Governor Murphy Executive Orders re: COVID-19

Executive Order No. 163: The order requires individuals to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance and keep a six-foot distance from others, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, where the individual is under two years of age, or in situations where individuals cannot feasibly wear a face covering, such as when eating or drinking at outdoor dining areas.

Executive Order No. 162: The Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, which was previously extended on April 7, May 6 and June 4. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.

Executive Order No. 161: Governor Phil Murphy announced an increased outdoor gathering capacity limit as COVID-19 cases in New Jersey continue to decline. Effective at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 3rd, outdoor gatherings are limited to 500 persons, and outdoor religious services and political activities will continue to have no numerical limits. All indoor gatherings continue to be limited to 25% capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 persons.

Executive Order No. 160: Governor Murphy ordered that the U.S. and New Jersey flags be returned to full staff on Friday, July 3, having been at half-staff since Friday, April 3, in recognition and mourning of all those who have lost their lives and been affected by COVID-19. The flags will return to full staff as a symbol of New Jersey’s recovery and continued resolve.

Executive Order No. 158: Indoor dinning restrictions placed back in place.

Executive Order No. 157: Indoor dining and other business information regarding easing of restrictions.

Executive Order No. 156: Allows indoor and outdoor gathering capacity to increase. Effective immediately, indoor gatherings are now limited to 25% capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 persons. Outdoor gatherings are now limited to 250 persons, and outdoor religious services and political activities will continue to have no numerical limits.

Executive Order No. 155: Allows in-person clinical, lab, and hands-on programming at institutions of higher education to resume as of July 1, 2020 with enhanced health and safety protocols. The executive order will also allow trade and training schools to reopen on July 1 provided specific health and safety policies are in place. As part of this process, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education has issued Restart Standards for all New Jersey Institutions of Higher Education that can guide the reopening and assist institutions as they prepare for next steps.

Executive Order No. 154: Allows personal care service facilities to reopen to the public on June 22 at 6am, provided the facilities comply with standards issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs and Department of Health.  Personal care services include: Cosmetology shops, barber shops, beauty salons, hair braiding shops, nail salons, electrology facilities, spas, including day spas and medical spas, at which solely elective and cosmetic medical procedure are performed, massage parlors, tanning salons, and tattoo parlors.

Executive Order No. 153:  Pools permitted to reopen on June 22 at 6AM. All recreational and entertainment business permitted to reopen their outdoor spaces to the public with specific guidelines. Public and private social clubs are permitted to reopen outdoor spaces with guidelines. All guidelines are included in the order.

Executive Order No. 152:  Increases indoor gatherings to 25% of the room capacity but no more than 50 people. Outdoor gatherings limited to 100 people. Parks to reopen to full maximum capacity. All include specific guidelines which are included in the order.

Executive Order No. 151: Extends the public health crises.

Executive Order No. 150:  Defines the rules and regulations regarding the reopening of restaurants, cafeterias, dining establishments, food courts, and bars for outdoor dining.

Executive Order No. 149: Opens child care centers and youth camps. 

Executive Order No. 148:  Increases the number of individuals for outdoor gatherings to 25 people and opens municipal, county, and state parks.

Executive Order No. 147: Permits the following to reopen to the public or their members: a. Archery ranges; b. Batting cages; c. Golf driving ranges; d. Horseback riding; e. Shooting ranges; and f. Tennis clubs.

Executive Order No. 146: Allowing chartered finishing services and for-hire vessels, including charter and head boat activities.

Executive Order No. 145: Allows elective surgeries and invasive procedures to resume on May 26.

Executive Order No. 144: Authorizes mailing every registered voter a vote by mail ballot or application ahead of the primary election.

Executive Order No. 143: Allows beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores to remain open with social distancing measures in place. The Order takes effect on Friday, May 22.

Executive Order No. 142: Permits resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and gatherings in cars.

Executive Order No. 141: Mandating that all local, county, and regional health departments use the CommCare platform to support their contact tracing efforts.    

Executive Order No. 140: Governor Murphy Names Restart and Recovery Advisory Council.

Executive Order No. 139: Governor Murphy Directs U.S. and New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of V-E Day.

Executive Order No. 138:  Extends the Public Health Emergency another thirty (30) days unless renewed.  

Executive Order No. 137: Rescinds Executive Order No. 73 (2019) which directed the Department of the Treasury to achieve a $1.26 billion surplus by the end of this current fiscal year.

Executive Order No. 136:  Extends statutory deadlines for various environmental laws.

Executive Order No. 135: Suspends in-person requirements for receipt of a marriage license and marriage ceremonies, and for the receipt of working papers for minors.

Executive Order No. 134: Governor Murphy Directs U.S. and New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former First Lady Debby Kean.

Executive Order No. 133:  Reopens State Parks & Golf Courses.  Restores County authority to open or close County Parks. 

Executive Order No. 132: Enables county & municipal clerks to accept initiative and referendum petitions electronically & allowing signatures for these petitions to be collected electronically.

Executive Order No. 131: Establishes the Governor’s Restart & Recovery Commission.  The Commission will be responsible to advise the administration on the timing & preparation for New Jersey’s recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown.

Executive Order No. 130: Details property taxes and grace periods associated to them. 

Executive Order No. 129: Extends retired police officers carry permits by a period of 90 days until after the ongoing Public Health Emergency ends.

Executive Order No. 128: Provides critical short-term support for renters.

Executive Order No. 127: Goes into detail regarding extending certain deadlines associated with rule making.

Executive Order No. 126: Prohibits cable and telecommunications providers from terminating internet and voice service during this State of Emergency. 

Executive Order No. 125: to Implement Additional Mitigation Requirements on NJ TRANSIT, Private Carriers, and Restaurants to Limit the Spread of COVID-19.

Executive Order No. 124: Establish a Process to Grant Temporary Reprieve to Certain At-Risk Inmates.

Executive Order No. 123: The order goes into detail regarding insurance companies and the polices.   

Executive Order No. 122: The order goes into great detail regarding policies for essential business, construction, manufacturing business, warehousing business, etc.  

Executive Order No. 121:  Allowing Greater Weight Limit for Vehicles Carrying COVID-19 Relief Supplies

Executive Order No. 120: Governor Murphy Announces Postponement of June 2nd Primary Elections until July 7th.

Executive Order No. 119: Extending Public Health Emergency in New Jersey

Executive Order No. 118: Mandatory closing of all state and county parks.

Executive Order No. 117:  Student assessments.

Executive Order No. 116: School elections, budget, employment.

Executive Order No. 115: Retirees, Special Law Enforcement Officers (SLEOs) and New Hires

Executive Order No. 114: The flag of the United States of America and the State of New Jersey flag shall be flown at half staff in recognition and mourning of all those who have lost their lives and been affected by COVID-19.

Executive Order No. 113: State Director of Emergency Management/Superintendent of State Police is authorized and empowered to use personal services and/or real or personal property for the purpose of protecting or promoting public health, safety, and welfare; The State Director of Emergency Management/Superintendent of State Police is to perform these functions in conjunction with the Commissioner of the Department of Health.

Executive Order No. 112: The order goes into detail regarding allowing health care works who haven not practiced in the last 5 years to be able to come back after being approved by the State Director of Health.

Executive Order No. 111: All health care facilities shall report data concerning their capacity and supplies on a daily basis by 10:00AM; The following are instructed to comply with the order: A. Licensed acute care hospitals; B. Long term facilities; C.    Hospital systems, including specialty hospitals; D. All emergency modular field treatment and other facilities established during this state of emergency.

Executive Order No. 110: “Emergency Child Care Centers”

Executive Order No. 109: All elective surgeries or invasive procedures, whether medical or dental, already scheduled after 5pm on Friday, March 27, 2020, are to be cancelled or postponed indefinitely; Facilities are to immediately notify all patients and providers that have scheduled elective surgeries or invasive procedures that these operations cannot proceed as scheduled under the terms of this Order; Any business or non-hospital health care facility, including but not limited to dental facilities, construction facilities, research facilities, office-based healthcare or veterinary practices, and institutions of higher learning, in possession of PPE, ventilators, respirators, or anesthesia machines that are not required for the provision of critical health care services should undertake an inventory of such supplies and send that information to the State by no later than 5pm on Friday, March 27, 2020. The Office of Emergency Management shall establish a process by which entities subject to this provision can submit this information.

Executive Order No. 108: Invalidates any county or municipal restriction that in any way will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107.

Executive Order No. 107: Directs all residents to stay at home until further notice.

Executive Order No. 106: No tenant or homeowner is to be removed from a residential property as a result of an eviction or foreclosure proceedings; Tenants are still required to pay their respective rents.

Executive Order No. 105: Provides details for upcoming elections.

Executive Order No. 104: Announces Aggressive Social Distancing Measures to Mitigate Further Spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey; All schools and educational facilities closed; No gatherings over fifty (50) people; Casinos, racetracks, gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, arts centers, entertainment centers, concert venues, and night clubs closed; Non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment business cease operations from 8PM to 5AM.  These places may stay open from 8PM to 5AM as long as they do not exceed 50 people. (Excluded:  grocery stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, gas stations, healthcare facilities); All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts permitted to operate normal business hours BUT only for food delivery and/or take out; Executive Order No. 104B: Common area portions of retail shopping malls are closed; Public amusement centers (Indoor or Outdoor) closed.

Executive Order No. 103: Declares a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency, effective immediately.

Executive Order No. 102: Signs Executive Order Establishing Coronavirus Task Force.