Murphy makes additions to essential retail allowed to operate

Gov. Phil Murphy and other New Jersey officials announced on Tuesday a new administrative order that permits additional retail businesses to operate amid the coronavirus crisis.

Effective immediately, the following subset of businesses are considered essential and can remain open in New Jersey and operate during their normal business hours:

  • Mobile phone retail and repair shops;
  • Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repairs;
  • Livestock feed stores;
  • Nurseries and garden centers;
  • Farming equipment stores.

“While we understand that this an unprecedented time for our state, I thank each and every New Jerseyan for using their common sense and staying home as much as possible,” Murphy said.

The businesses must operate in accordance with social distancing measures.

Executive Order No. 107 also states that municipalities may impose additional restrictions on beaches and boardwalks.

Other businesses that can remain open under the governor’s order include:

  • Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within health care facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Banks and other financial institutions;
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under 5 years old;
  • 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.

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