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Local Businesses to Close at 8 pm Tonight Due to State COVID19 Mandate - Take-Out Food Allowed

Gov Murphy Announced this morning that restaurants and bars through New Jersey will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery only effective 8 pm tonight.

Movie theaters, gyms, and casinos will temporarily close effective 8 pm tonight.

Uniform approach to social distancing will slow spread of COVID-19 throughout the tri-state area.

Ya Ya Noodles on Route 206 in Skillman voluntarily closed on Monday, March 16 to protect the health and safety of its workers and patrons.

“Amid a lack of federal direction and nationwide standards,” Gov Phil Murphy said in a press release today, the governors of New York (Andrew M. Cuomo), Connecticut (Ned Lamont) and New Jersey have joined forces today and announced “a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus - or COVID-19 - throughout the tri-state area.”

These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people, effective 8 pm tonight. This follows updated guidance that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.

The three governors also announced restaurants and bars will close for on-premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol. These measures will take effect at 8 pm tonight.

Finally, the three governors said they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms, and casinos, effective at 8 pm tonight.

This uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Governor Murphy said, "With all we are seeing in our state - and across our nation and around the world - the time for us to take our strongest, and most direct, actions to date to slow the spread of coronavirus is now. I've said many times over the past several days that, in our state, we are going to get through this as one New Jersey family. But if we're all in this together, we must work with our neighboring states to act together. The work against coronavirus isn't just up to some of us, it's up to all of us."

"Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn't crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that," Governor Cuomo said. "This is not a war that can be won alone, which is why New York is partnering with our neighboring states to implement a uniform standard that not only keeps our people safe but also prevents 'state shopping' where residents of one state travel to another and vice versa. I have called on the federal government to implement nationwide protocols but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves."

Governor Lamont said, "The only way to effectively fight the spread of COVID-19 is by working together as states. We have shared interests, and a patchwork of closures and restrictions is not the best way forward. I know that because of this collaboration, we will save lives."


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