Alabama, Missouri issue stay-at-home orders

On April 3, Alabama and Missouri issued orders closing nonessential businesses and requiring individuals to remain in their homes except for essential activities. Alabama’s order is in effect from April 4 through April 30. Missouri’s order is in effect from April 6 through April 24.

To date, 42 states have issued stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders to residents. Of those 42 states, 24 have Democratic governors and 18 have Republican governors.

Although the names of the orders — shelter-in-place, stay-at-home, stay home, stay safe — vary from state to state, they share at least two common elements: the closure of nonessential businesses and requesting all residents to stay home except for essential trips.