The Reopening List in New Jersey: What’s Open? What are the Rules?

With the curve of COVID-cases flattened and people adjusting to the new norm, the state has steadily transitioned into stage two of returning back to everyday life as we knew it and businesses reopening.

In this stage, moderate-risk activities may resume, specifically indoor activities, according to Governor Murphy. But what places are open, and what are the limitations? Please note that all of these are subject to change, and this list is compiled for informational purposes only. Here is a list of indoor establishments that have reopened by executive orders from Governor Murphy.

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As of June 15th:

  • Child Care Centers

Care centers must screen staff and children for fever and other symptoms prior to entry to the program facility each day and minimizing group sizes to ten children.

Guests and employees are required to wear masks.

As of June 22nd:

  • Organized Sports

Athletes are encouraged to wear masks during downtime, but not during physical activity. Low-risk, non-contact sports, such as golf and tennis, can resume practices and competitions, indoors, and outdoors. Medium and high-risk sports, including baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, and football can resume contact practices and competitions in outdoor settings only. Non-contact practices and drills can resume in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Guests and employees are required to wear masks. Clients must make an appointment ahead of time. Businesses must perform prescreening and temperature checks of clients and staff prior to entering the facility. Saunas, steam rooms, or shared bathing facilities remain closed.

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As of July 2nd:

  • Casinos

Guests and employees are required to wear masks and will be screened for symptoms. 25% capacity in gaming areas of a casino. At table games and at gaming machines, there must be one empty position between a single guest and another unrelated guest.

Guests and employees are required to wear masks. Reservations are required, cancellations and prepayments are made via electronic or telephone reservation systems to limit physical interactions.

  • Swimming Pools

Staff and pool-goers must wear masks outside of the pool. Facilities must stagger access to entry and exit points to avoid congregation, and reduce capacity to 50% for the facility and grounds.

As of July 6th:

  • NJ Transit Rail and Light Rail

NJ Transit has resumed full-service and is running a regular weekday schedule on its bus, rail, light rail, and Access Link services. Customers and employees are required to wear masks.

As of August 3rd:

In order to maintain social distancing, some agencies have been designated as Licensing Centers and some as Vehicle Centers. Licensing Centers will only process license transactions like first-time licenses, permits, and REAL IDs. Vehicle Centers will only process vehicle transactions like registration/title transfers for private sales, new registrations/titles, individual, and in bulk.

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As of August 13th:

Parents have the option to choose all-remote learning for their children. Schools and districts must allow for social distancing within the classroom, students are required to wear face masks at all times, and it is recommended that students and staff be seated at least six feet apart in class.

As of September 1st:

Guests and employees are required to wear masks. There is a 25% capacity limit and a limit on the use of equipment to one person at a time, unless from an immediate family or the same household. There is a temperature screening and questionnaire of staff and clients upon entrance to the facility.

Guests and employees are required to wear masks. There is a 25% capacity limit. Seating on amusement rides will require guests in every other ride vehicle, unless from an immediate family or the same household.

Guests and employees are required to wear masks. There is a 25% capacity limit.

As of September 4th:

Guests and employees are required to wear masks. There is a 25% capacity limit. There is a seating limit of eight customers per table, unless from an immediate family or the same household.

Guests and employees are required to wear masks. There is a 25% capacity limit, with a maximum of 150 people.  Groups that buy tickets together can sit together but must be at least six feet apart from all other groups.

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Victoria is HG's Editorial Assistant. She is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, Hoboken Fire Museum/Hoboken Historical Museum, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.