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.
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.
If you have any questions, please contact Hilary Beckett, Manager of Government Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.