Today, libraries are permitted to reopen at 25% capacity. Below, please find the requirements for the reopening:
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Libraries are permitted to open for curbside pickup.
Indoor portions of libraries can reopen on July 2 at 25 percent capacity, while following appropriate mitigation requirements.
Reopening plans vary by library. Please check with your local library for more details on hours and procedures.
Libraries offering curbside pickup services must follow appropriate mitigation requirements detailed in section 2 on page 5 of Administrative Order 2020-15. Beginning July 2, libraries can open indoor spaces while instituting mitigation requirements detailed in section 7 on page 13 of Executive Order No. 157.
What to Expect at Libraries
The following summarizes some of the protocols contained in AO 2020-15 and EO 157. However, this summary is not a replacement for fully complying with the terms of AO 2020-15 and EO 157 and libraries should read the full guidance carefully to ensure full compliance.
Libraries opening for curbside pickup must institute the following policies:
- Patrons cannot enter the brick-and-mortar premises, but instead can pick up or drop off materials outside of the facility that they have already ordered;
- In-premises operations will be limited, wherever feasible, to those employees who are responsible for the operations required for curbside pickup/drop-off;
- Transactions will be handled in advance by phone, email, fax, or other means that avoid person-to-person contact, wherever feasible;
- Patrons will notify the facility by text message, email, or phone once they arrive, whenever feasible, or make best efforts to schedule their arrival time in advance. The patron will be asked to remain in their vehicle, if arriving by car, until staff delivers or retrieves the materials;
- Designated employees will bring materials outside of the facility and place the materials directly in a patron’s vehicle whenever feasible; and
- Libraries will adopt required infection control, sanitization, and hygiene practices.
Beginning July 2, libraries opening indoor and outdoor spaces must institute the following policies:
- Limit total capacity of any outdoor area to a number that ensures that all individuals can remain six feet apart;
- Limit the number of patrons in any indoor premises to 25 percent capacity – excluding employees;
- Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while indoors, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age;
- If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons then the business must decline the individual entry into the indoor premises;
- Limit occupancy in restrooms that remain open to avoid over-crowding and maintain social distancing through signage and, where practicable, the utilization of attendants to monitor capacity; and
- Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to customers.
Motor Vehicle Commission Announced That In-Person License and Vehicle Transactions Will Be Delayed Until July 7th
Transactions that can be done online will not be available in person until further notice.
The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) will provide temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or became unemployed due the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may be eligible for a maximum of up to six months of emergency rental assistance. The assistance will be capped at DCA’s fair market rent standard or the total of the rent, whichever is lesser. All participants will be reviewed at the three-month interval to see if they are still in need of assistance. Persons applying must meet all applicable CVERAP income and eligibility requirements. You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to apply or be an emancipated minor. Only one (1) pre-application per household will be accepted. DCA will extend reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals, and persons who have limited English proficiency on a case-by-case basis and will take into consideration the disability and the need(s) of the individual(s) or those households without internet access. Applicants can call DCA’s Applicant Service Unit at 609-292-4080, Option 1 or 8, to request an accommodation.
All participants will be selected through an online lottery process. Participants do not have to be diagnosed with COVID-19 to be eligible.
Anyone selected for the program must meet the following requirements:
· Have a gross, annual household income that is at or below the maximum income limits for the county where they will be residing
· Be a New Jersey resident and have a valid lease for a unit in New Jersey signed by the landlord
· Rent must be current as of March 2020; this program will not assist with arrears
· Have a substantial reduction in income or be unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
· Lack of assets or savings to pay rent
Applicants must have an email address to apply online at: https://www.waitlistcheck.
Additional details are available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/
During the Open Enrollment Period, persons who would require a reasonable accommodation, including persons with limited English proficiency or do not have internet access, can call 609-292-4080, Option 1 or 8 for assistance.
Completion of the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Pre-application does not guarantee placement in the program.
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.
- June 15: Child care centers reopen their doors to all clients.
- June 15: Outdoor dining reopens.
- June 15: Non-essential retail stores reopen for indoor shopping.
- June 15: Motor Vehicle Commission agencies reopen for pick-up and drop-off services.
- June 15: Libraries reopen for curbside pickup.
- June 22: Organized sports activities resume.
- June 22: Personal care businesses, including barber shops and hair salons, reopen.
- June 22: Swimming pools reopen.
- June 22: Limit on outdoor gatherings increases to 250 people.
- June 29: Motor Vehicle Commission agencies begin to offer behind-the-wheel road tests and resume issuing new licenses and permits.
- June 29: Indoor portions of retail shopping malls reopen. However, indoor entertainment businesses, like movie theaters or arcades, will remain closed.
- July 2: Casinos reopen.
- July 2: Indoor dining reopens.
- July 2: Outdoor playgrounds, outdoor amusement parks, and outdoor water parks reopen.
- July 3: Limit on outdoor gatherings increases to 500 people (anticipated).
- July 6: Youth day camps and summer programs can operate.
- July 6: Modified outdoor graduation ceremonies begin.
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
Last Friday, the New Jersey Department of Health issued a directive containing guidelines allowing outdoor visits at long-term care facilities beginning June 21st. The directive states that only two visitors at a time are permitted to visit a loved one. In addition, visitors must stay 6 feet apart from the resident and all people must wear facial masks. A staff member who is also wearing a mask, must remain with the resident at all times during the visit. Below, please see additional details about the announcement and a link to the NJ Department of Health directive.
TRENTON – Residents of long-term care facilities will be able to have outdoor visits with loved ones in designated outdoor space starting Sunday, June 21—Father’s Day– under a directive to long-term care facilities issued today by the state Department of Health.
The Health Department has received input and worked collaboratively with long-term care providers on developing this directive to accommodate visitors.
Prior to transporting a long-term care resident to a designated outdoor space, visitors must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms – including a temperature check – and facilities must follow safety and infection prevention and control measures in order to allow visitation.
“Being apart from our loved ones has been one of the most difficult challenges throughout the pandemic—especially for long-term care residents and their families. This directive outlines the measures that must be in place to reduce risk to this vulnerable population while allowing visits outdoors,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “Virtual communication could never replace gathering face to face gatherings with loved ones. We hope these outdoor visitations bring joy and comfort to residents as well as their loved ones—while also protecting them.”
The directive applies to: dementia care homes, long-term care facilities, pediatric transitional care homes, assisted living residences and programs, and comprehensive personal care homes.
Only two visitors will be permitted at a time and must stay six feet apart from the resident. Visitors and residents are required to wear face coverings, and a staff member—wearing a surgical mask—must remain with the resident during the visit. A resident who is suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or quarantined for an exposure cannot have visitors. A resident who has tested positive can have visitors after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.
Facilities must submit an attestation at least 24 hours before they begin outdoor visitation confirming that they have implemented the directive’s requirements, and have a location designated for visitation, sufficient staff and personal protective equipment, and a method to schedule appointments. Facilities can start scheduling appointments today, but visitation cannot begin until Sunday.
Facilities are required to communicate the visitor policy to residents, families, staff and others, and must receive informed consent in writing from the resident and visitor that they will comply with the facility’s policies during the visit. As part of the consent form, visitor must agree to notify the facility if they test positive for COVID or have symptoms within 14 days of visiting.
Link to The New Jersey Department of Health Directive allowing outdoor visits to long-term care facilities: