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DC closes nonessential business and joins growing list of areas that tighten restrictions

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Almost empty roads are seen during the first working day of the national Stay-at-Home order in Chicago, Illinois, the United States, on March 23, 2020.

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More and more states are ordering residents to stay at home during the coronavirus crisis as the COVID-19 epidemic worsens in the United States.

A total of 13 states currently have orders to stay at home, including California, New York, Washington state and Illinois. Three states receive notices or instructions from their governors to stay at home. Four states have either cities or counties with home stay orders.

The virus has now infected more than 46,450 people in the United States, including at least 593 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. State officials across the country are closing non-essential businesses, limiting public gatherings and inviting people to practice “social distancing” in order to prevent the virus from spreading.

Governors consider home stay orders essential to save lives and more states should announce new restrictions.

Here are the states that made the announcements on Tuesday. This list will be updated throughout the day.

Washington, DC Shuts Down Non-Essential Businesses

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during the TOMS End Gun Violence Together rally at Union Market Dock 5 on February 11, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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More companies in Washington, D.C. are closing to curb the coronavirus epidemic. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday that salons, hair salons and other non-emergency services will be closed. The city had previously closed schools, museums, libraries, fitness centers and other businesses.

“We have practically shut down economic activity in our city in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus,” Bowser said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

Although an on-site shelter order is not in effect, Bowser said that she expects residents to “stay home except for essential travel”.

Washington, D.C., has more than 705,000 residents, according to the US Census Bureau. The city currently has 137 cases of coronavirus, according to Bowser.

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