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NJ Governor Stops All “Non-Essential” Construction Indefinitely


As of 8pm on April 8th, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey will sign an executive order instructing all non-essential construction across the Garden State to cease until further notice. This rule comes weeks after the Governor instructed all New Jersey residents to stay at home and avoid leaving their homes for any reason other than critical activities like grocery shopping or receiving medical attention.

Exceptions to this order include projects at New Jersey schools and hospitals, in the transportation and public utility sector, the affordable housing building, other individual housing sites that can adhere to strict limits of the number of workers on-site, and other limited instances.

Congruently, the Governor also ordered all “essential” retail to indefinitely limit the number of consumers permitted inside their stores to no more than 50 percent of their approved capacity. Each customer and employee must have a face covering when in the store, and stores must also offer special shopping hours for high-risk individuals, erect physical barriers between customers, cashiers and baggers, and regularly sanitize areas used by their employees.

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