El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced late Saturday that a 30-day nationwide curfew will take effect immediately.
Bukele said that one person from each family would be allowed to go out so they can supply their household with food and medicine.
The Central American country has three confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Who is exempt?
People who work in restaurants, public transport, gas stations, security companies, private clinics, finance, hospitals, vets and the media can continue working. Those who work at the Supreme Court and public employees directly linked to emergency care will also be able to continue.
The livestock and agriculture sectors will also be able to continue operating, because "we need to guarantee food security," Bukele said.
To alleviate the economic situation, the government will invest $450 million per month to help households that consume less than 250 kilowatts of electricity per month.
"We are talking about 75 percent of the population that will benefit," Bukele explained.