Murphy directs New Jersey businesses to close amid fight against coronavirus

Source: Politico | March 21, 2020 | Sam Sutton

New Jersey is closed for business.

Gov. Phil Murphy issued a pair of executive orders Saturday afternoon directing residents to stay indoors, shut down most of the state’s retail shops and wipe away the “patchwork” of county and local regulations that have emerged over the last three weeks in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The orders follow similar directives from fellow Democrats California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf as reports of new cases continue to sweep across the U.S. with a boom in testing.

While Murphy’s executive order isn’t identical to those issued in other states, the underlying message is the same: Stay home.

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