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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Governor Murphy Urges Residents to Stay At Home
Closes All Physical “Nonessential” Retail Businesses
On March 21, Governor Phil Murphy announced extensive measures directing nearly all residents to stay home and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

This includes the closure of all physical retail businesses deemed to be nonessential by 9 p.m. tonight for the foreseeable future.

Those business that can stay open and are considered “essential” per newly signed Executive Orders 107 and 108 are as follows:

  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Banks and other financial institutions;
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
  • Pet stores;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
  • Printing and office supply shops;
  • Mail and delivery stores.

Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site in order to perform their job duties include, but are not limited to:
  • law enforcement officers;
  • fire fighters;
  • other first responders;
  • cashiers or store clerks;
  • construction workers;
  • utility workers;
  • repair workers;
  • warehouse workers;
  • lab researchers;
  • IT maintenance workers;
  • janitorial and custodial staff, and
  • certain administrative staff.

Additionally, the orders mandates that all businesses or non-profits, wherever practicable, must accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements.

To read the Governor’s press release, click here.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 107, click here.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 108, click here.

Visit New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information website, click here.

To visit the CCSNJ Resource Page, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Hilary Beckett, Manager of Government Affairs, at

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