New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced late Thursday night that he has extended the state’s public health emergency order for another month.
“As we move forward with our restart and recovery plan, maintaining access to all resources available is essential,” said Murphy. “Extending the Public Health Emergency allows us to continue to work to save lives, while safely and securely reopening our state’s economy.”
The order effectively continues Executive Order 103, the initial emergency executive order signed by Murphy in March that places the governor’s office in charge or promulgating regulations and restrictions pursuant to the coronavirus pandemic crisis. All emergency orders in New Jersey last 30 days and must be extended by an additional executive order if they are to be renewed.
The latest order also extends all additional executive orders issued under the governor’s authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. Additionally, it extends all actions taken by any executive branch departments and agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Since the outbreak of coronavirus began March 3, New Jersey has recorded 11,970 deaths from 162,530 cases.