NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy is rolling out new safeguards in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic – including a curfew, and the mandatory closing of movie theaters, gyms and casinos.
Murphy joined forces with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont to make these restrictions uniform throughout all three states. In addition, there will be a limit crowd capacity for recreational and social gathering to 50 people.
Restaurants and bars will close for on-premise service and cane move to take-out and delivery only. The shutdowns would take effect at 8 p.m.
Murphy also mentioned that he would be announcing his plans for the long-range shutdown of New Jersey’s schools at a 2 p.m. press conference.
He also said that all non-essential and non-emergency travel in New Jersey is “strongly discouraged” from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
“With all we are seeing in our state - and across our nation and around the world - the time for us to take our strongest, and most direct, actions to date to slow the spread of coronavirus is now,” Murphy said. “I've said many times over the past several days that, in our state, we are going to get through this as one New Jersey family. But, if we're all in this together, we must work with our neighboring states to act together. The work against coronavirus isn't just up to some of us, it's up to all of us.”
The unprecedented cooperation among the states during the pandemic was necessitated, the governors said, by a lack of direction from the federal government.
Cuomo was the most outspoken during Monday morning’s teleconference, saying a lack of direction has resulted in a “hodgepodge of different actions by different states” in regard to social distancing guidelines, business closures and long-range school plans.
"Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn't crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that," Cuomo said. "This is not a war that can be won alone, which is why New York is partnering with our neighboring states to implement a uniform standard that not only keeps our people safe but also prevents 'state shopping' where residents of one state travel to another and vice versa. I have called on the federal government to implement nationwide protocols but in their absence, we are taking this on ourselves."
Murphy focused his comments on the federal government’s delay in providing personal protection equipment for the Garden State’s healthcare workers.
State officials said over the weekend that four trucks carrying thousands of gloves, masks, respirators and other supplies arrived late last week. The distribution of those supplies was to begin Sunday.