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Governor Murphy Announced Aggressive Social Distancing Measures to Mitigate Further Spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey.
On March 16, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 104, implementing aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey. Among the directives in EO No. 104, Governor Murphy’s Executive Order indefinitely closes all public and private preschool, elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education. It also closes all casinos, racetracks, gyms, movie theaters, and performing arts centers. The order mandates that all non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. All restaurant establishments, with or without a liquor license, are limited to offering only delivery and/or take out-services only, both during daytime hours and after 8 pm.
Governor Murphy has articulated that the paramount priority is to slow the spread COVID-19 and to ‘flatten the curve’ of new cases, to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed and from overloading health care professionals who are on the frontlines of the response.
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Murphy’s executive order directs:
The order took effect immediately.