New Jersey To Allow Nonessential Business Curbside Pickup & Construction to Resume
New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy has signed an executive order that will allow nonessential retailers to partially re-open on Monday (May 18).
The executive order allows nonessential retail stores to reopen for curbside pickup (after a phone or internet order), effective 6 am on Monday. It also will allow for the restart of nonessential construction to resume at 6 am. on Monday.
Guidelines have been given for both business sectors as they resume business. Those guidelines say that NO customers will be allowed inside those nonessential retailers.
Plus, there are orders for the safety of workers on construction sites:
Additionally, after some headlines suggesting otherwise, Governor Murphy clarified that gatherings of vehicles (such as drive-in movies or religious services) are NOT in violation of the ban on mass gatherings so long as all individuals remain in their cars.
Having said that, the governor reminded residents to continue practicing social distancing.
"We are able to take these steps today because of the work that you have done," Murphy said when referencing the millions of residents that have practiced social distancing. In fact, he said that "residents should stay at home as much as possible."
In speaking about the further re-opening of the state's economy, the governor acknowledged the desire to quickly re-open the state, but he reminded residents that the statewide data will determine the dates for any re-openings.
"In the coming days we'll be able to take more steps (towards reopening the economy)," Murphy said from the Trenton press conference. "We're moving slowly and deliberately because any misstep risks further outbreaks."
Governor Murphy went on to say that "we want to be quick, but we have to be right."
The state reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 related hospitalizations on Tuesday: