Notices from the State

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.

  1. All recreational and entertainment businesses must close to the public, including: 
  • Casinos;
  • Racetracks;
  • 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.

  1. Personal-care businesses that by their very nature result in noncompliance with social distance must remain closed, including:
  • Barbershops;
  • Hair salons;
  • Spas;
  • Nail and eyelash salons;
  • Tattoo parlors;
  • Massage parlors;
  • Tanning salons;
  • Public and private social clubs.
  1. 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.
  2. Certain essential businesses and facilities are considered exempt from these closures:
  • Grocery stores;
  • Pharmacies;
  • 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.
  1. All businesses or non-profits must accommodate their workforce for telework or work from home arrangements wherever practicable.
  2. 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  • Hospitals
  • Dentist offices
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Other medical offices.
  1. Employees reporting to work are permitted to travel to and from their place of business.
  2. Businesses are encouraged to give each employee a letter indicating that the employee works in an industry permitted to continue operation.

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Governor Murphy announced these additional measures on March 19

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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.