John McDonnell The Washington Post

When the leaders of D.C., Maryland and Virginia announced unprecedented stay-at-home orders this week to control spread of the coronavirus, the moves sparked questions about how far police might go to enforce them.

But as one of the nation’s largest metropolitan regions has snapped shut, the campaign to keep people from going out for all but the most essential trips to jobs, grocery stores, doctors and pharmacies has so far relied more on education than enforcement.

Police across all three jurisdictions have the power to charge residents with misdemeanors if they violate the stay-at-home orders — a conviction can carry jail time and fines in the thousands. But a Washington Post survey of local departments has found only one such

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