Updates on Phased Openings in NJ

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As COVID cases and hospitalization rates have decreased in NJ, Governor Murphy has issued phased reopenings of businesses, public places, and services with social distancing advisories and recommendations. Read on below for a list of what is open already and what will open soon, and be sure to check back here for updates. For general questions about COVID-19, please call the public NJ hotline to speak with a trained professional 24/7 at 1-800-962-1253 or 1-800-222-1222, or visit covid19.nj.gov.

As always, we’ll be sharing updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages too— be sure to tag us @NJMOM and use hashtag #NJMOM to share how you and your family are managing.

Already open

Parks, beaches, boardwalks, and lakes have already opened. Outdoor gathering limits have been increased to 500 people per gathering, except for churches and other houses of worship, which can exceed the normal outdoor capacity. Outdoor dining, zoos, retail malls, personal care businesses, youth day camps, and in-person summer education are now open. The limit on indoor gatherings has decreased to no more than 25 people.

July 6 – Expanded NJTransit rail and light rail openings. For more info, click here.

Reopened in June

As part of Stage 2 in the plan to start reopening the state, childcare centers will begin reopening on June 15. For more info on safety restrictions and guidelines, click here.

June 15 – Outdoor dining at restaurants resume. For more info, click here.

June 15 – Non-essential retail will allow people inside to shop. For more info, click here.

June 15 – Libraries can offer curbside pick-up. For more info, click here.

June 22 – Hair salons, barbershops, hair braiding shops, nail salons, tanning salons, cosmetology shops, day and medical spas may begin opening. For more info, click here.

June 22 – Organized sports will resume. For more info, click here.

June 22 – Municipal and private-club swimming pools will open. For more info, click here.

June 22 – Outdoor gatherings to go from 100 to 250 people. For more info, click here.

June 22 – Zoos may reopen for walking tours. For more info, click here.

June 29 – Malls will reopen with stores at 50 percent capacity. For more info, click here.

Reopened in July

July 2UPDATE – Indoor dining will not reopen at 25% capacity. No new date has been announced. For more info, click here.

July 2 – Museums, aquariums, libraries, indoor recreational facilities, boardwalk arcades, outdoor waterparks, outdoor amusement parks, and playgrounds may reopen. For more info click here.

July 3 – Outdoor gatherings to go from 250 to 500 people. For more info, click here.

July 3 – Legal Fourth of July firework shows may allow up to 500 people to gather. For more info, click here.

July 6 – Schools can hold graduations of up to 500 people. For more info, click here.

July 6 – Youth day camps and in-person summer education may open. For more info, click here.

July 6 – Expanded NJ Transit rail and light rail openings. For more info, click here.

July 15 – 50% capacity limits will be lifted on NJ Transit and private carrier buses, trains, light rail vehicles, and more. For more info, click here.

July 15 – Face coverings will now be required in all NJTransit and indoor stations, as well as outdoor stations where social distancing is not practicable. For more info, click here.

July 20 – Low-risk, non-contact sports practices and competitions, such as golf and tennis, are now allowed indoors and outdoors. Medium-risk and high-risk sports, like 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. For more info, click here.

Reopening in August

August 3UPDATE The limit on indoor gatherings has decreased to no more than 25 people. For more info, click here.

Phase 3 will include expanded dining, critical in-office work, limited entertainment, expanded personal care, and bars with limited capacity, as well as higher-contact activities with significant safeguarding. However, there is no set date for Phase 3. For more info, click here.

Keep checking back for weekly updates on more openings throughout New Jersey,


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Athena is a former nursery school teacher turned marketing wizard at NJMOM, who lives for fashion and globetrotting. As an aunt to 9 little humans, she loves finding cool new activities to do together that will keep everyone smiling. On any given weekend day, you can find Athena eating all the Greek food at her fave local NJ restaurant, Local Greek, in Princeton. Which, not so ironically, is owned by her big fat Greek family.

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