March 16, 2020

Murphy Announces Closings and Restrictions, Recommends Curfew for Non-Essential Travel

By Donald Gilpin

As the number of positive tests for COVID-19 rose to 178 in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy has announced the closure of all schools, movie theaters, casinos, gyms, nightclubs, and racetracks beginning tonight at  8 p.m. They must remain closed until further notice from the state.

In ongoing efforts to halt the spread of the virus, the governor also banned dining in restaurants,  and gatherings of more than 50 people. He recommended a curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. except for emergencies and essential travel. Restaurants can still offer delivery, curbside pickup, and takeout.

Murphy also said that he is mobilizing the New Jersey National Guard to assist in any way possible in handling this emergency.

For local information go to or, or call the New Jersey Department of Health hotline at (800) 222-1222.