NJ extends moratorium on utility shutoffs during pandemic

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey residents who are struggling to pay their utility bills during the coronavirus pandemic can get some relief.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday that the public water, gas, and electric companies have agreed to extend the moratorium against service shutoffs.

“This voluntary moratorium now runs through Oct. 15 and applies to both residential and commercial customers,” he said. “However, customers may receive a shutoff notice after Oct. 15 to notify them in advance.”

Our public water, gas, and electric utility shutoff moratorium has been extended until October 15th.No one should have to decide between putting food on the table or paying for basic necessities during this unprecedented time.https://t.co/ZchrTLqpaa

— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) August 21, 2020

Deferred payment plans are also available. 

“Utilities are also offering deferred payment agreements of anywhere from 12 to 24 months with no down payment required,” said Murphy.

And, residents who were greatly affected by Tropical Storm Isaias will also get some help. Any New Jerseyan who lost power for three days or more will be reimbursed for the cost of spoiled food and prescription medication.