On January 11, Governor Murphy reinstated a Public Health Emergency, effective immediately. Executive Order No. 280 declares a Public Health Emergency and restates the existing State of Emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey.
The Public Health Emergency will allow the state to continue vaccine distribution, vaccination or testing requirements in certain settings, the collection of COVID-19 data, implementation of any applicable recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent or limit the transmission of COVID-19, staffing and resource allocation, and other critical components of the State’s COVID-19 response. The new Public Health Emergency will allow for existing orders requiring masking in school and daycare settings to remain in effect.
The Public Health Emergency will expire after 30 days unless renewed by the Administration. State COVID-19 metrics will be re-evaluated at the time of expiration to determine if an extension will be needed.