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When do things reopen in N.J. from coronavirus restrictions? Dates, timeline, rules. Everything we know so far. logo 6/10/2020 By Staff,

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday he was lifting stay-at-home order put in place nearly three months ago to stop the spread of the coronavirus as officials reported fewer numbers of infected people and deaths in the state.

“With more and more of our businesses reopening, we are no longer requiring you to stay at home, but we are asking you to continue to be responsible and safe,” the governor said during his COVID-19 briefing in Trenton. “And, when you do go out, please continue to wear face coverings and keep a social distance from others, whenever possible."

At least 12,303 New Jersey residents have died and more than 164,700 have been infected since the first case was reported in the state on March 4. Murphy said employers should still let people work from home even as he lifted restrictions.

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Here’s a roundup of what’s opening and when:

Graduations: New Jersey high schools can plan to have as many as 500 people at outdoor graduation ceremonies beginning July 6. The governor said he plans to gradually increase the limit of people who can attend outdoor gatherings to 500 people by July 3.

“It comes down to this — social distancing must remain our practice and our priority,” Murphy said. “And that’s because it’s worked.”

Religious services: Churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship may reopen to indoor services with new capacity limits after months of restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Religious institutions were included in an executive order that allows people to gather indoors at either 25% of a building’s capacity or 50 people in total - whichever number is lower, the governor said. People must also wear face coverings and stand six feet apart, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

“Yes, this order will allow for greater indoor religious services,” the governor said at his regular COVID-19 briefing in Trenton Tuesday. “We have not only heard from our partners in our faith communities, but we have worked closely with many of them, and we believe this represents a responsible plan that ensures that religious services will be appropriately distanced and as safe as possible."

Public and private community pools: Public and private community pools will be allowed to reopen in New Jersey on June 22, with capacity limited to 50% and a range of other guidelines. Officials said swimmers should practice social distancing when in the water, and there will be no pool toys allowed to continue to protect against the coronavirus.

Health experts have said COVID-19 cannot be spread through chemically treated waters in pools. As long as the pool is properly disinfected with chlorine and bromine, it should inactivate the virus, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Restaurants and retail: With Stage 2 of New Jersey’s multiphase reopening coming June 15, restaurants will be allowed to offer outdoor dining and nonessential retail will be permitted to welcome customers back inside, though at half capacity.

Daycares: Child-care services are allowed to resume at 6 a.m. on Monday, June 15, as long as they comply with state safety restrictions, under an executive order Murphy signed Friday. When child daycare centers reopen in New Jersey, the facilities will be required to conduct temperature checks of kids and staff and limit class size. Children will be encouraged — though not required — to wear masks to protect against the coronavirus.

Camps: Gov. Phil Murphy previously announced that youth day camps and municipal summer camps in the state will be allowed to operate beginning July 6, with safety restrictions in place.

Hair salons and barbershops: As part of the state’s Stage 2 reopening plans, hair salons and barbershops will reopen with restrictions June 22.

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NJ Advance Media staff writers Brent Johnson, Matt Arco, Jeff Goldman, Noah Cohen and Adam Clark contributed to this report.


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