Governor Murphy orders non-essential New Jersey businesses to close, residents to stay home
TRENTON, New Jersey (WPVI) — On Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ordered residents to stay home, banned all gatherings and told nonessential retail businesses to close by 9 p.m. to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“I take personal responsibility for the public health and safety of New Jersey,” he tweeted. “If you are unhappy about our aggressive social distancing measures, I’m sorry. But your safety is my highest priority.”
Murphy said he guessed that restrictions would have to remain for “weeks to months.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Saturday directing most New Jersey residents to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
New Jersey has closed restaurants and bars for eat-in service starting March 16 at 8pm. Additionally, Governor Murphy strongly discourages “all non-essential and non-emergency travel” from 8pm to 5am. In his press conference, he asked everyone to stay home during those times, when possible, until further notice.