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UPDATED: SATURDAY, March 21 @ 8:00pm

GOVERNOR MURPHY ISSUES STATEWIDE "STAY AT HOME" ORDER

NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES TO CLOSE, WITH EXCEPTIONS

STATE & FEDERAL GOV'T ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES TO REPORT FOR DUTY

SEE GOVERNOR MURPHY'S EXECUTIVE ORDER #107

Today, Governor Murphy issued EO #107 directing all residents to "stay at home" until further notice. The order provides for exceptions such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting close friends and family, or outdoor activities. 

Essential government employees are exempt from the order for travel to/from work duty. State workers who are designated essential must continue to report to work. 

Also, non-essential businesses were ordered to close. Exceptions are grocery and food retailers, pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries, medical supply stores, gas stations, convenience stores, hardware stores, banks, laundromats and dry-cleaning, pet stores, liquor stores, auto maintenance and repair shops, mail and delivery stores.

All businesses must accommodate work from home or telecommuting wherever possible.  

The EO also overrides any other county or municipal ordinance that would conflict with the statewide directives.

In other Local 1036 news...

Burlington Board of Social Services - held a group conference call open to all members. Discussed enhanced cleaning, leaves of absence, new split work schedules, and expectations going forward. Thanks to all who joined the call. We will do a weekly update call for BCBSS going forward.

Hunterdon County workers received releases and information about reduced hours and stay-at-home orders.

The Local continues to work on several other municipal and county units that are in the process of staging releases and alternative work schedules.

The Local requested scheduling and essentials information from every Vicinage. Although Vicinages notified some employees on Friday, there continue to be concerns about staffing levels in multiple areas. We are working to ensure maximum telecommuting and stay-at-home status for our membership. We also continued to work on field protocols for J/ISP and PreTrial.