Stay at home

Philadelphia, Montgomery County and the southeast Pennsylvania region remain the epicenter of the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic in the commonwealth, resulting in a stay-at-home order for the city of Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.

The order means people should only be leaving the house when it is absolutely necessary, including for trips to the grocery store, pharmacy or other important tasks. Here is a detailed list of what stay at home means, with clear explanations as to what is a reasonable exception to the order to stay at home.

It is critical we do everything we can to stop the spread of coronavirus as quickly as possible. The numbers of those infected could become unmanageable if we don’t do our part in our communities.

We risk the health of ourselves and others when we do not heed the warnings of public health officials. As more testing becomes available, we are seeing more positive diagnoses, which again emphasizes the need for people to stay at home. Please do your part and stay at home.

Please understand that Senator Hughes is aware of the hardships people are facing. He and his colleagues in the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus are monitoring federal solutions and working on state-level policy to help hardworking people. Visit for the latest updates.

COVID-19: Social Distancing

COVID-19: Social Distancing

Here is guide issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19. The residents of Philadelphia and its suburbs have been ordered to remain at home as to help prevent spread of coronavirus, find out what that means for you.

Keep in mind, Philadelphia is regularly updating its website to provide more information and resources on coronavirus COVID-19

Montgomery County is doing the same

Senator Hughes and his colleagues in the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus are working to ensure state-level resources get to our people, especially the most vulnerable. We will provide more information as it becomes available. Visit for the latest updates. 

Here are some reminders about preventing spread of the disease: 

Best practices to plan, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus? 
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include: 

  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath  

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.  
What to do if you think you have coronavirus COVID-19, according to the CDC

  • Stay home except to get medical care 
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home 
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor 
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes 
  • Clean your hands often 
  • Avoid sharing personal household items 
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday 

For more details on what to do prevent coronavirus COVID-19 spread, visit the CDCs full list of recommendations.

Coronavirus Information Sheet - click to download.

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