In Effect: NJ is Easing COVID-19 Restrictions


Vaccines have been rolling out for months, and millions of Americans are now fully vaccinated. New Jersey has been following suit, and mandates have slowly started to fall.

New Jersey has removed capacity limits for businesses, but keeps the social distancing requirement. You still have to wear a mask inside, unless you’re seated at a restaurant. On the other hand, the outside mask mandate was lifted last week. You can now breathe freely when you’re outside, for the first time in over a year. Murphy had something to say on the indoor mask mandate.

Here’s a list of changes taking place in the near future
– The outdoor gathering limit is removed. Instead of a hard cap on attendance, the state will require that all attendees at any outdoor event keep social distances of at least six feet and current mask requirements will remain in place.

– Restaurants no longer have a capacity limit but are able to operate at whatever capacity allows them to continue to ensure a minimum six-foot distance between groups.

– The prohibition on tables of eight persons or more is removed and tables may be spaced closer than six feet if DOH compliant partitions are in use.

-The indoor social gathering limit (e.g. conferences, expositions, meetings of fraternal organizations, job training, events hosted by senior centers) increases from 100 to 250 people, so long as social distance can be maintained.