N.J. to close all daycare centers except those serving children of ‘essential’ workers

A police officer walks on the boardwalk in Old Bridge, N.J., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. There have been 17 new deaths stemming from coronavirus, an increase that Gov. Phil Murphy said is New Jersey’s biggest single-day jump yet. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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UPDATED 7:09 AM PT — Thursday, March 26, 2020

The state of New Jersey is closing most of its daycare centers to protect children amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order requiring all childcare centers to close unless they are solely serving the children of essential workers.

Centers who fail to comply with the order are required to close by April 1. They have until Friday to certify that they are exclusively caring for ‘essential’ workers’ children.

Additionally, Gov. Murphy said new health and safety guidelines will be put in place for centers that will remain open.

“We need all of our front-line workers on the job, helping us to get through this emergency; a lack of childcare cannot be a barrier for them or our response,”he stated. “While these workers commit themselves to our New Jersey family, we will commit to protecting their families.”

The new measure came after the governor issued a ‘stay-at-home’ order for residents in the state and closed all non-essential businesses.

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