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What rules or safety guidelines are in place for reopened businesses? Are any businesses closed?
Most businesses can reopen, while following appropriate mitigation requirements. Links to industry-specific guidance can be found below. For a timeline of reopening dates and more information about the framework guiding the State's decisions, visit our Reopening page. For additional information on COVID-19 and its impact on businesses, please visit the State of New Jersey's COVID-19 Business Information Hub.
Effective November 5, 2020, employers must adhere to new employee protection guidelines, summarized here. Detailed requirements, as well as exemptions for certain employers, can be found in Executive Order No. 192.
Please note that municipalities and counties are allowed to regulate the operating hours of non-essential businesses after 8 pm, but municipalities and counties cannot impose other restrictions that differ from statewide rules, such as restrictions on essential businesses, full business closures, or restrictions on gatherings or capacity limits. Non-essential businesses should confirm whether their respective county or municipality will restrict hours of operations after 8 pm.
BUSINESSES THAT REMAIN CLOSED
Adult Day Care Centers remain closed.
Note: Any establishment open to the public, including bars and restaurants, must cordon off any indoor or outdoor dance floors to the public.
BUSINESSES THAT MAY OPEN
Workplaces that do not have walk-in customers or products for sale, including office spaces, were never closed, but must allow employees to work remotely if their job can be performed remotely. Employers must comply with mandatory social distancing and safety protocols.
Retail businesses and indoor portions of retail shopping malls may open to customers, while following required mitigation requirements.
Bars and restaurants may reopen while following appropriate safety and sanitization protocols.
Child care centers can reopen their doors to all clients, while following all safety guidelines.
Golf Courses may open so long as they adopt minimum social distancing policies.
Recreational businesses can reopen, while following required mitigation requirements.
Entertainment businesses, including indoor performance venues, such as movie theaters, can reopen, while following required mitigation requirements.
Shared space tutoring facilities may open to students and clients, subject to the restrictions for recreational and entertainment businesses.
Playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks can reopen indoor and outdoor spaces, so long as they follow required mitigation measures.
Swimming pools can reopen, while following necessary mitigation requirements.
Casinos, including casino gaming floors and retail sports wagering lounges, can reopen, while following mitigation requirements.
Horse racetracks can reopen for racing and for in-person bets, while following necessary mitigation requirements.
Construction may continue. Construction projects must follow appropriate mitigation requirements.
Manufacturing and warehousing businesses may remain open and must follow social distancing and safety requirements.
Personal care businesses may reopen, while following appropriate mitigation requirements.
Libraries can reopen, while following appropriate mitigation requirements.
Gyms and fitness centers may reopen indoor and outdoor spaces so long as they follow required social distancing and other safety protocols.
Sources: Executive Order 107; Executive Order 108; Administrative Order 2020-4; Administrative Order 2020-5; Executive Order 110; Administrative Order 2020-6; Special Ruling 2020-01; Administrative Order 2020-8; Executive Order 122; Executive Order 125; Administrative Order 2020-10; Executive Order 133; Administrative Order 2020-12; Executive Order 142; Executive Orders 147; Executive Order 148; Executive Order 150; Administrative Order 2020-15; Executive Order No. 153; 6/24 Governor's Remarks; Executive Order No. 181; Executive Order No. 183; Administrative Order 2020-22