“Stay At Home” Order in New Jersey, All Non-Essential Retail Businesses Closed, Here’s What’s Open:

Governor Phil Murphy announced a statewide “Stay at Home” order Saturday and closed all non-essential retail businesses at 9 p.m., to slow the spread of the COVID-19/Coronavirus.

“We know the virus spreads through person-to person contact, and the best way to prevent further exposure is to limit our public interactions to only the most essential purposes,” said Governor Murphy. “This is a time for us all to come together in one mission to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow – and eventually halt – the spread of coronavirus.”

Governor Murphy announced the launch of a new website that can offer up-to-date information – covid19.nj.gov.

These businesses are considered essential and remain open. Social distancing practices at these locations must continue:

  • 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
  • Restaurants continue to remain open for takeout and delivery service only.

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