Murphy executive order demands face coverings for customers in NJ stores, further social distancing

Posted at 2:49 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 07:04:00-04

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy issued a further executive order Wednesday cracking down harder on social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The order asks that all customers at essential retail stores wear face coverings. Stores must also limit the number of customers that are in the establishment at any given time.

The order "aims to mitigate the overcrowding we have seen at essential stores, most notably in our supermarkets," Murphy said.

"No one should be working where social distancing isn't being practiced to its fullest extent."

Murphy said that if citizens break the order, supermarkets are not supposed to ask the offending party to leave the store but to distance them from other customers and limit their access. He felt this was "benevolent" and would've preferred it be tougher.

Non-essential construction across the state will also stop at 8 p.m. Friday. The order also guarantees greater protections for workers at warehouses and in manufacturing.

As of Wednesday, 47,437 people tested positive for coronavirus and 1,504 people have died from the virus in New Jersey.