What businesses are considered essential in NJ? Is Home Depot ...

Summary

It’s hard to keep track of.

Our state leaders have been stockpiling more and more restrictions on a daily basis to subdue the spread of coronavirus and flatten the curve.

Some of you may have been desperately Google searching when Gov. Phil Murphy announced Saturday afternoon that all non-essential retailers will have to close at 9 p.m. until further notice. You also shouldn’t be on the road at all anymore, unless your services are necessary to combat the virus or go to an essential store.

It’s hard to keep track of.

Our state leaders have been stockpiling more and more restrictions on a daily basis to subdue the spread of coronavirus and flatten the curve.

Some of you may have been desperately Google searching when Gov. Phil Murphy announced Saturday afternoon that all non-essential retailers will have to close at 9 p.m. until further notice. You also shouldn’t be on the road at all anymore, unless your services are necessary to combat the virus or go to an essential store.

All public and private schools, libraries, indoor malls, movie theaters, casinos, amusement parks, barbershops, hair salons, nails salons, tattoo parlors are to close until further notice.

But can Home Depot (which, by the way, sells toilet paper) stay open? What about Wal-Mart? Target? We’ve got you covered.

These are some essential retailers that can still stay open. Then we’ll break it down for you a bit more:

GROCERY STORES

They may have cut their hours a bit because they need to replenish shelves. But they’re open. And yes, that includes Wal-Mart and Target.

You should probably call ahead and make sure these hours are still in place before heading out. Some stores even have special shopping times designated for seniors.

ALDI: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some stores may have limited hours for restocking and cleaning.

Dollar General: 8 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m., depending on the store’s location. The first hour of each morning will be dedicated to helping senior shoppers.

Lidl: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sam’s Club: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

ShopRite: While many locations have not changed hours, some are operating on modified schedules based on product deliveries and the need to restock shelves and allow for additional cleaning.

Stop & Shop (most stores): 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for shoppers ages 60 and up, who can use a designated entrance marked at their local store.

Target: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The first hour of shopping each Wednesday will be reserved for the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.

Trader Joe’s: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Walmart (and Neighborhood Markets): 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. From March 24 through to April 28, all stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event at 6 a.m. every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.

Wegmans: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Weis: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pharmacies

They have to be. This includes CVS, Walgreens and RiteAid. Here are some more details:

Walgreens: most stores, including 24-hour ones, are now open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day of the week. Pharmacy hours will remain the same, including 24-hour drive-thrus. Look-up your store for more information on hours.

CVS: the company has not indicated that it’s changed any operating hours.

Rite Aid: The company has not indicated there were any changes to store hours. But online orders have been delayed by three to four weeks.

Hardware stores

Yes, that means Home Depot.

All other essential retail stores

Grocery stores

Farmers markets and farms that sell directly to customers

Other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store

Pharmacies

Medical marijuana dispensaries

Medical supply stores

Gas stations

Convenience stores

Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities

Hardware and home improvement stores

Banks and other financial institutions

Laundromats and dry-cleaning services

Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years

Pet stores

Liquor stores

Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics

Printing and office supply shops

Mail and delivery stores

Daycare centers

Restaurants, but they can only do take out and delivery

Worker exceptions to stay-at-home order

The provision of health care or medical services

Access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks

The operations of the media

Law enforcement agencies

The operations of the federal government

Read the executive orders from Murphy here and here. Check out the state’s new coronavirus website at covid19.nj.gov/ too.

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Rebecca Panico may be reached at rpanico@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaPanico.

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