New Jersey reopenings: everything you need to know

Bookmark this page to stay updated on Covid-19 cases and related guidelines in the area. (Last updated: June 5)


Jared Mitovich

Whether it’s beaches, campsites, restaurants, or shopping malls, here’s the latest on reopening in New Jersey.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the state would begin entering Stage Two of reopening on June 15, citing improvements in Covid-19 hospitalizations, ventilator use, and new cases. Here’s the latest on everything you need to know about Covid-19 in the area and what’s reopened, restricted, or still closed –– updated with the most recent information:

[Note: All reopenings include social distancing guidelines. Wearing a mask is recommended, especially indoors and/or when it is difficult to stay six feet apart from others.]


  • Raise limits on indoor gatherings for religious services: the weekend of June 12
  • Child care centers: June 15
  • Outdoor dining: June 15
  • Limited indoor non-essential retail: June 15
  • In-person customer services at the Motor Vehicle Commission: June 15
  • Limited personal care including barbershops and salons: June 22
  • Non-contact organized sports: June 22
  • Limited fitness centers, gyms, health clubs: TBD, after June 22
  • Moter Vehicle Commission behind-the-wheel road tests, licensing, and permits: June 29 <– READ MORE
  • Youth day camps and summer programs: July 6
  • Outdoor graduation ceremonies that comply with social distancing: July 6
  • Certain in-person clinical research/labs: TBD
  • Certain in-person government services: TBD


Outdoor recreational businesses and activities: at most 25 individuals, including:

  • Public and private recreational campgrounds
  • Charter and fishing boats
  • Outdoor batting cages
  • Watercraft rentals
  • Driving ranges
  • Batting cages
  • Golf driving ranges
  • Shooting and archery ranges
  • Horseback riding
  • Private tennis clubs
  • All-terrain vehicles and dirtbike
  • Community gardens
  • Beaches and boardwalks (see the CLOSED OR RESCHEDULED section for limits)

Stores, dealerships, and other indoor businesses and activities: at most ten individuals, including:

  • In-person sales at car and motorcycle dealerships and bicycle shops
  • Non-essential construction
  • Non-essential retail stores with curbside pickup
  • Restroom facilities at parks with frequent and proper cleaning

Medical practices and procedures, including:

  • Elective surgical and other invasive procedures

Gatherings of vehicles: social distancing required and must stay in car, including:

  • Drive-in movies
  • Drive-in church services
  • Drive-by graduations


Certain close-contact activities at beaches and boardwalks, including:

  • Special events
  • Playgrounds
  • Rides
  • Arcades and games
  • Water fountains
  • Picnic areas
  • Water play equipment

New Jersey primary elections: rescheduled for July 7 and primarily vote-by-mail

Sources: Governor Phil Murphy, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, NJ local and state health agencies