NEW JERSEY - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan announced an Administrative Order that clarifies the ways in which some businesses are permitted to operate during the current coronavirus shutdown. The clarifications now alows pet groomers, pet daycare and pet businesses to be considered essential. Stores selling items for religious observances and worships are now considered to be essential retail stores as well.

According to the clarifications announced on Monday, car dealerships are now permitted to allow customers to test drive a vehicle ordered online or by phone before taking ownership. Test drives must adhere to social distancing policies, letting the buyer test drive the vehicle solo. The vehicle must be cleaned and sanitized if the person decides not to purchase the vehicle after the test drive.

Monday's clarifications also addressed owners, employees and independent contractors of personal care services. The Administrative Order clarifications state that owners, employees and independent contractors of personal care services are not permitted to provide services such as hair care in their home, the home of others or in a facility or business setting. However, personal service contractors could perform personal care services for household members, immediate family or individuals with whom the personal service provider has a close relationship.

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“As long as my stay-at-home order remains in effect, we’ll continue to provide New Jerseyans and our business community at-large with as much clarity as possible for any and all restrictions we’ve put in place,” Governor Phil Murphy said. “I thank everyone for doing their part to stay at home and maintain social distancing, which is the single most important thing we can do to beat this virus.”

“We understand the challenges businesses face in these unprecedented times and the need to keep the economy operating," said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “These clarifications address the way certain businesses are permitted to operate, while adhering to the stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines.”
 
The clarifications to Executive Order 107, take effect immediately.