Greene and Christian Counties are now under stay-at-home orders. They went into effect just after midnight.
Citizens should stay at home with a few exceptions. Those include going to a job that’s deemed essential, getting medical care or essential items such as medicine and groceries and caring for loved ones. Getting out to exercise is allowed, but you need to maintain a six-foot distance from others.
The order goes through 11:59 p.m. on April 24 in Christian County. In Greene County, it's in effect for 30 days.
There are penalties for those who violate the order. You don't need special papers to leave your home.
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams said officers won’t pull someone over for being out, but if the driver is pulled over for another reason, they will likely be asked the reason for being away from home.
Learn more about the stay-at-home order for Springfield and Greene County here.
Click here to watch a Q & A with local leaders about the stay-at-home order.
Learn more about the stay-at-home order for Christian County here.