Ashley Lafferty
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COVID-19 Reopening Guidance

For the latest COVID-19 information and resources visit

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On April 27, Governor Phil Murphy outlined a vision to guide the process for restarting New Jersey and restoring the State's economic health by ensuring public health. To learn more about the six guiding principles and the key metrics that will guide the process for lifting restrictions, refer to "The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health."  Under the plan, businesses and activities will re-open in phases with adequate social distancing measures & health standards in place. Businesses may also need to meet additional requirements developed specifically for their industry.

Residents who observe Executive Order violations and wish to report them should complete the on-line form at


Cleaning and Disinfecting

CDC/EPA guidance for businesses, public spaces, workplaces, schools, and homes
Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Shutdown
CDC/EPA Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting (pdf)

Recreational Pool Facilities

Under Executive Order No. 153outdoor swimming pools can open effective at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, provided that it complies with New Jersey COVID-19 Outdoor Pool Standards issued by the Department of Health. 

NJ Outdoor Pool Standards
NJ Checklist for Public Recreational Facilities

Youth Programs

Youth Summer Camps are permited to operate starting 6:00 am on Monday, July 6, 2020 provided that they comply with the COVID-19 Youth Summer Camp Standards and other applicable statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders..  All youth camps, including municipal camps, that wish to operate must complete, sign and submit the Youth Camp Attestation Form (under development) no later than 24 hours prior to the anticipated opening date. For more information visit: NJ DOH Youth Summer Camps Information

Camps Attestation Tool
COVID-19 Youth Summer Camp Standards
Camps Decision Tree

 Schools and Day Care Centers

Starting July 6, outdoor graduation ceremonies will be allowed, while following appropriate social distancing requirements and other necessary health and safety measures. Guidance is provided by the Department of Education and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. 

NJ Department of Health COVID information for Schools
Graduation Commencement Ceremonies Guidance

Starting June 15, 2020, day/child care centers are permited to operate for all clients provided that they comply with the COVID-19 Child Care Standards and other applicable statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders.

Guidance for Reopening Childcare centers

Retail Food Establishments/Restaurants

Visit COVID-19: Resources for Retail Food Establishments
Executive Order No. 150 allows for restaurants, cafeterias, dining establishments, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, bars, and all other holders of a liquor license with retail consumption privileges to offer in-person service at outdoor areas,  starting 6:00 am on June 15, 2020.  
Executive Order No. 152 (2020), limits the number of persons at indoor gatherings to 25% of the capacity of the room in which it takes place, and stating that such limit, regardless of the capacity of the room, shall never be larger than 50 persons or smaller than 10 persons. 
Executive Order No. 157, permits indoor and outdoor retail establishments, personal care services, specific recreational and entertainment facilities (EO No. 153), outdoor pools, and other facilities to open to patrons so long as they meet the guiding capacity limits and comply with the health and safety standards issued by the Commissioner of the DOH. 
Executive Order No. 183, permits the resumption of indoor dining with limitation on the number of persons to 25% capacity, tables must be 6ft or more from each other, face coverings are required (except when eating) and other. 
NJ DOH Executive Directive: Protocol for Outdoor Dining (Executive Directive 20-019) (Revised)
NJ DOH Executive Directive: Protocol for Outdoor Dining (Executive Directive 20-014)
Executive Order 150 for Outdoor Dining
Executive Order 183 Allowing Resumption of Indoor Dining
Health and Safety Standards for Indoor Dining Persuant to EO No. 183
ABC Temporary Permit Expansion
Social Distancing Guidance for Essential Retail Businesses
General Food Safety Checklist for Retail Food Establishments -FDA (check back for more specific guidance for NJ)

Businesses and Workplaces

Workplaces are to consider and implement strategies and recommendations that maintain the safety and health of employees before resuming normal or phased business operations:

  • Conducting daily health checks
  • Conducting a hazard assessment of the workplace
  • Encouraging employees to wear cloth face coverings in the workplace, according to the Governor's Executive Orders
  • Implementing policies and practices for social distancing in the workplace
  • Improving the building ventilation system

Community and Faith-Based Organizations

Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith
Preparing to Open - Interim Guidance 
Checklist for Community and Faith Leaders