Virginia, Maryland among latest states to impose stay-at-home orders to stem coronavirus crisis

Jada Winder

Maryland and Virginia became the two latest states Monday to issue stay-at-home orders telling residents to avoid going out for anything but essential trips for food, medical attention and other specific reasons as governments across the country scramble to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, each issued full stay-at-home orders, with Maryland’s taking effect at 8 p.m. on Monday and Virginia’s taking effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday. “The order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances,” a press release sent out by Northam’s office states. “Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.”