TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has announced several “clarifications” of the operation of certain essential businesses, which all fall under his coronavirus-related executive orders.

Below are the details of his April 27 updates on restrictions:

  • Pet grooming businesses, pet day care and pet boarding businesses, as well as stores that principally sell items necessary for religious observation or worship, are considered essential retail businesses.
  • Car dealerships may permit customers that have ordered and/or purchased a vehicle online or by phone to test drive the vehicle at the time of pickup or prior to delivery—as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. However, the customer must be given access to the vehicle alone, and the dealership must clean and sanitize the vehicle after a test drive if the customer does not purchase the vehicle.
  • Licensees, owners, operators, employees or independent contractors of personal care services facilities can only provide personal care services in their own homes, the homes of others or in any facility or business setting to household members, immediate family or “other individuals with whom the personal care service provider has a close personal relationship, such … as a caretaker or romantic partner.” A prior business relationship alone does not qualify as a close personal relationship.

A copy of this administrative order can be found here.

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Murphy also signed a new executive order on April 27 that extends retired officer carry permits by 90 days after the ongoing public health emergency ends. The order also creates a process for individuals seeking to obtain or renew a carry permit.

A copy of this executive order can be found here.