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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: 07/09/2020
    Bars and restaurants may currently open for drive-through, delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining. The reopening of indoor dining spaces has been postponed. Indoor dining is not allowed. Restaurant ...
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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: 07/02/2020
    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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  • Can I get a haircut or go to a salon? Can personal care businesses reopen and under what restrictions?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2020
    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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  • Will schools open next year? Is summer school open? Is there guidance for graduations?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR Absent a change in public health data, public schools will open for in-person instruction and operations in some capacity at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. The De...
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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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  • Are people allowed to gather in person?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2020
    Yes, attending a gathering, ceremony, or celebration is permitted as long as the event complies with the following limits on gatherings. Indoor gatherings must be limited to 100 people or 25% of a ...
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  • Are beaches open? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 07/03/2020
    Beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey can reopen, permitted that social distancing measures are followed. In addition, special events, including fireworks displays, at public and...
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  • Are libraries open? What precautions or policies must be in place?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2020
    As of July 2, indoor portions of libraries can reopen at 25% capacity, while following appropriate mitigation requirements. Reopening plans vary by library. Please check with your local library for...
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  • Are swimming pools open? What are the social distancing requirements and restrictions?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    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: 07/09/2020
    Playgrounds, outdoor amusement parks, and outdoor water parks may reopen at 50 percent capacity so long as they follow required social distancing policies and other safety guidelines. Indoor amusem...
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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 museums, aquariums, or performing arts centers open? Are concert venues, movie theaters, or other cultural and entertainment venues open? What safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    Entertainment businesses may reopen their entire premises, whether indoor or outdoor, with the exception of concert venues, movie theaters, and performing arts centers, which may only open outdoor ...
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  • Are summer camps open? What are the social distancing requirements and restrictions?

    Last Updated: 07/06/2020
    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: 07/02/2020
    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: 07/10/2020
    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: 07/13/2020
    NJ Transit has resumed full-service and is running a regular weekday schedule on its bus, rail, light rail, and Access Link services. However, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all NJ Transit and ...
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  • Can I charter a boat?

    Last Updated: 07/10/2020
    Charter fishing services, for-hire vessels, and watercraft rental businesses may open so long as they follow required social distancing measures. What To Expect The following summarizes some of the...
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  • Are parks open? Are campgrounds open?

    Last Updated: 07/07/2020
    State Parks State parks are open for passive recreation, including fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, hiking, walking and running, biking, birding, horseback riding, and camping. To save lives an...
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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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  • Can professional sports and horse racing resume? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 07/04/2020
    Professional Sports Professional sports teams which train or play in New Jersey can practice and engage in games or matches, if their leagues resume competition. The State has been in constant disc...
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  • Can I still get married? Are wedding venues open?

    Last Updated: 07/08/2020
    Yes, so long as ceremonies and receptions comply with the limits on gatherings and other safety guidelines. At this time, indoor wedding ceremonies may be held so long as they comply with the limit...
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  • Can construction projects continue? What rules or safety guidelines must they follow?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2020
    As of May 18, all construction projects may resume. Construction projects must follow appropriate mitigation requirements, as outlined below. Construction projects must adopt policies that include,...
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  • Are gyms open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    Gyms and fitness centers may reopen outdoor spaces so long as they follow required social distancing and other safety protocols detailed in sections 7,8, and 10 beginning on page 13 of Executive Or...
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