We are pleased to announce Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 152, effective immediately, indoor gatherings are limited to whichever number is lower, 25% of the capacity of the building or 50 people. All attendees at the gathering must wear face coverings, unless for a medical reason or if the individual is under 2 years old, individuals must remain six feet apart at all times, and physical items may not be shared by multiple attendees of the same gathering unless sanitized before and after each use. Outdoor gatherings, effective immediately, have been raised to 100 people. Governor Murphy anticipates raising the outdoor gathering limit to 250 people on June 22 and 500 people on July 3. Please keep in mind there is no limit on political or religious outdoor gatherings.
Governor Murphy also signed Executive Order No. 153 allowing outdoor municipal and private club swimming pools to open as of Monday, June 22 at 6:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m. All municipalities and private clubs must comply with the standards and policies that have been issued by the Department of Health. Pool facilities may open for the purpose of lifeguard training and lifeguard swimming lessons prior to June 22.
Additionally, outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses are permitted to reopen immediately, with the exception of amusement parks, water parks, and arcades. These recreational and entertainment businesses are required to abide by a number of social distancing protocols that are specified in the executive order. Any type of event at an outdoor recreational or entertainment business that involves individuals gathering at a specific time and for a common reason, such as concerts or movies, must adhere to the current outdoor gathering limit at that time.
Public and private social clubs are now permitted to reopen their outdoor spaces, provided they comply with all applicable terms of the Order. Please note, there is nothing in the executive order stating that a business cannot operate outdoor amusement games, such as games on the boardwalk, as long as does not take place in an amusement park and the employees are present. All employees must adhere to all of the requirements stated in the executive order, including sanitizing all equipment before and after each use.
Governor Murphy also signed an executive order yesterday, LIFTING the STAY-AT-HOME order. Businesses and non-profit organizations are still required to accommodate for their employees/volunteers to telework or provide work from home arrangements wherever practicable.
We love to see New Jersey open back up! We ask that you please adhere to all guidelines and protocols put in place in order for the Governor to continue on this track!