TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan announced an Administrative Order clarifying which businesses are permitted to operate and ways in which certain businesses may operate in accordance with Executive Order 107. The Administrative Order states the following:

"Pet groomers, pet daycare, and pet boarding businesses are considered essential retail businesses.

Stores that principally sell items necessary for religious worship are considered essential retail businesses.

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Car dealerships may permit customers that have ordered a vehicle online or by phone to test drive the vehicle at the time of pick-up or prior to delivery (provided the dealership adopts social distancing policies). The individual will be given access to the vehicle alone, and the dealership must appropriately clean and sanitize the vehicle after such test drive (if the customer does not purchase the vehicle).

Owners, operators, employees, or independent contractors are not permitted to provide personal care services in their own homes, the homes of others, or in any facility or business setting. (Exceptions are providing the service 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."

Murphy said, “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,” adding, “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 Order is now in effect.

Updated New Jersey COVID-19 Numbers

Murphy announced at his daily press conference on April 29  that the state has 2,481 new positive COVID-19 cases, bringing New Jersey's overall total to 116,264. Among those cases, an additional 329 New Jersey residents succumbed to complications caused by the disease, which brings the state's total of loss of life to 6,770.

There are now 1,327 ventilators currently in use, significantly lower than one week ago, according to the governor. There were 426 new hospitalizations, and the trend line continues to point in the right direction, the Governor said. 

"Last night, our hospitals discharged 474 live patients. Again, 48 more than folks who came in." 

Unfortunately, the Murphy also announced 329 more deaths due to the pandemic.

"We've now lost a total of 6,770 blessed souls from our New Jersey family to COVID-19 related complications," the governor said. "To put that in perspective, and let's just pause and think about this for a second. The number of 6,770 is more than New Jerseyans lost in World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, both Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, Superstorm Sandy and 9/11 combined."

"Our goal has been simple and clear, and that is to slow the spread and decrease the rate of infection in the absence of either a vaccine or proven therapeutic," Murphy said. "There's been some good vibrations around both of those over the past couple of days. I hope that all turns out to be true. The only tools we have are covering your face and social distancing."

The Governor then announced at the press briefing that state parks and golf courses will be permitted to open beginning at sunrise on Saturday, May 2. He said reopening comes with a strong recommendation that everyone wear a face covering.

"I have not mandated this as part of the Executive Order. It is a strong recommendation that you cover your face," the governor said, adding that he reserves the right to mandate it.