Coronavirus Update: NJ Public Events and Business Closings
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Coronavirus Update: NJ Public  Events and Business Closings

Your Guide to The Latest Information On Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related  Closings of New Jersey Entertainment, Business, Public Gatherings, and  Events

In response to this unprecedented crisis that is affecting our health concerns, all aspects of lives, and in particular with all New Jersey Leisure activities that include the cancellation of events and other related activities, our viewers are advised to check in with each of the restaurants, entertainment venues, event sponsors, and other non-essential businesses that are listed in our webpages, to ensure that they are open, and have not closed or cancelled.

Updated:  July 2, 2020, The State of New Jersey has issued orders
that affect the public and businesses as follows:

As of July 3, The State of New Jersey has relaxed some restrictions, that affect he public and businesses as follows:
  • Some outdoor recreational areas and businesses can restart their operations. These include Drive-in concerts & movies, batting cages, golf ranges, shooting and archery ranges, horseback riding, recreational campgrounds, both public and private, private tennis clubs, and community gardens --- and fireworks displays at public and private beaches, boardwalks, and lake shores.
  • People gathering outdoors has been increased from 25 to 100, including picnics and cookouts. However, indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, or 25 percent of a building's capacity, with face coverings required. That extends to religious institutions but does not include indoor dining or performance venues..
  • Shoppers wll be able to enter retail establishments.with Indoor malls reopening on June 29.
  • Restaurants will be open for outdoor dining only, Iindoor dining has been postponed until further notice
  • Horse racing can resume. Fans will not be allowed into racetrack grandstands.
  • Hair salons and barbershops are open .
  • Atlantic City's casinos will be able to reopen July 2 at 25% capacity.
  • Currently most public gatherings are limited: Indoor gatherings are limited to 25% capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 persons. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 500 persons.


    NOTE: Gatherings of vehicles, such as drive-in movies or religious services, are allowed, so long as all participants remain in their cars.
    Recreational and entertainment activities are prohibited from taking place within the brick-and-mortar premises of essential retail businesses that are permitted to remain open as well as within the facilities of public, private, and parochial preschool programs, or elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools that remain closed to students.

What Is Closed in New Jersey

  • Concert and festivals with large gatherings
  • Gyms and fitness centers and classes
  • Indoor entertainment centers, including but not limited to, movie theaters, performing arts centers, other concert venues, and nightclubs
  • All municipal, county, and State public libraries, and all libraries and computer labs at public and private colleges and universities
  • Public and private social clubs
  • All other personal-care businesses that by their very nature result in noncompliance with social distancing, excluding any health facilities that provide medically necessary or therapeutic services.

What Can Remain Open

  • The entire Jersey Shore will be permitted to open. Social distance restrictions will be enforced. Beaches and lakefronts must limit the number of visitors given access so people can properly socially distance. Families and households are allowed to cluster together, but otherwise people need to be six feet apart.
  • Grocery stores and any stores that sell food
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries; Medical supply stores
  • Gas stations; Convenience stores
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities
  • Hardware and home improvement stores
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years
  • Pet stores, pet groomers, pet daycare, and pet boarding businesses
  • Liquor stores
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, to deliver online purchases directly to customers, to arrange for curbside pickup; or for test drive of a purchased vehicle
  • Auto mechanics Printing and office supply shops
  • Mail and delivery stores
  • Mobile phone retail and repair shops
  • Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair
  • Livestock feed stores
  • Nurseries and garden centers
  • Farming equipment stores
  • Child care centers, but only if they certify by Friday, March 27 that they will only serve children of essential workers starting April 1
  • Realtors, but only to show houses 1-on-1 (open houses are prohibited)
  • Firearms retailers, by appointment only and during limited hours
  • Microbreweries or brewpubs for home delivery only
  • Stores which principally sell items necessary for religious observation or worship
  • Atlantic City’s casinos will be able to reopen July 2 at 25% capacity. 
  • Indoor dining can resume on July 2, with restaurants operating at 25% capacity.

Those who violate the orders could be charged with a disorderly persons offense, or a second, third or fourth-degree crime.

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