If you live in New Jersey, you now must be inside your home by 8 P.M. and not leave until after 5 A.M. Gov. Phil Murphy announced the unprecedented move this morning, an action that will force all 9 million NJ residents to comply. State officials believe curfews will help their state top the spread of coronavirus, but clearly, civil liberty advocates aren’t likely to share the same sentiment.
“Everyone needs to stay in and be safe,” Murphy said in a phone call with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont to announce the new restrictions. “And we can’t say this enough, that everyone needs to stay in and be safe and just because you don’t feel sick, and this is a particular shout-out to our young people, it doesn’t mean you aren’t carrying the virus. And the last thing that anyone should be thinking about is going out and spreading the disease.”
NJ is expected to shut down all schools later today, and likely close casinos, bars, movie theaters, and gyms. Gov. Murphy seems to be irritated that people in New Jersey went out on the town last night, something he mentioned in his stringent rhetoric to the public.
“I saw too many videos last night of packed bars, people passing bottles drinking from the same bottle, literally globbed on top of each other,” Murphy said Sunday, after saying he was considering the curfew. “In short of shutting the entire state down, clipping establishments by a number of hours each night in particular we believe will have a meaningful, positive outcome in terms of social distancing.”
New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, so it’s no surprise that its pandemic response is one of the most stringent right out of the gates. But coronavirus quarantines are likely to begin in states across the nation and panic, fueled by the media, continues to grasps citizens.
Author: Jim Satney
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