Salons, barber shops ordered closed statewide amid coronavirus outbreak in N.J.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced businesses like barber shops and salons will be ordered to close Thursday at 8 p.m. until further notice to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in New Jersey.

The order is for so-called personal-care businesses that “cannot comply with social distancing guidelines,” Murphy said at a news briefing in Trenton.

It includes “barbershops and hair salons, spas, nail and eyelash salons, tattoo parlors” and social clubs, Murphy said.

The news came as Murphy announced New Jersey now has at least 742 coronavirus cases statewide, including at least nine deaths, as officials announced 312 new positive tests Thursday.

The latest order comes as New Jersey residents already faced sweeping new restrictions to combat the outbreak, including the closure of all public and private schools and the shutdown of casinos, dine-in restaurant service, theaters, and gyms, and a suggested curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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