Don't Violate New Jersey's Stay at Home Order

Posted by: Wiley Lavender on Friday, April 24, 2020

New Jersey has experienced various natural disasters in the past. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is the first declaration of a New Jersey Public Health Emergency. The impact that it will have upon the people of New Jersey are far-reaching and will last for some time. On March 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy signed Executive Order #107. Executive Order #107 is New Jersey' Stay at Home Order.

Executive Order #107 directs all New Jersey residents to remain home or at their place of residence.

Exceptions to New Jersey's Stay at Home Order

  1. obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses;
  2. obtaining takeout food or beverages from restaurants, other dining establishments, or food courts;
  3. seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement or emergency services;
  4. visiting family or other individuals with whom the resident has a close personal relationship, such as those for whom the individual is a caretaker or romantic partner;
  5. reporting to, or performing, their job;
  6. walking, running, operating a wheelchair, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners while following best social distancing practices with other individuals, including staying six feet apart;
  7. leaving the home for an educational, religious, or political reason;
  8. leaving because of a reasonable fear for his or her health or safety; or
  9. leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.

Executive Order #107 requires that when in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay six feet apart whenever practicable, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.  The Order also cancels gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, unless otherwise authorized.  Additionally, the brick-and-mortar premises of all non-essential retail businesses remain closed to the public until the Order ends. 

Legal Consequences

Executive Order #107 clearly identifies permitted activities and not  violations of the Order. However, there are legal consequences for conduct not permitted under the terms of the Order. 

Any person who violates Executive Order #107 shall be adjudged a disorderly person and shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 6 months or shall pay a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or to both a fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court.  Prosecution for the imposition of a penalty pursuant to this section shall be commenced in the municipal court of the municipality wherein the offense is alleged to have occurred.

Persons who aid or abet a person who violates Executive Order #107 shall also be adjudged a disorderly person. Thus, they will receive the same punishment.

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