The Alabama Order will take effect Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and expires April 30 at 5:00 p.m.
“We have to take this order seriously, otherwise the fact is that more people will die,” Ivey said in a tweet on Friday.
Residents will still be allowed to leave their homes for food and medicine, as well as for other essential reasons. They will also be able to attend religious services limited to less than 10 people and have worshipers at least six feet apart, according to the ordinance.
Alabama currently has 1,454 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Alabama is joining the majority of states – including New York, New Jersey, California and Washington – to force people to stay at home as a measure to prevent the virus from spreading.
The United States has the most COVID-19 cases of any country in the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, with more than 270,473 confirmed virus cases and at least 7,077 deaths.