On October 12, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order (E.O.) #187 allowing the resumption of contact practices and competitions for certain organized sports in indoor settings. Referring to E.O. 149 signed back at the end of May, the Governor recognized the importance of organized sports for youth development. He recalled the Department of Health (DOH) classification of activities in high, medium, and low-risk categories and issuing of Guidance for same; referred to his Executive Orders 163 and 168 in July, which permitted the resumption of medium and high-risk activities; and authorized such activities to be carried on both outdoors and indoors, effective immediately and subject to organizers and participants adhering to the DOH Guidance.
Executive Order 189, signed on October 15, 2020, extended the 2019 Corporate Business Tax calendar year return filing deadline. Recognizing the ripple effect of extending federal and state income tax returns, and the difficulties for taxpayers to meet with tax preparers, the deadline was extended from October 15, 2020, to November 16, 2020.
On October 15, 2020, the Governor signed Executive Order 190, extending utility shutoff moratorium through March 15, 2021. In this E.O., gas or electric public or municipal utility or privately or publicly owned water systems shall (1) not discontinue any gas, electric, or water service to New Jersey residents (especially residential); (2) not collect any late fees; (3) reconnect any accounts, particularly residential, which were discontinued for nonpayment following the start of the Public Health Emergency and social distancing.
Cable or telecommunications providers shall not terminate service, particularly residential, prior to November 15, and only then after notice and offering a variety of options for extended payments, debt forgiveness, and the like. They shall not terminate residential service where any school-age children use the internet for educational purposes.
Executive Order 191, on October 24, 2020, extended the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020, with E.O. 103, and previously extended on April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1, August 27, and September 25 (by Executive Order 186).
On October 24, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #192 “to protect New Jersey’s Workforce during the COVID-19 Pandemic”. It included several mandatory requirements of every employer that requires or permits its workforce, whether in part or as a whole, to be physically present, to require 6 feet between people in meetings, common areas, bathrooms, and when entering and exiting the workplace whenever possible, and when not practical, install barriers; provide masks at the employer’s expense and require them to be warned when employees are not in a walled office or cubicle; provide hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and wipes; ensure that employees practice regular hand hygiene; prior to each shift, conduct daily health checks of employees such as temperature screenings, visual symptom
checking, self-assessment checklists, and/or health questionnaires consistent with CDC guidance; promptly notify all employees of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite; clean and disinfect in accordance with CDC guidance if there is a positive case, and wipe down frequently touched surfaces regularly with the virus killing substance(s).