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Published August 4th, 2020

New Jersey Safely Back to Business

It has been reported last May 2020 that New Jersey, bordering New York was hit hard by the global COVID-19 pandemic as they have reached the second-highest number of positive cases and fatalities. The state is under lockdown since mid-march and continuously implementing the multi-stage approach to execute a responsible and strategic economic restart. As the state flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases, they are now on track to enter stage 2 as scheduled on June 15, 2020. This phase will allow outdoor and dining at restaurants and non-essential in-person retail to operate and reopen their businesses if they will adhere to safeguarding and modification guidelines. This phase, however, may change depending on the sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases recorded in New Jersey.

New Jersey Reopening Guide

Governor Phil Murphy unveils the use of six principles and key metrics as a guide in lifting restrictions and restoring New Jersey’s economic health. The four key factors including 1) a sustained drop in the curve, 2) expanded testing, 3) contact tracing, and 4) safe places for people to isolate helps in mitigating the risk before the state reopens.

The State of New Jersey Department of Health follows the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make an effort to have a safe and healthy environment for New Jerseyans. Business owners have to comply with a flexible plan to minimize the exposure of employees and customers to the COVID-19 virus while inside their premises and be prepared to refine their business response plans as needed.

General Guidelines

According to the State of New Jersey Department of Health, New Jerseyans can follow this guide to prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • Wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Wear a face mask and avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Stay at home while they are sick and avoid contacts with others
  • Practice coughing or sneezing etiquette especially in public places

Business Guidelines

The general guide for business reopening is to continuously practice social distancing measures whenever it is feasible and appropriate. The “Principle 5: Execute a Responsible Economic Restart” states that employers should have a methodical and strategic return to work plan based on the level of disease transmission risk and essential classification. The following business precautionary measures can be applied prior to reopening:

  • Clinically high-risk employees should stay at home.
  • If the line of work can be done remotely, it is advised to continue working from home.
  • All businesses should follow state and federal safeguarding guidelines: frequent hand washing; wear masks in public; respect social distancing; limit store capacity at 50% of the maximum; and maintain a clean, sanitized, and disinfected workplace.

In an effort to help business owners coordinate an efficient business reopening process, we compiled New Jersey reopening checklist templates you can download for free and use with iAuditor by SafetyCulture.


Disclaimer: Please note that these checklists, while created with the latest best practices in mind, only provide the basic information and are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.


Jona Tarlengco

SafetyCulture staff writer

Jona has been part of SafetyCulture for more than 2 years contributing her experience in writing quality and well-researched content. She usually writes a topic about risks, safety, and quality.