N.J., N.Y. and CT. Synchronize Covid-19 Crisis Plan


Citing lack of direction from the feds, Governors Andrew Cuomo, Phil Murphy and Ned Lamont on a conference call this morning with reporters from their three states synchronized on an action plan to impose an 8 p.m. shutdown-time at eat-in bars and restaurants in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The state liquor authorites will allow bars and restaurants to sell their products off premises or through take-out.

The governors also said they are urging people to suspend all non-essential travel between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

In concert with New York and Connecticut, Murphy will close all schools statewide.

Movie theaters, gyms and casinos will also close indefinitely starting at 8 p.m. tonight, Monday.

The governors on the call acknowledged the Centers for Disease Control’s urging of cancellations of atherings of more than 50 people; down from 150.

His state the most Covid-19 impacted in the country (officially 950, compared to 98 for New Jersey) Cuomo took the lead for the three states on the call, and spoke to the need for the three states to stick together during this Covid-19 crisis.

All but pushing aside President Donald J. Trump, the New York Governor panned the federal government’s response.
“They have been behind since day one,” said Cuomo, who said the absence of a federal action plan requires states to coordinate the best they can.
“We need the army corps of engineers to come in here now to build temporary healthcare capacity,” added the New York Governor. 

“Same rules for closings are imperative,” he added. 

“I dont think we’re going to flatten the curve enough to meet the capacity of the healthcare system,” the New York Governor said. But he wants to try to put the states in the best possible position to avoid overwhelming regional hospitals.
Murphy said he wants to pull Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf onto the calls. “I would hope we could mimic a similar harmony there,” said New Jersey’s governor.


From the New Jersey Governor’s Office:

Amid Lack of Federal Direction, Governor Murphy, Governor Cuomo, and Governor Lamont Announce Regional Approach to Combatting COVID-19

The three States will limit crowd capacity for recreational and social gatherings to 50 people – effective by 8 PM tonight 

Restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery only effective 8 PM tonight

Movie theaters, gyms and casinos will temporarily close effective 8 PM tonight

Uniform approach to social distancing will slow spread of COVID-19 throughout the tri-state area

Amid a lack of federal direction and nationwide standards, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus – or COVID-19 – throughout the tri-state area.

These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people, effective 8 PM tonight. This follows updated guidance that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.

The three governors also announced restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol. These measures will take effect at 8 PM tonight.

Finally, the three governors said they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms and casinos, effective at 8 PM tonight. 

This uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

Governor Murphy said, “With all we are seeing in our state – and across our nation and around the world – the time for us to take our strongest, and most direct, actions to date to slow the spread of coronavirus is now. I’ve said many times over the past several days that, in our state, we are going to get through this as one New Jersey family. But if we’re all in this together, we must work with our neighboring states to act together. The work against coronavirus isn’t just up to some of us, it’s up to all of us.”

“Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn’t crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is not a war that can be won alone, which is why New York is partnering with our neighboring states to implement a uniform standard that not only keeps our people safe but also prevents ‘state shopping’ where residents of one state travel to another and vice versa. I have called on the federal government to implement nationwide protocols but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves.”

Governor Lamont said, “The only way to effectively fight the spread of COVID-19 is by working together as states. We have shared interests, and a patchwork of closures and restrictions is not the best way forward. I know that because of this collaboration, we will save lives.” 



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