I’m a native German speaker looking for the correct term for a condition when people are restricted from leaving their homes (German: Ausgangssperre). For example, in the case of a virus outbreak.
I’d have picked the term curfew (and my favorite online dictionary agrees with me). But I got told by a native English speaker that she’d expect that to be only a night-time thing.
A suggested term from her was confinement — but that sounds prison-ish to me.
What are the correct English terms for German Ausgangssperre?
Extra information which might be helpful for people who are not native German speakers
Ausgangssperre in German:
- Implies compulsion.
- Does not imply a reason; it could be military, civil unrest, dangerous animals, disease, weather, and so on.
- Does not imply a certain time of the day.
- Has a negative vibe to it.