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NJ Shutdown – Essential Businesses Stay Open

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Saturday he issued orders for New Jersey’s 9 million residents to stay home except for necessary travel, for all non-essential retail businesses in the state to close until further notice, and for other employers to allow as many people as possible to work from home.

So what’s essential and non-essential? Here’s a look, based on Murphy’s order:


  • Grocery stores
  • Farmers markets and farms that sell directly to customers
  • Other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store
  • Pharmacies
  • 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


  • Health care or medical services
  • Essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks
  • Operations of the media
  • Law enforcement agencies and emergency workers
  • Operations of the federal government

Workers “who need to be present at their work site in order to perform their job duties” can continue to travel, according to the order. For more information about the state’s current mandates for COVID-19,

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