TRENTON, NJ — Governor Murphy has signed Executive Order NO. 229 preventing utilities to disconnect New Jersey residents through at least June 30, 2021. The moratorium applies to all residential gas, electric and water utilities, both public and private. Further, the utilities will not be permitted to charge late fees nor fees to reconnect services that have been disconnected.

“Despite the fact that we now see the light at the end of the tunnel for the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are still reeling from the economic impacts of the virus,” said Governor Murphy. “This extension, along with our prior extension, is the right thing to do to help New Jerseyans who are struggling to make ends meet.”

According to officials, the moratorium extension also applies to cable and telecommunications providers. These providers are prohibited from disconnecting Internet service in households that have one or more school-age children that may be using such service for educational purposes. If a household experiences a change of circumstances where school age children will be using their home Internet service for school, the cable and telecommunications company will be required to reconnect that Internet service.

The entire Executive Order 229 can be found HERE.