On Monday, June 15th, New Jersey will plunge into its second phase of reopening the state. For NJ residents and visitors, this means a few things. For one, restaurants are now allowed to resume outdoor dining for their patrons—with some restrictions in place like wearing a face covering once inside the establishment to pay or use the restroom and tables set outside must be at least six feet apart. What’s more, retail businesses can open their doors to shoppers. Retail stores are restricted to 50% capacity inside their establishments. Areas frequently occupied by workers and shoppers alike must be regularly sanitized. Other notable items from the reopening plan include:
- Entertainment businesses, restaurants and indoor recreational establishments are allowed to let people tour their buildings for event-planning purposes. However, face masks must be worn at all times when in the facilities and food, drink, tastings or samplings must not be provided;
- Students accompanied by parents or guardians can enter school premises to obtain personal belongings from classrooms, lockers, or other areas of school;
- Real estate open houses are allowed provided they obey safety restrictions on indoor gatherings, including requiring attendees wear face coverings;
- Boat dealerships, bicycle shops, car dealerships, livestock feed stores, firearm licensees, mobile and phone retail and repair shops, motorcycle dealerships, garden and nurseries are allowed to resume operations as long as they abide by the requirements in place for essential retail businesses.
- All car washes are allowed to resume as long as they obey essential business requirements;
- Garage and yard sales can open subject to requirements for indoor gatherings. However, municipalities shall have the discretion to impose additional restrictions on sales;
- Events like firework displays at private and public beaches, lakes, boardwalks, and lakeshores are allowed but subject to restrictions of outdoor gatherings; and
- Shared space tutoring services facilities must be closed to clients and students alike.
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