Volume 11/Issue 7

  • Latest COVID-19 Updates--Executive Order, Tri-State Governors' Announcement & School Closures 
  • COVID-19 Resources 

As this emergency situation is changing by the hour, we strive to continue to provide information and updates regarding the State's response to COVID-19.

As always, if you have any specific questions or issues, please reach out.

Latest Updates

Executive Order:  Governor Murphy issued an executive order with many details on how the state will operate under the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to view the order. 

Tri-State Governors' Announcement: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a regional approach to combatting COVID-19 - throughout the tri-state area.  All non-essential services will be shutdown between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. 

Specifically, all three states will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people, effective 8:00 p.m. tonight. This follows updated guidance that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.

The three governors also announced restaurants and bars will close for on-premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol. These measures will take effect at 8:00 P.M. tonight.

Additionally, the governors stated that they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms and casinos, effective at 8:00 P.M. tonight.

Businesses that play a direct role in the response efforts, or are necessary for the general public welfare, such as supermarkets and grocery stores, pharmacies and medical offices and gas stations may remain open past 8:00 p.m. 

Closure of Schools, Colleges & Universities: Gov. Murphy also announced that all schools in NJ, public, private and parochial, K-12 and all colleges and universities, will close effective immediately as of Wednesday, March 18, until such time as deemed by health officials to be safe to reopen. 

Click on any of the following links below to view a video of Governor Murphy's announcement.

DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe announced that the public may still access the State Parks, forests, recreation areas and Wildlife Management Areas, including roads, parking areas, trails, lakes and other open space areas for healthful passive recreation.

However, campgrounds, visitor centers, nature centers, restrooms and similar facilities at state parks, forests, recreation areas, Wildlife Management Areas and historic sites are closed.  Most entry fees for state parks have been waived. 

COVID-19 Resources

The State of NJ has established this link on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses.

To anyone who has medical questions, Governor Murphy has established a 24-hour public hotline at 1-800-222-1222 (if you are using an out-of-state cell phone, you should instead call 1-800-962-1253) with trained professionals to answer inquiries about COVID-19.