New Restrictions Due to COVID-19 Outbreak – March 20
Please note that Governor Murphy announced new restrictions and standards on Saturday afternoon in order to address COVID19.
Effective on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 9:00 p.m., the new standards for businesses are:
1. Gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled unless explicitly authorized by Executive Order 107 (CDC guidance defines a gathering to include conferences, large meetings, parties, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies).
2. Non-essential retail businesses must close storefront and/or brick-and-mortar premises operations until further notice.
- All recreational and entertainment businesses must close to the public, including:
- Gyms and fitness centers;
- Entertainment centers (movie theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, and nightclubs)
- Indoor portions of retail shopping malls and places of public amusement.
Please note that business may continue any on-line operations.
- Personal-care businesses that by their very nature result in noncompliance with social distance must remain closed, including:
- Hair salons;
- Nail and eyelash salons;
- Tattoo parlors;
- Massage parlors;
- Tanning salons;
- Public and private social clubs.
- Bars and restaurants in New Jersey must be closed for on-premise service. They may provide take-out and delivery service only. Drive-throughs, take-out, and delivery offered by restaurants, and other delivery services can continue to operate.
- Certain essential businesses and facilities are considered exempt from these closures:
- Grocery stores;
- Medical marijuana dispensaries;
- Medical supply stores;
- Gas stations;
- Convenience stores;
- Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
- Hardware and home improvement stores;
- Vehicle rental locations;
- Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions;
- Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
- Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
- Pet stores and veterinary service locations;
- Car dealerships (**only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics**);
- Printing and office supply shops;
- Mail and delivery stores;
- Liquor stores.
- All businesses or non-profits must accommodate their workforce for telework or work from home arrangements wherever practicable.
- To the extent businesses have employees who need to be on-site, they should operate with the minimal number of on-site employees as possible. That includes:
- Cashiers or store clerks,
- Construction workers, utility workers, or repair workers
- Warehouse workers
- Lab researchers
- IT maintenance workers
- Janitorial and custodial staff
- Certain administrative staff
- Manufacturing, industrial, logistics, ports, heavy construction, shipping, food production, food delivery, and other commercial operations may continue operating, but should limit staff on-site to the minimal number for continuing essential operations.
- Medical facilities may continue to operate, including any facility where a sick or injured person is given care or treatment, such as:
- Doctor’s offices
- Dentist offices
- Long-term care facilities
- Other medical offices.
- Employees reporting to work are permitted to travel to and from their place of business.
- Businesses are encouraged to give each employee a letter indicating that the employee works in an industry permitted to continue operation.
Visit https://ucnj.org/coronavirus-update/ for updates and information on Union County services cancelled or modified due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Governor Murphy announced these additional measures on March 19
Governor Murphy announced these additional measures on March 18:
- Effective immediately, the State of New Jersey is prohibiting gatherings larger than 50 people.
- Gyms will be closing at 8 PM and remain closed moving forward.
- Bars and Restaurants will be closing at 8 PM moving forward, with the ability to re-open each day to offer take-out and delivery services.
- Food establishments will be prohibited from offering eat-in services.
On March 17, Governor Murphy announced the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Closure of all indoor retail shopping malls, amusement parks, and amusement centers across New Jersey until the current emergency ends.
- Restaurants which are located within malls, and which also have their own entrances separate from the general mall entrances, may remain open for takeout or delivery only.
- Outside of our restrictions on malls, restaurants and bars, and other businesses specifically ordered to shut down – all other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses may remain open until 8:00 PM daily if they abide by social distancing guidelines.