UPDATE: NJ Business That Can Open

SOURCE: Business.NJ.gov Team


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;

  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five;

  • Liquor stores;

  • Auto mechanics;

  • Self-serve car washes;

  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, to deliver online purchases directly to customers, to arrange for curbside pickup, or to test drive a purchased vehicle;

  • Printing and office supply shops;

  • Mail and delivery stores;

  • Mobile phone retail and repair shops;

  • Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair;

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

  • Livestock feed stores;

  • Farming equipment stores;

  • Nurseries and garden centers;

  • Landscaping; 

  • 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;

  • Bars and restaurants for drive-through, delivery, and takeout only;

  • Microbreweries or brewpubs for home delivery only.


Non-essential retail stores may reopen for online or phone ordering and curbside pickup only at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020, while following required mitigation requirements.


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.


Golf courses may be open as long as they adopt policies that include, but are not limited to: tee times at least 16 minutes apart; closing all buildings and amenities; limiting golf carts to a single occupant; restricting players' ability to touch the flagstick, hole, and other surfaces; prohibiting equipment rentals and the use of caddies; and requiring face coverings, sanitization, and social distancing. Refer to Executive Order 133 for all requirements. Miniature golf and driving ranges must remain closed.


Gatherings of vehicles, such as drive-in movies or religious services, are allowed, so long as all participants remain in their cars.


If your business falls into one of the blanket exemption categories, you may continue to operate; these businesses include:


  • Health care or medical service providers;

  • Essential services for low-income residents, including food banks;

  • The media;

  • Law enforcement;

  • Federal government operations, or the movement of federal officials in their official capacity.