IMPORTANT NOTE: Trucking is an essential service in all US States however most several manufacturing businesses and other companies are not and may be closed. Make sure you check with BOTH shippers and receivers BEFORE booking a load as a carrier or broker to assure they are and will remain open.
Ohio today became the sixth US State to issue a “stay-at-home” order in efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. Louisiana also just announced their order.
The OH order, which was announced via Twitter by OH Governor Mike DeWine, will take effect at 11:59 pm on Monday and will last at least until April 6th. According to the order, Ohioans may leave home only for essential activities including food, supplies, medicine and to take care of family members.
First responders and healthcare workers will continue to report to work, but non-essential businesses will close. Restaurants will be able remain open for carryout only.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide stay at home order at a Sunday afternoon press conference, requiring Louisiana residents to shelter at home unless going out for essential tasks effective Monday at 5PM through April 12.
According to the Louisiana order, people can go to the grocery store, convenience store, pharmacy, make medical appointments, restaurants for take-out, delivery or drive-thru, exercise and walk pets, among other things.
People should not go to work unless providing essential services or visit friends or family without an “urgent need,” and should stay six feet apart from others.