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  • Are child care centers open? What resources or programs are available to help families with children or child care providers?

    Currently, only child care centers that exclusively serve the children of essential workers are allowed to remain open. Parents who are essential workers as defined by the Executive Order No. 110 c...
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  • Can organized sports practices resume? Will youth summer camps open?

    Beginning June 22, organized sports activities will be able to restart. At that time, they will be limited to outdoor activities that do not involve person-to-person contact or routinely entail ind...
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  • Is jury duty suspended? When will trials and other legal proceedings resume?

    Federal Courts By order of U.S. Chief District Judge Freda L. Wolfson, all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials will be postponed until August 31, 2020. In addition, the Court orders ...
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  • Can I fish? Is fishing season open?

    Yes, but be sure to practice social distancing by staying at least six-feet away from others. All State Parks and Forests have re-opened. Individuals should wear a face covering and only attend par...
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  • For which reasons can I leave my home or place of residence? What are the “stay at home” rules in New Jersey?

    UPDATE: Governor Murphy's stay-at-home Executive Order, which has been in effect since March 21st, will remain in effect in its entirety until further notice. The Governor has outlined his vision t...
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  • How do I safely handle deliveries and interact with in-home service providers?

    DELIVERIES Packages There is low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through clos...
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  • How you can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

    Our first responders and health care workers are saving lives every day -- so can you. Your family, your friends, your neighbors -- their lives are literally in your hands. Here's how you can do yo...
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  • What can I do if I’m having child custody issues?

    If you are unable to come to an agreement or settle the issue on your own, try seeking mediation. If immediate and permanent harm will occur if your case isn't heard immediately, you can file your ...
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  • Are parks open? Are campgrounds open?

    State Parks State parks are open for passive recreation, including fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, hiking, walking and running, biking, birding, and horseback riding. Individuals are strongly ...
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  • Can community gardens open?

    Community gardens may reopen so long as they implement reasonable restrictions that reduce physical interaction including limiting parking to 50% of maximum capacity and prohibiting parking in unde...
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  • Can professional sports restart? Has horse racing resumed?

    Executive Order No. 148 makes it possible for the professional sports teams which train or play in New Jersey to return to training camps or even competition, if their leagues move in that directio...
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  • Are churches and other houses of worship still offering services?

    Houses of worship must comply with the limits on gatherings. Indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people, and social distancing protocols are strongly recommended. When social distancing is not ...
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  • Are drive-in movies, drive-in religious services, or other gatherings of cars allowed?

    Car gatherings, including drive-in movies, religious services, and drive-through farms or safaris do not violate the Governor's ban on gatherings. Attendees must remain in their same car throughout...
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  • Are golf courses open?

    Golf courses may re-open, so long as they adopt minimum social distancing policies that include: Implementing electronic or telephone reservation and payment systems while still providing options ...
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  • Are people allowed to gather in person?

    In some circumstances, New Jerseyans may gather - but only in compliance with the limits placed on gatherings. Indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people, and social distancing protocols are st...
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  • Can I charter a boat?

    Charter fishing services, for-hire vessels, and watercraft rental businesses can open on Sunday, May 17 at 6 am, while following required social distancing measures. Charter fishing services and fo...
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  • Can I still get married? Are marriage licenses still being issued?

    Marriage Licenses Those seeking a marriage license should apply for one in the New Jersey municipality where either party resides. The license is valid throughout New Jersey. However, due to the pu...
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  • Can I visit a dying loved one in the hospital or at a care facility? Are funerals and other memorial services allowed to be held right now?

    End-Of-Life This is a difficult time to be away from loved ones and the Department of Health recognizes there are some circumstances where support is essential, which is why we have made some accom...
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  • Can I visit family or friends?

    In an effort to strengthen the existing social distancing measures in place, Governor Murphy has issued Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The or...
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  • Can my child still go on playdates or attend a classmate/friend’s birthday party?

    All New Jerseyans should stay home as much as possible to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. During this difficult time, we encourage the use of the many free or low-cost online communicat...
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  • What businesses are closed? What is considered essential?

    To slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, recreational and entertainment businesses are closed, non-essential retail stores are limited to curbside pickup, and all other businesses must follow...
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  • Are beaches open?

    Beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey can reopen on Friday, May 22, permitted that social distancing measures are followed. Restaurants and bars are still limited to delivery and...
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  • Are programs funded by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities closed? What support is there for residents of Developmental Centers?

    New Jersey has temporarily closed congregate day programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Division of Developmental Disabilities has issued guidance and publis...
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  • How Is My Data Being Used and How Is My Privacy Being Protected When Contact Tracing?

    Your information is confidential. Your name will not be released to your contacts or your COVID-19 status – that information will only be known to public health officials and our local partners, ...
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  • What is the State doing to protect residents and staff at nursing homes or long-term care facilities?

    COVID-19 has devastated long-term care facilities and nursing homes in New Jersey and across the nation. In an effort to protect the lives of residents and staff at these facilities, the State has ...
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  • What should I do if I think my co-worker has COVID-19?

    NOTE: It's important to prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace. Employees should not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiali...
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  • What Should I Do If I’m Called by a Contact Tracer?

    Answer the phone and speak with the contact tracer. The reason you have been called is because you may have come into contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19. Contact tracers are here...
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  • Are New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies closed? What if my driver license expires or my vehicle is due for an inspection?

    All New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies, road testing, and inspection facilities remain closed to the public as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Most renewals of driver licens...
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  • Have elective surgeries been suspended? If I am a doctor or dentist, can I perform elective surgeries?

    All elective surgeries or invasive procedures, both medical and dental, were suspended in New Jersey on March 27. These will be permitted to resume on Tuesday, May 26. The Department of Health has ...
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  • How does New Jersey plan to lift restrictions? What does a responsible and strategic restart of New Jersey’s economy look like?

    On March 9, Governor Murphy declared both a state of emergency and a public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to save lives, Governo...
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  • How is New Jersey increasing access to COVID-19 testing?

    Expanding access to COVID-19 testing is a core principle of New Jersey's recovery plan for promoting public health and restoring economic health. New Jersey is: increasing diagnostic testing capac...
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  • Is public transportation still operating normally at this time? What mitigation measures are NJ TRANSIT and private carriers adopting?

    Effective Monday, April 13 at 8 pm, all NJ TRANSIT and private carriers are directed to limit capacity and to adapt additional mitigation measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Workers and rider...
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  • If I’m a customer, employee, or operator of a business, what social distancing guidelines should I follow?

    Customers If you are quarantined or in home isolation, do not leave your home. If you need essential goods or services while in isolation, refer to this article. If you must leave home to access e...
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  • Where can I find the Executive Orders and Administrative Orders issued by the Governor and the State?

    Executive Orders issued by Governor Murphy can be found here. Administrative Orders issued by the State of New Jersey can be found here.
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  • Can I order a cocktail from a restaurant or home delivery from my local microbrewery?

    Sales and Deliveries of Alcoholic Beverages and Cocktails Holders of certain licenses and permit holders can sell alcoholic beverages for takeout or delivery. Businesses with plenary retail consump...
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  • Have elections been moved or changed in New Jersey because of COVID-19?

    Election Dates The primary election originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 has been rescheduled and will now be held on Tuesday, July 7. This includes primaries for President, the U.S. Senate, th...
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  • What federal grant opportunities are available to support New Jersey governments, institutes, and business communities?

    Many grant opportunities are available to a broad spectrum of applicants, including small businesses, for-profit companies and non-profit organizations (NPOs), institutes of higher education (IHEs)...
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  • How can I help New Jersey respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? What if I have specific skills or time to volunteer?

    Thank you for your interest in helping to save lives and respond to this public health crisis. Whether you have specialized skills to offer, critical supplies, or just your time, the State of New J...
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  • What resources and assistance are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

    In response to COVID-19, the Department of Human Services and the Division of Developmental Disabilities have: provided flexibility to families to quickly hire workers and worked closely with prog...
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  • For Contact Tracing, Who is Considered A Close Contact?

    For contact tracing purposes, a "close contact" is anyone who was within six feet of you for more than 10 minutes starting two days before you first had symptoms. Source: Governor's Remarks 5/12/20...
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  • How can I protect myself from COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus?

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued a series of steps that you can take to protect yourself. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is though...
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  • How is New Jersey supporting deaf and hard of hearing individuals during COVID-19? Where can I find COVID-19 communication cards?

    The Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing presents a new communications card in English and in Spanish for deaf and hard of hearing individuals needing to communicate about coronavirus. Governor Mur...
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  • How is the State tracing so many contacts?

    As testing of individuals for COVID-19 increases, so does the need for contact tracers to conduct interviews with individuals who may have come into contact with those who tested positive. It is es...
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  • How you can help the State’s contact tracing program?

    Your participation is crucial. Creating the Community Contact Tracing Corps will rely heavily on all of us. If you test positive, we need you to share your close contacts. That information is used ...
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  • Can I travel out of state? Are airports, bridges, and tunnels open?

    Governor Murphy has issued Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or ser...
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  • How can people with disabilities share needs with local officials to improve emergency responses?

    "Register Ready -- New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters" allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs, and their families, friends, caregivers and assoc...
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  • Can I donate blood or convalescent plasma in New Jersey?

    Blood Drives Blood drives can continue to operate in New Jersey. The CDC encourages people who are well to continue to donate blood if they are able, even if they are practicing social distancing b...
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  • Should I still fill out my Census form?

    Yes. You can fill out your census form online here. NOTE: The deadline to complete your census form has been movedfrom July 31 to October 31. The Census is more than just a population count. It's t...
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  • Where has New Jersey established field medical stations for COVID-19 response?

    The Governor's Office, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the New Jersey State Police have identified three locations where field medical stations can be established to activate 1,000 additional...
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  • How do I report an outbreak or misconduct at a long term care facility or nursing home?

    Long term care facilities in New Jersey, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, are required to report many communicable disease cases, including COVID-19, to their local health depa...
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  • If I'm a business that urgently needs workers, or if I'm a worker looking for a job, where can I go?

    Job Seekers If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as ti...
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  • Where can I ask additional questions about COVID-19 or find more resources?

    Find contact information and resources here.
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  • If I’m a minor who needs working papers, can those be certified remotely?

    You should contact your local school district to check on the process for certifying employment certificates or "working papers". Executive Order 135 allows minors seeking to certify working papers...
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  • How is the State of New Jersey preventing the spread of COVID-19 in state correctional facilities and halfway houses? Can I visit?

    Temporary Visitation Suspension As of March 14, the Department of Corrections is temporarily suspending visits. To mitigate the impact of the temporary measure, the Department is increasing access ...
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  • Do I need any special credentials to drive on New Jersey roads during this emergency?

    No. Under Governor Murphy's Executive Order 107, the "stay at home" order, New Jersey residents can leave their homes and drive on state roads for the following reasons: Obtaining goods or service...
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  • How does the CARES Act stimulus package help me or my business? How do I get my economic impact payment?

    How does the CARES Act help me or my business? The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law on March 27, contains provisions that support individuals ...
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  • Is there help for homeowners? What if I can’t pay my mortgage?

    On March 19, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 106, which states that any lessee, tenant, homeowner, or any other person shall not be removed from a residential property as the resul...
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  • Are there any programs to help pay student loans? Have deadlines to apply for financial aid changed?

    Federal Student Loans To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, under the CARES ACT, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an ad...
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  • Can I get something notarized remotely?

    Yes. A new emergency law allows notaries and authorized officials to execute remote notarial acts during the current public health emergency. For remote notarization, the New Jersey Treasury has is...
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  • Has the deadline for filing taxes been extended? Where can I find information on tax relief programs?

    Income and Corporation Business Taxes Yes. The state income tax filing deadline and the corporation business tax filing deadline have both been extended from April 15 to July 15, as part of the Sta...
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  • What can I do if I am denied health care for COVID-19?

    No one should be denied access to health care. The Department of Health operates a 24-hour complaint hotline where patients, health care facility employees and other members of the public may file ...
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  • How can I get treatment for COVID-19 if I'm uninsured or undocumented? How do I cover health costs associated with COVID-19?

    Health Insurance If you do not have health insurance or lose coverage, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage (www.njfamilycare.org) through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey's publicly funded h...
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  • Has New Jersey increased weight limits for trucks carrying relief supplies?

    Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 121, allowing an increase in the maximum weight limit on certain interstate highways and toll roads from 80,000 pounds (40 tons) tons to 92,000 pounds (46...
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  • What inaccurate rumors are circulating about COVID-19? Where can I find accurate information?

    NOTE: The Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has warned of an increase in contact tracing scams via text. New Jersey contact tracers will never ask for your social security number or sens...
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  • What televised instruction is the State making available for children home from school?

    Starting Monday, April 6, children throughout New Jersey will be able to tune into NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, for NJTV Learning Live, a program featuring lessons taught by New Je...
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  • Where do I report price gouging, unlawful hoarding, charity scams, procurement fraud, scam calls, and other COVID-19 related scams?

    Governor Murphy announced the formation of the New Jersey COVID-19 Fraud Task Force, a joint federal-state effort to investigate and prosecute unlawful and misleading activities related to COVID-19...
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  • I work but don't live in NJ. My home state's health department told me to self-monitor. Should I?

    If you are told to self-monitor by public health staff, you should follow their recommendation. Self-monitoring is a strategy to reduce the spread of the virus. Source: https://www.state.nj.us/heal...
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  • What's the best guidance for cleaning a facility when someone may have been sick?

    It is recommended to close off areas used by anyone who is ill or has symptoms and wait as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection to minimize potential for exposure to respira...
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  • Can my employer fire me if I miss work due to the coronavirus?

    The State of New Jersey has passed legislation that prohibits an employer -- during the ongoing Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency -- from terminating or refusing to reinstate an employ...
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  • What is telehealth? Can I use it to visit my doctor?

    Telehealth or telemedicine allows you to have a live video consultation with your doctor without visiting their office in person. During the COVID-19 emergency, telehealth is quickly becoming a wid...
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  • What if I can’t pay my water, gas, electricity, phone, or Internet bill due to the outbreak? Is the State doing anything to prevent utility shutoffs?

    Water Governor Murphy has announced that all municipal and private-sector water utilities in New Jersey have voluntarily agreed to suspend shut-offs during this COVID19 emergency. No New Jerseyan s...
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  • What resources and support are available to survivors of domestic violence?

    Survivors of domestic violence can call the New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233). The hotline provides confidential access to domestic violence information and services, in...
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  • Can I still take a taxi or use a ride hailing app like Lyft or Uber?

    Taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft remain in operation. However, the Governor has directed all residents to stay at home to minimize the spread of COVID-19 with few exceptions. Resi...
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  • Is COVID-19 test data being shared with law enforcement agencies?

    The Department of Health has instructed all local public health officers to share limited information about addresses where an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 (but not the names of any ...
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  • I’m a technology professional. How can I assist the State in addressing the COVID-19 emergency?

    Thank you for your interest in helping the State respond to the unprecedented challenges raised by COVID-19. Technology professionals and firms that would like to support the State's COVID-19 respo...
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  • Is New Jersey able to commandeer medical supplies and equipment related to the State’s COVID-19 response?

    Yes, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 113 which formally authorizes Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, New Jersey State Police Superintendent, to commandeer medical supplies and equipment neces...
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  • What if I get sick and can’t take care of my child?

    Parents are encouraged to consider temporary guardianship options for their children in the event they become sick or incapacitated with COVID-19. The New Jersey Department of Children and Families...
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  • There is a silent killer stalking our streets, but you can help stop it.

    Our state and nation have never been in a fight like this before. Our first responders and health care workers are saving lives every day -- so can you. Your family, your friends, your neighbors --...
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  • What happens if I can’t pay my insurance premiums?

    Governor Murphy has signed an executive order extending the grace period for residents unable to pay their insurance premiums because of a loss of income or other negative impact as a result of the...
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  • Has student standardized testing been cancelled?

    The springtime administration of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA), ACCESS for ELLs, and the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment have been cancelled. On March 24, 2020, Governo...
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  • How can I sign up to provide housing to medical and healthcare volunteers that are supporting New Jersey’s COVID-19 response?

    New Jersey thanks you for your help in providing housing for medical and healthcare volunteers that are supporting New Jersey's COVID-19 response. If you or your organization is willing to donate o...
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  • Where can I find how many COVID-19 cases and deaths have occured in New Jersey and where they’ve been?

    The Department of Health is maintaining a dashboard with information about COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, including deaths, numbers of cases, and locations. Source:https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/...
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  • Where can I watch the Governor’s briefings on COVID-19 / Novel Coronavirus?

    Governor Murphy's briefings and press conferences related to the State's response to the COVID-19 pandemic are livestreamed via the Governor's YouTube channel.
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  • Why are flags at half-staff?

    Governor Murphy signed an executive order directing all flags across New Jersey be lowered to half-staff indefinitely to honor those we have lost -- and those we will lose -- as a result of this pa...
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  • Where can I donate personal protective equipment (PPE) like respirators, gowns, and gloves?

    For anyone who has PPE they wish to donate like N95 respirators, face shields, protective goggles, surgical masks, or other protective equipment, visit covid19.nj.gov/ppedonations. Businesses and n...
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  • Is there somewhere I can report violations of Executive Orders? How can I report a business staying open despite being ordered to close or an employer that won't let me work remotely?

    To prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, Governor Murphy has issued a series of Executive Orders beginning in March 20 that required many non-essential retail businesses to close and direc...
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  • Can real estate agents continue to show properties in person? Can my landlord show my apartment to potential renters?

    In an effort to strengthen the existing social distancing measures in place, Governor Murphy has issued Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The or...
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  • How can I avoid common COVID-19 scams?

    NOTE: The Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has warned of an increase in contact tracing scams via text. New Jersey contact tracers will never ask for your social security number or sens...
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  • Is there a curfew?

    No curfew has been issued as all residents have been directed to stay at home until further notice to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Only under certain exceptions may residents leave their homes,...
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  • Can I still move into a new home or apartment?

    Yes. People can still move into new residences, but should continue to maintain proper social distancing practices and good hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Source:https://nj.gov/governor...
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  • Is it safe to eat Chinese food?

    Yes, Chinese food is safe to eat. Residents should help fight stigma and misinformation. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get coronavirus than anyone els...
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  • What support is available for individuals living with diabetes during the coronavirus crisis?

    The Diabetes Foundation has opened a hotline for individuals living with all types of diabetes to receive a free two-week Diabetes Backup Emergency Supply Kit and Diabetes Emergency Insulin Adminis...
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  • How can I contact my local health department?

    The New Jersey Department of Health maintains both an interactive map and a printable directory of local health departments and local health officers.
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