New Jersey joins New York and California to give ‘stay at home’ coronavirus order keeping nine million more in lockdown – The Sun

NEW Jersey followed New York and California in giving a "stay at home" coronavirus order to keep nearly nine million more people on lockdown.

Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order mandating that all non-essential retail businesses close their stores and residents put to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“All gatherings are canceled. This means no weddings, no funerals or birthday parties,” Murphy tweeted today.

“I don’t take this action lightly, but my goal is to make sure you can gather safely with family and friends later.”

Like NY and California, workers who are in essential services like healthcare and the food industry are exempt from this rule, Murphy said.

Murphy also said all nonessential retail businesses must indefinitely cost their physical stores to the public as of 9pm on Saturday.

The stay-at-home rule bans all gatherings including weddings and parties after President Donald Trump urged the country to "stay at home and save lives" amid the deadly outbreak.

As the virus rapidly spreads in-state and countrywide, New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said "I’m definitely going to get it."

"We all are,” the pragmatic 71-year-old veteran hospital executive told “I’m just waiting.”

New Jersey has had nearly 1,000 infections as of March 21 and 11 deaths, while cases in neighboring NY top 10,000 with 56 fatalities.

Troops will now be called to New York – the worst affected state – to help fight the coronavirus pandemic after Donald Trump declared it a major disaster area.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, pleaded for the Army's intervention – following similar military assistance in Italy, Spain and Jordan – saying they have the "best logistical capacity."

The Major Disaster Declaration will unlock a full disaster relief fund which opens up access to $42billion in aid and the army will now assist the state.

A Shelter In Place order over in Illinois was also announced which limits all residents to stay in their homes unless absolutely essential.

It goes into effect at 5pm on Saturday and will last until April 7, Governor J.B. Pritzker said.

Likewise, in California, Governor Gavin Newsom said the order is necessary as cases surge to over 1,000 with 23 deaths. 

Between New York, California and Illinois, more than 70 million residents are now being ordered to stay home amid the pandemic, plus some nine million others in New Jersey today.

The emergency measures implemented by governors in all four states come as Trump praised

Americans for their response to the virus outbreak saying it's "something the history books will never forget."

"The way you're responding has been very special," he said. "It's something we'll never forget."

His comments come after the deadly disease pummeled the country and its economy as stocks free-fall and 285 Americans died from coronavirus as of March 21.

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