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Are people allowed to gather in person?

Last Updated: 05/22/2020

In some circumstances, New Jerseyans may gather - but only in compliance with the limits placed on gatherings.

Indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people, and social distancing protocols are strongly recommended. When social distancing is not possible, individuals should wear a cloth face covering to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people and social distancing must be practiced. For instance, organized gatherings must include clear demarcations for attendees – and individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. Other requirements for outdoor gatherings include:

  • The gathering must take place entirely outdoors except for restroom use;
  • Limit capacity to no more than 25 people at all times;
  • Require attendees to be six feet apart at all times, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
  • Prohibit contact between attendees, and no organized or contact sports;
  • If the event is an organized gathering, the organizer should demarcate six feet of spacing in the area of the gathering to demonstrate appropriate spacing for social distancing;
  • Limit provided seating to single individuals, spaced six feet apart, and sanitized after each use;
  • Prohibit sharing of any physical items provided and require sanitization before and after each use; and
  • Require contactless pay options wherever feasible.

For more on mandatory requirements for outdoor gatherings, refer to the Governor's announcement.

NOTE: This announcement does not allow for outdoor dining at restaurants. Further guidance is expected in the coming days.

For drive-in gatherings, if vehicles are closer than six feet apart, then all windows, sunroofs, or convertible tops must remain closed, unless the health or safety of the occupants is endangered.

In all other cases, residents should stay at home as much as possible.

Source: Executive Order No. 107; Executive Order No. 142; Executive Order No. 148