Governor Murphy Orders New Rules, Restrictions at Supermarkets

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(Camden, NJ) – Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 122 imposing additional mitigation requirements on essential retail businesses, including supermarkets, and other essential industries in New Jersey. The order also ceases all non-essential construction projects in the state.

Among the changes in the order, workers and customers must now be required to wear cloth face covers when on the premises of essential businesses. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended Americans wear cloth face covers whenever leaving their home to prevent the spread of coronavirus among asymptomatic individuals. Customers who refuse to wear a face cover for non-medical reasons must be denied entry to the business.

“As experts have analyzed coronavirus data from around the world, they have learned of far greater levels of asymptomatic transmission of the disease than previously known. That means that even if someone has no symptoms they could still transmit coronavirus to others,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Wearing a face cover helps to stop you from spreading the virus if you don’t know that you have it. These do not have to be surgical masks to be effective, but can be bandanas or other homemade covers. We need universal cooperation with the governor’s order to slow the spread and protect others.”

Executive Order No. 122 places of series of other requirements on essential retail businesses, including limiting store occupancy to 50 percent of the stated maximum occupancy, establishing hours of operation which solely permit high-risk individuals, implementation of additional infection control practices, and more.

The order also requires all non-essential construction projects in the state to cease by 8 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Essential projects include those necessary for healthcare service delivery, transportation projects, utility projects, projects already underway involving single-family homes, and select other exemptions.

The order will take effect on Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m. For more information, as well as complete details regarding requirements on essential businesses and construction operations, please visit here.

To read a copy of the executive order, visit here.