General Workplace and Sector Specific Guidance for Reopening NJ

 5/19/2020 5:02 PM

Effective Date: May 18, 2020

General Workplace Guidance

Social Distancing Guidance

Maintain the six-foot physical distancing requirements.
No groups larger than 10.

PPE Requirements

Non-essential retail businesses shall at minimum:
Require workers to wear cloth face coverings and gloves when interacting with other workers or customers and require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods.

Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings and gloves for their employees.

Nothing in the stated policy should prevent workers from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other more protective face covering if the individual is already in possession of such equipment, or if the business is otherwise required to provide such worker with more protective equipment due to the nature of the work involved.

Cleaning/Sanitation Procedures

Non-essential retail businesses shall at minimum:
- Require infection control practices, such as regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage and disposal.
- Provide employees break time for repeated handwashing throughout the workday.
- Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to staff.
-Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas to which workers have access.

Sector-Specific Guidance


Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses: The Order also permits non-essential retail businesses to allow curbside pickup of goods, but businesses must continue to have their in-store operations closed to customers.

Businesses who choose to offer curbside pickup must abide by the requirements in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:
- In-store operations should be limited to those employees who are responsible for the operations required for curbside pickup;
- Customer transactions should be handled in advance by phone, email, facsimile or other means that avoid person-to-person contact;
- Customers shall notify the retailer by text message, email, or phone once they arrive, or make best efforts to schedule their arrival time in advance. The customer should be asked to remain in their vehicle, if arriving by car, until store staff delivers the purchase;
- Designated employees should bring goods outside of the retail establishment and place goods directly in a customer’s vehicle when possible, avoiding person-to-person contact; and
- Such businesses must follow social distancing and mitigation practices outlined in previous orders, including requiring workers to wear cloth face coverings when in contact with other workers or customers and gloves when in contact with goods or customers.


All restaurants, cafeterias, dining establishments, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, all bars, and all other holders of a liqueur license with retail consumption privileges, are permitted to operate their normal business hours, but are limited to offering only food delivery and/or take-out services in accordance with their existing liquor licenses.

If alcoholic beverages are to be sold from a restaurant, dining establishment or bar with a liquor license, such sales shall be limited to original containers sold from the principal public barroom.

The on-premise consumption of alcohol is prohibited. All retail sales of alcoholic beverages by limited brewery licensees, restricted brewery licensees, plenary and farm winery licensees (and associated salesrooms), craft distillery licensees and cidery and meadery licensees must be in original containers and must be sold through customer pick up and/or delivered by licensees in accordance with their existing license.

Other Sector-Specific Recommendations

Non-Essential Construction: The Order permits non-essential construction projects to resume . All construction projects must abide by the social distancing, safety, and sanitization requirements that are described in detail in EO 142. Click Here for Executive Order 142