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At its core, a shelter-in-place order is relatively simple, with some notable exceptions. It is also significantly different in comparison to similar orders for emergencies like active shootings and major weather events. In some cases, there are heavy fines and other penalties for ignoring or breaking the shelter-in-place orders.

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1. Shelter-in-place orders

Essentially, a shelter-in-place order means that citizens are to stay in their homes. Once it is safe, an official will rescind the order, and activities can resume as normal. People can leave only their homes for work and essential activities. Health experts advise everyone to use common sense before going out and recognize how their actions can put others at risk.

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