(CN) – Several states across the country announced stay-at-home orders Monday in attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Arizona, Virginia and Maryland closed their states down except for essential services, like grocery stores, pharmacies and hospitals.
During a press conference Monday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey imposed a statewide stay-at-home order. Covid-19 has infected nearly 1,200 in the state and killed at least 20.
The order, which goes into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday until at least April 30, will bar Arizonans from leaving home except to buy food and medicine and to exercise outdoors.
The Republican governor announced the move hours after he said Arizona schools would remain closed for the rest of the school year due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
“Our goal here is to protect the lives of those we love most and to ensure the health care system has the capacity to provide them with the care and comfort they deserve,” Ducey said during the press conference.
He encouraged Arizonans to get outside and enjoy the weather.
“We do not want people to feel trapped or isolated in their homes,” Ducey said. “The weather is beautiful right now. Find a way to get out and enjoy it — with physical distancing.”
Temperatures in Phoenix and Tucson are expected to range in the mid-80s this week.
The announcement came after Ducey faced pressure from Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, and nine of Arizona’s mayors, all asking the governor to institute a stay-at-home order. There are confirmed cases of Covid-19 in all the state’s 15 counties.
During the press conference, Ducey asked residents not to hoard groceries.
“Everyone should continue to buy one week’s worth of groceries for one week’s worth of needs,” he said. “That way, there will be plenty.”
Over the weekend, Ducey signed a bipartisan $50 million relief package that will help Arizonans struggling with making rent and keeping their businesses afloat and will aid the state’s food banks and homeless populations.
In Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide order effective immediately due to large crowds at beaches.
"You are being very, very selfish," Northam said. "You are putting all of us, especially our health care providers, at risk."
The order closes beaches except for exercising and fishing. It limits people from going outside of their homes except to get food, medical care and exercise.
“I want to be clear: Do not go out unless you need to go out. This is very different than wanting to go out,” Northam said.
Virginia has more than 1,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19; there have been at least virus-related 25 deaths in the state.
The Democratic governor’s order is in effect until at least June 10.
In neighboring Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan ordered Maryland residents not to leave home unless it’s for an “essential” purpose. The order goes into effect at 8 p.m. Monday.