Executive Order Will Impact New Jersey Construction & Retail
On Wednesday, April 8, New Jersey Governor Murphy announced an Executive Order that will impact business operations statewide in a step to protect both customers and essential workers.
The Executive Order includes the following:
Closure of Non-Essential Construction
- The Executive Order closes all non-essential construction across the state indefinitely effective 8 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Exceptions will include:
- Projects at hospitals and schools
- Projects in the transportation and utility sector
- The building of affordable housing, and other individual housing sites that can adhere to strict limits on the number of workers on-site
- Emergency repairs
- Safely securing a construction site
- Other limited instances
New Requirements for Non-Essential Retail Stores
- The Executive Order outlines new requirements for retailers, specifically grocery stores, which includes the following:
- Customers must now be limited in store to 50% of approved capacity
- All customers and employees must wear face coverings, and workers must wear gloves. Employers must provide gloves and masks for their employees.
- Stores must provide specific shopping hours for high-risk individuals
- Stores must erect physical barriers between customers, cashiers and baggers where possible
- Stores must regularly sanitize areas used by employees
- The Executive Order puts greater protections in place for workers at warehouses and in manufacturing. Social distancing is to be practiced to the fullest extent.
- All restrictions must be followed throughout the state and no municipality or county may impose additional restrictions of their own on essential retail businesses.