NJ: All Schools – Including Yeshivos – To Close On Wednesday; Curfew At 8:00PM Each Night


All of New Jersey’s schools – public and private – will close their doors to students Wednesday as the coronavirus continues to spread in the state, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday.

“All schools in New Jersey, public, private, parochial, from pre-K through grade 12, and colleges and universities, will close effective Wednesday March 18th,” Murphy announced in a tweet.

He said they will stay closed “until such time as deemed by health officials to be safe for classes to resume.”

Meanwhile, Gov. Murphy said Monday that New Jerseyans should not leave their homes between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The only exceptions, according to the governor’s recommendation, would be emergency or essential travel.

While not an order under Murphy’s declaration of a state of emergency, the governor said he is “strongly discouraging non-essential travel.” The measure was announced during a joint conference call with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.

The governors also jointly announced all movie theaters, gyms, and casinos in the three states will be ordered closed at 8 p.m. Monday and will remain closed until further notice. Also, bars and restaurants will only serve take-out food for the foreseeable future.

“We want everybody home — not out,” Murphy said.

“We’re gonna get through this,” he added. “We’re gonna get through this as one family.”

The governors are also banning all public gatherings of 50 people or more in all three states

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All Yeshivas are being told to prepare for an imminent shutdown, YWN has learned.

NJ Governor Murphy is expected to announce the closure of all public and private schools in the entire state of New Jersey on Monday, which will force all Lakewood Yeshivas to close.

Sources tell YWN that multiple doctors were in touch with Lakewood Rabbonim all day Sunday, pleading with them to close before the pandemic spreads like wildfire across the town, endangering the lives of many elderly and medically vulnerable residents.

Eventually, word came from the Governor’s office that they would be forced to close following the announcement, which will come on Monday.

Below is a letter that the Agudah of NJ sent to all Mosdos advising them to prepare for the shutdown.

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  1. This hoax of the Democrats has gone too far!! Why are we listening to these silly “experts” who pretend to know something about this!! We should keep our yeshivas and kollels open!! Only President Trump will save us!!

  2. M:

    Even someone who appreciates the president like me, thinks you’re foolish.

    I don’t know where you live, but you need to open your eyes even within your own community. this is something we’ve never seen before and hopefully we’ll never see again because no one knows what to do with themselves.

  3. In UK we think you guys are panicking, and making things worse.

    Yes, of course, schools (& yeshivos) will have to close at some point, but closing them now is counterproductive.

    The rational approach is that early isolation and early shutting down just exposes old/vulnerable people to more contact without any herd immunity to protect them, and without the usual carers, family, and health workers that they rely on putting them at real risk.

    A nuanced approach (R Chaim & lahvdil elef alfei havdolos UK govt) is to only shutdown when the virus is at it’s peak for a certain amount of time, not now in any country (except perhaps North Italy).

  4. M=troll
    Also, in this case, the headline is exceedingly misleading. I saw the video of the Governor, and there was nothing even remotely like a curfew in his presentation. If you call this a curfew, what are you going to say when chas veshalom someone imposes a real curfew?

  5. At this point, you are almost ready to wish that those stupid andcruel enough to troll and joke about this crisis will be the victims of their own mindless comments. We’ve been through the anti-vaxers and somehow they think this is just an extension of their game. As of 3pm this afternoon, if you watched the news conference, even the denier-in-chief acknowledged that this is no hoax and is truly a crisis that will continue at least through the summer. As he spoke, the market dropped 3,000 points, the largest point drop in history.

  6. “Meanwhile, Gov. Murphy said Monday that New Jerseyans should not leave their homes between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to help stop the spread of the coronavirus”

    What about New Yorkers who are visiting, working, or passing thru coming from PA? Will the State Police stop cars? Will there be armed guards closing the Goethals and Outerbridge crossing?
    This is the Police State/Marshal Law that Liberals have dreamt about for decades. Complete government control! They’re coming for your guns next. We are truly living in dangerous times. What’s scariest is that we the sheeple are going down without even a whimper of protest. Total reliance on our corrupt government/CIA(Brennan)/FBI(McCabe)/NSA(Rogers)

  7. NGI, as midwesterner said there is NO CURFEW. Nobody will be stopped for being outside at night. It is merely a recommendation, and you may do with it as you think appropriate.

    M is GHT or some stooge of his. Both M and GHT are telling FILTHY LIES when they claim the president EVER called the virus a hoax, or ever took it less seriously than it warranted. There HAS been a hoax promoted by the Democratic Party, the news media, and collaborators such as GHT, to convince people that the president has mismanaged the situation and made it worse, just as they successfully convinced the public of the FILTHY LIE that President Bush mismanaged Katrina. They severely damaged Bush with that lie, and now they are consciously, deliberately trying the same filthy attack on Trump, but he is fighting back.