Executive Order 107 (3/21/20)
Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 107 on March 21, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities.
Per Executive Order 107, the only reasons that residents may leave the home are:
- Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses.
- Obtaining takeout food or beverages from restaurants, other dining establishments, or food courts.
- Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement or emergency services
- Visiting family or other individuals with whom the resident has a close personal relationship, such as those for whom the individual is a caretakeror romantic partner.
- Reporting to, or performing, their job.
- Walking, running, operating a wheelchair, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners while following best social distancing practices with other individuals, including staying six feet apart.
- Leaving the home for an educational, religious, or political reason
- Leaving because of a reasonable fear for his or her health or safety.
- Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.
When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay six feet apart whenever practicable, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.
All gatherings are cancelled: Gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled, unless otherwise authorized by the Order (i.e. the activities mentioned above). Through a separate Administrative Order, the Colonel of New Jersey State Police will make clear that gatherings of fewer than 10 people are presumed to comply with the Order, unless clear evidence indicates otherwise.
All non-retail businesses are to close immediately: All non-essential retail businesses, which were previously limited to between 5 am and 8 pm, must now close entirely (online delivery can continue). The list of essential retail businesses that can stay open is limited to the following:
- Grocery and food stores, including retailers like Walmart/Target that sell food
- Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries
- Medical supply stores
- Gas stations
- Convenience stores
- Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities
- Hardware and home improvement stores
- Banks and other financial institutions
- Laundromats/dry-cleaning services
- Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years old
- Pet stores
- Liquor stores
- Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics
- Printing and office supply shops
- Mail and delivery stores
Businesses are mandated to do telework/work-from-home: All businesses or non-profits in the State must accommodate their workforce, wherever practicable, for telework or work-from-home arrangements. If a business or non- profit has employees that must be on site, it shall reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure critical operations can continue. Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site include: law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, information technology maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.
Recreational and entertainment businesses: All are closed. This is unchanged from what is currently in place but the order reiterates these prohibitions.
Restaurants and other dining establishments: All can remain open, but must continue to be delivery and/or takeout only. This is also unchanged.
Pre-K, K-12, and higher education: All continue to be closed to students. This is unchanged as well.
Blanket exceptions: Nothing in the order shall be construed to affect the operations of:
- Health care or medical service providers
- Access to essential services for low-income residents, including but not limited to food banks
- The media
- Law enforcement
- The operations of the federal government or the movement of federal officials when operating in their official capacity
For a copy of Executive Order No. 107, click here.