Updates from State & Federal Offices

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Updated: March 24, 4:00 p.m.

On March 20, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Department of Environmental Protection and Board of Public Utilities asked that every water provider, private or public, including those operated by municipal governments, suspend any water shut offs for reasons of non-payment, safe reconnection of anyone previously shut off, and a suspension of the use of liens as a collection practice until the outbreak of COVID-19 has subsided. Read the notice here: All Water Providers Asked to Suspend Shut Offs During Covid-19 Outbreak.

On March 19, The Supreme Court of New Jersey extended the deadline for Tax Appeal Filings to May 1, or 30 days following a determination by the Governor that the State of Emergency declared under Executive Order No. 103 has ended. Read the order here: Extension of Property Tax Appeal Filing Deadlines Because of COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

On March 17, the Social Security Administration closed all Social Security offices to the public for in-person service. The SSA can still be contacted by phone and online. Visit Social Security & Coronavirus for more information on get in touch with the SSA.

Visit https://nj.gov/governor to see the latest news from Governor Murphy’s office.

Testing Locations

NJ State Testing Location – Northern Jersey

  • Bergen Community College
  • 400 Paramus Road
  • Paramus, NJ 07652
  • No appointment, drive in only

NJ State Testing Location – Southern Jersey

  • PNC Bank Arts Center
  • Garden State Parkway, Exit 116
  • Holmdel, NJ 07733
  • No appointment, drive in only

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Executive Order No. 107

Updated: March 21, 2:30 p.m.

On Saturday, March 21, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities.

In effort to strengthen the existing social distancing measures in place, the order also prohibits all gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, unless otherwise authorized by the Order. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay at least six feet apart whenever possible, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.

Governor Murphy’s Executive Order further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:

  • Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Banks and other financial institutions;
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
  • Pet stores;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
  • Printing and office supply shops;
  • Mail and delivery stores.

Executive Order No. 104

Updated: March 16, 4:30 p.m.

On Monday, March 16, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 104, implementing aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey. 

Governor Murphy’s directives, effective immediately, include:

  • All non-essential travel is “strongly discouraged” between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. for the foreseeable future and while this is not a curfew, everyone in New Jersey is urged to do their part to prevent spreading the illness;
  • All gatherings of persons in the State of New Jersey shall be limited to 50 persons or fewer, with limited exceptions;
  • All public, private, and parochial preschool programs, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, will be closed beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and remain closed as long as the Order remains in effect;
  • Institutions of higher education will cease all in-person instruction beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and shall cease such in-person instruction as long as the Order remains in effect;
  • The Commissioner of Education shall continue working with each public, private, and parochial school to ensure students are able to continue their education through appropriate home instruction
  • The Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Education shall take all necessary actions to ensure all students eligible for free or reduced meals will continue to receive the services necessary to meet nutritional needs during closures;
  • All casinos, concert venues, nightclubs, racetracks, gyms, fitness centers and classes, movie theaters, and performing arts centers will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. and remain closed as long as this Order remains in effect;
  • All other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.; and
  • All restaurant establishments, with or without a liquor or limited brewery license, are limited to offering delivery and/or take out-services only.