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The Daily Journal logo The Daily Journal 6/23/2020 From Staff Reports, Vineland Daily Journal

Many businesses were closed and activities and events were cancelled in New Jersey to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to "flatten the curve." 

Some businesses and activities are opening/resuming. But social distancing is required and wearing a mask is recommended, if not required.

As of June 9, the stay-at-home order is lifted. But Gov. Phil Murphy is still encouraging residents to practice social distancing and wear masks.  

Gov. Murphy announced on June 22 that he will sign an executive order lifting the limit on outdoor gatherings from 100 to 250 people, except no limit on religious or political activities. Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 percent capacity, except not to exceed 100 people.

Atlantic City casinos: Reopening July 2 with capacity limited to 25 percent. 

Automobile/motorcycle dealerships/bike shops: In person sales are allowed as of 6 a.m. May 20. 

Banks/credit unions: Lobbies are closed. ATM and drive-through services only are available. Most financial institutions are recommending that customers take advantage of self-service banking and 24/7 account access through mobile, online and voice banking services. 

Beaches and Boardwalks: Gov. Murphy announced that as of May 22, beaches, boardwalks and lakefronts may reopen. There will be capacity limitations as determined by local officials, which could include limiting the number of beach tags issued or monitoring with technology. Also, social distancing of at least 6 feet is required, except for family groups, household members and couples. No organized games or contact sports, summer camps or special events such as concerts are allowed. Rides, arcades, water fountains and playgrounds must remain closed. As of June 15 outdoor dining in addition to takeout and delivery will be allowed. Showers and restrooms may open, but regular cleaning must be completed. 

Blood drives: Eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to prevent shortages. Also, the American Red Cross has opened two convalescent plasma collection sites in North Jersey for people who have recoverd from COVID-19. For information, visit http://RedCrossBlood.org/plasma4covid.  

Campgrounds (recreational): Open. 

Camps: Youth day camps, including municipal summer recreation programs, can begin July 6, if following updated health and safety safeguards as set by the state.

Child care centers: Can reopen June 15, if following updated health and safety safeguards as set by the state.

Chartered boat services, including fishing and watercraft rentals: Allowed beginning 6 a.m. May 17.  

Church services: Drive-in church services are permitted. Participants must remain in their vehicles. If vehicles are closer than six feet apart, then all windows, sunroofs and convertible tops must remain closed. Indoor religious gatherings allowed but only with 25 percent of building capacity or 50 people total. No limit for outdoor religious gatherings. Social distancing is necessary. 

Colleges/Universities: Most campuses remain closed or open by appointment only. Online classes are offered. Guidance was released June 17 for reopening colleges and universities which must submit their reopening plan at least 14 days before anyone reports to campus. Clinical, lab and hands-on programming could resume July 1. 

Courts: Most court houses are closed to all but essential personnel and many proceedings have been postponed. People are encouraged to conduct business, such as making payments, online when possible. 

Community Gardens: Open as of 6 a.m. May 22, must comply with the same restrictions implemented at parks under Executive Order No. 133. 

Construction: Non-essential construction is permitted, while observing social distancing guidelines, as of 6 a.m. May 18. 

Cumberland County Clerk's Office: Offices at the courthouse and Cumberland Mall are closed to the public. Some office records and services are available online and the office is staffed for calls. Clerk's office has mailed out ballots for the primary election to registered Democrat and Republican voters; ballots should be received by June 12 for the July 7 primary. 

Doctor and dentist offices: Some are closed. But many are offering "teledoc" services and are available for emergencies. Most have instituted policies to limit contact. Such changes include having patients call when they arrive in the office parking lot. Staff members will then alert patients when it is time for them to enter the office.

Drive-in movies: Drive-in movies are permitted. Participants must remain in their vehicles. If vehicles are closer than six feet apart, then all windows, sunroofs and convertible tops must remain closed. The Delsea Drive-In is reopened May 22.

Drive-through and drive-in events: Gatherings of vehicles, such as for drive-in movies or church services, are not a violation of the order prohibiting mass gatherings, as long as all participants remain in their cars. If vehicles are closer than six feet apart, then all windows, sunroofs, or convertible tops must remain closed. 

Electricity/utilities services: ​Most are temporarily suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment fees. They are also offering to work with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy payment assistance options. 

Farmers Markets: Many are opening. Some are drive-through only and require preorders and prepayment. Markets are observing social distancing rules and indoor markets require masks. 

Federal government offices: According to www.opm.gov, the federal government will begin a phased transition to normal operations in line with the national guidelines. Agencies will make operating decisions based on state or locality of duty stations and other factors. Anyone planning to visit a federal building should confirm building/facility status before visiting. Some agency buildings and locations may have select hours, reduced in-person services, or visitor restrictions in place.

Fitness centers/gyms: Closed.   

Golf courses and golf ranges: Courses open now; ranges, open as of May 22; observing social distance guidelines. 

Graduation ceremonies: Effective July 6, New Jersey schools will have the opportunity to hold outdoor graduation ceremonies that comply with social distancing to ensure the health and safety of all in attendance. 

Hair salons/barbers/spas/tattoo parlors (and other personal service businesses): Closed; except hair and nail salons, barber shops, cosmetology shops, day and medical spas, electrology facilities, hair braiding shops, massage parlors, tanning salons and tattoo parlors may open beginning June 22 with adherence to Department of Health guidance. 

Horse racing: As of July 2, racetracks may reopen with fans but capacity is limited. 

Libraries: Closed, but curbside pickup allowed. Most libraries offer online services, such as access to audible books and research databases, homework help, story time and more. 

Mail/Post Offices: Mail delivery continues. U.S. Post Offices are open. Many services, such as buying stamps and mailing packages, are available at usps.com. 

Malls/amusement parks/amusement centers/waterparks: Indoor portions of retail shopping malls may reopen on June 29; masks must be worn, store capacity is limited to 50 percent, restaurants may provide take out or outdoor dining; except food court seating, common seating areas, theaters and arcades remain closed. Outdoor amusement parks and water parks are allowed to open July 2 subject to guidelines including 50 percent capacity, wearing masks when practical and social distancing. Indoor amusement centers remain closed. 

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission: Gov. Phil Murphy announced June 5 that the MVC will begin a phased reopening starting June 15 for drop-off and pick-up transactions, and a tentatively scheduled June 29 for road tests and new licenses. Vehicle inspections stations operated by Parson will open June 29. MVC offices have been restructured as well with some designated as licensing centers and others as vehicle centers. For information, visit https://bit.ly/2UvACWb. Online services are available. All driver licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, and inspection stickers expiring before May 31 are extended to July 31. Documents expiring June 30 are extended to Aug. 31. Documents expiring July 31 are extended to Sept. 30. 

Online gaming: Open. 

Outdoor businesses: Batting cages, shooting and archery ranges, horseback riding facilities, private tennis clubs; open as of 6 a.m. May 22; also ATV and dirt bike rentals may open with curbside pickup beginning at 6 a.m. May 22. 

Parks: New Jersey State Parks are open for active recreation, such as hiking, boating, fishing and horseback riding. But capacity is limited, for updates, including which parks are temporarily closed because of reaching capacity, visit https://www.facebook.com/NewJerseyStateParks. While parks remain open to the public, events have been cancelled and offices and nature centers are closed. Bathroom facilities will be opening once cleaning procedures are established and staff are available to clean. Social distancing is required and masks, when social distancing is not possible, are recommended. Many county and other municipal parks are open. But rules for use, including social distancing and mask requirements, are set by the individual municipalities.  

Pet supply stores: Open. Most have adjusted hours to allow for additional cleaning and restocking shelves. Also, store capacities may be limited to allow for social distancing. 

Pharmacies: Open. Most have adjusted hours to allow for additional cleaning and restocking shelves. Also, store capacities may be limited to allow for social distancing. Many offer online services including an option to have prescriptions delivered and to talk to a pharmacist. 

Playgrounds: Allowed to open July 2. 

Pools: Municipal and private club pools may open beginning June 22 with adherence to Department of Health guidance with regard to capacity, social distancing and wearing masks. 

Retail stores: Non-essential retail stores may operate, using curbside pickup only, as of 6 a.m. May 18. Non-essential, in person retail allowed beginning June 15 with . 

Restaurants: Restaurants may offer curbside and delivery service. Outdoor dining allowed beginning June 15 with adherence to Department of Health guidance. As of July 2, indoor dining allowed but capacity limited to 25 percent. 

Schools: Buildings are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Online learning is offered under the guidance of individual schools/districts.  

Sports activities: Non-contact organized sports activities can restart June 22. 

Supermarkets: Open. Most have adjusted hours to allow for additional cleaning and restocking shelves. Also, store capacities are limited to allow for social distancing. Many also offer special hours for senior citizens and other vulnerable individuals only.  

Theater/Entertainment Venues: With the exception of drive-in movies, these venues remain closed. 

Trash pickup/recycling: Continuing per regular schedules. 

The Daily Journal and Courier Post: Offices closed to the public; regular newspaper delivery. 

This article originally appeared on Vineland Daily Journal: Is everything still closed? Check our list

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