Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Permitting Imposed Additional Restrictions of Non-Essential Businesses

By: Alysa Rubin, Writer / Follow South Jersey Public Health Intern

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

TRENTON—In a continued attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, on November 12, Governor Phil Murphy signed a state-wide executive order that will allow for more restrictions to be placed on non-essential businesses.  

The Order gives permission to counties and municipalities to put more restrictions on non-essential retail businesses, food and beverage establishments, and entertainment-based businesses after 8:00 p.m. The Order will take effect immediately. 

“I’ve been clear that our approach to the second wave is to act surgically within hotspot areas,” said Governor Murphy. “Today’s action maintains overall consistency across the state while also empowering local elected officials with the discretion to address situations where restricting the operating hours of certain businesses in the evening will help stop the spread of COVID-19.” 

The order prohibits municipalities and counties from imposing restrictions to prevent dining establishments from arranging for pickup or delivery of goods, or otherwise limiting their scope of operations.  

Additionally, any county or municipal restriction that conflicts with any provision of statewide rules will be invalidated. 

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.