Governor Phil Murphy has issued a strategic multistage plan to restart the economy in New Jersey entitled “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health.” The three-stage plan, that eventually leads to the “new normal” is healthcare driven and depends on safeguards in the workplace and compliance from workers and employers. Also, the “new normal” depends on a widespread vaccine or other life-saving treatment being in place.
The Governor has issued a number of Executive Orders in the past weeks, including Executive Orders 148-153. Executive Order 152 was signed on June 9, 2020. Executive Order No. 152 eases restrictions on many indoor and outdoor activities by permitting gatherings of greater numbers of people. However, safety protections are still required to be maintained, such as face masks and social distancing of 6 feet (as well as others in some cases). Executive Order 153, also signed on June 9, 2020, allows the partial reopening of public pools effective June 22, 2020 and other outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses, with social distancing and other safety measures put into place. The following areas of pool facilities and all recreational businesses must remain closed: (a) aquatic recreational facilities; (b) indoor recreational areas; (c) playgrounds; and (d) recreational water fountains.
According to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 148, issued on May 22, 2020, New Jersey is currently in Stage 1.
Stage 2 is expected to commence on June 15, 2020.
Most work activities at physical locations will resume in Stage 3. A target date to implement Stage 3 has not yet been determined.
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