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  • What rules or safety guidelines are in place for reopened businesses? Are any businesses closed?

    Last Updated: 11/25/2020
    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...
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  • What safety precautions must my employer take?

    Last Updated: 10/28/2020
    Beginning November 5, employers that require or permit their workforce to be physically present at a worksite must abide by the following requirements, at a minimum, to protect employees, customers...
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  • How can people safely get together? What are the limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2020
    Attending a gathering, ceremony, or celebration is permitted as long as the event complies with the following limits on gatherings. Gatherings are allowed, but different limits apply depending on t...
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  • When and how is New Jersey lifting restrictions? What does a responsible and strategic restart of New Jersey’s economy look like?

    Last Updated: 11/16/2020
    On May 18, Governor Phil Murphy unveiled a multi-stage approach to execute the responsible and strategic economic restart to put New Jersey on the road back to recovery from COVID-19. New Jersey's ...
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  • Are schools open? What are the safety requirements?

    Last Updated: 09/30/2020
    2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR Schools are open for in-person instruction. Every school must reopen in accordance with the health and safety guidelines outlined in the State's reopening guidance, but this i...
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  • How have elections moved or changed in New Jersey because of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 11/20/2020
    Note: Under Executive Order No. 198, the deadline by which counties must certify the results of the election has been extended from Friday, November 20, to Wednesday, November 25 for counties unabl...
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  • Are New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies open? What new protocols or practices are in place?

    Last Updated: 11/02/2020
    Motor Vehicle Commission agencies are open to the public six days a week, Mondays through Saturdays. NOTE: For the safety of residents 65 and older, special senior hours have been set aside every T...
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  • What are the reopening rules for bars and restaurants? What precautions or policies must they take?

    Last Updated: 11/12/2020
    Food or beverage establishments may open, including restaurants, bars, cafeterias, and food courts, as well as all holders of a liquor license with retail consumption privileges. All restaurants, b...
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  • Can I still get married? Are wedding venues open?

    Last Updated: 11/16/2020
    Yes, so long as ceremonies and receptions comply with the limits on gatherings and other safety guidelines. See below for more details on ceremonies, venues, and marriage licenses. Whenever outside...
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  • Are gyms open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    All gyms and fitness centers may reopen indoor and outdoor spaces so long as they follow required social distancing and other safety protocols. This also applies to health club facilities located i...
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  • Are churches and other houses of worship offering services? What are the social distancing requirements?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2020
    Yes, houses of worship can open for in-person services. Individuals should check with their houses of worship to see if in-person religious services have resumed. While services can resume, houses ...
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  • Are beaches open? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2020
    Beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey can reopen, permitted that social distancing measures are followed. NOTE: The beach season has ended at many localities for the year. For sp...
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  • Can funerals or memorial services be held?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2020
    Funerals and memorial services may continue to be held and must comply with the limits on gatherings. Indoor funerals, memorial services, weddings, and religious and political activities protected ...
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  • Can retail stores and malls reopen? What are the social distancing requirements at retail businesses for customers, employees, and business owners?

    Last Updated: 11/17/2020
    Retail Stores Retail stores may open so long as they follow mitigation requirements described below. Indoor portions of retail shopping malls may also reopen and businesses must adhere to the same ...
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  • Are barber shops, nail salons, massage parlors, spas, and tattoo parlors open? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    The following types of personal care businesses may reopen in New Jersey so long as they adopt the required social distancing and safety protocols: Beauty salons; Barber shops; Cosmetology shops S...
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  • Are golf courses, arcades, batting cages, shooting ranges, arts and crafts studios, dance studios, music lessons, and other art and recreational facilities open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 11/11/2020
    All recreational businesses may reopen their entire premises, whether indoor or outdoor. Indoor spaces must be limited to 25 percent of their capacity. These businesses include, but are not limited...
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  • Are parks open? Are campgrounds open?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2020
    State Parks State parks and forests are open. On days of high visitation, some parks may close early. As visitors leave, parks may reopen. Before visiting, check the New Jersey State Park Services'...
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  • Can organized sports resume? What are the safety requirements for sports facilities?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2020
    Organized Sports Organized sports activities can resume in New Jersey. However, all interstate games and tournaments for indoor youth sports, up to and including high school, are prohibited until f...
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  • Are swimming pools open? What are the social distancing requirements and restrictions?

    Last Updated: 09/23/2020
    As of July 2, indoor and outdoor pools can both reopen, subject to mitigation protocols. Summer camps will be able to use their pools when they reopen on July 6. Pools must follow the appropriate r...
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  • Are offices open? What safety precautions must they take? How do I safely return to work?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    Office spaces, as with all workplaces that do not have walk-in customers or products for sale, were never closed. The requirement that businesses or non-profits accommodate their workforce for tele...
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  • Are child care centers open? Is there financial support for child care costs?

    Last Updated: 11/19/2020
    Child care centers are open for all clients. If you need help finding child care, contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency. Locations providing remote-learning supervision...
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  • Are playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    Playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks may reopen, while following appropriate health and safety standards. Playgrounds and amusement facilities must follow appropriate mitigation requiremen...
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  • Are libraries open? What precautions or policies must be in place?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    Indoor portions of libraries may reopen at 25% capacity, while following appropriate mitigation requirements. Reopening plans vary by library. Please check with your local library for more details ...
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  • What is guiding New Jersey’s recovery? What is “the Road Back”?

    Last Updated: 06/15/2020
    On March 9, Governor Murphy declared both a state of emergency and a public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to save lives, Governo...
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  • Can I visit a nursing home or long-term care facility? How are these facilities reopening? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 11/17/2020
    Yes, long-term care facilities in New Jersey may permit visitors. However, please check with a specific facility for visiting hours and policies as there are strict health and safety requirements t...
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  • How can businesses, organizations, and residents support New Jersey’s restart and recovery? What is the One Jersey Pledge?

    Last Updated: 06/12/2020
    To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, New Jersey businesses, organizations, employees, and customers can participate in the One Jersey Pledge, committing to follow health and safety g...
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  • Are hotels open? Can I still use AirBnB? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    TRAVEL ADVISORY: All individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. For more information about the...
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  • Are courts open? Do I have to report for jury duty? Can legal matters be dealt with remotely?

    Last Updated: 10/08/2020
    Federal Courts All civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials have been postponed until January 4, 2021. However, the empanelment of new grand juries is no longer restricted and the selecti...
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  • Are movie theaters, concert venues, and other entertainment venues open? Are museums, aquariums, and other cultural venues open? What safety guidance must they follow?  

    Last Updated: 11/18/2020
    Entertainment businesses, cultural venues, and performance centers may reopen. Entertainment businesses must follow the mitigation requirements detailed in paragraphs 7 of page 13 of Executive Orde...
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  • Is public transportation running? What mitigation measures are NJ TRANSIT and private carriers adopting?

    Last Updated: 10/28/2020
    Service Updates NJ Transit has resumed full-service and is running a regular weekday schedule on its bus, rail, light rail, and Access Link services. To learn more about NJ Transit's plan to safely...
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  • Can my child still go on playdates or attend a classmate/friend’s birthday party?

    Last Updated: 11/19/2020
    Yes, however any in-person gathering, ceremony, or celebration must comply with the limits on gatherings. Indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people. All attendees at indoor gatherings must wea...
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  • Are the data models the State is using accurate? How do they account for all the day-to-day changes?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    The State chose dynamic data models that take into account what we are seeing on the ground at a local level. New Jersey uses an ensemble of models which allow us to: Capture trends at a zip code ...
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  • Can I get something notarized remotely?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    Yes. A new emergency law allows notaries and authorized officials to execute remote notarial acts during the current public health emergency. For remote notarization, the New Jersey Treasury has is...
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  • Can I move homes or apartments? Can real estate agents continue to show properties in person? Can my landlord show my apartment to potential renters?

    Last Updated: 11/17/2020
    Yes. People can still move into new residences. Open Houses Open houses to view real estate are permitted, provided they comply with the restrictions on indoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings must be...
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  • Can casinos reopen? What are the social distancing requirements?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    Casinos, including casino gaming floors and retail sports wagering lounges, can reopen, while complying with mitigation requirements. Casinos must comply with all requirements from Executive Order ...
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  • Can construction projects continue? What rules or safety guidelines must they follow?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    All construction projects may resume. Construction projects must follow appropriate mitigation requirements detailed inExecutive Order No. 142 and Executive Order No. 192, which are summarized belo...
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  • Is there a curfew?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    There is no curfew in New Jersey. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick. Face coverings are required...
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  • Are colleges and universities open? What are the safety requirements?

    Last Updated: 11/18/2020
    Institutions of higher education may resume all in-person instruction in accordance with the safety requirements and guidance outlined by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) and ...
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  • Have elective surgeries resumed? What are the required safety protocols or social distancing policies?

    Last Updated: 10/28/2020
    Elective surgeries are permitted to resume in New Jersey. Guidance for Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers The Department of Health has issued guidance for hospitals and for ambulatory surgery...
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  • How is the State using data to make decisions and slow the spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    Working with a team of leading data scientists and epidemiologists, the State is using several dynamic epidemiology and growth models to predict the spread of the virus and the need for hospital be...
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  • Are manufacturing and warehousing businesses open? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    Manufacturing and warehousing businesses may remain open and must follow required social distancing and safety protocols detailed in Executive Order No. 122 and Executive Order No. 192. Mask Requir...
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  • Can I still take a taxi or use a ride hailing app like Lyft or Uber?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    Taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft remain in operation. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if you...
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  • Can I charter a boat? What are the rules and safety guidelines?

    Last Updated: 11/17/2020
    Charter fishing services, for-hire vessels, and watercraft rental businesses may open so long as they follow all safety requirements. Mask Requirement Under Executive Order No. 192, all employees, ...
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  • Is there somewhere I can report violations of Executive Orders? How can I report a business staying open despite being ordered to close or an employer that won't let me work remotely?

    Last Updated: 11/24/2020
    Compliance with Executive Orders is not voluntary. If your employer is not following COVID-19 workplace health and safety protections (Executive Order 192), there is a dedicated intake process main...
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  • If I’m a minor who needs working papers, can those be certified remotely?

    Last Updated: 05/02/2020
    You should contact your local school district to check on the process for certifying employment certificates or "working papers". Executive Order 135 allows minors seeking to certify working papers...
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  • Where can I find the Executive Orders and Administrative Orders issued by the Governor and the State?

    Last Updated: 05/17/2020
    Executive Orders issued by Governor Murphy can be found here. Administrative Orders issued by the State of New Jersey can be found here.
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  • How is the State of New Jersey preventing the spread of COVID-19 in state correctional facilities and halfway houses? Can I visit?

    Last Updated: 10/19/2020
    Visiting Procedures Starting October 9, visitation at Department of Corrections prisons will resume. Visitations will take place in an outdoor area, weather permitting, to allow for social distanci...
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  • Are race tracks open and can horse racing resume? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 11/17/2020
    Horse racetracks can reopen for racing as well as for in-person bets, including at their sportsbooks and lounges, so long as they adhere to required social distancing policies and safety guidelines...
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  • Am I at risk if I go to a funeral or visitation service for someone who died of COVID-19?

    There is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of COVID-19. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Pre...
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  • Are programs funded by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities open? What support is there for residents of Developmental Centers?

    Last Updated: 11/19/2020
    Program Updates Congregate Day Programs NOTE: Effective close of business November 25, 2020 through at least January 19, 2021, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) will be closing all i...
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  • How can I volunteer as a health care professional? What if I’m retired, out of state, licensed in a foreign country, or just graduated with a degree in a health care-related field?

    Last Updated: 10/19/2020
    Thank you for your interest in serving the State of New Jersey and helping to save lives during this public health crisis. As part of the state's ongoing effort to combat COVID-19, the State of New...
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  • Can I donate blood or convalescent plasma in New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 08/31/2020
    Blood Drives Blood drives continue to operate in New Jersey. Donors are needed to keep the supply strong amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy individuals are encouraged to give blood to restock the ...
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  • Do I need any special credentials to drive on New Jersey roads during this emergency?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    You do not need any special credentials or documentation to drive during this emergency. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and...
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  • Are trade, career, or training schools open? What rules or safety requirements must they follow?

    Last Updated: 10/28/2020
    As of July 1, private trade schools, career schools, and training schools not overseen by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) are allowed to resume in-person instruction so long ...
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  • Where can I find results from the State’s COVID-19 survey for businesses and non-profits?

    Last Updated: 06/11/2020
    The New Jersey COVID-19 Business Impact survey was conducted by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University (https://heldrich.rutgers.edu) in collaboration with the ...
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  • Is COVID-19 test data being shared with law enforcement agencies?

    Last Updated: 04/14/2020
    The Department of Health has instructed all local public health officers to share limited information about addresses where an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 (but not the names of any ...
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  • Can I visit someone in a hospital? What guidelines are in place to protect patients?

    Last Updated: 10/28/2020
    Hospitals have opened their doors to visitors with new safety guidelines in place. Individual hospitals will set visiting hours and visitation duration. Before you visit your loved one, please chec...
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  • Can I order a cocktail from a restaurant or home delivery from my local microbrewery?

    Last Updated: 05/16/2020
    Sales and Deliveries of Alcoholic Beverages and Cocktails Holders of certain licenses and permit holders can sell alcoholic beverages for takeout or delivery. Businesses with plenary retail consump...
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  • How do I report an outbreak or misconduct at a long term care facility or nursing home?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    Long term care facilities in New Jersey, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, are required to report many communicable disease cases, including COVID-19, to their local health depa...
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  • If I'm a State employee, where can I find information about leave time and health benefits?

    Last Updated: 08/04/2020
    The Civil Service Commission has published a general FAQ document that covers a range of information for New Jersey State employees. Topics covered include: Leave rules if you are feeling sick or ...
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  • Where can I watch the Governor’s briefings on COVID-19 / Novel Coronavirus?

    Last Updated: 04/07/2020
    Governor Murphy's briefings and press conferences related to the State's response to the COVID-19 pandemic are livestreamed via the Governor's YouTube channel.
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  • Is it safe to go to the grocery store?

    If you're in short supply of food and supplies, and think that going for groceries is an absolute need, you can go. But keep in mind to take appropriate precautions, wear a cloth face covering, use...
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  • How can I volunteer for COVID-19 response efforts? How can I help the State?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2020
    Our first responders and health care workers are saving lives every day -- so can you. Your family, your friends, your neighbors -- their lives are literally in your hands. Here's how you can do yo...
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  • Where can I donate personal protective equipment (PPE) like respirators, gowns, and gloves?

    Last Updated: 09/24/2020
    For anyone who has PPE they wish to donate like N95 respirators, face shields, protective goggles, surgical masks, or other protective equipment, visit covid19.nj.gov/ppedonations.
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  • Will the coronavirus pandemic start over again when human activity returns to normal?

    A recent study from infectious disease experts at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom modeled how things might evolve depending on what measures governments take now. These models predict...
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  • Can community gardens open? What social distancing policies are required?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2020
    Community gardens may reopen so long as they implement reasonable restrictions that reduce physical interaction. In addition, all gatherings in gardens must comply with the rules placed on outdoor ...
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  • How do I comply with mandated health care capacity and PPE inventory reporting required by Executive Orders 109 and 111?

    Last Updated: 03/30/2020
    On March 28, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 111, directing designated health care facilities to report on a daily basis to the Department of Health and the Office of Emergency Managemen...
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  • I’m a retired public employee. How can I assist the State with the COVID-19 emergency?

    Last Updated: 08/04/2020
    To further strengthen the ability of New Jersey's public workforce to respond to COVID-19, Governor Murphy signed an executive order allowing retirees to return to State and local government employ...
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  • Has student standardized testing been cancelled?

    Last Updated: 04/07/2020
    The springtime administration of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA), ACCESS for ELLs, and the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment have been cancelled. On March 24, 2020, Governo...
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  • What inaccurate rumors are circulating about COVID-19? Where can I find accurate information?

    Last Updated: 04/23/2020
    NOTE: The Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has warned of an increase in contact tracing scams via text. New Jersey contact tracers will never ask for your social security number or sens...
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  • I’m a technology professional. How can I assist the State in addressing the COVID-19 emergency?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2020
    Thank you for your interest in helping the State respond to the unprecedented challenges raised by COVID-19. Technology professionals and firms that would like to support the State's COVID-19 respo...
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  • Has the government changed how it conducts business as a result of COVID-19? Has the fiscal year been extended?

    Last Updated: 10/09/2020
    State Government At the start of the health crisis, the Governor signed legislation allowing for State business and legislative sessions to be conducted at locations other than Trenton, and for leg...
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  • Who should be donating blood now in response to the current blood shortage? What factors should be considered, like blood type and risk?

    The Red Cross is currently facing shortages of all blood types and products due to COVID-19-related cancellations of blood drives. As of March 19th, individuals are asked to refrain from donating f...
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  • What is telehealth? Can I use it to visit my doctor?

    Last Updated: 04/17/2020
    Telehealth or telemedicine allows you to have a live video consultation with your doctor without visiting their office in person. During the COVID-19 emergency, telehealth is quickly becoming a wid...
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  • Is New Jersey able to commandeer medical supplies and equipment related to the State’s COVID-19 response?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2020
    Yes, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 113 which formally authorizes Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, New Jersey State Police Superintendent, to commandeer medical supplies and equipment neces...
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  • Can I still apply for my educator certification or complete my Educator Preparation Program (EPPs)

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    For questions about educator certification or the New Jersey Department of Education's Education Preparation Programs, please see the Department's resource page on Educator Preparation Programs and...
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  • Has New Jersey increased weight limits for trucks carrying relief supplies?

    Last Updated: 04/23/2020
    Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 121, allowing an increase in the maximum weight limit on certain interstate highways and toll roads from 80,000 pounds (40 tons) tons to 92,000 pounds (46...
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  • Can graduation ceremonies be held? Where can administrators find certification forms for in-person ceremonies for school districts or universities?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2020
    School districts and colleges/universities are allowed to hold modified in-person graduation ceremonies so long as they adhere to the limits on gatherings and follow required safety protocols. The ...
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  • What are my rights and protections as a worker?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    Job Protections: Your employer cannot fire or punish you if you miss work because you have or are likely to have COVID-19. Learn more about the law and how it protects you at work, and report a vio...
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  • Can I still collect unemployment if it's not safe to go back to work? What if I'm at high-risk or have to care for someone at home?

    Last Updated: 09/11/2020
    If you have been collecting unemployment benefits and your former employer asks you to return to work or you receive another offer, you cannot refuse "suitable work" and still collect benefits in m...
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