NEW JERSEY - On Saturday morning, the Governor extended the State of Emergency Closures to include all libraries. It includes all municipal, county and state libraries. Also included are university libraries.
“New Jersey will continue to be proactive in our approach to identify and enact measures to promote social distancing,” said Governor Murphy. “While many of these facilities are an important part of the fabric of our communities, it’s critical that we take this opportunity to slow the spread of coronavirus seriously.”
A copy of the order is below:
STATE OF NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY DIVISION OF NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER MANDATORY FACILITY CLOSURES No. 2020-3
WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, through Executive Order No. 103, the facts and circumstances of which are adopted by reference herein, the Governor declared both a Public Health Emergency and a State of Emergency throughout the State due to the public health hazard posed by Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); and
WHEREAS, to further protect the health, safety, and welfare of New Jersey residents by, among other things, reducing the rate of community spread of COVID-19, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 104 (2020) on March 16, 2020, the facts and circumstances of which are also adopted by reference herein, which established statewide social mitigation strategies for combatting COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 104 established that certain facilities including casinos, racetracks, gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, performing arts centers, other concert venues, nightclubs, and other entertainment centers, while vital to the economic health of the State, are also locations where large numbers of individuals gather in close proximity; and
WHEREAS, suspending operations at these businesses is part of the State’s mitigation strategy to combat COVID-19 and reduce the rate of community spread; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order No. 104 (2020), the Governor ordered closed as of 8:00 p.m. on March 16, 2020, certain facilities to members of the public including casino gaming floors, racetracks, gyms and fitness centers, and entertainment centers; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to paragraph 7 of Executive Order No. 104 (2020), Governor Murphy granted the State Director of Emergency Management, who is the Superintendent of State Police, the discretion to make additions, amendments, clarifications, exceptions, and exclusions to the list of facilities closed to members of the public;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Patrick J. Callahan, State Director of Emergency Management, hereby ORDER as follows:
1. The following facilities are added to the list of facilities closed to members of the public in accordance with paragraph 7 of Executive Order No. 104 (2020).
a. All municipal, county and State public libraries, and all libraries and computer labs at public and private colleges and universities.
2. This ORDER shall take effect immediately, and the facilities listed above are ORDERED closed to members of the public effective at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. These facilities shall remain closed to the public for as long as Executive Order No. 104 (2020) remains in effect.
March 20, 2020
Colonel Patrick J. Callahan State Director of Emergency Management