This article will outline New Jersey’s directive and definition of “essential business.”
On March 21, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 107 which states that New Jersey citizens must “Stay at Home,” with exceptions for essential retail businesses. The Executive Order also states that all New Jersey businesses should allow remote work to the fullest extent practicable. Guidance from governor’s office lists essential retail businesses as:
Non-compliance with this Executive Order may result in a conviction of a disorderly persons offense, a term of imprisonment up to six months, and a fine of up to $1,000.
Retail businesses that are not identified as essential in Executive Order 107 may submit a request to the Superintendent of State Police, who is designated as the State Director of Emergency Management.