What am I allowed to do? What stores are open during the stay-at-home order? Here's what you need to know

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Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order today that requires New Jersey residents to stay at home - with exceptions. He also ordered all non-essential retail businesses closed as of 9 p.m. tonight. So what does that mean? What are you allowed to do?
 

So, I'm not allowed to leave my house at all? 
You can absolutely leave your house for certain things, mainly to get food or seek medical assistance. From a statement by the governor: The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities. 

I need to get outside and clear my head. Can I?
Yes! According to the governor, go outside for a walk or a run if you need to. Gov. Murphy says it is paramount, however, to maintain social distancing guidelines while outside. Primarily, this means staying 6 feet apart. 
 
What is considered essential? What's going to stay open? 
The governor's office has provided a list of what's staying open during the executive order
  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Banks and other financial institutions;
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
  • Pet stores;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
  • Printing and office supply shops;
  • Mail and delivery stores.

I have a beach house down the shore. Can I go there?
No. The governor says many of the Shore's medical facilities don't have the capacity for a surge in patients. He's urging residents to stay at their primary homes.

Is the state really going to enforce this?
State officials say they are serious about enforcing this legally. There are details still being worked out.
 
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