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Reopening New Jersey: The Road Back

New Jersey's restart and recovery is guided by data, improvements in public health, and the capacity to safeguard the public. The state will enter phased-in stages based on public health indicators and compliance, and will be prepared to move back to more restrictive stages if these worsen.

Below, you will find reopening guidance, a timeline of reopening dates, and more information about the framework guiding the State's decisions.

For information for businesses, please visit the State of New Jersey's COVID-19 Business Information Hub.

Reopening Guidelines

  • 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 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 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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  • When can child care centers reopen and under what safety guidelines? What resources or programs can help families with children or child care providers?

    Last Updated: 03/25/2020
    All child care centers in New Jersey that wish to continue operating must certify that they will solely serve the children of essential workers. The deadline to certify is Friday, March 27. Beginn...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Can my family visit zoos, aquariums, batting cages, mini golf, or other recreational facilities? What precautions or policies must recreational and entertainment businesses take?

    Last Updated: 06/24/2020
    With the exceptions of water parks, amusement parks, and arcades, the outdoor spaces of recreation and entertainment businesses may reopen, including: Zoos Aquariums Fairs Mini golf Concert venues...
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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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  • Are summer camps open? What are the social distancing requirements and restrictions?

    Last Updated: 09/23/2020
    As of July 6, youth day camps, including municipal summer programs, may operate so long as they comply with required social distancing and other mitigation policies. Residential and overnight camps...
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  • Are golf courses and driving ranges open? What are the social distancing policies?

    Last Updated: 09/23/2020
    Golf courses may re-open, so long as they adopt minimum social distancing policies that include: Implementing electronic or telephone reservation and payment systems while still providing options ...
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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