New Jersey closes schools and universities over coronavirus

New Jersey is shutting down schools and universities statewide under a series of far-reaching measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

“The time for us to take our strongest and most direct actions today to slow the spread of the coronavirus is now,” Murphy said in a video posted on Twitter.

“All schools in New Jersey – public, private parochial, from Pre-K through grade 12 and all colleges and universities will close effective Wednesday March 18th until such time as deemed by health officials to be safe for classes to resume.”

Murphy said non-essential vehicles were discouraged from traveling in the Garden State between 8 pm and 5 am, and non-essential retailers would be shut down after 8 pm starting Monday night.

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