DC Wireless Alert Sent Through FEMA Orders Residents to Stay Home, All ‘Non-Essential’ Businesses Closed for A MONTH
On Wednesday at 8 pm, the District of Columbia issued a Wireless Emergency Alert through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert as well as Warning System ordering DC residents to stay home until April 24.
The alert said which all non-essential businesses will be closed down effective at 10 p.m.
DC just sent out This specific alert to everyone pic.twitter.com/SKnktd5Jmf
— Cassandra Fairbanks 🕊⏳ (@CassandraRules) March 26, 2020
I live in Virginia as well as got the idea https://t.co/uSNiB4yxL8 pic.twitter.com/1EcAyN1T8C
— Justin Ham (@realJustinHam) March 26, 2020
The alert began as well as concluded with “STAY HOME,” in all capital letters.
“STAY HOME. You have a critical role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in DC. Effective at 10 pm tonight (Wednesday, March 25), the District of Columbia will close all non-essential businesses through Friday, April 24. We are depending on you – be a Great neighbor, STAY HOME,” the message said.
the idea also linked to a website which translated the order into multiple languages.
The website also had a list of businesses which can remain open, as well as ones which are ordered closed.
Businesses which will stay open include automotive repair as well as supply shops, banks as well as credit unions, bike shops, childcare facilities, grocery stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, hospitals, dentists, pharmacies as well as veterinarians as well as animal care services.
Those forced to close their doors include gyms, health clubs, spas, salons, tattoo parlors, clothing stores, theaters, auditoriums, as well as nightclubs. Restaurants, bars as well as different food services are also closed unless they are offering delivery or grab-as well as-go carryout.
the idea is usually unclear if the city plans to prevent people coming from attending Easter Sunday services, which many have complained might potentially be a violation of the First Amendment.