REOPENING UPDATE: NJ Businesses that May Reopen and Which Businesses Must Be Closed (6/8/2020)

SOURCE: Business.NJ.gov


Businesses That May Be Open


If your business is not a retail business, you may continue to operate, but you must let your workers work from home whenever possible. For example, professional service firms—like law firms and accounting firms—may continue to operate, but must let employees work from home. The U.S. Department of Labor has guidance on the Fair Labor Standards Act pertaining to your obligations to employees regarding telework. If you have employees that need to be on site, you must keep them to the minimum number needed for critical operations; examples of these include cashiers, store clerks, construction workers working on projects deemed essential, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.


"Essential" retail businesses may stay open to the public while following required mitigation requirements; these types of businesses include:

  • Grocery stores and any stores that sells food;

  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;

  • Medical supply stores;

  • Gas stations;

  • Convenience stores;

  • Stores in healthcare facilities;

  • Hardware and home improvement stores;

  • Banks;

  • Laundromats/dry-cleaning services;

  • Liquor stores;

  • Auto mechanics;

  • Self-serve car washes;

  • Car, motorcycle, and boat dealerships (visits including sales by appointment only);

  • Bicycle shops;

  • Printing and office supply shops;

  • Mail and delivery stores;

  • Mobile phone retail and repair shops;

  • Pet stores, pet groomers, pet daycare, and pet boarders;

  • Livestock feed stores;

  • Farming equipment stores;

  • Nurseries and garden centers;

  • Landscaping; 

  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five;

  • Stores that principally sell items for religious worship;

  • Firearms retailers, by appointment only and during limited hours;

  • Realtors, but only to show houses 1-on-1 (open houses are prohibited);

  • Horse boarding may allow owners to visit and exercise their horses; therapeutic riding may continue;

  • Marinas and boatyards for personal use.

Nonessential retail stores are allowed to be open for online or phone ordering with curbside pickup only, while following required mitigation requirements. Beginning June 15, 2020, customers will be allowed in nonessential retail stores. Indoor shopping malls will remained closed, but customers will be allowed in stores that have their own outdoor entrance.


Bars and restaurants are open for drive-through, delivery, and takeout only. Beginning June 15, 2020, restaurants will be allowed to open for outdoor dining. Required safety and sanitization protocols must be followed. Microbreweries or brewpubs may be open for home delivery only.


Child care centers may operate only if they certified by Friday, March 27, 2020 that they will only serve children of essential workers starting April 1, 2020. Child care centers will be allowed to reopen their doors to all clients effective Monday, June 15, 2020. The Department of Children and Families' safety guidelines specify rules which centers must abide by as a condition of reopening, and each child care center must submit an attestation to the Department of Children and Families no later than 24 hours prior to the anticipated opening date, or in the case of currently operating emergency child care centers, within fourteen days of the effective date of Executive Order No. 149, attesting that it will follow all applicable health and safety standards.


Golf courses may be open as long as they adopt policies that include: tee times at least 16 minutes apart; limiting golf carts to a single occupant; restricting players' ability to touch the flagstick, hole, and other surfaces; and requiring face coverings, sanitization, and social distancing. Four player tee-times, forecaddies, equipment rentals, and restrooms are allowed. Refer to Executive Orders 133 and 147 for all requirements. Miniature golf remains closed.


Recreational campgrounds, both public and private, may be open. Certain other outdoor recreational areas and businesses may operate as well, within a capacity limit of 25 individuals. These include batting cages and golf ranges, shooting and archery ranges, horseback riding, private tennis clubs, and community gardens. Refer to