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Are churches and other houses of worship offering services? What are the social distancing requirements?

Last Updated: 09/21/2021

Yes, houses of worship can open for in-person services.

There is no numerical limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings including religious services and events.

In New Jersey, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor settings. Face masks are strongly recommended for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in indoor settings where there is increased risk, including:

  • Crowded indoor settings
  • Indoor settings involving activities with close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated
  • Indoor settings where the vaccine status of other individuals in the setting is unknown
  • Where an individual is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease

NOTE: Social distancing, masking, and other safety measures are still required in high-risk areas such as schools, healthcare settings, public transportation, child care centers, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters.

Source: Governor's Remarks; Executive Order No. 239; Executive Order No. 242