New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a new executive order that aims to further curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The order will halt all non-essential construction in New Jersey beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday. For the past few weeks, while the majority of New Jerseyans were isolated at home, the state’s construction projects buzzed along.
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BREAKING: I’m signing an Executive Order to further our aggressive efforts to enforce social distancing. All non-essential construction across New Jersey will CEASE, indefinitely, effective 8:00 PM Friday. Exceptions include projects at our hospitals and schools, in our transportation and public utility sector, the building of affordable housing, other individual housing sites that can adhere to strict limits on the number of workers on-site, and other limited instances. We’re also aiming to mitigate overcrowding at essential retail stores – particularly in our grocery stores. Under this Executive Order, all essential retail must indefinitely limit the number of customers allowed in their stores to NO MORE than 50% of their approved capacity. Additionally, customers & employees must wear face coverings. Stores must also provide special shopping hours for high-risk individuals, erect physical barriers between customers and cashiers and baggers where practicable, regularly sanitize areas used by their employees, & more. This Executive Order will also put greater protections in place for workers at our warehouses, and in manufacturing. No one should be working where social distancing isn’t being practiced to its fullest extent.
New Jersey boasts some rather large construction projects, especially in Jersey City and Newark, which draw hundreds of workers every day. In addition to commuting, the workers often need to engage in activities where social distancing is impossible.
The new measures came during a press conference today where Murphy announced New Jersey saw its deadliest day yet of the pandemic.