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Apr 08, 2020

Face Coverings, Masks Required at All Retail Shopping as Mandated by the Governor

In just two days, the COVID-19 New Jersey residents’ death toll has increased by more than 500, with new cases since yesterday increasing by 3,000, bringing the state total of positive cases to 47,437 and total deaths to 1,504.  Monmouth County currently has reported 3,038 positive cases with 86 deaths.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his daily press briefing the signing of an executive order that mandates all individuals, customer and employees to wear face coverings and/or masks while in retail stores.

“We’re also aiming to mitigate overcrowding at essential retail stores – particularly in our grocery stores,” the governor said.

Under the executive order, customers and employees must wear face coverings. Stores must also provide special shopping hours for high-risk individuals; erect physical barriers between customers, cashiers and baggers where practicable; and regularly sanitize areas used by their employees.

Additionally, all essential retail must indefinitely limit the number of customers allowed in their stores to no more than 50 percent of their approved capacity.

The executive order also instructs all non-essential construction across New Jersey to cease indefinitely, effective 8 pm Friday.

Exceptions include projects at hospitals and schools, in the transportation and public utility sector, the building of affordable housing, other individual housing sites that can adhere to strict limits on the number of workers on-site, and other limited instances.

This executive order will also put greater protections in place for workers at warehouses and in manufacturing. Murphy said no one should be working where social distancing isn’t being practiced to its fullest extent.