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Can community gardens open?

Last Updated: 05/26/2020

Community gardens may reopen so long as they implement reasonable restrictions that reduce physical interaction including limiting parking to 50% of maximum capacity and prohibiting parking in undesignated areas.

In addition, all gatherings in gardens must comply with the rules placed on outdoor gatherings, which limits capacity to no more than 25 people and requires social distancing.

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.

Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Sources: https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200518c.shtml; Executive Order No. 133;Executive Order No. 148