Governor Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency in New Jersey

With the signing of the new executive order, E.O. No 103 (2020), signed on March 9, 2020, and E.O. No. 119, signed on April 7, 2020, are deemed extended.

May 8, 2020 – Under the Emergency Health Powers Act (EHPA), a declaration of public health emergency automatically expires after 30 days unless renewed. Thus, Executive Order No. 138 shall expire 30 days from May 6, 2020, unless Governor Murphy issues another order renewing the Order.

Despite the extension, Governor Murphy assures New Jerseyans that the “Road Back Plan” remains intact and.

“We will continue to stand by these principles and protect health as we responsibly take steps to get the economy moving again,” Governor Murphy said.

Governor Murphy also calls for his constituents to not give up on social distancing, the one thing that he believes has been working in the fight against COVID-19.

What the extension means:

The extension means that all actions that had been taken by an Executive Branch department or agency by virtue of their authority under the EHPA as a response to the Public Health Emergency will remain valid and in force.

It also means that theNew Jersey Government will continue to have access to its emergency funds.

“Extending this declaration ensures that we can continue using every resource at our disposal to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” the Governor said.

New Jersey gets $2.4 billion in CARES Act funding:

On May 6, 2020, Governor Murphy shared the news that the U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin gave new guidance on how the State can spend its funding.

“While this new guidance doesn’t get us all the way to where we want – or frankly, need – to be, I’m grateful that we now have greater room to meet some of our immediate needs,” Governor Murphy said. “We will put this money to good use for our first responders and our small businesses.”

He nonetheless added that the new federal flexibility would allow New Jersey to make the next school aid payment of $467 million.