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Events continue to evolve rapidly. The Health Department is working closely with businesses, residents, private and public school districts, houses of worship, and other agencies within its jurisdictions to provide guidance and information.
The Department is enforcing COVID related Executive Directives while continuing to inspect state and locally regulated establishments, facilities, and activities in addition to investigating routine and non-routine public health threats and nuisances as they arise.
The public health nurses have recently been trained in extensive new contact tracing initiatives mandated by the State of NJ and are beginning their fifth month rigorously addressing case investigations, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine procedures, long term care facility outbreak management, and many other routine and non-routine duties.
New Jersey’s Recovery and Restart
“Stage 2” of New Jersey’s Recovery and Restart continues to progress, as rates of new infections and hospitalizations are stabilized and falling gradually. Effective 6/9/2020, the stay-at-home order had been lifted. Certain business, social, and recreational establishments, facilities and activities are receiving authorization to reopen. However, residents are strongly urged to continue to practice appropriate precautions, such as disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, hand hygiene, wearing a face covering when appropriate, and maintaining a minimum of six feet of social distancing.
Individuals are required to wear face masks:
In accordance with Executive Order 163, individuals are now required to wear face masks in all public outdoor spaces when they cannot social distance six feet or more.
Individuals traveling to New Jersey from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 are advised to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
As of Tuesday, July 7, there are currently 19 states total that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Delaware, Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Idaho; Kansas; Louisiana; Oklahoma, Mississippi; North Carolina; Nevada; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; and Utah. Several outbreaks across New Jersey are directly tied to travel from COVID-19 hotspots nationwide. Those arriving from one of these nineteen states are urged to self-quarantine to prevent additional flare-ups across the state.
Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. Travelers and residents returning from impacted states typically will not need to check-in with public health officials, unless otherwise involved in contract tracing efforts or required to do so by any other federal, state or local law or order.
The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here.
Limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings have recently been raised:
Most businesses can open, while following appropriate mitigation requirements:
Businesses that may be open:
Personal care businesses may reopen, as listed below, while following appropriate mitigation requirements:
Recreational businesses may reopen, while following required mitigation requirements:
Businesses that are required to remain CLOSED:
For additional information on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus and its impact on businesses, please visit the State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 Business Information Hub.
Additional Permitted Activities
The Pequannock Township Health Department is working closely with all school districts within its public health jurisdictions to provide critical guidance and information in order to assist districts with its reopening plan for September. The NJ Department of Health and Department of Education have coordinated to provide school districts with general COVID infection control guidelines as a framework to assist districts’ in their planning efforts to safely reopen.
In regards to the availability of tests to detect COVID-19 illness, the State of New Jersey has recently authorized the more than 18,000 licensed pharmacists in New Jersey to administer FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 tests to their customers without a prescription. Testing is available at participating pharmacies including CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walmart. Please check with your local pharmacist as testing is not available at all locations and many require an appointment or online registration. For more information, CVS, and Rite-Aid have set up websites where you can book an appointment and find testing locations.
Executive Orders issued by Governor Murphy
State of NJ COVID -19 Information