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Last Updated: 07/02/2021

Institutions of higher education may resume all in-person instruction.

The State no longer requires face coverings for most indoor public spaces, however institutions may continue to require face coverings for employees, customers, and guests.

Social distancing is not required, however institutions are encouraged to follow CDC safety guidelines and social distancing to save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Institutions may choose to adopt stricter COVID-19 requirements, such as mandating mask wearing or social distancing, that are consistent with federal and state law.

In addition, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) has issued COVID-19 Recommendations and Best Practices for New Jersey Institutions of Higher Education. The document along with the CDC's guidance for institutions of higher education is meant to inform ongoing institutional operations.

Source: Executive Order No. 242; https://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/documents/pdf/index/UpdatedNJHigherEducationGuidance%20_6_25_2021.pdf