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Livestock feed stores, nurseries and garden centers, and farm equipment dealerships in New Jersey are now allowed to stay open during the COVID-19 response.

Patrick J. Callahan, the state's emergency management director, named those stores essential businesses on March 24, exempting them from the governor's shutdown order for nonessential retailers that went into effect March 21.

Grocery stores, farmers markets, farm stores and other food sellers were exempted from the original order, along with pharmacies, gas stations, banks, liquor stores and other establishments.

Callahan also added cell phone sales and repair shops, and bicycle repair operations to the list of businesses that may remain open.

More than 2,800 cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in New Jersey, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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