What there is to know
- New Jersey is relaxing many COVID restrictions indoors and outdoors as daily coronavirus cases tend to decline and the state moves closer to its vaccination target.
- Most capacity limits on restaurants, gyms, places of worship and retail businesses were lifted on Wednesday.
- Masks should always be worn indoors in public places and some social distancing requirements remain in place.
Restaurants, gyms, swimming pools and other businesses in New Jersey can once again allow full capacity indoors, with certain restrictions – like masking – still in place.
The Garden State took an important step in its reopening process after more than a year of coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, May 19. Percentage-based capacity limits are disappearing in many public places.
However, indoor masking is still part of New Jersey’s coronavirus mitigation efforts, despite advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on whether fully vaccinated people can remove masks in many situations.
The cap on outdoor gatherings was lifted, but social distancing requirements remained in place.
“This means the events we all associate with summer, from fireworks and parades to state fair, can all go ahead, as long as attendees keep a distance of 6 feet.” Gov. Phil Murphy said when announcing the changes earlier. month.
Here’s what to expect in Garden State businesses now.
COVID restrictions lifted, change Wednesday
- The outdoor collection limit has been lifted. People must continue to stay away from each other.
- The 50% capacity limit for indoor dining has been removed. Groups should always be seated at least 6 feet apart. The ban on tables of eight or more has been removed.
- The capacity of 50% of internal and external enterprises has been lifted. Church services, retail stores, gyms and fitness clubs, personal care businesses, indoor and outdoor entertainment and recreation businesses, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools are among the places that are no longer capped. as long as there is 6 feet of distance between people and groups. , Murphy said. Religious services are capped at 250 people, depending on the state.
- Indoor capacity for large venues – with 1,000 or more fixed seats – can increase by up to 30% as long as there are 6 feet between ticketed groups.
- The general indoor gathering limit has been increased from 25 to 50 people for events such as birthdays.
- The indoor gathering limit for catered events, funerals or memorial services, performances, political activities, and business gatherings may increase to 250 people with no percentage cap. Conferences, exhibitions and indoor fairs will also be capped at 250 people.
- Removal of the ban on inter-state sports competitions for young people indoors. Athletes, staff and spectators will still need to comply with all existing health and safety requirements.
More people are allowed in, but masks must still be worn indoors.
On Monday, Murphy reiterated that masks should always be worn by all people indoors in public places, despite recent CDC guidelines on whether fully vaccinated people can remove their masks in many public situations.
Daily cases of COVID-19 have declined and the spread of the virus has slowed, allowing Murphy to relax restrictions.
âWe are on the verge of beating this pandemic,â Murphy said on Monday. “Every shot we get closer. Every time you put on your mask when you walk inside, we get closer. Keep it up, and we’ll get there even faster.”
The easing of restrictions comes as New Jersey slowly moves closer to Murphy’s goal of having 4.7 million adults vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of June. To date, more than 3.7 people are fully vaccinated, according to state data.