Outdoor Amusement Parks, Outdoor Water Parks, Boardwalk Rides and Playgrounds Will Reopen On July 2nd

Today, the Governor announced that outdoor amusement parks, outdoor water parks, boardwalk rides and playgrounds will reopen on July 2nd.   Guidelines and safety protocols will be announced in the next few days. Below, please find details about the announcement, as well as, a list of businesses that have been or will be opened during stage two of the state’s restart plan.

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Outdoor playgrounds, outdoor amusement parks, and outdoor water parks can reopen on July 2, subject to required protocols detailed in forthcoming guidance. Reopening details for arcades will be announced in the coming days as well.

Open outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses must adopt social distancing guidelines and the safety policies described in section 4 on page 6 of Executive Order No. 153, that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The public is permitted only in such outdoor spaces, except that members of the public may enter the indoor premises of the recreation business when entering or exiting the establishment in order to access the outdoor area, or to use the restroom
  • Limit total capacity to a number that ensures that all individuals can remain six feet apart
  • Open-air rain tarps, tents, and other outdoor structures shall be allowed solely for the purpose of protecting against foul weather or for shade
  • Require that reservations, cancellations and pre-payments be made via electronic or telephone reservation systems to limit physical interactions. Such policies shall, wherever possible, consider populations that do not have access to internet service or credit cards
  • Install a physical barrier, such as a shield guard, between visitors and employees wherever feasible or otherwise ensure six feet of distance between those individuals, except at the moment of payment
  • Demarcate and post signs that denote six feet of spacing in all commonly used and other applicable areas or where people may form a line
  • Require infection control practices, such as regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage and disposal
  • Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to staff and customers
  • Immediately separate and send home workers who appear to have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 illness upon arrival at work or who become sick during the day; o. Promptly notify workers of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite, consistent with the confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and any other applicable laws

For a full list of required safety policies, refer to section 4 on page 6 of Executive Order No. 153.


Stage Two (New Jersey is currently in Stage Two)

In Stage Two, moderate-risk activities restart. When leaving home, New Jerseyans should wear a face covering and keep a social distance from others. All workers who can work from home should continue to work from home.

In Stage Two, additional phased-in businesses and activities, with adherence to safeguarding and modification guidelines, will include:

  • In-person clinical research/labs
  • Limited fitness/gyms
  • Limited in-person government services