Stay at Home order: What does it entail?March 25, 2020 3:00 pm
On Saturday, March 21 Governor Murphy signed a statewide Stay at Home order requiring that people remain in their homes except for work and “essential activities” as part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The exceptions for essential activities include “obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities.”
This new directive is a strengthening of the social distancing measures previously urged by federal and state authorities. It is part of an evolving effort to both slow the spread (“flatten the curve”) of the new coronavirus and protect the capacity of our state’s healthcare system.
“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. 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.” says Governor Murphy.
The Stay at Home order directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, as well as continues the existing ban on recreational or entertainment businesses, with the exception of delivery and takeout services. It continues the directive stating that all pre-K, elementary and secondary schools remain closed, and all institutions of higher education cease in-person instruction.
As of Monday, March 23, the government is now working on a plan to get businesses up and running as quickly as they can while remaining safe to the public.
Businesses excepted from closure include:
- 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
- Marijuana Dispensaries & pharmacies
- 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
- Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics
- Printing and office supply shops
- Mail and delivery stores
The new order directs that all businesses or nonprofits not shuttered by the new mandate make arrangements, whenever possible, for staff to telecommute or work from home. For businesses whose work cannot be performed remotely, best efforts should be made to reduce the number of staff on-site and limit their physical interaction.
The Governor’s office has also prohibited all gatherings of individuals, including “parties, celebrations, or other social events” unless otherwise authorized. When in public, it is required that individuals remain six feet about whenever possible. This excludes immediate family members, caretakers, household members or romantic partners.
Even in these excepted scenarios, try to exercise extreme caution. The fewer people you come into contact with, the lower your risk of contracting or transmitting the virus. Acting together, we can combat the spread of this virus and mitigate its effects.
For more information on the Stay at Home order, please visit: https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/20200320j.shtml
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This post was written by CJ Urgent Care of NJ