Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

Updated: 5/3/2021

 

The New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism (NJTT) is actively managing developments as they unfold with COVID-19, in close conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health. The health and safety of our communities remain our top priority, and we advise all travelers, residents and businesses to seek official information regarding New Jersey’s response to the coronavirus at New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub.

Latest COVID-19 News:

  • April 28, 2021: New Jersey continues to strongly discourage unvaccinated individuals from engaging in non-essential interstate travel at this time. New Jersey continues to strongly discourage unvaccinated individuals from engaging in non-essential interstate travel at this time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends travel be deferred until individuals are fully vaccinated. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks or more after receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks or more after receipt of a single-dose vaccine.
         People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine, and persons who clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months who are traveling domestically within the United States, do not need to be tested for COVID-19 before or after travel to New Jersey and do not need to self-quarantine upon return. The CDC still recommends that fully vaccinated persons arriving in the United States from abroad be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after return.
         Unvaccinated travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel or other temporary lodging following CDC recommendations for unvaccinated people.
    • For specific information on New Jersey's current travel restrictions, please visit NJ DOH and COVID-19 Info Hub.
    • Travelers to New Jersey during the pandemic may complete a voluntary online survey.
    • New Jersey's Travel FAQ provides answers to many commonly asked travel questions.
    • For specific information from the CDC on domestic travel during COVID-19, please visit the CDC.
    • For specific information from the CDC on international travel during COVID-19, please visit the CDC.
  • April 12, 2021: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation A-A5446, providing $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for small businesses and nonprofits throughout the state. The bill is part of a five-bill, $100 million relief effort aimed at helping New Jersey’s small businesses recover from the year-long pandemic.

Important Information:

  • Executive Order No. 107 & No. 108: Effective June 9, 2020, Paragraph 2 of the statewide "Stay-at-Home" is formally rescinded; all other provisions of both orders are still in effect.
  • Executive Order No. 122: Imposes additional mitigation policies on essential retail businesses to limit the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey, including the requirement of workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while on the premises.
  • Executive Order No. 125: Imposes additional mitigation requirements on NJ TRANSIT and all private carriers to limit the spread of COVID-19. The order also outlines specific policies on restaurants that have remained open for takeout orders.
  • Executive Order No. 131: Creates the Governor's Restart and Recovery Commission, on the safe restart and recovery of New Jersey, effective May 18, 2020; read more about Gov. Phil Murphy's The Road Back Plan.
  • Executive Order No. 133: Reopens state parks and golf courses and restores the self-authority of county parks, effective May 2, 2020.
  • Executive Order No. 143: Allows beaches, boardwalks, lakes and lakeshores in New Jersey to remain open with social distancing measures and restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2020.
  • Executive Order No. 147: Allows for certain outdoor activities to open at recreational businesses with required social distancing measures in place, effective May 22, 2020.
  • Executive Order No. 149: Permits sporting activities to take place in outdoor settings only, in a manner that does not involve person-to-person contact, effective June 22, 2020.
  • Executive Order No. 152: Permits all New Jersey parks and forests to reopen to their full maximum capacity, effective June 9.
  • Executive Order No. 153: Opens New Jersey outdoor pools, effective June 22, 2020. The order also provides for the opening of all outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses, effective June 9.
  • Executive Order No. 163: Requires individuals to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance 6 ft. from others.
  • Executive Order No. 165: Lifts 50% capacity limits on NJ TRANSIT vehicles and requires that NJ TRANSIT and private-carriers limit vehicles to the maximum seated capacity, effective July 15, 2020.
  • Executive Order No. 181: Permits gyms, health clubs, amusement parks and water parks, to reopen their indoor premises to the public, effective Sept. 1, 2020.
  • Executive Order No. 192: Provides mandatory health and safety standards to protect all of New Jersey’s workforce, both public and private sectors, during the COVID-19 pandemic, effective Nov. 5, 2020.
  • Executive Order No. 235: Extends the public health emergency previously extended on March 17, 2021, effective April 15, 2021.
  • Executive Order No. 237: Permits summer youth overnight and day camps for the 2021 season, effective April 28.
  • Senate Bill 3340: Effective Feb. 5, the bill sets forth a framework for municipalities to allow restaurants, bars, distilleries and breweries to utilize outdoor spaces or public sidewalks as extensions of their business premises; it allows restaurants to maintain alcoholic beverage service within outdoor premises through November 30, 2022 or upon resumption of indoor dining at full capacity. The bill also allows craft alcoholic beverage sales at farmers markets.
  • Indoor and Outdoor Gathering Guidance:
    • General indoor gatherings: limited to 25 people with all attendees wearing a face coverings while staying six feet apart. Effective May 19, 2021, the general indoor social gatherings limit (e.g. house or birthday parties) will increase to 50 individuals.
    • Indoor religious services and celebrations: weddings, funerals and memorial services must be limited to 50% of a room's capacity. The aforementioned that do not involve a religious component must be limited to 35% of a room's capacity or a limit of 150 people. On May 7, 2021, this order will increase to 50% capacity with a limit of 250 individuals for all. Effective May 19, 2021, the limit will be a maximum of 250 people.
    • Indoor private catered events: (i.e. wedding receptions) capped at 35% of the room's indoor capacity with a limit of 150 people. On May 7, 2021 the order will increase to 50% capacity with a limit of 250 people. Dance floors will reopen at private catered events on May 7, including proms. Effective May 19, 2021, the limit will be a maximum of 250 people.
    • Indoor political events: limited to 35% of a room's capacity with no more than 150 people. On May 7, 2021 this order will increase to 50% capacity with a limit of 250 people. Effective May 19, 2021, the limit will be a maximum of 250 people.
    • Indoor sports practices and competitions: may exceed the general indoor gathering limit under specific exceptions, described in this article.
    • Indoor performances: include entertainment centers, movie theaters, performing arts centers, and other concert venues. They are limited to 35% of a room's capacity with a limit of 150 people. On May 7, 2021, this order will increase to 50% capacity with a limit of 250 individuals. Effective May 19, 2021, the limit will be a maximum of 250 people.
    • Indoor large sports and entertainment venues: those with a fixed seating capacity of 2,500+ may host events for at 20% capacity indoors. Effective May 19, 2021, indoor capacity for large venues (1,000 or more fixed seats) can operate 30% capacity with 6 ft. of distance between ticketed groups.
    • Indoor dining: effective May 7, 2021, the prohibition on indoor bar-side seating, as well as buffets and other self-serve foods at restaurants, will be lifted. Effective May 19, 2021, the state of New Jersey will remove the 50% capacity limit on indoor dining. The indoor dining prohibition on tables of 8 persons or more will also be removed. If partitions are used, tables can be closer than 6 ft. in distance between each one.
    • Indoor businesses: effective May 19, 2021, the current capacity limit of 50% will be lifted and indoor capacity limits for businesses will be replaced with the same requirement of 6 ft. of social distance between people.
    • Information on rules for indoor gatherings: refer to paragraph 1 of Executive Order No. 225 and paragraph 1 (b-i) on page 6 of Executive Order No. 152.
    • General outdoor gatherings: the limit is 200 people who are socially distant; on May 7, 2021, the order will increase to a maximum of 500 people. There is no limit for outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions, funerals, memorial services, religious activities or political activities. Effective May 19, 2021, the state of New Jersey will lift the limit on outdoor gatherings. All attendees at events or in groups will be required to keep a 6 ft. distance.
    • Outdoor dining: there is no hard capacity limit for outdoor dining, but is based on table spacing.
    • Outdoor sports practices and competitions: may exceed the general outdoor gathering limit under specific exceptions, described in this article.
    • Outdoor large venues: sports and entertainment venues with a fixed seating capacity of 2,500+ may host events at 30% capacity outdoors. On May 7, 2021, the order will increase to large venues with a fixed seating capacity of 1,000+ to 50% capacity. On May 19, 2021 the 50% cap will be lifted with social distancing in place.
    • Information on rules for outdoor gatherings: refer to paragraph 4 of Executive Order No. 204 and paragraph 2 (b-i) on pages 7 of Executive Order No. 152.
    • Please check the COVID-19 Info Hub for guidance on protocols, rules and details for safe gatherings in New Jersey, as well as orders No. 225, No.230 and No. 234.

NJTT is committed to ensuring the safety and health of our residents, partners, tourists, visitors and staff, and will provide you with tourism-related updates, as we closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in our state and throughout the country.

 

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Have general questions about COVID-19?
The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the public on COVID-19:

  • Call (General COVID-19 Questions): 2-1-1 (7 am – 11 pm)
  • Call (Clinical Questions): 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)
  • Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts
  • Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance