CLARK, NJ -  Clark Mayor Sal  Bonaccorso is telling residents to stay home and not to leave unless it is essential following an executive order given by Governor Phil Murphy on Saturday.   

In his message the mayor told citizens, "this isn't a time to panic, but it isn't a time for business as usual either."  He urged residents to practice six-foot social distancing when outside for any reason.

The full message from Bonaccorso is here:

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To further protect the health, safety, and welfare of NJ residents, Governor Murphy has just implemented a Stay at Home Order. As of 9pm tonight all non-essential businesses will be closed. The following establishments qualify as essential establishments: grocery/food stores; pharmacies; gas stations; auto repair; baby stores; pet stores; banks and financial institutions; hardware stores; laundry mats; restaurants with take out. The Governor has the full executive order on: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html. The last two executive orders 107 and 108 are updated as of today.

As your Mayor, I urge each of you to stay home and help flatten the curve. Only leave your home if you need critical household essentials. If you are feeling sick do not pick up essential items. As our Governor reminds us, this isn't a time to panic, but it isn't a time for business as usual either. If you feel the urge to get out of your house by all means you can take a walk, go for a run, ride your bike, etc., but remember to keep your 6ft distance from others.

I understand this is a scary time, but we all need to follow the direction from our leaders. By listening we can flatten the curve, expand testing, and expand our healthcare capacities. As always I am here to listen and can be reached at mayor@ourclark.com. Please be sure to follow our daily updates on COVID-19. Thank you and stay safe everyone.

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