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Mar 21, 2020

Executive Order Mandated from Governor’s Office, Statewide Quarantining and Business Closures

Governor Phil Murphy during a March 21, 2020 press conference. (Credit, Patch)

Gov. Phil Murphy announced today the signing of Executive Order 107, which directs all residents to stay at home. The order also mandates the closing of all non-essential retail businesses indefinitely, starting at 9 pm this evening. Exceptions to the closing are listed below:

• Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
• 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 and dry-cleaning services;
• Stores that principally sell supplies for children under 5 years;
• 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.

“From day one, we’ve made a commitment to be guided by the facts and take any action necessary to protect the health and safety of New Jersey’s 9 million residents,” Murphy said during today’s press conference. “We know the virus spreads through person-to person contact, and the best way to prevent further exposure is to limit our public interactions to only the most essential purposes. This is a time for us all to come together in one mission to flatten the curve and slow – and eventually halt – the spread of coronavirus.”

Murphy released the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases in Monmouth County and New Jersey. As of March 21, there are currently 39 positive cases reported in Monmouth County. He announced that five additional people have died from the virus, bringing the state total to 16. There has also been 442 new positive cases reporting bringing the statewide total to 1,327.

For more information on the executive order and other pertinent information to COVID-19 in New Jersey, click here.