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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: 05/07/2021
    Note: If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, indoor capacity limits will be lifted and tables may seat more than 8 people. However, tables must remain six feet a...
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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: 05/03/2021
    Note: If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, percentage-based indoor and outdoor capacity limits will be lifted. Instead, businesses must limit indoor and outdoo...
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  • Are barber shops, nail salons, massage parlors, spas, and tattoo parlors open? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 03/19/2021
    Note: If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, percentage-based indoor and outdoor capacity limits will be lifted. Instead, businesses must limit indoor and outdoo...
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  • Are schools open? What are the safety requirements?

    Last Updated: 03/31/2021
    2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR The majority of schools are open in some form for in-person instruction. Every school must reopen in accordance with the health and safety guidelines outlined in the State's r...
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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: 05/07/2021
    Attending a gathering, ceremony, or celebration is permitted, but different limits apply depending on the type of gathering and where it is happening: Indoor Gatherings Face coverings are required ...
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  • Are beaches open? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2021
    Note: If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, the outdoor gathering limit will be removed. There will be no limit for outdoor gatherings, however, attendees are s...
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  • Are libraries open? What precautions or policies must be in place?

    Last Updated: 03/19/2021
    Indoor portions of libraries may reopen, while following appropriate mitigation requirements. Reopening plans vary by library. Please check with your local library for more details on hours and pro...
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  • Are swimming pools open? What are the social distancing requirements and restrictions?

    Last Updated: 05/03/2021
    Note: If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, percentage-based indoor and outdoor capacity limits will be lifted. Instead, businesses must limit indoor and outdoo...
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  • Are playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2021
    Note: If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, percentage-based indoor and outdoor capacity limits will be lifted. Instead, businesses must limit indoor and outdoo...
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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: 05/07/2021
    Note: If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, percentage-based indoor and outdoor capacity limits will be lifted. Instead, businesses must limit indoor and outdoo...
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  • Are summer camps open? What are the social distancing requirements and restrictions?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2021
    Residential and overnight camps will be allowed to reopen this summer. All overnight and day camps must follow the COVID-19 health and safety protocols outlined by the New Jersey Department of Heal...
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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: 05/07/2021
    NOTE: If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, indoor religious services and celebrations may be held at 100 percent of a room's capacity, but no more than 250 ind...
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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: 02/05/2021
    NOTE: On March 19, 2021, the indoor capacity limit is planned to increase to 50 percent, not including employees. Charter fishing services, for-hire vessels, and watercraft rental businesses may op...
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  • Are parks open? Are campgrounds open? Are community gardens open?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2021
    Note: If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, the outdoor gathering limit will be removed. There will be no limit for outdoor gatherings, however, attendees are s...
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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: 05/03/2021
    Note: If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, percentage-based indoor and outdoor capacity limits will be lifted. Instead, businesses must limit indoor and outdoo...
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  • Can I still get married? Are wedding venues open?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2021
    WEDDING CEREMONIES AND VENUES Outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions do not have an attendance limit. Indoor wedding ceremonies and receptions must be limited to 50 percent of a room's capacity,...
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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: 05/03/2021
    Note: If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, percentage-based indoor and outdoor capacity limits will be lifted. Instead, businesses must limit indoor and outdoo...
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