New Jersey is Actively Lifting Restrictions. How?


On May 18, Governor Phil Murphy unveiled a multi-stage approach to execute the responsible and strategic economic restart to put New Jersey on the road back to recovery from COVID-19. New Jersey's process for lifting restrictions is guided by six principles and key metrics.

New Jersey will enter new stages based on data that demonstrates improvements in public health and the capacity to safeguard the public. The restart will be phased-in within each stage, rather than opening all businesses and activities at once within a stage.

New Jersey is currently in Stage 1 and is on track to enter Stage 2 on Monday, June 15. All New Jerseyans should stay home as much as possible to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. All workers who can work from home should continue to work from home.

Multi-Stage Approach to Execute a Responsible and Strategic Economic Restart Under maximum restrictions, New Jerseyans stayed at home as much possible and activity was limited to essential tasks.

Permitted activities and businesses included emergency health care, essential construction, manufacturing, and essential retail, including grocery stores and pharmacies.

Stage One

In Stage One, restrictions are relaxed on low-risk activities. New Jerseyans continue to stay at home as much as possible.

Stage Two (New Jersey is on track to enter Stage Two on June 15)

In Stage Two, moderate-risk activities restart. New Jerseyans continue to stay at home for the majority of the time.

In Stage Two, additional phased-in businesses and activities, with adherence to safeguarding and modificatio