Non-Essential Construction, Retail With Curbside Pickup Return In New Jersey

Sean Adams
May 18, 2020 - 9:49 am

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PARAMUS, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Hammers are swinging and cash registers are ringing again as New Jersey takes the first step toward reopening.

At 6 a.m. Monday, non-essential construction restarted and retail stores reopened for curbside pickup only as the state marks a gradual return with continued safety precautions. 

No customers will be allowed in non-essential retail stores and construction crews must follow safety protocols, such as prohibiting non-essential visitors and staggering work hours and breaks.

In Paramus, businesses that have languished now have signs posted with curbside pickup instructions. Residents looking to purchase sporting goods, craft materials, clothing, patio furniture, flooring and more can now place orders online or call ahead, and then drive up to the parking lot and wait for your goods to be brought to you.

In April, state revenue was down 60 percent, but Gov. Phil Murphy says the wounded economy is not the main motivation for the relaxtion of restrictions.

The decision was based on data from the past two weeks showing a decline in new hospitalizations, new cases and deaths per day, indicating it is safe to start getting back to business in a limited fashion.

“We’re going to chip away at the blanket stay-at-home reality,” Murphy said of the gradual reopening of activities in the state. 

Over the weekend, fishing charters and other chartered-boat services, as well as watercraft rentals, resumed with businesses being required to follow social distancing and sanitation measures.

Murphy said Sunday that the number of coronavirus deaths in New Jersey had surpassed 10,300 as the state reported more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases reported in the state is now 146,334.

Murphy said that of those cases, 3,411 people are hospitalized, with 1,030 of them in critical or intensive care and 819 of them on ventilators.

Murphy ordered non-essential businesses to close on March 21 and non-essential construction to stop on April 8.

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