NEW JERSEY - Executive Order No. 107, which is considered a "stay at home" order, will go into effect as of 9 p.m. Saturday.

The order requires all residents to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for a few reasons:

  • obtaining goods or services from any essential businesses;
  • obtaining takeout or food, beverages from restaurants;
  • seeking medical attention, essential social services or aid from law enforcement;
  • visiting family or close friends, caretakers or romantic partners;
  • reporting to or performing a job;
  • walking, running or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers or household members;
  • leaving for educational, religious or political reasons;
  • leaving because of a fear for health or safety;
  • leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.

Those who have to travel, according to the order, have to practice social distancing, and only use public transportation if there is no other feasible choice.

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All parties, celebrations and social events have been canceled, unless otherwise authorized by the order. New Jersey State Police have said that gatherings of fewer than 10 people do comply with the order.

All non-essential retail businesses, which were before limited to being open between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., are now required to close entirely, although online delivery can continue. The only businesses that can remain open are:

  • 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 age 5;
  • 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.

All businesses and non-profits in New Jersey must accommodate the workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements. If a business or non-profit has employees that have to be on site, the order said, it must reduce staff to the minimal number necessary to ensure critical operations can continue.

Examples of employees who need to be on site include law enforcement officers, fire fighters, first responders, cashiers, store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, information technology maintenance workers, janitorial staff and certain administrative staff.

Recreational and entertainment businesses are still required to be closed.

Restaurants can only do delivery or take-out.

All schools must remain closed.