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State of New Jersey Executive Order Requiring All New Jersey Residents to Stay in Their Homes/Shelter in Place

Post Date:03/21/2020

Fellow Leonians:

The purpose of this email is to provide you with the details regarding Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders #107 and #108, which will become effective at 9:00 PM today (March 21, 2020), and will continue in effect until further notice:

  • Stay at Home/Shelter in Place: All New Jersey residents are ordered to remain in their homes, with the following exceptions:
    • obtaining essential goods or services (including groceries, medicine, and medical supplies)
    • Obtaining takeout food from food establishments
    • seeking medical attention
    • Visiting family or close friends, when the person visiting is considered a caretaker or romantic partner
    • reporting to work in a workplace deemed essential
    • engaging in outdoor activities


  • Gatherings Canceled: All gatherings, including, but not limited to weddings, religious services and private gatherings (i.e. parties) are prohibited until further notice. If a gathering is deemed essential (i.e. funeral), it must be limited to ten (10) people or less, without exception.


  • Business Closures:All non-essential businesses are ordered closed until further notice. Essential businesses are defined as follows:
    • Grocery and food stores
    • Food banks/food pantries
    • Medical/surgical supply stores
    • Gas stations
    • Auto mechanics (dealerships may only open to provide service)
    • Convenience stores
    • Hardware and home improvement stores
    • Banks and financial institutions
    • Laundromats
    • Dry cleaners
    • Printing and office supply stores
    • Pet stores
    • Mail facilities
    • Restaurants (takeout/delivery only)
    • Liquor stores (takeout/delivery only)
    • Bars (takeout/delivery only)
    • Trucking & Transportation
    • Current construction projects
  • Other Facility Closures: The following businesses, which are currently ordered closed, are to remain closed until further notice. This includes;
    • Movie theaters
    • Concert halls
    • Performing arts venues
    • Hair salons
    • Nail salons
    • Massage parlors
    • Tattoo parlors
    • Gyms/Fitness centers
    • Libraries (public and private)
  • Mandatory Telework/Remote Workplaces: All non-retail businesses are ordered to have their employees work from home, to the greatest extent possible. If a business or non-profit must have employees be physically present, the number of employees must be limited to essential personnel only.


  • Pre-K, K-12 and Post-Secondary Education Institutions:Currently closed, and will remain closed until further notice.


  • Daycare Centers: May remain open, observing all social distancing and sanitary protocols.


  • Travel: Non-essential travel is prohibited, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I will send another update later today with more information on conference calls I had today with Senators Menendez and Booker, as well as the Governor’s staff, and the County Executive.

Most of the requirements that are delineated in the Governor’s Executive Order are reflective of guidelines with which we have been imploring our residents to abide; I fully support the Governor’s decision to make these requirements (rather than suggestions), as the only way to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic is if EVERYONE in Leonia practices proper social distancing and sanitary protocols.

I know that this will cause lots of questions; you should feel free to email me if you’d like, and I am hoping to reschedule our town-wide conference call for tomorrow (Sunday) evening.

Thanks in advance to all Leonians for your anticipated full and consistent cooperation with all of the requirements we’ve previously described, and which are provided above.

Best wishes to everyone for continued health and safety; with the collective effort of all Leonians, we will emerge from this, stronger than ever.


Judah Zeigler


Borough of Leonia

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