Law Enforcement and Stay-at-Home Orders

As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, governors are taking action to limit the spread of the disease, including issuing “stay-at-home” orders and other executive actions. Stay-at-home orders include enforcement measures, which often provide criminal penalties for failure to comply with the order. This memorandum provides information and examples of how state and local law enforcement are informing patrolling officers and the public regarding the enforcement of these orders and guidance from national organizations on law enforcement response during the COVID-19 crisis.

All NGA coronavirus memos can be found here, or visit Coronavirus: What You Need To Know for current information on the status of COVID-19 In The United States, a list of actions states/territories have taken to address both the public health and economic impacts, and policy resources.