Daycare centers will have to apply to the state for approval to remain open past April 1. (Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons) An executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy is going to close daycare centers on April 1 throughout New Jersey unless the daycare will exclusively service children of “essential employees.”Paperwork must be filed with the state immediately if the daycare is attempting to stay open. The Executive Order 110 reads: “Any ‘child care center,’ including those as defined in this executive order, that fails to timely certify shall be closed to the public as of Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and remain closed through the school closure period.” The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management wanted to ensure local daycares have access to the form because of the importance of keeping local daycares open for essential employees during the coronavirus outbreak. The link to the application is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3ElMPAsWND13XPDDMLaEOYnTX3V1iiXr9p6yekvL2suiYNA/viewform Some of the essential employees that are outlined in the executive order include, but are not limited to, first responders, health care workers, essential government employees, social services workers and workers of essential retail operations.