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Governor Murphy Calls for all non-essential Businesses to close and Travel ban in place.


At 1p on March 21, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy has closed all non-essential businesses as of 9 pm tonight.  Gov. Murphy has also banned any non-essential travel stating, “Don’t go to your Jersey shore residence – stay in your primary residence.” This is in effect until April 7, 2020, unless extended. There are 254 Presumptive Positive Cases in Bergen County. Glen Rock now has 4 presumptive positive cases. Coronavirus borough update from Mayor Kristine MoriekoEssential business include: 1. Essential health care operations:Research and laboratory servicesHospitalsWalk-in-care health facilitiesEmergency veterinary and livestock servicesEldercareMedical wholesale and distributionHome health care workers or aides for the elderlyDoctor and emergency dentalNursing homes, residential health care facilities or congregate care facilitiesMedical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers2. Essential infrastructure:Utilities including power generation, fuel supply, and transmissionPublic water and wastewaterTelecommunications and data centersAirports/airlinesTransportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garagesHotels, and places of accommodation3. Essential manufacturing:Food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beveragesChemicalsMedical equipment/instrumentsPharmaceuticalsSanitary productsTelecommunicationsMicroelectronics/semi-conductorAgriculture/farmsHousehold paper products4. Essential retail:Grocery stores including all food and beverage storesPharmaciesConvenience storesFarmer’s marketsGas stationsRestaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)Hardware and building material stores5. Essential services:Trash and recycling collection, processing and disposalMail and shipping servicesLaundromatsBuilding cleaning and maintenanceChild care servicesAuto repairWarehouse/distribution and fulfillmentFuneral homes, crematoriums, and cemeteriesStorage for essential businessesAnimal shelters6. News media7. Financial Institutions:BanksInsurancePayrollAccountingServices related to financial markets8. Providers of necessities to economically disadvantaged populations:Homeless shelters and congregate care facilitiesFood banksHuman services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody, and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support9. Construction:Skilled trades such as electricians, plumbersOther related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or emergency repair and safety purposes10. Defense:Defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government11. Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses:Law enforcementFire prevention and responseBuilding code enforcementSecurityEmergency management and responseBuilding cleaners or janitorsGeneral maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendorAutomotive repairDisinfection12. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services:LogisticsTechnology support for online servicesChild care programs and servicesGovernment-owned or leased buildingsEssential government services”All other retail businesses must close, and all businesses must move to 100% work-from-home wherever possible”, the governor said.

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