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Posted on: March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory – March 23, 2020

Governor Murphy Issues Executive Orders 107 and 108 Urging Residents to Remain Home, Closing All but Essential Businesses, Emphasizing the Need for Social Distancing and Addressing Inconsistencies Across All Levels of Government in New Jersey.

On March 21, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 107 and Executive Order No. 108

In addition to prior executive orders, EO 107 provides specific direction regarding residents remaining home, the closure of non-essential business, a list of businesses deemed essential and prohibiting certain activities.  The list of essential businesses from the order is as follows:

  • 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 <5 years old.
  • 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

For the balance of the information provided within the order, please review EO 107.

Within EO 108, Governor Murphy provided clarity regarding orders or declarations from levels of government within the State of New Jersey that may be inconsistent with the Governor’s executive orders; specifically that the orders from the State shall prevail.

It is important to understand that Coronavirus COVID-19 is in many communities across the State including the Township of Pequannock.  Direction provided by the Federal and State Governments is to assume that anyone with whom you come into direct contact is potentially infected with the virus. Therefore, a maximum effort must be made by all citizens to exercise social distancing and follow the other important practices that are proven to slow the transmission of the disease. These practices are as follows:

  • Remain home unless you must leave for the identified reasons in EO 107
  • Practice Social Distancing, staying 6 feet or further away from all you come in contact with
  • Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water for 20 seconds or more.  If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer but please make sure it is at least 60% alcohol or more.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately throw it into the garbage or cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.

By following these practices, we can all play an important part in better protecting our friends, family and our entire community. 

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