Our govenor has officially shut us down. Aside from the 8PM curfew already in place, we now are only permitted to leave for necessity. Below I will copy and paste the order.
Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order, effective at 9:00 p.m., contains new standards for businesses.
Gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled unless explicitly authorized by Executive Order 107. CDC guidance defines a gathering to include conferences, large meetings, parties, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies.
All recreational and entertainment businesses must close to the public, including:
Gyms and fitness centers
Entertainment centers such as movie theaters
Performing arts centers
Concert venues and nightclubs
Indoor portions of retail shopping malls
Places of public amusement.
Businesses may continue any on-line operations.
Personal-care businesses that by their very nature result in noncompliance with social distancing must be closed to the public and remain closed as long as this Order remains in effect. This includes:
Nail and eyelash salons
Public and private social clubs.
Bars and restaurants in New Jersey must be closed for on-premise service and may provide take-out and delivery service only. Drive-throughs, take-out, delivery offered by restaurants, and other delivery services can continue to operate.
The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities.
ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES – OPEN
Certain essential businesses and facilities are considered exempt from these closures:
• 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.
All businesses or non-profits must accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements. The business or non-profit should make best efforts to reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue.
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.
Manufacturing, industrial, logistics, ports, heavy construction, shipping, food production, food delivery, and other commercial operations may continue operating, but as explained above, they should limit staff on site to the minimal number to ensure that essential operations can continue.
Medical facilities may continue to operate. Medical facilities include any facility where a sick or injured person is given care or treatment, such as: doctor’s offices, hospitals, dentist offices, long-term care facilities, and other medical offices.
Employees reporting to work are permitted to travel to and from their place of business. Businesses are encouraged to give each employee a letter indicating that the employee works in an industry permitted to continue operations.
Governor Murphy also signed Executive Order No. 108, which invalidates any county or municipal restriction that in any way will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107. This is effective at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 as well. The only exceptions are two categories over which municipalities or counties may impose any additional restrictions: 1) online marketplaces for arranging or offering lodging and 2) municipal or county parks.
I dont understand how liquor stores are essential but whatever.
So today we played outside with the kids and dog a bit to get out of the house. The boys played football while I walked Opal. It was fun getting out with the family for a bit
Oliver has to take his father on a few errands tomorrow since hes not allowed to drive yet. He needs a few Rx and to go to the banks. Hopefully they are open tomorrow considering its sunday.
Still havent figured things out with my mom yet but hopefully soon. I think I’ll call her tomorrow.
Well it’s time for bed
Until next time