and county officials issued sweeping new rules Thursday to limit the spread of the coronavirus. But they were very different from each other.

The city of Los Angeles, with a population of 4 million:

  • Orders Los Angeles residents to remain in their homes, with exceptions;

  • Requires all Los Angeles businesses that require in-person attendance to cease operations, with exceptions; and

  • Bans all gatherings outside a home, with exceptions.

The county of Los Angeles, with a population of 10 million:

  • Does not order county residents to remain in their homes;

  • Only requires retail businesses that are considered nonessential to shut down; and

  • Bans gatherings of 10 or more people, with exceptions.

Both orders went into effect just before midnight Friday morning and last through April 19.

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What you can and can’t do during Sacramento County’s coronavirus stay-at-home order

Sacramento County has formally ordered residents to remain in their homes except for essential chores; an order that carries the force of law in effort to slow the coronavirus spread and limit the number of people infected with the respiratory illness COVID-19.

The countywide order went into effect March 19 and will remain in place until April 7, unless county officials announce a shortening or lengthening of the order. The order urges residents to maintain social distancing of 6 feet while outside and washing hands for at least 20 seconds.

Some law enforcement officials say residents have responded with questions and concerns about the county stay-at-home order. Here’s a list of what you can and can’t do while the order is in effect.

What you can leave your home to do

  • Buy groceries, cleaning supplies, pet supplies or household safety products.

  • Get medical supplies or medication, or

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