As of this morning, Governor Murphy has not only recommended a statewide curfews be put into effect in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus in NJ, New York and Connecticut (residents shouldn’t leave the house between 8 pm and 5 am), but ordered certain businesses to close altogether.
In addition, restaurants, bars, casinos, movie theaters and gyms will be closing until further notice tonight after 8 pm in all three states. Salons, barber shops and personal care businesses and social clubs have also been ordered to close. Gatherings of more than 50 people are also being banned, as per the CDC’s recommendation. Restaurants can offer takeout and delivery services within the curfew. Establishments that will remain open include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies and medical offices.
Individual towns like Hoboken and Teaneck put their own regulations into effect before Murphy’s announcement, like a city-wide 10 pm curfew and a recommended town self-quarantine plus the closures of recreational activities and a slew of businesses, respectively.
This curfew comes on the heels of NJ’s ninth death due to coronavirus in NJ, and a total of 742 cases as of March 19. As of that day, 19 NJ counties have had coronavirus cases, according to the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH). Bergen County accounts for 195 of those cases.
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