Governor Murphy lifts major COVID-19 restrictions, moves forward with most significant reopening measures to date – New Providence
Once key COVID-19 benchmarks are met, Governor Murphy lifts inner mask mandate, removes social distancing requirements and collection limits, among other things
Changes in effect in two phases – Friday May 28 and Friday June 4
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order 242, lifting key COVID-19 restrictions and moving forward with the state’s most significant reopening measures to date. As of Friday, May 28, the indoor mask mandate in public spaces will be lifted, along with the six-foot social distancing requirement in indoor and outdoor spaces, the ban on dance floors in bars and restaurants and the ban on ordering and eating / drinking standing in bars and restaurants. In addition, effective Friday, June 4, indoor assembly and capacity limits will be lifted.
Over the past two weeks, key COVID-19 benchmarks have been reached across New Jersey, including a dramatic increase in vaccinations and a significant decrease in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, one-time positivity rates and transmission rates, solidifying the foundations for the major stages of reopening the state. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, people who are not fully vaccinated – defined as two weeks after receiving the second injection of a two-dose vaccination (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after receiving a single dose vaccination (Johnson & Johnson) – are strongly encouraged to continue masking and social distancing.
âThroughout the COVID-19 pandemic, my administration has been guided by science, data and facts to put New Jersey on the road to recovery with the public health and safety of all New Jersey residents. as our top priority, ” Governor Murphy said. âTogether, we have made tremendous progress in crushing this virus, and the past two weeks have shown significant declines in key areas of our data, including new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, point positivity rates and transmission rates. These data points, coupled with a dramatic increase in our vaccination efforts, which resulted in more than 4.7 million New Jerseyens with their first vaccine, allow us to lift major restrictions and move forward with our most significant reopening measures to date.
The following changes will come into effect on Friday, May 28:
- Lift the mandate of the mask in interior public spaces.
- Companies and entities that oversee interior spaces will continue to have the ability to require masking for employees, customers and / or guests.
- According to CDC guidelines, masks will continue to be required in healthcare settings, including long-term care facilities and offices, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, as well as on airplanes. , buses, trains and other forms of public transportation. as transport hubs such as airports and train stations.
- In addition, in accordance with CDC guidelines, child care centers and facilities, youth summer camps and local public, private and parochial preschool programs and elementary and secondary schools, including schools in charter and Renaissance, are not affected by this announcement and continue to be governed. by existing requirements.
- Indoor work sites that are not open to the public remain governed by existing health and safety protocols that employers must follow.
- Masks will continue to be required in public offices open to the public, such as Motor Vehicle Commission agencies.
- Lift the six-foot social distancing requirement.
- The requirement will be lifted in businesses, including retail stores, personal care services, gyms, leisure and entertainment businesses, casinos and indoor gatherings, including religious services, political activities, weddings, funerals, memorial services, business gatherings, catered events, sports competitions and performances.
- Businesses and entities that oversee indoor spaces can continue to demand social distancing if they choose.
- Ban on lifting dance floors in bars and restaurants. The ban on ordering and eating / drinking standing in bars and restaurants will also be lifted.
The following changes will come into effect on Friday June 4:
- Removed the general indoor gathering limit, which is currently 50 people.
- Removed the indoor gathering limit for political rallies, weddings, funerals, memorial services, performances, and other catering and business events, which currently numbers 250 people.
- Removal of the 30% capacity limitation for large indoor rooms with a fixed seating capacity greater than 1000.
For the full text of Executive Decree No. 242, click on here.