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Update on COVID-19 (7/2/2020)

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As New Jersey continues under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, please know that our district office remains available to serve constituents by phone and email. Included below are links to information that you may find helpful, along with important state and national news updates related to COVID-19.

Important State & Federal News:

  • Daily Briefing: Gov. Murphy will deliver a coronavirus briefing at 1 p.m. in Trenton. Click here to watch the livestream.
  • Planned Reopenings: The following reopenings have been announced:
    • Today, July 2nd: Museums, Aquariums, Libraries, Bowling Alleys, Indoor Batting Cages, Boardwalk Arcades, Outdoor Water Parks, Indoor Shooting Ranges, Casinos, Playgrounds, Outdoor Amusement Parks
    • July 6th: Youth Day Camps, In-Person Summer Education, Expanded NJ Transit Rail and Light Rail, Graduation Ceremonies
  • Gov. Murphy Backtracks on Indoor Dining: Gov. Murphy issued an executive order on Monday reversing his decision to allow indoor dining to resume. Under the governor’s new order, restaurants will not be able to open indoor dining rooms today, July 2nd, as had been permitted under a prior executive order issued just four days earlier. The new order also prohibits the consumption of food or beverages and smoking in the indoor premises of any retail, recreational, or entertainment business, including casinos, where masks are strictly required.
  • 14-Day Quarantine Advisory Issued for Travelers from 16 States: The governor has advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from 16 states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. There are currently 16 states total that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Idaho; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; Nevada; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; and Utah.
  • Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Limit Duration of Emergency Orders & Rules Issued by Governor to 14 Days: A proposed constitutional amendment would limit the duration of emergency orders and other rules issued by the governor to 14 days. Extending the declarations would require approval by the Legislature. Gov. Murphy recently announced that the public health emergency, and his ability to unilaterally govern by executive order while the emergency remains in effect, could last for another year.
  • Resolutions Call for U.S. Attorney to Monitor Upcoming Vote-by-Mail Primary: A pair of legislative resolutions have been introduced in the Senate and General Assembly calling for the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey to monitor the state’s upcoming primary elections on July 7th. This follows numerous recent examples of documented voter fraud, election tampering, and lost, destroyed, or uncounted mail-in ballots in New Jersey.
  • New Law Extends Government & Private Projects Permits During the Public Health Emergency: Bipartisan legislation extending the duration of existing permit approvals from state, county and municipal agencies for the duration of the COVID-19 health emergency was signed into law. The majority of business and government projects came to a sudden halt when the coronavirus pandemic hit and the Governor locked down the state. The enactment of the legislation ensures those projects can resume without costly delays.
  • New Law Allows Retiring State Troops to Remain on Duty During Pandemic: Legislation to allow New Jersey State Troopers who have reached retirement age to continue serving the public during the COVID-19 outbreak has been signed into law. With the uncertainty of a second wave hitting New Jersey, which could impact law enforcement, this law will help ensure that we always have enough Troopers to serve our communities during the public health emergency.

Important Resources:

  • The latest data on coronavirus infections in New Jersey are available on the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard has been updated to provide more information on long-term care facilities, State psychiatric hospitals, and overall demographics on COVID-19 deaths.
  • New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub includes valuable resources and information for families, workers, and employers who have questions or needs arising from the current crisis.
  • Testing Sites:  To locate a testing location, specifics on how to get a test, and the hours of operation, click here.
  • Information for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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