NEW JERSEY - Gov. Murphy just announced a  statewide curfew for all residents and businesses

According to the governor - businesses must close at 8 p.m. and New Jersey residents are urged to not leave their homes from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for 'non-essential' travel.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced these extraordinary actions of recommending a statewide curfew in an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

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All casinos, restaurants, bars, movie theaters and gyms must shut down at 8 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice in New Jersey and also New York and Connecticut. This was announced by the three governors on Monday.

In New Jersey, nearly 100 people tested positive for COVID-19 and at least two people died. 

“I saw too many videos last night of packed bars, people passing bottles drinking from the same bottle, literally on top of each other,” Murphy said Sunday, after saying he was considering the curfew. “In short of shutting the entire state down, clipping establishments by a number of hours each night in particular we believe will have a meaningful, positive outcome in terms of social distancing.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also say gatherings of 50 people or more should not take place for the next eight weeks, excepting businesses or schools. 

Municipalities began taking various steps on their own to try last week to slow down the spread. Colts Neck, Holmdel and Middletown have all restricted visitors.