The American state of Michigan in the Midwest of the United States with a population of 10 million people ordered residents not to leave their homes because of the coronavirus; three other states have tightened restrictions.
“All persons currently residing in the state of Michigan are required to remain at home… All public and private gatherings of any number of people outside of the same household are prohibited,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in an Executive order.
At the same time, citizens can play sports and walk in the fresh air, keeping a distance of 6 feet (about 2 meters), work in critical sectors of the economy, go out for necessary goods and services – from food and gasoline to medical services. In addition, you can leave the house to take care of family members, the elderly, and the disabled. The decree comes into effect at midnight local time and is valid until April 13.
The Governor of Wisconsin – a state in the North-Central part of the US -Tony Evers made it clear that the order to stay at home could come on Tuesday. “Everyone will be safer at home,” the Governor wrote.
In addition, in Maryland on the East coast of the United States, most commercial businesses, stores, organizations and institutions will close on Monday. Residents were asked to stay at home, but were not formally ordered to do so.
In Massachusetts in the East, local authorities also closed businesses whose work is not considered critical and asked citizens to stay home.
Previously, eight states issued mandatory ordinances requiring citizens to stay at home, except in clearly defined cases. These are Ohio, Louisiana, Delaware, California, Illinois, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Serious restrictions were also imposed in New York, although there was no order for residents to stay at home.