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Coronavirus: ‘We’re at War’; Governor Murphy Orders 9Million New Jerseyans to Stay Home

Governor Phil Murphy this afternoon March 21st at Rutgers Law School in Newark announced signing an executive order for nine million NJ residents to stay at home.

“We will come through this stronger than ever before,” Murphy promised, on the same day he reported 442 new positive COVID-19 test results for a total of 1,327. In the last 24 hours, New Jersey suffered five COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total number to 16, Murphy said.

But the state must come together to fend off the further spread of a virus that state Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said is “hitting the lungs and causing bad pneumonias.”

“We’re at war,” the governor said.

To assist in victory, Murphy said:

No weddings.

No parties.

No gatherings.

Essential personnel travels only.

“Our singular goal is to make sure we make it through this emergency so you can enjoy many more weddings and birthdays in the years to come,” Murphy said.

“We must be on one page,” he added.

“Stay at home,” he said, calling his order the “stay at home order.

“Unless you’re part of an essential service, stay at home,” Murphy added.



Effective 9 p.m. today, Saturday, March 21st.

Only businesses critical to COVID-19 response will remain open, including grocery stores, foodbanks, gas stations, convenience stores, marijuana dispenseries and health centers.

“All retail businesses must close. All businesses must move their employees to work from home,” Murphy said.

“Our job is to flatten the curve, break the back of that curve,” he said. “That comes with enormous pain. But at the end of the day, we will get through this.”

If we do it this way, “We will save many lives,” the governor added. “If folks are monkeying around, we will take action.”

He urged landlords to go easy on renters in this crisis.

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