NJ Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Public Health Emergency
Jon L. Gelman
Governor Phil Murphy on Saturday signed Executive Order No. 186. The Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, which was previously extended on April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1, and August 27. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.
“As we enter the Fall season, it is important to continue to take all steps necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our state,” said Governor Murphy. “Maintaining our access to all resources available is critical, and an extension of the public health emergency will allow us to continue making progress against this virus.”
Executive Order No. 186 extends all Executive Orders issued under the Governor's authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. It also extends all actions taken by any Executive Branch departments and agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The provisions of the recently enacted landmark compensation law's sweeping measures, establishing a reputable presumption of compensability for coronavirus is thereby also extended. The law provides workers' compensation benefits to essential workers who contract coronavirus [COVID-19] and provides dependency benefits to their survivors, will continue during this period of the public health emergency.
For the full text of Executive Order No. 186, click here.
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