President Trump on Monday issued a two-page memorandum instructing Americans on ways they can help deter the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) for the next 15 days.
"Each and every one of us has a critical role to play in stopping the spread," he said in the White House briefing room.
The memo, called "15 Days to Slow the Spread," advises Americans to avoiding "eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts - use drive through, pickup, and delivery options."
In addition, the guidelines call on governors who find "evidence of community transmission" to close schools in those regions.
And the president recommended that if you "are an older person, stay home and away from other people."
The memo points out that "even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others."
It suggests avoiding "discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits" involving more than 10 people, and to stay out of nursing homes.
The president's guidelines come after governors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced they were closing down their states.