Meaning of shelter in place in English:

shelter in place

verb

[no object]US
  • 1Find a place of shelter in one’s present location and stay there until instructed otherwise, typically in accordance with a public safety protocol invoked during an emergency.

    • ‘the university urged its students to shelter in place after reports that a person with a gun was on campus’
    1. 1.1Remain indoors (typically at home) at all times with only limited exceptions in order to inhibit the spread of an infectious disease, typically in accordance with a public directive.
      • ‘now is your last chance to stock up on supplies and prepare to shelter in place’

noun

US
  • 1A public safety protocol invoked during an emergency, instructing people to find a place of shelter in their present location and stay there until instructed otherwise.

    • ‘a shelter in place is in effect after a flammable liquid leaked from a pipeline’
    1. 1.1A public directive requiring people to remain indoors (typically at home) at all times, with only limited exceptions, in order to inhibit the spread of an infectious disease.
      ‘the mayor first spoke of the possibility of a shelter in place on Tuesday’
      • ‘we have now issued a shelter in place order for all residents’