D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced his support for a shelter-in-place order to be issued in the District in order to minimize the risk of coronavirus exposure.
In a tweet on Monday, Racine shared a post by ABC13 Houston about Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins‘ order for residents to stay home unless they have an essential reason to go out in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I support Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ shelter in place directive,” Racine said. “We need to order the same in the District of Columbia to reduce the spread of coronavirus and keep residents safe.”
The judge’s order is effective from 11:59 p.m. on March 23 through April 3, and it can be extended if necessary.
I support Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ shelter in place directive.
— AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) March 23, 2020
D.C. area residents have also been expecting to hear a shelter-in-place order, which requires non-essential businesses to shut down.
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the District was 116, and the death toll was two at the time of our reporting.