Gov. Phil Murphy signed two executive orders Saturday further restricting gatherings across New Jersey and essentially shutting down all non-essential business in response to COVID-19.

When do the new restrictions start? All of these restrictions go into effect at 9 p.m. Saturday and are in effect until further order.

Where can I learn more? A new information clearinghouse has been established for residents to find information on COVID-19. Visit for complete information.

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What is the “Stay at home” order, specifically? All residents are to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for the following reasons:

  1. Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses
  2. Obtaining takeout or food beverages from restaurants
  3. Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement
  4. Visiting family or close friends, caretakers, or romantic partners
  5. Reporting to or performing their job
  6. Walking, running, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners
  7. Leaving for an educational, religious, or political reason
  8. Leaving because of a reasonable fear for health or safety
  9. Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency

Individuals who have to travel must practice social distancing when possible and should use public transportation only if they have no other feasible choice.

Cancelling gatherings: Gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled, unless otherwise authorized by the Order (i.e. the activities mentioned above).

Closing non-essential retail businesses: All non-essential retail businesses, which were previously limited to between 5 am and 8 p.m. must now close entirely (online delivery can continue). The list of essential retail businesses that can stay open is limited to the following businesses

Businesses that can remain open: (With social distancing precautions)

  1. Grocery and food stores, including retailers like Walmart/Target that sell food;
  2. Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries
  3. Medical supply stores, Medical and Healthcare Facilities
  4. Gas stations
  5. Convenience stores
  6. Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities
  7. Hardware and home improvement stores
  8. Banks and other financial institutions
  9. Laundromats/dry-cleaning services
  10. Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years old
  11. Pet stores
  12. Liquor stores
  13. Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics
  14. Printing and office supply shops
  15. Mail and delivery stores.

Mandatory telework/work-from-home: All businesses or non-profits in the State must accommodate their workforce, wherever practicable, for telework or work-from-home arrangements. If a business or non-profit has employees that must be on site, it shall reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure critical operations can continue. Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site include: law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, information technology maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.

Recreational and entertainment businesses: All are closed. This is unchanged from what is currently in place but the order reiterates these prohibitions.

Restaurants and other dining establishments: All can remain open, but must continue to be delivery and/or takeout only. Seated dining is prohibited. This is also unchanged.

Pre-K, K-12, and higher education: All continue to be closed to students. This is unchanged as well.

For more information on Coronavirus,COVID-19:

Visit the CDC’s COVID-19 page
Visit the CDC’s COVID-19 FAQ