CDC issues NJ travel advisory

The following is a message from Camden County Freeholders:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a domestic travel advisory affecting New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. On Saturday, March 28, the CDC issued a statement urging all residents of the three states to refrain from non-essential travel for 14 days due to extensive community transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The CDC’s statement explicitly exempts employees of critical infrastructure industries such as trucking, public health professionals, financial services and food supply.

“Our community has a responsibility to the rest of the country to follow these guidelines and reduce the transmission of coronavirus outside of areas that have already been heavily impacted,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “This guidance does not change what we have been urging our residents to do for the past two weeks, although it underscores the necessity of immediate action. This virus is known to spread among individuals who are asymptomatic, it can live [off] surfaces for several days in some cases, and it can have deadly consequences for people of all ages. The only remotely assured way to protect yourself and others is to stay home and travel only when necessary. If we all follow this guidance, we can flatten the curve and win this war.”

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy clarified Saturday that the CDC travel advisory does not change the rules put in place Executive Order No. 107, which closed all nonessential businesses and ordered residents to stay home as much as possible a week prior.

To read the CDC’s advisory, visit here.

To read Governor Murphy’s full statement, visit here.