With the current curve of COVID-19 optimistically decreasing in the State of New Jersey. Governor Murphy has signed 2 executive orders lessening restrictions on nonessential retail business and nonessential construction.
“The data we are seeing gives us confidence that we can begin the careful and responsible restart of our economy — to get people back to work, and to begin to set the stage for the steps to come,” said Murphy.
Retail businesses can begin offering curbside pickup when placed in advance however, they can not allow customers inside their premises. Drive-in movies and religious services are included in this order.
For nonessential construction, the workers must wear face coverings and bar nonessential visitors on the site. In addition, working hours are to be staggered with limited break times and sanitation requirements.
Nonessential businesses have been closed in New Jersey since March 21, when Murphy ordered residents to stay home. He then ordered nonessential construction to stop April 8.
As of Wednesday, May 13, 2020 New Jersey has reported at least 9,702 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, with at least 140,743 total positive tests.