New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday urged residents to remain house after 8 p.m., activated the National Guard, and issued an govt order limiting some enterprise operations to struggle the unfold of coronavirus.
“All non-essential and non-emergency travel in Jersey is strongly discouraged beginning tonight at 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. each day,” Murphy mentioned. “This will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. We want everybody to be home, not out.”
On Monday afternoon, he clarified that this was not explicitly a curfew.
“This is not a curfew, but it is strongly recommended and travel is strongly discouraged. If you don’t need to be on the roads, you should not be on the roads,” he mentioned.
Murphy signed an govt order Monday that mandates all non-essential retail, leisure, and leisure companies stop day by day operations at 8 p.m. each night time. He additionally mobilized the New Jersey National Guard “to assist in our efforts in any way necessary.”
Murphy informed CNN Monday night time that the National Guard may very well be used to ship meals to youngsters in want, assist coordinate drive-through testing websites and repurpose nursing properties and dormitories into hospitals.
“The National Guard can play a whole range of roles,” Murphy mentioned.
As of Monday afternoon, New Jersey had 178 confirmed circumstances of coronavirus and two deaths.
Closings throughout the New York space
In addition, the tri-state space of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut introduced a ban on gatherings of greater than 50 individuals, the governors of the three states mentioned Monday.
The three states agreed to shut casinos, gyms and films beginning 8 p.m. Monday. All eat-in companies from bars and eating places additionally will transition to takeout and delivery-only companies on the similar time.
In New Jersey, all faculties and universities will shut Wednesday till well being officers deem it protected to renew in-person courses, Murphy said.
“We do not take any of these steps lightly. We know that each comes with its own set of impacts on residents, families, communities and businesses. But at this moment, our paramount concern must be to flatten the curve of new cases so we do not overload our health care system,” he mentioned.
New Jersey wants extra hospital beds
The strikes follows related limitations that a number of New Jersey communities have already taken to cease the coronavirus unfold.
Hoboken, positioned simply throughout the Hudson River from New York City’s Manhattan, introduced Saturday that it was implementing a citywide curfew and restrictions on eating places and bars. Residents have been ordered to remain house from 10 p.m. till 5 a.m. except they must work throughout these hours, in keeping with an announcement from Mayor Ravinder Bhalla.
On Saturday, authorities in Teaneck urged all residents of the township to self-quarantine amid a surge in native circumstances.
“We don’t know how it happened,” Teaneck Deputy Mayor Elie Katz informed CNN. “Teaneck has been at the forefront from the beginning. We were one of the first to close our municipal buildings and close our schools.”
Murphy mentioned Monday morning that New Jersey, like many different states, is “woefully short” on hospital beds to take care of the approaching enhance in circumstances.
“We need hospital beds over the next couple of weeks. We are woefully short as a region, as a country, in terms of being able to take care of folks — especially if this surge comes in the way we expect it,” he mentioned.
“Even if we’re able to flatten the curve in the most optimistic way, we’re badly outgunned on that front and that’s where we do need the feds to help step up. You saw what happened in China and other places where they were able to build new hospitals and add new capacity in very short order. We have some catching up to do there.”