UPDATE:  Non-essential businesses may remain open during daytime hours but only if they limit their occupancy to no more than fifty people and if they follow the Social Distancing guidelines from the CDC, according to Murphy.  Bars and restaurants will be limited to takeout and delivery only starting 8pm tonight.

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WAYNE, NJ — In an unprecedented step to attempt to halt the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy announced a statewide curfew for all residents and businesses.

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New Jersey residents are strongly encouraged to not leave their homes from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m, the governor announced.

Additionally, all casinos, movie theaters, gyms, and more must shut down at 8:00 p.m tonight and will remain closed until further notice in New Jersey and also New York and Connecticut. Restaurants and Bars are limited to take out only. This was announced by the three governors on Monday, March 16.

In New Jersey, nearly 100 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and at least two have died. 

“In short of shutting the entire state down, clipping establishments by a number of hours each night in particular we believe will have a meaningful, positive outcome in terms of social distancing,” said Murphy.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also say gatherings of 50 people or more should not take place for the next eight weeks, excepting businesses or schools. 

Municipalities have also begun taking various steps on their own to try last week to slow down the spread. Wayne has closed down the schools for online learning.