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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Clarification on Essential Businesses Issued

Yesterday State Director of Emergency Management Patrick Callahan issued Administrative Order 2020-10 providing clarification on essential businesses. The order expands essential businesses to include pet grooming, pet daycare, pet boarding, and stores that principally sell items for religious observation or worship, however, they must adopt an in-person operation that includes social distancing.

In addition, car dealerships are permitted to have customers that have ordered and/or purchased vehicles online or by phone to test drive the vehicle at the time of pick-up or prior to delivery. The car dealership must adopt in-person operations that include social distancing, permit the individual to have access to the vehicle alone, and appropriately clean and sanitize the vehicles after the test drive if the customer does not purchase the vehicle.

Finally, the order clarifies that personal care service facilities ordered closed by Executive Order 107 paragraph 9(g) are not permitted to provide personal care services in their own homes, or the homes of their clients or others. Personal care facilities include beauty salons, barbershops, hair braiding shops, nail salons, massage parlors, spas, tattoo parlors, and tanning salons. There is an exception for members of their household, immediate family, or other individuals with whom the provider has a close personal relationship. A prior business relationship does not qualify as a close personal relationship. 

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


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