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Posted on: March 21, 2020

Governor Murphy Orders All Residents to Stay Home

NJ Coronavirus Update

Per Executive Orders, all residents are not to be out for non-essential reasons.

Governor Phil Murphy has signed executive orders 107 & 108 on Saturday mandating that most of New Jersey’s 9 million residents are to stay home. 

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

Timing: The order will go into effect at 9:00 pm on Saturday, March 21 to accommodate the end of the sabbath.  It will stay in effect until the Governor revokes or modifies it.

As the cases in New Jersey continue to grow, its most important that we continue to follow all CDC guidelines and practice social distancing.

We ask that residents continue to check southorange.org/COVID-19 for updates.

For additional information on COVID-19, residents who have not registered with the Village’s SO Alert emergency notification system are encouraged to do so at: http://www.southorange.org/610/SO-Alerts

A state hotline regarding COVID-19 is also currently available.  Speak to a healthcare professional at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253.  For general information, testing, & basic needs, dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211.  For alerts/updates, text NJCOVID to 898-211

If you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, New Jersey has a Mental Health Helpline.  Please call 877-294-HELP (4357) or visit their website for emotional support, guidance and mental health referrals as needed.

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