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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, through Sunday, April 12. Most...
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  • Are child care centers open?

    All child care centers in New Jersey that wish to continue operating must certify that they will solely serve the children of essential workers. The deadline to certify is Friday, March 27. Beginn...
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  • Are churches and other houses of worship still offering services?

    In an effort to strengthen the existing social distancing measures in place, the Governor has issued Executive Order No. 107 which prohibits all gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrat...
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  • Are funerals and other memorial services allowed to be held right now?

    Funerals and other memorial services that involve in-person gatherings may not take place at this time. In an effort to strengthen the existing social distancing measures in place, the Governor has...
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  • Are programs funded by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities closed?

    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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  • Can I attend any in-person gatherings or ceremonies for Easter, Passover, Ramadan, or other religious observations?

    No, unfortunately not. Though we may naturally wish to come together, we must find a way to observe these celebrations and festivals separately. Residents should consult with their local houses of ...
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  • Can I donate blood in New Jersey? Are blood drives still operating?

    Yes, you can donate blood 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 because of COVID-19. The ...
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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. For more details on fishing regulations and which typesof fish are in season, visit: https://www.njfish...
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  • Can I order home delivery from my local microbrewery?

    Yes, microbreweries are allowed to conduct home deliveries to their customers. The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control previously enforced a ruling prohibiting home delivery. As of March 30, the...
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  • Can I still go outside for walks or exercise in parks?

    Yes. Exercising near your home is encouraged for mental and physical health as long as you maintain proper social distancing practices by staying six feet away. However, all state and county parks ...
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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. Posted/Updated: 3/23/20 Source...
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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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  • 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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  • 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?

    No. They should stay home. They should not go. Instead of connecting in-person, we encourage New Jerseyans to use the many free or low-cost online communications tools that exist. Executive Order 1...
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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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  • 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 servi...
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  • For which reasons can I leave my home or place of residence?

    On March 21, New Jersey residents were directed to stay at home until further notice to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey's health care system for the state's m...
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  • Governor Murphy Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses

    To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey's health care system for the state's most vulnerable, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 107 on March 21, 2020...
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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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  • Has the deadline for filing taxes been extended?

    Yes. The state income tax filing deadline and the corporation business tax filing deadline will be extended from April 15 to July 15, as part of the State's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemi...
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  • Have elective surgeries been suspended? If I am a doctor or dentist, can I perform elective surgeries?

    Effective as of 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020, all elective surgeries or invasive procedures, both medical and dental, are suspended. All medical and dental operations that can be delayed withou...
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  • How can I avoid common COVID-19 scams?

    To report any instance of price gouging, hoarding of medical supplies, charity scams, procurement fraud, scam calls, or any other related unlawful activity, please call 866-720-5721 or email disast...
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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. Updated/Reviewed: 3/21/20
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  • How can I get treatment for COVID-19 if I'm uninsured? How do I cover health costs associated with COVID-19?

    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 health insurance ...
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  • How can I help New Jersey respond to the COVID-19 pandemic?

    The State of New Jersey welcomes offers from individuals and businesses that want to help the Garden State. Priority opportunities are listed below, but we're constantly finding new ways for the pu...
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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 can I report a violation of Executive Order No. 107?

    You can report a possible violation of Executive Order No. 107 using this online form: https://covid19.nj.gov/violation. Among other actions, Executive Order 107 requires: non-essential retail bus...
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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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  • 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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  • How do I report an outbreak 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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  • How do I safely handle deliveries and interact with in-home service providers?

    There is low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respir...
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  • How do I safely interact with cashiers or store clerks when I must purchase essentials?

    Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. If you are not sick and must leave your home to purchase essentials -- like food, water, or medication -- maintain social distancing practices...
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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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  • How is New Jersey increasing access to COVID-19 testing?

    The State has announced new partnerships with the private sector that have begun to increase the availability of COVID-19 testing in New Jersey. Testing for COVID-19 is now being performed in the s...
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  • How is New Jersey supporting child care providers and families with children?

    UPDATE: Beginning Wednesday, April 1, only child care centers that exclusively serve the children of essential workers will be allowed to remain open. Child care centers that remain open must abide...
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  • How is New Jersey supporting deaf and hard of hearing individuals during COVID-19?

    The Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing provided an ASL update on COVID-19 on March, 19, 2020 on YouTube and has created a helpful coronavirus communication card in English and in Spanish. Informa...
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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 for 30 days. To mitigate the impact of the temporary measure, the Department is increa...
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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. So here's how you can do...
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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. Updated/Reviewed: 3/24/20 Source: ht...
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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?

    Businesses across New Jersey are looking to hire THOUSANDS OF WORKERS, including those who lost their jobs or have had hours reduced as a result of COVID19. Learn more about who is hiring in your c...
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  • If I’m a customer, employee, or operator of an essential retail business, what social distancing guidelines should I follow?

    Customers If you must leave home to access essential goods, please go at non-peak times. Retail food stores have been encouraged to maintain separate operating hours for senior citizens and other ...
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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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  • Is New Jersey under a public health state of emergency?

    Yes, on March 9, 2020, Governor Murphy declared both a state of emergency and a public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 7, Governor Murphy extended the public health stat...
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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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  • Is it true that there is a 30-day ban on travel to Europe?

    On March 11, 2020, The Trump administration issued a proclamation that foreign nationals who have been in one or more of 26 European countries with the past 14 days cannot enter the U.S. for a peri...
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  • Is jury duty suspended?

    Federal Courts By order of U.S. Chief District Judge Freda L. Wolfson, "all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials in the District of New Jersey scheduled to begin before April 30" are ...
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  • Is public transportation still operating normally at this time?

    NJ TRANSIT is working closely with the New Jersey Department of Health and other state and federal resources to carefully monitor, and if need be, respond to emergent health concerns that have the ...
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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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  • Is there guidance for Opioid Treatment Programs and mental health and addiction providers?

    The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services has issued guidance to Opioid Treatment Programs on reducing the incidence and transmission of COVID-19 at facilities, planning for staff shorta...
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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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  • Should I still fill out my Census form?

    Yes. You can fill out your census form online here. The Census is more than just a population count. It's the data that the federal government and the state government rely upon to make decisions t...
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  • Should people who traveled to a region with high reported rates of COVID-19 miss work or school?

    Those who are returning from regions with high levels of the virus are advised, to the extent possible, to remain at home or in a comparable setting. We also recommend that they avoid areas where p...
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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 can I do if my employer is keeping the business open despite being ordered to close, or making me show up at work when my job can be done remotely?

    To prevent the further spread of coronavirus, Governor Murphy has ordered all non-essential retail businesses to close and any employee who can do their job remotely should be working remotely. You...
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  • What changes have been made to elections in New Jersey because of COVID-19?

    Elections originally scheduled for March 21st, March 31st, and April 21st have been rescheduled to May 12, 2020. All elections scheduled for May 12, 2020 will be conducted solely via vote-by-mail b...
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  • What housing and rental assistance and mortgage relief is available for New Jerseyans? Are there protections for eviction or foreclosure?

    Eviction Protection 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 pr...
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  • What inaccurate rumors are circulating about COVID-19?

    In a joint effort by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM), the New Jersey State Police (NJSP), and the Regiona...
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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 is the State doing to prevent water, gas, or electricity shutoffs?

    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 should ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Where and how do I get tested for COVID-19 in New Jersey? Who should get testing?

    GENERAL INFORMATION At this time, testing is prioritized for individuals who are sick with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath where they need hospitalization, those who are close cont...
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  • Where can I ask additional questions about COVID-19?

    Find contact information and resources here. Updated/Reviewed: 3/24/2020
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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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  • 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. Updated/Reviewed: 3/31/2020 Source:https:...
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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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  • Where can I learn about how COVID-19 is affecting schools?

    The Department of Education has provided resources to help districts, schools, parents, and students stay prepared health, and safe: https://nj.gov/education/topics/ Updated/Reviewed: 3/17/2020 Sou...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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