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

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    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: 04/18/2022
    There are no numerical limits for indoor or outdoor gatherings. In New Jersey, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor settings. The Department of Health recommends wearing a f...
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  • When is New Jersey lifting restrictions?

    Last Updated: 02/09/2022
    On May 24, 2021, Governor Murphy announced the lifting of major COVID-19 restrictions and moving forward with the State's most significant reopening steps to date, including the lifting of the indo...
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  • Are schools open? What are the safety requirements?

    Last Updated: 03/07/2022
    2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR All public school districts in New Jersey are expected to provide full-time, in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. All workers in preschool through Grade 12 sch...
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  • Have elections moved or changed in New Jersey because of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/05/2022
    2021 GENERAL ELECTION New Jersey voters had three options to cast a vote in this election: vote by mail, in person early voting, and in person Election Day voting. On November 30, 2021, the NJ Boar...
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  • Are New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies open? What new protocols or practices are in place?

    Last Updated: 02/24/2022
    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: 04/13/2022
    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: 04/18/2022
    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: 04/13/2022
    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: 04/13/2022
    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. In New Jersey, face masks are no longe...
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  • Are beaches open? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    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. Th...
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  • Can funerals or memorial services be held? Is there support for COVID-related funeral costs?

    Last Updated: 04/18/2022
    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: 04/13/2022
    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: 04/13/2022
    State parks and forests are open. There is no capacity limit for outdoor gatherings. In New Jersey, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor settings. The Department of Health r...
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  • Can organized sports resume? What are the safety requirements for sports facilities?

    Last Updated: 11/16/2021
    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: 04/13/2022
    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. Busine...
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  • What are the safety guidelines for child care centers? Is there financial support for child care costs?

    Last Updated: 03/07/2022
    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. Masks On March 7th, 2022, the indoor mask requi...
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  • Are playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    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: 02/04/2022
    Visitation must be allowed for all residents of nursing homes at all times. Assisted living facilities, comprehensive personal care homes, dementia care homes, and residential health care facilitie...
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  • Are hotels open? Can I still use AirBnB? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    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: 02/11/2022
    Federal Courts Criminal as well as civil jury selections and trials have resumed on a limited basis. Judicial proceedings, in both criminal and civil matters, shall continue to be conducted by vide...
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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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  • Can I get something notarized remotely?

    Last Updated: 09/28/2021
    Yes. A new law authorizes New Jersey notaries to remotely notarize electronic or physical documents. To find a notary, search through this online directory created by the Treasury. Source: https://...
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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: 04/13/2022
    Open Houses Open houses to view real estate are permitted. There is no numerical limit for indoor or outdoor gatherings. In New Jersey, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor ...
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  • Is there a curfew?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    There is no curfew in New Jersey. In New Jersey, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor settings. The Department of Health recommends wearing a face mask whenever you have sym...
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  • Are colleges and universities open?

    Last Updated: 04/14/2022
    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 choose to adopt stricter 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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  • 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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  • Can I visit someone at a Department of Corrections facility? What is the State doing to protect people at these facilities?

    Last Updated: 05/06/2022
    Visitation Visitation at NJ Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities has resumed by appointment. All visitors must adhere to COVID-19 restrictions when visiting facilities: Call the facility to ...
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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: 02/04/2022
    Congregate Day Programs Congregate day programs have been directed to reopen at full capacity provided they meet all the requirements in the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities' congregate da...
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  • Can I donate blood or convalescent plasma in New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 03/21/2022
    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: 02/24/2022
    Individual hospitals will set visiting hours and visitation duration. Before you visit your loved one, please check ahead to find out what specific policies the hospital has established so your vis...
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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: 03/04/2022
    On March 4, 2022, the two-year anniversary of New Jersey's first confirmed case of COVID-19, Governor Murphy held the last in-person briefing on the State's response to the pandemic. COVID19.nj.gov...
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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 Order 111?

    Last Updated: 01/11/2022
    Under Executive Order No. 111, designated health care facilities are required to report on a daily basis to the Department of Health and the Office of Emergency Management, data concerning their ca...
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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?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2021
    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: 04/18/2022
    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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  • What are my rights and protections as a worker?

    Last Updated: 11/09/2021
    COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety: Under legislation signed by Governor Murphy on June 4, 2021, the majority of Executive Orders issued pursuant to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency expired o...
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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: 09/04/2021
    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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  • 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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