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DC mayor: No jail time for leaving home during coronavirus

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she does not expect the city to levy criminal penalties for violating her stay-at-home order after reports that the city's mayor was threatening jail time for those who didn't comply with stay-at-home orders.

“We don’t expect we will have to issue any fines or jail time because we expect people will comply,” Bowser said at a news conference Tuesday morning. 

The order the mayor issued Monday, following the governors of Maryland and Virginia, included punishment with a fine of $5,000 or less and up to 90 days in jail for anyone in deliberate violation. 

“Our message remains the same: stay home,” said Mayor Bowser in a statement. “Staying at home is the best way to flatten the curve and protect yourself, your family, and our entire community from COVID-19.”