Stay-at-home order

type of quarantine

A stay-at-home order (North America) or a movement control order (Southeast Asia) is an order from a government to lower/end movements of a population as a mass quarantine move for stopping an epidemic, or pandemic. This is done by ordering residents to stay home except for essential tasks or to work in essential businesses.

In many cases, outdoor activities are allowed. Nonessential businesses are either closed or made to working from home.[1]

In some regions, it has added a curfew[2] or called a shelter-in-place order,[3] but it is not to be confused with a shelter in place situation.[4]

Similar measures have been used around the world, but the term lockdown is used instead.[5][6]

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  1. "What You Can and Cannot Do During a Stay-at-Home or Shelter-in-Place Order". NBC Chicago. 20 March 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  2. "City of Birmingham under Shelter in Place in order". WBRC. March 24, 2020. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  3. "Coronavirus stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, by state". USA Today. March 30, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  4. Sedensky, Matt (March 20, 2020). "In pandemic, word definitions shift and new lexicon emerges". AP News. Associated Press. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  5. Kottasová, Ivana (17 March 2020). "Coronavirus lockdowns: 24 hours of confusion around the world". CNN. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  6. Sedensky, Matt (20 March 2020). "In pandemic, word definitions shift and new lexicon emerges". The Associated Press. Retrieved 24 March 2020.