Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser is not playing when it comes to protecting the people of D.C from the Coronavirus, and people could be jailed for up to 90 days if they violate the city’s stay-at-home order, or face a fine up to $5,000.
“Our message remains the same: stay home,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement. “Staying at home is the best way to flatten the curve and protect yourself, your family, and our entire community from COVID-19. Many people want to know how they can help right now, and for most people this is how – by staying home.”
According to CNBC, the order allows essential activities such as grocery shopping or doctor’s visits and even walking, but it cannot be done with people outside of a household, as issued in the Mayor’s Order, beginning April 1.
As of now, Washington only has 401 of the nation’s 160,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
“Many people want to know how they can help right now, and for most people this is how – by staying home,” Bowser said in a tweet.
The Coronavirus is responsible for the deaths of over 3,000 Americans, surpassing the number of people who died on 9/11.