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Jun 12

Governor Issues Executive Order 153

Posted to The Town Crier - Legislative Backgrounder on June 12, 2020 at 10:53 AM by Legislative Staff

On Tuesday, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 153 rescinding the stay at home order and opening public and private clubs’ swimming pools as well as certain outdoor recreational and entertainment business previously closed by Executive Order 107.

Effective 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020 public and private swimming pools may open, including their outdoor spaces. In order to open, the pool facilities must comply with the New Jersey Department of Health standards. Food and drink establishments (i.e. concession stands, snack bars, restaurants) at pool facilities and recreational businesses must comply with the requirements of Executive Order 150. Please note that pools may open earlier for lifeguard training and swimming lessons.  

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Jun 11

Governor Issues Executive Order 152

Posted to The Town Crier - Legislative Backgrounder on June 11, 2020 at 10:45 AM by Legislative Staff

On Tuesday Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 152  raising limits on outdoor and indoor gatherings. This Executive Order took effect immediately.

For indoor gatherings, whether on public or private property, the order:


  • Limits the gathering to 25% of the room capacity in which the event is taking place. However, it can be no larger than 50 people or smaller than 10 people.


  • Requires face coverings by attendees at all times, unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or a child under 2 years old. For those organizing or maintaining the gathering, they must wear face-covering whenever feasible and when they are within 6 feet of another individual.

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May 19

Governor Announces Multi-Stage Approach to Reopening

Posted to The Town Crier - Legislative Backgrounder on May 19, 2020 at 5:53 PM by Legislative Staff

On Monday Governor Murphy unveiled his multi-stage approach to reopen businesses and activities.  The stages will be driven by the following:  health indicators such as new cases, hospitalizations and ICU and ventilators usage; availability of testing and contact tracing capacity per 100,000 residents; healthcare system resiliency with beds, healthcare workers and personal protective equipment; ability to effectively safeguard work places; safe guarded childcare, education, transit ability; and compliance of individuals and employers.  To resume in person work for all there must be widespread use of vaccine or life-saving treatment.  The Governor noted that measures from previous stages may be “swiftly reinstated” if health conditions deteriorate.

The stages are as follows:

Maximum Restrictions

  • Most individuals stay at home and activity is limited to essential tasks.
  • Permitted activities and businesses include:
    • Emergency health care
    • Essential construction
    • Manufacturing
    • Essential retail, including grocery stores and pharmacies
    • K-12 and Higher Education engaged in distance learning
    • Child Care open for essential workers only

Stage 1 (New Jersey is currently in stage 1)

  • Relaxation of restrictions on low-risk activities, if appropriately safeguarded
  • Phased-in businesses may include:
    • Non-essential, but easiest to safeguard work activities at physical location if they meet safeguarding and modification guidelines. For example, non-essential construction with protections.
    • Some non-essential retail may open with significant modification, such as curbside pick-up
    • All workers who can work from home continue to work from home even if their industry is reopening.
    • Phased-in activities include:
      • State and county parks
      • Non-essential construction
      • Curbside retail
      • Drive-in activities
      • Beaches
      • Elective surgeries
      • K-12 and Higher Education engaged in distance learning
      • Child Care expanded with capacity restrictions

Restrictions are relaxed on additional activities that can be easily safeguarded.

Stage 2

  • Relaxation of restrictions on additional activities that can be easily safeguarded
  • Phased-in businesses may include:
    • More work activities allowed at physical locations only if they adhere to safeguarding and modification guidelines. For example,
      • Expanded retail
      • Safeguarded restaurants with outdoor seating
  • Possibly included could be
    • Limited personal care
    • Indoor dining
    • Museums
    • Libraries
  • All with significantly reduced capacity
  • All workers who can work from home continue to work from home even if their industry is reopening.
  • Some personal care services may be provided on a limited basis
  • K-12 and Higher Education potential for some in-person learning with modifications
  • Child Care expanded with capacity restrictions
  • Summer schools and summer camps may have limited in-person engagement if health conditions improve

Stage 3

  • Relaxation of restrictions on most activities with significant safeguarding
  • Phased-in businesses may include:
    • More work activities allowed at physical locations only if they adhere to safeguarding and modification guidelines. For example,
      • In-person meetings
  • Possibly included could be
    • Expanded dining
    • Critical in-office work
    • Limited entertainment
    • Expanded personal care
    • Bars with limited capacity
  • All workers who can work from home continue to work from home even if their industry is reopening.
  • Personal care services may be provided on a more extended basis

Across all stages the following precautions may include:

  • Continue to work from home for work than can be done from home
  • Clinically high-risk individuals who can stay at home should continue to do so
  • All residents and businesses should follow state and federal safeguarding guidelines which include
    • Washing of hands
    • Wearing of mask in public
    • Respecting social distancing
    • Minimizing of  gatherings
    • Disinfecting workplace and businesses
    • No mass gatherings
    • K-12 and Higher Education may operate in-person learning with reduce capacity
    • Child Care likely open for most
    • Day and summer camps likely open for all with safeguards and modifications

If public health indicators, safeguarding, or compliance worsen on a sustained basis, New Jersey will be prepared to move back to more restrictive stages as well.

Contact:  Lori Buckelew, Sr. Legislative Analyst, lbuckelew@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 x112.