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  • Are there safety guidelines for businesses? Are any businesses closed?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    All businesses, offices, and worksites may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or wor...
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  • How can people safely get together? What are the limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    There are no numerical limits for indoor or outdoor gatherings. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, you should wear a mask and social distance if you are not vaccinated, wash your hands,...
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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: Restori...
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  • Are schools open? What are the safety requirements?

    Last Updated: 06/29/2021
    2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR All students will be back for full-time, in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents or guardians will not be able to opt children out of in-person instructio...
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  • Have elections moved or changed in New Jersey because of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/16/2021
    Upcoming Elections The voter registration deadline for the November general election is October 12th. Register to vote online. To check your registration status, use the Division of Elections' Vote...
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  • Are New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies open? What new protocols or practices are in place?

    Last Updated: 04/29/2021
    Motor Vehicle Commission agencies are open to the public six days a week, Mondays through Saturdays. Most transactions are now being conducted online or by appointment only. Transactions that can b...
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  • What are the reopening rules for bars and restaurants? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Bars and restaurants may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or worksites open to the...
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  • Can I still get married? Are wedding venues open?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    WEDDING CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS There is no numerical limit for indoor or outdoor gatherings including wedding receptions and ceremonies. Dance floors at private catered events may reopen without...
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  • Are gyms open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Gyms and fitness centers may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or worksites open to...
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  • Are churches and other houses of worship offering services? What are the social distancing requirements?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    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. To save lives and stop the spread of C...
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  • Are beaches open? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 05/28/2021
    Beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey can reopen. NOTE: For specific openings and safety protocols at beaches and lakeshores, please check with local or municipal authorities. To...
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  • Can funerals or memorial services be held? Is there support for COVID-related funeral costs?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    COVID-19 Funeral Assistance FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. To apply, call 844-684-6333. The hotline is open Monday thr...
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  • Are barber shops, nail salons, massage parlors, spas, and tattoo parlors open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    All personal care businesses may open in New Jersey including, but not limited to: At-home personal care services, including in-home massage and body work services Beauty salons Barber shops Cosme...
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  • Are parks open? Are campgrounds open? Are community gardens open?

    Last Updated: 07/08/2021
    State parks and forests are open. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask and social distance if you are not vaccinated, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick. There is ...
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  • Can organized sports resume? What are the safety requirements for sports facilities?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    Practices and competitions for indoor and outdoor organized sports, including indoor and outdoor interstate youth sports, may resume in accordance with health and safety protocols. There are no lim...
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  • Are swimming pools open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Pools may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or worksites open to the public. Howeve...
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  • Are child care centers open? Is there financial support for child care costs?

    Last Updated: 07/07/2021
    Note: Face masks remain mandatory on public transportation, and may be required in health care facilities, nursing homes, child care facilities, and prisons, based on CDC guidance. For more informa...
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  • Are playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Playgrounds, amusement parks, water parks, carnivals, and fairs may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity lim...
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  • Can I visit a nursing home or long-term care facility? What are the safety protocols?

    Last Updated: 05/28/2021
    Note: Face masks remain mandatory on public transportation, and may be required in health care facilities, nursing homes, child care facilities, and prisons, based on CDC guidance. For more informa...
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  • Are hotels open? Can I still use AirBnB? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Note: As of May 17, 2021, New Jersey's travel advisory is no longer in effect. The CDC, however, has recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Travelers leaving New Jersey sho...
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  • Are courts open? Do I have to report for jury duty? Can legal matters be dealt with remotely?

    Last Updated: 06/16/2021
    Federal Courts Criminal jury selections and trials resumed on June 1, 2021 on a limited basis. Civil jury selections and trials will resume on September 1, 2021. Judicial proceedings, in both crimi...
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  • Is public transportation running?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    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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  • 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. An 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 issue...
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  • Can real estate agents continue to show properties in person? Can my landlord show my apartment to potential renters?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    Open Houses Open houses to view real estate are permitted. There is no numerical limit for indoor or outdoor gatherings. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, you should wear a mask and so...
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  • Is there a curfew?

    Last Updated: 05/28/2021
    There is no curfew in New Jersey. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask and social distance if you are not vaccinated, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick. Source: E...
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  • Are colleges and universities open?

    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 c...
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  • Have elective surgeries resumed? What are the required safety protocols or social distancing policies?

    Last Updated: 06/16/2021
    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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  • Has the State used data to make decisions and slow the spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/02/2021
    Working with a team of leading data scientists and epidemiologists, the State has used several dynamic epidemiology and growth models to predict the spread of the virus and the need for hospital be...
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  • Are summer camps open? What are the safety requirements?

    Last Updated: 06/10/2021
    Residential and overnight camps may open this summer. All overnight and day camps must follow the COVID-19 health and safety protocols outlined by the New Jersey Department of Health. To mitigate t...
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  • Is there somewhere I can report violations of Executive Orders?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Compliance with Executive Orders is not voluntary. You can report a possible violation of all COVID-related Executive Orders using this online form: https://covid19.nj.gov/violation. If you believe...
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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: 05/28/2021
    Note: Face masks remain mandatory on public transportation, and may be required in health care facilities, nursing homes, child care facilities, prisons, and K-12 schools, based on CDC guidance. Fo...
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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: 07/01/2021
    Congregate Day Programs As of June 16, 2021, congregate day programs have been directed to reopen at full capacity provided they meet all the requirements in the NJ Division of Developmental Disabi...
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  • Can I donate blood or convalescent plasma in New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 07/08/2021
    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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  • Is COVID-19 test data being shared with law enforcement agencies?

    Last Updated: 01/28/2021
    To enable law enforcement officers across New Jersey to better protect themselves and to more effectively use their limited supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the midst of the COVID...
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  • Can I visit someone in a hospital? What guidelines are in place to protect patients?

    Last Updated: 06/17/2021
    Note: Face masks remain mandatory on public transportation, and may be required in health care facilities, nursing homes, child care facilities, and prisons, based on CDC guidance. For more informa...
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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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  • Where can I watch the Governor’s COVID-19 briefings

    Last Updated: 12/21/2020
    The State of New Jersey's briefings and press conferences related to the State's response to the COVID-19 pandemic are livestreamed on Governor Murphy's YouTube channel, Twitter feed, and Facebook ...
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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: 06/14/2021
    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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  • How do I comply with mandated health care capacity and PPE inventory reporting required by Executive Orders 109 and 111?

    Last Updated: 02/10/2021
    On March 28, 2020 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 Mana...
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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 FBI has warned of several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines to illegally obtain sensitive personal information or money. No one will have to pay for the vaccine itself i...
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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?

    Hospitals across the U.S. are currently facing shortages of all blood types and products due to COVID-19-related cancellations of blood drives. The Red Cross has said there is a critical shortage o...
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  • Can graduation ceremonies be held?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    School districts and colleges/universities are allowed to hold in-person graduation ceremonies. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has published updated graduation guidance for school d...
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  • Can adult medical daycare centers reopen? What are the safety guidelines?

    Last Updated: 06/16/2021
    As of June 14, 2021, Adult Medical Daycare Centers can reopen, while following Department of Health safety protocols. These facilities will need to attest to satisfying the guidance requirements to...
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  • What are my rights and protections as a worker?

    Last Updated: 06/07/2021
    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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  • What happens after I get vaccinated? Do I still have to follow the State's safety rules and guidelines?

    Last Updated: 05/28/2021
    All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in New Jersey have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19, but fully vaccinated individuals must still follow most rules and regulations ...
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  • Can my employer require me to get the COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter my workplace?

    Last Updated: 03/19/2021
    Yes. An employer can require that an employee receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to the workplace, unless the employee cannot get the vaccine because of a disability, because their doc...
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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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