The Murphy administration imposed a series of restrictions on business in an effort to promote “social distancing” and slow the spread of COVID-19. The following is a list of those limits, which will be updated as necessary.
On March 23, Murphy ordered the suspension of any medical and dental elective surgeries and invasive procedures scheduled after 5 p.m. on March 27, provided that their delay won’t harm the patient.
Effective April 5, towns on the Jersey Shore can ban short-term rentals from accepting new guests, such as at hotels, motels and private residences.
Effective 8 p.m. on April 10, all “non-essential” construction must cease operations. Essential projects include hospitals, schools, transportation, utilities, affordable housing, emergency repairs, and housing where workers can adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Any commercial business or nonprofit that has its employees work from home rather than at the office, or makes the effort to have as few employees working on site as possible, can stay open.
On April 8, Murphy signed an executive order limiting essential retailer capacity to 50 percent normal allotments and requiring all customers and employee to wear face masks. Stores must also designate special hours for at-risk groups, such as senior citizens.
Effective April 13 at 8:00 p.m., restaurants and other eateries offering takeout must limit the number of of customers in their stores to 10 percent of maximum capacity and provide face masks and gloves to all workers; customers must also wear face coverings.
While Murphy’s executive order, which went into effect on March 21, broadly restricts who is allowed to leave their homes and travel, there are exceptions:
Those who violate the orders could be charged with a disorderly persons offense, or a second, third or fourth-degree crime, according to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
Murphy, on March 30, indicated he might want “to tighten the screws” even more with enforcement, as state residents find colorful ways to violate the stay-at-home order, following authorities’ citing illegal operations for a gym in Bridgeton, a barbershop in Woodbridge and large gatherings across the state including weddings and house parties.
Effective April 13, New Jersey Transit and all private carriers must limit the number of riders on trains and buses to 50 percent maximum capacity, provide gloves and face masks to their employees, and require passengers to wear face masks.
Want to see what’s reopening? You can find our guide to to COVID-19 roll-backs here.
Editor’s note: This story was updated on March 31, 2020 at 8:33 a.m. EST to reflect amended and updated restrictions. It was updated at 1:25 p.m. EST on April 7, 2020 to include information regarding restrictions on short-term shore rentals. It was updated at 3:20 p.m. EST on April 8, 2020 to include restrictions on “non-essential” construction, and updated guidelines for essential retailers. It was updated at 7:32 a.m. EST on April 13, 2020 to include changes to transit and takeout capacities and new requirements for employees and customers to wear face coverings and gloves. It was updated at 7:42 a.m. EST on April 28, 2020 to include restrictions barring personal care businesses from providing services from a person’s home; to allow test driving of cars, under certain conditions; to allow for the sale of items “necessary for religious observance”; and for the operation of pet grooming, daycare and boarding businesses. This article was updated at 7:26 a.m. EST on May 15, 2020, to include a URL to the NJBIZ guide to state reopenings.