NEW JERSEY - On Friday, May 15, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order that will allow for the resumption of elective surgeries and other invasive procedures. The order will take effective May 26, 2020.

"Our hospitals are no longer on crisis footing", said Gov. Murphy. "It means that our healthcare system, while still clearly focused on the tasks that still lay ahead, can also begin to assist more residents with their non-covid19 and non-emergency needs. And because of this we're in the position today to take another step forward in our restart and recovery."

The surgeries and other invasive procedures will be a phased in reopening, said officials.

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Additional guidelines will be released on Monday, May 18, according to the Commissioner of Department of Health Judy Persichilli.The guidelines will include cleaning and disinfecting, social distancing in waiting rooms, limiting and restricting visitors, and the use of physical barriers and masks. 

"This is a big step forward for public health", said Gov. Murphy.