Washington, DC, has demanded that residents or visitors who were in 27 different states that are hotspots for the coronavirus must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the city. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office on Monday released the list of states deemed “at high risk” and confused or stressed many who planned to travel for the rest of the summer. Many wonder: would I have to quarantine myself? It all comes down to whether you’re on an essential or non-essential trip: it determines what action to take when you return. Here are some of your top self-quarantine order questions, which you answered. Do you have a question not answered here? Send an email to [email protected] or a tweet @nbcwashington. What does the order say, in simple terms? The Bowser administration tells people: don’t go on vacation and don’t endanger your neighbors when you get back. Anyone who has visited or is visiting one of the “high-risk” states for a non-essential reason, such as a vacation, must self-quarantine for two weeks upon return. This means staying home unless you absolutely have to leave for essentials and medical care. If you are traveling to a high-risk area for an essential purpose, you do not have to quarantine yourself, but you should limit contact with others and monitor yourself for symptoms for two weeks. What counts as an essential trip? Essential activities or tasks are things that are necessary for your health and safety, that of a household member, family member or pet. Providing care, getting medical attention, and doing essential work are some of the main reasons. Travel for worship, pick up educational materials, return home, or for a court-ordered requirement (such as a custody agreement) is also permitted as per the definition of district core activities. All serving government employees are deemed essential. The Washington Nationals baseball team is also considered essential and visiting teams will not be required to self-quarantine. Which states are affected? The command currently applies to these states: Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Dakota of North, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin How do I quarantine myself? Self-quarantine means staying home and not having guests unless they are an essential caretaker. You shouldn’t leave unless you absolutely need food or medical attention. The mayor’s office encourages opting for delivery and telehealth when it is a viable option. What if I am visiting a high-risk state for vacation? If you are visiting a high-risk state for a non-essential reason, including a vacation, you will need to self-isolate at home for two weeks after I return to Washington What to do if I have visited a high-risk state for a reason not essential? If you’ve visited any of the high-risk states in the past 14 days, start your quarantine immediately. What if I visit one of the high-risk states for essential activities? You don’t need to self-quarantine, but you do need to monitor yourself for symptoms of the coronavirus and limit contact with others for two weeks upon your return. If you have any symptoms, contact a health care provider. “When they get home from work … stay home and only go out for essential activities such as buying food and groceries,” said Chris Rodriguez, director of DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management . Do I have to quarantine myself if I come to Washington for some essential purpose? No, but you should monitor yourself for symptoms and limit exposure to others when you return. I am a DC resident planning to visit a high risk state. Should I cancel my trip? It depends. DC doesn’t want residents to travel to high-risk states at all. But it is not forbidden to visit. If you are willing and able to follow the self-quarantine rule, you can still take a trip. Ask your employer about their rules and regulations: Can you work from home during the self-quarantine period? Should you use paid time off to quarantine yourself? It is important to know them when making your decision. I live in Washington, but need to help a family member in a high risk condition. Can I go? Yes, and you won’t need to quarantine yourself when you return. Caring for a family member in need is considered essential. But you need to watch yourself for symptoms and limit exposure to others when you return. I am from a high risk state and need to care for a family member in Washington. Can I come? Yes, and you don’t need to quarantine. But watch yourself for symptoms and contact a medical provider if you have any. In addition, only leave the house when it is essential. I come from a high risk condition. Should I be vacationing in Washington? Probably not, unless you’re prepared to honor a two-week quarantine in your hotel or other accommodation. Can I still travel between DC, Maryland and Virginia? Yes, Maryland and Virginia are fully exempt from the order. Ordering does not require additional precautions when traveling between Maryland, Virginia, and DC. What are the penalties for order failure? Violations are punishable by 90 days in jail or a fine of $ 5,000. How will the order be filled? At present, there are signs that the order is mainly enforced by the honor system. Colleges, businesses and residences are urged to force people to follow order by refusing similar services and measures. Colleges are required to maintain a list of students from hot spots and some workplaces require compliance. Bowser made it clear that citizens should not call the police on their neighbors. The administration is trying to send a message: do not go on vacation to hot spots as this causes the community to spread. Should I call the police on people who break the rule? Bowser advised people not to call the police just because they saw their neighbors packing for a trip. When can I travel to these states again? The list will be updated every two weeks, so affected states may change. The general order requiring self-quarantine after being in a high-risk state will not expire until October 9. How were the states chosen? High-risk areas are places where the seven-day moving average of new daily cases of the virus is 10 or more per 100,000 population, according to DC. Will this affect my flight to or from the DC area? No, none of the DC area airports are within the city limits. There will be no signs or announcements regarding the self-quarantine rule at airports. Why did DC implement this rule? Data trends show DC has downgraded on some coronavirus measures. Bowser says residents must now work towards the goals of reducing the spread within the community and getting the kids back to school. Still have questions? Send an email to [email protected] or a tweet @nbcwashington. .