On May 6, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order to extend by 30 days the public health emergency that he declared on March 9, and that had been previously extended on April 7.

“I want to make it absolutely clear that this action does not mean that we are seeing anything in the data which would pause our path forward, and it should not be interpreted by anyone to mean we are going to be tightening any of the restrictions currently in place,” said Murphy. “These declarations, unless extended, expire after 30 days. This ensures we will continue on our current war footing for the coming month. The conditions underpinning this declaration have not changed. We are still in a public health emergency.”

During Wednesday’s Coronavirus briefing, Murphy emphasized the continued planning being done to expand New Jersey’s testing capabilities, to implement a robust system for contact tracing, and to secure spaces for those who will test positive in the future to safely isolate.

“The work of the Restart and Recovery Commission to responsibly get our economy working again continues,” said Murphy. “The Regional Council’s work continues. Our efforts to work with our shore communities and downtowns regarding the coming summer months continues, and our work to ensure our long-term resiliency continues.”