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 COVID-19 memos can be found here, or visit COVID-19: What You Need To Know for current information on actions States/Territories are taking to address the COVID-19 pandemic; as well as advocacy, policy, and guidance documents for protecting public health and the economy.