“Today, due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the district of Columbia, throughout the region and in the country, I issued an order that citizens
should stay at home,” the mayor said on Twitter.
Previously, citizens were only recommended to comply with this rule, but now their violation can be followed by a fine and imprisonment for up to three months.
“The mayor’s order prescribes that residents can leave their homes only for necessary activities, including to receive medical care that cannot be obtained by phone, to buy food and necessary household goods,” the mayor said.
Also, according to her, it is allowed to work in state institutions and in companies whose activities are officially recognized as necessary. You can also go for a walk, observing a social distance.
Earlier on Monday, similar orders were issued by the authorities of the surrounding district of Columbia States of Maryland and Virginia with a population of 14.5 million people. Within the administrative boundaries of the District of Columbia, only a little more than 600 thousand people live, but together with the vast suburbs and the city of Baltimore, the Metropolitan metropolis has more than 6 million inhabitants.