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Clarifies Municipal Discretion for Beaches, Boardwalks
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan today announced an Administrative Order, permitting additional retail businesses to operate during their normal business hours. Effective immediately, the following businesses are considered essential in accordance with Executive Order No. 107:
Businesses that remain operational must comply with social distancing.
“While we understand that this an unprecedented time for our state, I thank each and every New Jerseyan for using their common sense and staying home as much as possible,” said Governor Murphy.
The Administrative Order also clarifies that municipalities may impose additional restrictions on beaches and boardwalks.
Order Also Prohibits All Social Gatherings, Mandates Work From Home Arrangements for Employees When Possible, and Invalidates Any Conflicting Local and County Regulations
NEWARK – To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey’s health care system for the state’s most vulnerable, Governor Phil Murphy today 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.
“From day one, we’ve made a commitment to be guided by the facts and take any action necessary to protect the health and safety of New Jersey’s nine million residents,” said Governor Murphy. “We know the virus spreads through person-to person contact, and the best way to prevent further exposure is to limit our public interactions to only the most essential purposes. This is a time for us all to come together in one mission to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow – and eventually halt – the spread of coronavirus.”
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:
Nothing in the Order shall limit 1) the provision of health care or medical services; 2) access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; 3) the operations of the media; 4) law enforcement agencies, or 5) the operations of the federal government.
Additionally, the order mandates that all businesses or non-profits, wherever practicable, must accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements. To the extent a business or non-profit has employees that cannot perform their functions via telework or work-from-home arrangements, the business or non-profit should make best efforts to reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue.
Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site in order to perform their job duties include, but are not limited to, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, IT maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.
The Order continues existing bans on recreational and entertainment businesses, requirements that all restaurants operate by delivery and takeout only, and the directive that all pre-K, elementary, and secondary schools close and all institutions of higher education cease in-person instruction.
Governor Murphy also signed Executive Order No. 108, which invalidates any county or municipal restriction that in any way will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107. Municipalities or counties cannot 1) make any additions to or deletions from the list of essential retail businesses; 2) impose any additional limitations on businesses beyond the Governor's Order; 3) impose any additional density or social distancing requirements; or 4) impose any additional restrictions on freedom of movement. The only exceptions are two categories over which municipalities or counties may impose any additional restrictions: 1) online marketplaces for arranging or offering lodging and 2) municipal or county parks.
All additional county and municipality restrictions, subject to the provisions above, are not only invalidated, but, going forward, municipalities or counties may not enact or enforce any rule or ordinance which will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107.
For a copy of Executive Order No. 107, click here.
For a copy of Executive Order No. 108, click here.
The orders shall take effect on Saturday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m.
LONG BRANCH ALERT 3/14/2020:
Long Branch Offices Closed to Public
Attention Long Branch residents: Beginning Monday March 16, 2020, Long Branch offices will be CLOSED to the public to protect residents and employees and to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. However, our staff will be available to assist you by phone or email. Please check our website at longbranch.org to find phone numbers, emails, and forms. You can also contact the department you are looking for by calling 732-222-7000. We will be updating our website constantly with modifications to any services. Thank you for understanding. Please also sign up for Long Branch Alerts at longbranch.org/alerts to receive the most up to date texts, calls, and emails.
3/14/20 - Long Branch Municipal Court
All Monmouth County Municipal Court sessions are cancelled beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday March 27, 2020. All matters will be rescheduled.
3/13/2020 - A message from the Long Branch Free Public Library
This decision will be reassessed on a regular basis, and we will be reopening as soon as we can safely do so. For more information please visit our website and social media pages as we work to offer you additional virtual services, virtual learning, and activities to the best of our ability. Thank you for your understanding.
In the interest of public safety and slowing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Long Branch, the Long Branch Senior Center, and the Long Branch Public Library are temporarily cancelling all group programs and events until further notice. City Hall and Senior Center will continue to maintain standard hours of operation, however some limitations of services may apply. To find out any updates please visit this page or continue to follow us on social media.
Please view this informative video from the March 11, 2020 Council Meeting:
re: last updated 5/19/2020 2:02pm