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Assistance and Benefits FAQs

  • How does the CARES Act stimulus package help me or my business? How do I get my economic impact payment?

    Last Updated: 08/07/2020
    The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law on March 27, contains provisions that support individuals and small businesses in a number of ways. Direc...
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  • Is there any financial support available to landlords whose tenants missed rent payments?

    Last Updated: 08/07/2020
    The NJHMFA Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program provides financial support for small rental property owners (and, indirectly, to renters) who are struggling due to the COVID-19 emergency. ...
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  • What if I can’t pay my rent? Can I still get evicted? Is there any rental relief?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    Eviction Protection and Assistance Your landlord cannot remove you from your home during this emergency. This moratorium on evictions will remain in place for up to two months after the end of this...
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  • What can I do if I am denied health care for COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2020
    No one should be denied access to health care. The Department of Health operates a 24-hour complaint hotline where patients, health care facility employees and other members of the public may file ...
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  • What can I do if my child is being bullied or harassed because of COVID-19? What if it’s at school?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2020
    Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), schools and other places of public accommodation must take action to stop harassment based on race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual ...
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  • What if I can’t pay my water, gas, electricity, phone, or Internet bill due to the outbreak? Is the State doing anything to prevent utility shutoffs?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2020
    Water Governor Murphy has announced that all municipal and private-sector water utilities in New Jersey have voluntarily agreed to suspend shut-offs during this COVID19 emergency. No New Jerseyan s...
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  • What programs, loans, or resources are available to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak? Where can I learn more about resources for businesses?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2020
    COVID-19 BUSINESS INFORMATION HUB For detailed information on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus and its impact on businesses, visit the State of New Jersey COVID-19 business information hub. There you'll ...
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  • What types of benefits or assistance are available to me during the coronavirus outbreak?

    Last Updated: 07/27/2020
    Health Insurance: If you do not have health insurance, or lose coverage, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance progr...
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  • How do I apply for food, cash, and health insurance assistance? How are assistance programs adjusting for COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 07/20/2020
    New Jersey has an online application and screening tool, NJHelps, that can be used to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insuranc...
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  • What is the State doing to support older residents?

    Last Updated: 07/20/2020
    To protect the health and safety of the older residents, the State has taken several steps including: Temporarily allowing supervising nurses to conduct required plan-of-care evaluations by phone ...
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  • What federal grant opportunities are available to support New Jersey governments, institutes, and business communities?

    Last Updated: 07/14/2020
    Many grant opportunities are available to a broad spectrum of applicants, including small businesses, for-profit companies and non-profit organizations (NPOs), institutes of higher education (IHEs)...
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  • What happens if I test positive? Will I get fired if I need to quarantine? Is there any help for medical treatment, paying the bills, or getting food and other essentials?

    Last Updated: 07/10/2020
    If you test positive for COVID-19, a New Jersey contact tracer will reach out to you with life-saving information about how best to protect yourself and your loved ones. COVID-19 is mainly spread f...
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  • What resources and assistance are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    In response to COVID-19, the Department of Human Services and the Division of Developmental Disabilities have: created a resource guide to assist families in accessing programs and supports provid...
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  • Who can I call if I’m feeling stressed or anxious during the COVID-19 outbreak?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    The NJ MentalHealthCares Help Line offers counseling, emotional support, information and assistance in helping to get behavioral health services needed by you or a loved one. To access emotional su...
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  • Am I eligible for any unemployment benefits if my work has been negatively impacted by COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 07/01/2020
    If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as tips for copin...
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  • Can my employer fire me if I miss work due to COVID-19? Do I have any civil rights protections against discrimination or harassment?

    Last Updated: 06/26/2020
    No. Your employer cannot fire you if you miss work because you had COVID-19 or were told to quarantine by a medical professional. You are also legally protected against discrimination or harassment...
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  • What services are available to help the homeless?

    Last Updated: 06/05/2020
    New Jersey residents experiencing homelessness should call 2-1-1 for help. 2-1-1 community resource specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can help clients who speak many diffe...
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  • Am I eligible for sick leave, family leave, or temporary disability insurance if I or a family member have been impacted by the outbreak?

    Last Updated: 05/28/2020
    The State of New Jersey has created a benefits eligibility tool to help you understand what benefits programs and job protections are available to you during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can also vis...
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  • How can I get food or other essentials if I cannot leave my home?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    If you are quarantined or in home isolation, do not leave your home. Many pharmacies and grocery stores offer delivery. Please use these services to the extent possible. A friend or relative may al...
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  • If I'm a business that urgently needs workers, or if I'm a worker looking for a job, where can I go?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    Job Seekers If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as ti...
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  • Where can I get legal help?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) coordinates the statewide Legal Services system, which provides free legal assistance to low-income New Jerseyans for their civil legal problems. For free legal ...
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  • If I’m self-employed or own a business, am I eligible for unemployment or other benefits?

    Last Updated: 05/05/2020
    If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this general guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as tips f...
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  • Is there help for homeowners? What if I can’t pay my mortgage?

    Last Updated: 04/29/2020
    You cannot be removed from your home during this emergency, even if a final judgment of foreclosure has been entered and a sheriff's sale of your property has taken place. On March 19, 2020, Govern...
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  • What resources are available for immigrants in New Jersey during the coronavirus outbreak? What information is there about enforcement of immigration policy?

    Last Updated: 04/17/2020
    Health Care Coverage and Resources No one in New Jersey should hesitate to get tested, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. Testing for COVID-19-related services will not be at a...
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  • What resources and support are available to survivors of domestic violence?

    Last Updated: 04/15/2020
    Survivors of domestic violence can call the New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233). The hotline provides confidential access to domestic violence information and services, in...
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  • What resources are available to Veterans during the public health emergency?

    Last Updated: 04/14/2020
    Veterans and their families can check on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs public-facing website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus Guidance from local VA medical facili...
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  • Can I get addiction treatment help via the phone?

    Last Updated: 04/09/2020
    ReachNJ is a 24-hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week addictions hotline where people who have Substance Use Disorder or friends and family can get assistance and support from live, New Jersey-based, trained ad...
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  • What happens if I can’t pay my insurance premiums?

    Last Updated: 04/09/2020
    Governor Murphy has signed an executive order extending the grace period for residents unable to pay their insurance premiums because of a loss of income or other negative impact as a result of the...
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  • How do new federal paid leave requirements impact my business?

    Last Updated: 04/02/2020
    The answer to your question can be found in this article on the Business Information Hub.
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  • Are there programs to help individuals with disabilities to save money?

    Last Updated: 03/30/2020
    With NJ ABLE, individuals with disabilities can save for qualified disability expenses without losing eligibility for certain assistance programs, like SSI and Medicaid. Visit https://savewithable....
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  • Is mortgage relief available to businesses?

    Last Updated: 03/29/2020
    The answer to your question can be found in this article on the Business Information Hub.
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  • What financial assistance is available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)?

    Last Updated: 03/26/2020
    The answer to your question can be found in this article on the Business Information Hub.
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  • If I'm still being paid by my employer during the COVID-19 outbreak, should I apply for benefits?

    Last Updated: 03/25/2020
    Please do not apply for benefits if you continue to be paid by your employer during COVID-19. Source: https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtml
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  • What support is available for individuals living with diabetes during the coronavirus crisis?

    Last Updated: 03/23/2020
    The Diabetes Foundation has opened a hotline for individuals living with all types of diabetes to receive a free two-week Diabetes Backup Emergency Supply Kit and Diabetes Emergency Insulin Adminis...
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Contact Tracing FAQs

  • How is the State tracing so many contacts?

    Last Updated: 08/07/2020
    As testing of individuals for COVID-19 increases, so does the need for contact tracers to conduct interviews with individuals who may have come into contact with those who tested positive. It is es...
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  • How you can help the State’s contact tracing program? How can I become a contact tracer?

    Last Updated: 07/31/2020
    Answer The Call – Protect Your Loved Ones – Stop COVID-19 Your help is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protecting your loved ones. Contact tracers are calling with life-saving in...
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  • How do I know when a contact tracer is calling? How do I know it's not a scam? What will they ask me?

    Last Updated: 07/06/2020
    Your help is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protecting your loved ones. Contact tracers are calling with life-saving information that will keep you, your loved ones, and your commun...
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  • What Is Contact Tracing? How Does It Stop The Spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/17/2020
    As part of the State's plan to safely restart the economy, we are implementing a comprehensive contact tracing program. For more information, visit the New Jersey COVID-19 Testing and Contact Traci...
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  • How Is My Data Being Used and How Is My Privacy Being Protected When Contact Tracing?

    Last Updated: 06/09/2020
    Your information is confidential. Your name will not be released to your contacts or your COVID-19 status – that information will only be known to public health officials and our local health dep...
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  • What are common misconceptions about contact tracing?

    Last Updated: 06/09/2020
    Q: If I test positive for COVID-19, do I have to tell the contact tracer everyone I was in close contact with? Your help is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protecting your loved ones...
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  • For Contact Tracing, Who is Considered A Close Contact?

    Last Updated: 05/14/2020
    For contact tracing purposes, a "close contact" is anyone who was within six feet of you for more than 10 minutes starting two days before you first had symptoms. Source: Governor's Remarks 5/12/20...
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COVID-19 Data FAQs

  • How many COVID-19 cases and deaths have there been in New Jersey? Where have they been?

    Last Updated: 08/07/2020
    The Department of Health is maintaining a dashboard with information about COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, including deaths, numbers of cases, and locations. In addition, the dashboard tracks where N...
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  • Are the data models the State is using accurate? How do they account for all the day-to-day changes?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    The State chose dynamic data models that take into account what we are seeing on the ground at a local level. New Jersey uses an ensemble of models which allow us to: Capture trends at a zip code ...
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  • How is the State using data to make decisions and slow the spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    Working with a team of leading data scientists and epidemiologists, the State is using several dynamic epidemiology and growth models to predict the spread of the virus and the need for hospital be...
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  • Is COVID-19 test data being shared with law enforcement agencies?

    Last Updated: 04/14/2020
    The Department of Health has instructed all local public health officers to share limited information about addresses where an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 (but not the names of any ...
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  • Are commercial laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing required to share information with the Department of Health?

    Last Updated: 03/25/2020
    In a joint letter to commercial laboratory operators, Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the Chair of the New Jersey Domestic Security Prep...
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Government Services FAQs

  • Was the deadline to file taxes extended? Where can I find information on tax relief programs?

    Last Updated: 08/07/2020
    Income and Corporation Business Taxes The deadline to file federal and state income taxes as well as corporation business taxes were all extended from April 15 to July 15. These were automatic exte...
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  • Should I fill out my Census form? Why does it matter?

    Last Updated: 08/05/2020
    Yes. You can fill out your census form online here. The deadline to complete your census form is now September 30. The Census is more than just a population count. It's the data that the federal go...
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  • If I'm a State employee, where can I find information about leave time and health benefits?

    Last Updated: 08/04/2020
    The Civil Service Commission has published a general FAQ document that covers a range of information for New Jersey State employees. Topics covered include: Leave rules if you are feeling sick or ...
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  • Are programs funded by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities closed? What support is there for residents of Developmental Centers?

    Last Updated: 07/28/2020
    Closures New Jersey has temporarily closed congregate day programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Division of Developmental Disabilities has issued guidance a...
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  • How is New Jersey supporting deaf and hard of hearing individuals during COVID-19? Where can I find COVID-19 communication cards?

    Last Updated: 07/27/2020
    Mental Health Support Line A free emotional support helpline was created to help deaf and hard of hearing New Jerseyans feeling the strain from the public health crisis. New Jerseyans can call the ...
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  • Have elections been moved or changed in New Jersey because of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 07/21/2020
    Election Dates All upcoming scheduled elections – including special elections which result from a vacancy – have been postponed to the November 3rd General Election. The primary election origin...
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  • Has the government changed how it conducts business as a result of COVID-19? Has the fiscal year been extended?

    Last Updated: 07/17/2020
    State Government At the start of the health crisis, the Governor signed legislation allowing for State business and legislative sessions to be conducted at locations other than Trenton, and for leg...
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  • How is the State of New Jersey preventing the spread of COVID-19 in state correctional facilities and halfway houses? Can I visit?

    Last Updated: 07/16/2020
    Temporary Visitation Suspension As of March 14, the Department of Corrections has temporarily suspended visits. To mitigate the impact of the temporary measure, the Department is increasing access ...
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  • Are New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies open? What new protocols or practices are in place?

    Last Updated: 07/10/2020
    Motor Vehicle Commission agencies are open to the public six days a week, Mondays through Saturdays. To reduce wait times and minimize in-person interactions, many transactions can now be conducted...
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  • Where has New Jersey established alternate care sites for COVID-19 response?

    Last Updated: 07/08/2020
    The East Orange Alternate Care Site, located in a former physical therapy rehabilitation center, has space set aside for individuals in isolation who have tested positive for COVID-19, don't have s...
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  • Are courts open? Do I have to report for jury duty? Can legal matters be dealt with remotely?

    Last Updated: 07/03/2020
    Federal Courts By order of U.S. Chief District Judge Freda L. Wolfson, all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials will be postponed until August 31, 2020. In addition, the Court orders ...
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  • Where can I find the Executive Orders and Administrative Orders issued by the Governor and the State?

    Last Updated: 05/17/2020
    Executive Orders issued by Governor Murphy can be found here. Administrative Orders issued by the State of New Jersey can be found here.
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  • Is there State funding to support health care providers with COVID-19-related expenses?

    Last Updated: 05/09/2020
    On Saturday, March 28, Governor Phil Murphy detailed two new initiatives that will assist health care organizations with expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor announced a $140 mil...
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  • If I’m a minor who needs working papers, can those be certified remotely?

    Last Updated: 05/02/2020
    You should contact your local school district to check on the process for certifying employment certificates or "working papers". Executive Order 135 allows minors seeking to certify working papers...
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  • Can I get something notarized remotely?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    Yes. A new emergency law allows notaries and authorized officials to execute remote notarial acts during the current public health emergency. For remote notarization, the New Jersey Treasury has is...
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  • I’m a health care administrator. Where can I find COVID-19 waivers and extensions issued by the Department of Health?

    Last Updated: 04/07/2020
    The Department of Health has placed these documents on its Legal and Regulatory Compliance website at https://nj.gov/health/legal/covid19/. Source: https://nj.gov/health/legal/covid19/
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  • Where can I watch the Governor’s briefings on COVID-19 / Novel Coronavirus?

    Last Updated: 04/07/2020
    Governor Murphy's briefings and press conferences related to the State's response to the COVID-19 pandemic are livestreamed via the Governor's YouTube channel.
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  • How can I contact my local health department?

    Last Updated: 03/21/2020
    The New Jersey Department of Health maintains both an interactive map and a printable directory of local health departments and local health officers.
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How to Protect Yourself FAQs

  • Can my child still go on playdates or attend a classmate/friend’s birthday party?

    Last Updated: 08/04/2020
    Yes, however any in-person gathering, ceremony, or celebration must comply with the limits on gatherings. Indoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people or 25% of a room's capacity -- whichever num...
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  • Should I wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    Always wear a mask over your nose and mouth in public spaces. Even if you don't feel sick, germs can spread to others through respiratory droplets produced by breathing, talking, sneezing, and coug...
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  • How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2020
    Our first responders and health care workers are saving lives every day -- so can you. Your family, your friends, your neighbors -- their lives are literally in your hands. Here's how you can do yo...
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  • Can I visit someone in a hospital? What guidelines are in place to protect patients?

    Last Updated: 07/21/2020
    Hospitals have begun to open their doors to visitors, with new safety guidelines in place: Visitors must be 18 or older, except for rare exceptions as determined by the facility. Visits are limite...
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  • What resources or guidance is there for expecting mothers, new mothers, and health care providers? What rules are in place for labor and delivery during COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/29/2020
    In partnership with the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the Department of Health has issued guidance for pregnant individuals and health care providers to ensure they can obtain safe and ...
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  • How can I protest while minimizing my risk of catching COVID-19 or spreading it to others?

    Last Updated: 06/08/2020
    NOTE: Testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey. Get tested for COVID-19 after participating in large gatherings where social distancing is hard to maintain. To learn more about where and ...
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  • How do I safely handle deliveries and interact with in-home service providers?

    Last Updated: 05/27/2020
    DELIVERIES Packages There is low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through clos...
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  • What should I do if I think my co-worker has COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 05/21/2020
    NOTE: It's important to prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace. Employees should not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiali...
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  • How can people with disabilities share needs with local officials to improve emergency responses?

    Last Updated: 05/11/2020
    "Register Ready -- New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters" allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs, and their families, friends, caregivers and assoc...
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  • If I'm an EMS worker or first responder, how can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    Persons needing 911 services or transportation to the hospital have been told to let EMS and other first responders know they have COVID-19 symptoms and to wear a mask. If they do not have a face m...
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  • What's the best guidance for cleaning a facility when someone may have been sick?

    Last Updated: 04/20/2020
    It is recommended to close off areas used by anyone who is ill or has symptoms and wait as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection to minimize potential for exposure to respira...
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  • What is telehealth? Can I use it to visit my doctor?

    Last Updated: 04/17/2020
    Telehealth or telemedicine allows you to have a live video consultation with your doctor without visiting their office in person. During the COVID-19 emergency, telehealth is quickly becoming a wid...
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Other Information FAQs

  • I’m a retired public employee. How can I assist the State with the COVID-19 emergency?

    Last Updated: 08/04/2020
    To further strengthen the ability of New Jersey's public workforce to respond to COVID-19, Governor Murphy signed an executive order allowing retirees to return to State and local government employ...
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  • Can I visit a nursing home or long-term care facility? What is the State doing to protect residents and staff?

    Last Updated: 07/22/2020
    Visitor Policies at Long-Term Care Facilities As of June 21, New Jersey's nursing homes, Assisted Living residences, dementia care homes, pediatric transitional care homes, and comprehensive person...
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  • How can I avoid COVID-19 scams and where can I report excessive delivery fees, price gouging, unlawful hoarding, and other COVID-19 scams?

    Last Updated: 07/16/2020
    To report any instance of unlawful or misleading activities related to COVID-19, file a complaint online with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs or call 973-504-6240. To learn more about C...
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  • How can I volunteer as a health care professional? What if I’m retired, out of state, licensed in a foreign country, or just graduated with a degree in a health care-related field?

    Last Updated: 07/14/2020
    Thank you for your interest in serving the State of New Jersey and helping to save lives during this public health crisis. Qualified health, mental health, and other related professionals who wish ...
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  • How can I help New Jersey respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? How can I volunteer my time or skills?

    Last Updated: 07/03/2020
    Our first responders and health care workers are saving lives every day -- so can you. Your family, your friends, your neighbors -- their lives are literally in your hands. Here's how you can do yo...
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  • Where can I find results from the State’s COVID-19 survey for businesses and non-profits?

    Last Updated: 06/11/2020
    The New Jersey COVID-19 Business Impact survey was conducted by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University (https://heldrich.rutgers.edu) in collaboration with the ...
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  • What can I do if I’m having child custody issues?

    Last Updated: 05/27/2020
    If you are unable to come to an agreement or settle the issue on your own, try seeking mediation. If immediate and permanent harm will occur if your case isn't heard immediately, you can file your ...
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  • What is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)? Is it the same as Kawasaki disease or Kawasaki syndrome? Is my child at risk of MIS-C from COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 05/22/2020
    Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a health condition appearing in children in the United States and elsewhere. Some doctors think the condition is related to having coronavir...
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  • Where can I find information on PPE wholesale suppliers? If I am a PPE or medical equipment vendor, where can I register supplies?

    Last Updated: 05/22/2020
    The PPE Supplier Registry connects suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) that can prevent the spread of COVID-19 with potential buyers. Wholesale vendors with PPE inventory such as surgi...
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  • Can I donate blood or convalescent plasma in New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 05/09/2020
    Blood Drives Blood drives can continue to operate in New Jersey. The CDC encourages people who are well to continue to donate blood if they are able, even if they are practicing social distancing b...
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  • Where can I find technical guidance on medical and logistical issues related to COVID-19 if I'm a health care professional, health provider, addiction services provider, or mental health provider ?

    Last Updated: 05/09/2020
    Health Care Professionals and Public Health Providers For health care professionals and public health providers, the New Jersey Department of Health has published several resources on COVID-19 incl...
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  • How do I report an outbreak or misconduct at a long term care facility or nursing home?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    Long term care facilities in New Jersey, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, are required to report many communicable disease cases, including COVID-19, to their local health depa...
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  • Where can I ask additional questions about COVID-19 or find more resources?

    Last Updated: 05/04/2020
    Find contact information and resources here.
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  • What inaccurate rumors are circulating about COVID-19? Where can I find accurate information?

    Last Updated: 04/23/2020
    NOTE: The Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has warned of an increase in contact tracing scams via text. New Jersey contact tracers will never ask for your social security number or sens...
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  • If I’m pregnant or caring for my newborn and cannot work at this time, what benefits or resources are available to me?

    Last Updated: 04/17/2020
    The New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children, or WIC, is a successful public health nutrition program that provides wholesome nutrition, education and community supp...
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  • I’m a technology professional. How can I assist the State in addressing the COVID-19 emergency?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2020
    Thank you for your interest in helping the State respond to the unprecedented challenges raised by COVID-19. Technology professionals and firms that would like to support the State's COVID-19 respo...
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  • Is New Jersey able to commandeer medical supplies and equipment related to the State’s COVID-19 response?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2020
    Yes, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 113 which formally authorizes Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, New Jersey State Police Superintendent, to commandeer medical supplies and equipment neces...
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  • What if I get sick and can’t take care of my child?

    Last Updated: 04/10/2020
    Parents are encouraged to consider temporary guardianship options for their children in the event they become sick or incapacitated with COVID-19. The New Jersey Department of Children and Families...
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  • How can I sign up to provide housing to medical and healthcare volunteers that are supporting New Jersey’s COVID-19 response?

    Last Updated: 04/07/2020
    New Jersey thanks you for your help in providing housing for medical and healthcare volunteers that are supporting New Jersey's COVID-19 response. If you or your organization is willing to donate o...
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  • Where can I donate personal protective equipment (PPE) like respirators, gowns, and gloves?

    Last Updated: 04/02/2020
    For anyone who has PPE they wish to donate like N95 respirators, face shields, protective goggles, surgical masks, or other protective equipment, visit covid19.nj.gov/ppedonations. Businesses and n...
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  • How do I comply with mandated health care capacity and inventory reporting required by Executive Orders 109 and 111?

    Last Updated: 03/30/2020
    On March 28, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 111, directing designated health care facilities to report on a daily basis to the Department of Health and the Office of Emergency Managemen...
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  • Is it safe to eat Chinese food?

    Last Updated: 03/24/2020
    Yes, Chinese food is safe to eat. Residents should help fight stigma and misinformation. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get coronavirus than anyone els...
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Reopening Guidance FAQs

  • Are barber shops, nail salons, massage parlors, spas, and tattoo parlors open? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 08/07/2020
    The following types of personal care businesses may reopen in New Jersey so long as they adopt the required social distancing and safety protocols: Beauty salons; Barber shops; Cosmetology shops S...
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  • Are child care centers open? Is there help for families with children or child care providers?

    Last Updated: 08/07/2020
    As of June 15, child care centers can reopen for all clients. If you were using a child care center before the public health crisis, you should contact them to learn of their plans. If you need hel...
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  • Are race tracks open and can horse racing resume? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 08/07/2020
    Horse racetracks can reopen for racing as well as for in-person bets, including at their sportsbooks and lounges, so long as they adhere to required social distancing policies and safety guidelines...
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  • Can organized sports practices resume? Can professional sports resume?

    Last Updated: 08/07/2020
    Organized Sports Organized sports activities have restarted in stages. Low-risk, non-contact sports, such as golf and tennis, can resume practices and competitions, indoors and outdoors. Medium- an...
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  • Are beaches open? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 08/05/2020
    Beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey can reopen, permitted that social distancing measures are followed. For specific safety protocols, capacity limitations, and openings at bea...
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  • Can I move homes or apartments? Can real estate agents continue to show properties in person? Can my landlord show my apartment to potential renters?

    Last Updated: 08/04/2020
    Yes. People can still move into new residences. Open Houses Open houses to view real estate are permitted, provided they comply with the restrictions on indoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings must be...
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  • Are churches and other houses of worship offering services? What are the social distancing requirements?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    Yes, houses of worship can open for in-person services. Individuals should check with their houses of worship to see if in-person religious services have resumed. While services can resume, houses ...
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  • Are offices open? What safety precautions must they take? How do I safely return to work?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    Office spaces, as with all workplaces that do not have walk-in customers or products for sale, were never closed. The requirement that businesses or non-profits accommodate their workforce for tele...
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  • Are people allowed to gather in person?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    Yes, attending a gathering, ceremony, or celebration is permitted as long as the event complies with the following limits on gatherings. Indoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people or 25% of a r...
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  • Can funerals or memorial services be held?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    Funerals and memorial services may continue to be held and must comply with the limits on gatherings. Funerals, memorial services, weddings, and religious and political activities protected under t...
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  • Can I still get married? Are wedding venues open?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    Yes, so long as ceremonies and receptions comply with the limits on gatherings and other safety guidelines. At this time, indoor wedding ceremonies may be held so long as they comply with the limit...
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  • What businesses are open? What rules or safety guidelines must they follow?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    To slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, indoor concert venues, indoor movie theaters, indoor performing arts centers, indoor amusement parks, indoor water parks, and indoor dining at restaur...
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  • When and how is New Jersey lifting restrictions? What does a responsible and strategic restart of New Jersey’s economy look like?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    On May 18, Governor Phil Murphy unveiled a multi-stage approach to execute the responsible and strategic economic restart to put New Jersey on the road back to recovery from COVID-19. New Jersey's ...
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  • Are parks open? Are campgrounds open?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2020
    State Parks State parks and forests are open. On days of high visitation, some parks may close early. As visitors leave, parks may reopen. Before visiting, check the New Jersey State Park Services'...
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  • Have elective surgeries resumed? What are the required safety protocols or social distancing policies?

    Last Updated: 07/24/2020
    Elective surgeries are permitted to resume in New Jersey. Guidance for Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers The Department of Health has issued guidance for hospitals and for ambulatory surgery...
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  • Are arcades, arts and crafts studios, batting cages, dance studios, mini golf, music lessons, shooting ranges, and other art and recreational facilities open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 07/22/2020
    All recreational businesses may reopen their entire premises, whether indoor or outdoor. Indoor spaces must be limited to 25 percent of their capacity. These businesses include, but are not limited...
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  • Are manufacturing and warehousing businesses open? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 07/15/2020
    Manufacturing and warehousing businesses may remain open and must follow required social distancing and safety protocols detailed in Executive Order No. 122. What To Expect The following summarizes...
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  • Is public transportation running? What mitigation measures are NJ TRANSIT and private carriers adopting?

    Last Updated: 07/15/2020
    NJ Transit has resumed full-service and is running a regular weekday schedule on its bus, rail, light rail, and Access Link services. Workers and riders must wear face coverings on trains and in st...
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  • Are hotels open? Can I still use AirBnB? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 07/10/2020
    Hotels, AirBnB, and other short-term rentals are allowed to open. However, be sure to check with your destination to see if there are any local restrictions. The State has issued Executive and Admi...
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  • Can I charter a boat?

    Last Updated: 07/10/2020
    Charter fishing services, for-hire vessels, and watercraft rental businesses may open so long as they follow required social distancing measures. What To Expect The following summarizes some of the...
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  • Are gyms open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    Gyms and fitness centers may reopen outdoor spaces so long as they follow required social distancing and other safety protocols detailed in sections 7,8, and 10 beginning on page 13 of Executive Or...
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  • Are museums, aquariums, or performing arts centers open? Are concert venues, movie theaters, or other cultural and entertainment venues open? What safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    Entertainment businesses may reopen their entire premises, whether indoor or outdoor, with the exception of concert venues, movie theaters, and performing arts centers, which may only open outdoor ...
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  • Are playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    Playgrounds, outdoor amusement parks, and outdoor water parks may reopen at 50 percent capacity so long as they follow required social distancing policies and other safety guidelines. Indoor amusem...
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  • Are swimming pools open? What are the social distancing requirements and restrictions?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    As of July 2, indoor and outdoor pools can both reopen, subject to mitigation protocols. Summer camps will be able to use their pools when they reopen on July 6. Pools must follow the appropriate r...
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  • Can I fish? Is fishing season open?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    Yes, but be sure to practice social distancing by staying at least six-feet away from others. All State Parks and Forests have re-opened. Face coverings are required in outdoor spaces whenever soci...
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  • Can I still take a taxi or use a ride hailing app like Lyft or Uber?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    Taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft remain in operation. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if you...
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  • Do I need any special credentials to drive on New Jersey roads during this emergency?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    You do not need any special credentials or documentation to drive during this emergency. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and...
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  • Is there a curfew?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    There is no curfew in New Jersey. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick. Face coverings are required...
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  • What are the reopening rules for bars and restaurants? What precautions or policies must they take?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    Bars and restaurants may currently open for drive-through, delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining. The reopening of indoor dining spaces has been postponed. Indoor dining is not allowed. Restaurant ...
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  • Are summer camps open? What are the social distancing requirements and restrictions?

    Last Updated: 07/06/2020
    As of July 6, youth day camps, including municipal summer programs, may operate so long as they comply with required social distancing and other mitigation policies. Residential and overnight camps...
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  • Can community gardens open? What social distancing policies are required?

    Last Updated: 07/03/2020
    Community gardens may reopen so long as they implement reasonable restrictions that reduce physical interaction. In addition, all gatherings in gardens must comply with the rules placed on outdoor ...
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  • Are golf courses and driving ranges open? What are the social distancing policies?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2020
    Golf courses may re-open, so long as they adopt minimum social distancing policies that include: Implementing electronic or telephone reservation and payment systems while still providing options ...
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  • Are libraries open? What precautions or policies must be in place?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2020
    As of July 2, indoor portions of libraries can reopen at 25% capacity, while following appropriate mitigation requirements. Reopening plans vary by library. Please check with your local library for...
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  • Can casinos reopen? What are the social distancing requirements?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2020
    Casinos, including casino gaming floors and retail sports wagering lounges, can reopen, while complying with mitigation requirements. Several casinos plan to limit initial openings on July 2 to fri...
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  • Can construction projects continue? What rules or safety guidelines must they follow?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2020
    As of May 18, all construction projects may resume. Construction projects must follow appropriate mitigation requirements, as outlined below. Construction projects must adopt policies that include,...
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  • Can retail stores and malls reopen? What are the social distancing requirements at retail businesses for customers, employees, and business owners?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2020
    Retail Stores Retail stores may open so long as they follow mitigation requirements described below. Indoor portions of retail shopping malls may also reopen and businesses must adhere to the same ...
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  • Where can I find guidance on best practices to maintain the health and safety of seasonal farm workers? What rules are in place and what resources are available?

    Last Updated: 06/26/2020
    The Department of Health has created guidelines for seasonal farm labor camps, a "Quick Facts" infographic, and prevention signs on face coverings, hand cleaning, social distancing, and helpful hot...
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  • What is guiding New Jersey’s recovery? What is “the Road Back”?

    Last Updated: 06/15/2020
    On March 9, Governor Murphy declared both a state of emergency and a public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to save lives, Governo...
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  • How can businesses, organizations, and residents support New Jersey’s restart and recovery? What is the One Jersey Pledge?

    Last Updated: 06/12/2020
    To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, New Jersey businesses, organizations, employees, and customers can participate in the One Jersey Pledge, committing to follow health and safety g...
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  • Can I order a cocktail from a restaurant or home delivery from my local microbrewery?

    Last Updated: 05/16/2020
    Sales and Deliveries of Alcoholic Beverages and Cocktails Holders of certain licenses and permit holders can sell alcoholic beverages for takeout or delivery. Businesses with plenary retail consump...
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  • Has New Jersey increased weight limits for trucks carrying relief supplies?

    Last Updated: 04/23/2020
    Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 121, allowing an increase in the maximum weight limit on certain interstate highways and toll roads from 80,000 pounds (40 tons) tons to 92,000 pounds (46...
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  • Is there somewhere I can report violations of Executive Orders? How can I report a business staying open despite being ordered to close or an employer that won't let me work remotely?

    Last Updated: 03/31/2020
    You can report a possible violation of an Executive Order using this online form: https://covid19.nj.gov/violation. To prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, Governor Murphy has issued a se...
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  • Reopening Guidance for Customers and Staff

    Last Updated: 01/01/2010
    During New Jersey's restart and recovery, customers, staff, and the general public should: Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in public spaces, and anywhere that you cannot keep six fee...
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Schools and Universities FAQs

  • Will schools open next year? Is summer school open?

    Last Updated: 08/05/2020
    2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR Absent a change in public health data, public schools will open for in-person instruction and operations in some capacity at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Parent...
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  • Can my child still get their free school meals with all of New Jersey’s schools closed?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2020
    School Meals To ensure no child goes hungry during this public health emergency, the New Jersey Department of Education is working with school officials to continue distributing free meals for elig...
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  • Can schools hold graduation ceremonies?

    Last Updated: 07/24/2020
    School districts may hold modified in-person graduation ceremonies. Drive-through/drive-in and modified in-person, outdoor ceremonies will be permitted subject to requirements for K-12 commencement...
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  • Are college and university summer programs open? Are graduations allowed? What are the safety requirements?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    As of July 1, limited in-person programming at institutions of higher education resumed in accordance with the safety requirements and guidance outlined by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Edu...
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  • Are trade, career, or training schools open? What rules or safety requirements must they follow?

    Last Updated: 07/08/2020
    As of July 1, private trade schools, career schools, and training schools not overseen by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) are allowed to resume in-person instruction so long ...
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  • Are there any programs to help pay student loans? Have deadlines to apply for financial aid changed?

    Last Updated: 06/25/2020
    Federal Student Loans To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, under the CARES ACT, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an ad...
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  • Where can school districts and universities find the certification forms for in-person graduation ceremonies?

    Last Updated: 06/18/2020
    School districts and colleges/universities will be allowed to hold modified in-person graduation ceremonies beginning on July 6. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has published graduat...
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  • Can I still apply for my educator certification or complete my Educator Preparation Program (EPPs)

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    For questions about educator certification or the New Jersey Department of Education's Education Preparation Programs, please see the Department's resource page on Educator Preparation Programs and...
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  • What televised instruction is the State making available for children home from school?

    Last Updated: 04/23/2020
    Starting Monday, April 6, children throughout New Jersey will be able to tune into NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, for NJTV Learning Live, a program featuring lessons taught by New Je...
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  • Has student standardized testing been cancelled?

    Last Updated: 04/07/2020
    The springtime administration of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA), ACCESS for ELLs, and the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment have been cancelled. On March 24, 2020, Governo...
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Testing Information FAQs

  • How is New Jersey increasing access to COVID-19 testing?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2020
    Expanding access to COVID-19 testing is a core principle of New Jersey's recovery plan for promoting public health and restoring economic health. New Jersey is: increasing diagnostic testing capac...
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  • Is COVID-19 testing free? Where can I get free treatment?

    Last Updated: 07/24/2020
    Free COVID-19 testing is available at many locations across the state. Counties and cities have established free testing sites for local residents. To find a testing site near you, visit covid19.nj...
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  • I was tested for COVID-19. How do I get my results?

    Last Updated: 07/14/2020
    Please follow the instructions from your testing site on how to get your test results. Pharmacies, local testing sites, physician's offices, hospitals, and other testing sites operate independently...
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  • What’s the difference between local testing, pharmacy testing sites, and private testing sites?

    Last Updated: 07/14/2020
    Testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey. It's especially important to get tested if: You are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, ...
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  • Should “contacts of contacts” be tested?

    Last Updated: 06/26/2020
    Being the contact of someone who had close contact with a COVID-19-postive person does not require testing. For example, if you have a coworker whose family member is a confirmed case, you are not ...
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  • Should I get tested for COVID-19 antibodies? Can antibody testing tell whether someone has been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/26/2020
    Antibodies are produced by the body to fight infection and can be found in the blood. If a person's blood is found to have antibodies to a particular virus or bacteria, then it is likely they were ...
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  • Should I get tested if I do not have symptoms of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/26/2020
    COVID-19 testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey. It's especially important to get tested if: You have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 You are an ess...
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  • Can I get tested for COVID-19 at a commercial laboratory, such as LabCorp or Quest?

    Last Updated: 06/25/2020
    No, you can not get tested for COVID-19 by taking yourself to a commercial laboratory. A commercial laboratory will not perform a COVID-19 test unless they have an order from a health care provider...
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  • How can I get testing or treatment for COVID-19 if I'm uninsured or undocumented? How do I cover health costs associated with COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/25/2020
    COVID-19 testing and treatment is available to everyone in New Jersey regardless of their insurance or immigration status. Below you will find resources for free testing and treatment as well as ho...
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Travel Information FAQs

  • Which states are on the travel advisory list? Are there travel restrictions to or from New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 08/04/2020
    New Jersey welcomes travel to and from our state. However, to save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the State has issued an incoming travel advisory that all individuals entering New Jerse...
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  • Are airports, bridges, and tunnels open?

    Last Updated: 07/21/2020
    NOTICE TO TRAVELERS: The State of New Jersey has issued an incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 ar...
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  • I work but don't live in NJ. My home state's health department told me to self-monitor. Should I?

    Last Updated: 04/22/2020
    If you are told to self-monitor by public health staff, you should follow their recommendation. Self-monitoring is a strategy to reduce the spread of the virus. Source: https://www.state.nj.us/heal...
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