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When is New Jersey lifting restrictions?

Last Updated: 06/23/2021

On April 27, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy outlined a vision to guide the process for restarting New Jersey and restoring the State's economic health by ensuring public health. "The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health" identifies six guiding principles and the key metrics that will guide the process for lifting restrictions.

New Jersey will reopen based on data that demonstrates improvements in public health and the capacity to safeguard the public, including:

  • Sustained improvements in public health indicators, including new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, individuals in intensive care, and ventilator use.
  • Substantial increase in testing and contact tracing capacity.
  • Sufficient resilience in New Jersey's health care system to include adequate bed capacity, ventilators, personal protective equipment, and workforce.
  • Widespread safeguarding of workplaces.
  • Widespread safeguarding and capacity of child care, schools, and transit.
  • Continued public compliance.

For more details on the six guiding principles of New Jersey's restart, refer to the State's "Road Back."

On May 24, 2021, Governor Murphy announcedthe lifting of major COVID-19 restrictions and moving forward with the State's most significant reopening steps to date, including the lifting of the indoor mask mandate and social distancing in most public spaces and the lifting of indoor gathering and capacity limits.

Leading up to the announcement, key COVID-19 benchmarks were achieved across New Jersey, including a dramatic increase in vaccinations, and significant decreases in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, spot positivity rates, and rates of transmission, solidifying the foundation for the State's sweeping reopening steps.

Re-Opening Timeline

Over time, the State of New Jersey has carefully and deliberately eased restrictions, while ensuring critical public health safeguards remain in place. Below is a detailed timeline of previous and upcoming changes.

For additional information on COVID-19, its impact on businesses, and mitigation requirements for businesses, please visit the State of New Jersey's COVID-19 Business Information Hub.