Real Estate Agents, Auto Dealers, Gun Shops and Breweries Benefit from Changes
TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has loosened coronavirus-related restrictions placed on real estate agents, automobile dealers, gun dealers and breweries, but reiterated the urgent need for hospital ventilators and for residents to stay home.
During his March 30 press briefing, he announced that real estate agents can operate and show houses to prospective buyers on a one-on-one basis or to immediate members of a family. Open houses are not permitted.
In addition, auto dealerships can now conduct online or remote sales and deliver vehicles directly to customers or arrange for the customer to pick up a vehicle for curbside or at a dealership.
In relaxing a ruling made in 2019, the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control will allow microbreweries and brewpubs to provide home delivery to customers.
And firearms retailers now are permitted to operate by appointment only and during limited hours. All business must be done in person.
However, public and provide golf courses are to remain closed to be public, according to the administrative order that can be found here.
Murphy once again trumpeted the state’s need for hospital ventilators — a plea he continues to make, like many other governors, to the federal government.
While New Jersey is expected to receive 300 from the National Strategic Stockpile, he said the state has requested 2,300 ventilators. “We are grateful, but we will advocate for more. The stimulus bill signed last week was significant,” he said. “We need help to understand the rules about how funds are dispersed.”
“While we’ve made adjustments to businesses that are permitted to operate, my stay-at-home order remains firmly in effect,” Murphy said. “Unless you absolutely need to get out, or unless your job is critical to our response, I have ordered all New Jerseyans to just stay home.”
Suggesting heavy penalties, Murphy was emphatic about his desire to "tighten the screws" on those New Jerseyans who fail to obey his directives against parties and gatherings of large groups.
Col. Patrick Callahan, New Jersey State Police superintendent, described statewide incidents that included a person deliberately coughing on police officers in Harrington Park; a bat mitzvah party in Lakewood in which parents were charged with child endangerment; an interrupted Herbalife event in Bridgeton, and an open barber shop in Wood-Ridge.
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