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Posted Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Highlights of Executive Order

A new Executive Order (Read the full Executive Order) issued Saturday, March 21,  by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy further expands restrictions on public outings, prohibits gatherings for parties and celebrations, and requires all New Jersey residents to remain at home or their place of residence with limited exceptions.COVID-19: Easy to Follow Summary of Governor's Executive Order 107

The following is an easy to follow summary of highlights of the Executive Order, prepared by the Morris County Office of Emergency Management:

All NJ residents shall remain home unless they are:

Obtaining goods or services from essential businesses

Obtaining takeout food

Seeking medical attention

Visiting family members as a caretaker or romantic partner

Reporting to or performing their job

Engaging in outdoor activities (social distance permitting)

Leaving home for an educational, religious, or political reason

For safety

At the direction of law enforcement or a government agency


The following businesses are essential and may remain open:

Grocery stores, farmers markets

Pharmacies and dispensaries

Medical supply stores

Retail functions of gas stations

Convenience stores

Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities

Hardware and home improvement stores

Retail functions of banks and other financial institutions

Stores that sell supplies for children ages 5 and younger

Pet stores

Liquor stores

Car dealerships for auto maintenance and repair services, and auto mechanics

Retail functions of printing and office supply shops

Educational institutions providing online-only learning options


The following should function at a limited capacity:

Public transportation should be used only as a last resort

Schools may remain open only if they are operating on a limited basis for food or essential care services that are non-educational


Essential businesses that cannot work from home shall reduce staff on site to the minimal necessary number

Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, and First Responders


Construction, utility, and repair workers

Warehouse workers

Lab researchers and information technology maintenance workers

Janitorial and custodial staff

Necessary administrative staff


The following activities are prohibited:

Parties, celebrations, or social events are cancelled

Non-essential retail businesses

On-premise consumption of alcohol

Casinos, racetracks

Gyms, fitness centers

Movie theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues

Nightclubs, performing art centers

Public libraries and computer labs

Indoor retail shopping malls

Amusement parks, zoos, children’s play centers, bowling alleys

Personal care services that inherently non-conform to social distancing (salons, spas, tattoo shops)

Social clubs such as the VFW, American Legion

Public, private, and parochial preschools, elementary and secondary schools


The Morris County Order previously issued for the closure of playgrounds remains in effect.


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