Governor Phil Murphy shared several new announcements for the State of New Jersey on May 24 during his COVID-19 briefing.
The statewide indoor mask mandate as well as the requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings was lifted on May 28.
Since Friday May 28th, people are permitted to enter restaurants, stores and other indoor spaces in New Jersey without face coverings. There was also a lift of the 6-foot social distancing requirement in all indoor and outdoor settings, including in:
- Retail stores
- Personal care services
- Recreational and entertainment businesses
- Religious services
- Political activities
- Memorial services
- Commercial gatherings
- Catered events
- Sports competitions
Every business can continue to require social distancing and masks for employees, customers, and guests if they choose to do so. Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks will continue to be required in select facilities such as child care centers, schools, health care settings, airplanes, among others.
The executive order also won’t immediately extend to youth summer camps, preschools, elementary schools and secondary schools (including charter and renaissance schools).
“This is for a simple reason: Children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, and while we’re making very good progress with the 12-to-15-year cohort, they’ve only been eligible … for less than two weeks. For these younger populations, we’re just not there yet,” the governor said.
“The steps we’ve announced today are the clearest signs of our commitment to carefully and deliberately reopening our state,” Murphy shared to Twitter. “We continue to trend in the right direction with every indicator and our vaccination numbers have increased dramatically over the last two weeks.”
Effective June 4, the state will remove all indoor gathering limits and lift the 30% limit on large indoor venues with a fixed seating capacity of 1,000 or greater.
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