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Day cares closed except for children of essential workers

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey day care providers have until Friday to certify they can and will serve only the children of workers deemed essential during the COVID-19 emergency or face closure. Murphy said a lack of child care “cannot be a barrier” for essential workers. Murphy's earlier orders have said that grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations among others are considered essential. Health care workers are also considered essential, along with law enforcement, fire and emergency personnel. Day cares that don't serve only essential workers must close by April 1 under the executive order Murphy signed Wednesday. 

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