New Jersey is the latest state to order its residents to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.
Governor Phil Murphy made the announcement Saturday afternoon:
The governor wrote:
BREAKING: I just signed an Executive Order directing nearly all residents to STAY AT HOME. ALL gatherings are canceled. ALL non-essential retail businesses must indefinitely close their physical stores to the public effective 9:00 p.m. tonight.
New Jerseyans can still take a walk outside, go buy groceries, or get take-out from a local restaurant.
But, otherwise, STAY AT HOME.
This is a time for us all to come together to flatten the curve, slow, and eventually halt the spread of #COVID19.
Only critical businesses may remain open:
?Medical supply stores
?Pet supply stores
?️Restaurants and bars providing take-out and delivery only
For a complete list of businesses allowed to remain open, visit http://covid19.nj.gov
ALL other retail businesses must close, and all businesses must move to 100% work-from-home wherever possible.
Hospitals and health care facilities will remain open.
Essential public health, safety, and social services will remain accessible.
More tweets from the governor regarding the lockdown: