New Department of Health Pool Standards
This week, the New Jersey Department of Health released revised Covid-19 Pools and Aquatic Recreation Facility Standards, dated May 7, 2021 (“New Standards”). If you compare the Standards published last year with the New Standards, you will note that the requirement of a pool ambassador has been eliminated. The role of Pool Ambassador in last year’s Standards read, “Implementation of an ambassador role to monitor and encourage social distancing of bathers on the pool deck.” (Section I(3), Page 2).
SAVE YOUR COVID 19 VACCINATION PAPERWORK
If you have been watching the news, you know that the roll-out of the vaccine process has, so far, been much slower than anticipated. Early predictions that we would all be vaccinated by the end of May, 2021 are already being revised to the end of October, 2021.
There are approximately 330 million people in the United States. The talk is that we, as a nation, are going to vaccinate a million people a day, as we get ramped up – and we have to administer these vaccinations twice in that period. If that is indeed the case, the process will take close to a year, even if we discount those who will refuse to be vaccinated and those who can’t be. Unless we ramp up to close to double the “million a day” goal, we will not have a majority of U.S. citizens vaccinated by the summer.
NEW JERSEY MARIJUANA LAW AFFORDS LANDLORDS AND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS A KEY EXCEPTION
On December 17, 2020, the New Jersey legislature passed Bill S-21/A-21 which legalizes, regulates, and taxes adult recreational use of cannabis. The Bill has been provided to the Governor for final approval.
Clarification on Fitness Centers
The Governor signed Executive Order 181 on August 27, 2020. The Executive Order authorized the reopening of the indoor premises of health clubs, including gyms and fitness centers. These health clubs were allowed to open so long as those facilities adopt minimum specified health and safety requirements. You can read about this Order on our blog, here.
FITNESS CENTERS RE-OPENING
Governor Murphy is expected to announce today the opening of fitness centers in New Jersey, effective September 1, 2020, with restrictions.
Executive Order No. 156 & Re-Opening of Playgrounds
On June 22, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 156. This executive order supersedes the capacity limitations, established by Executive Order No. 152, by increasing the amount of individuals permitted at both indoor and outdoor gatherings. Our prior blog on Executive Order 152, is here.
Executive Order No. 152 - Stay-at-Home Order Lifted
On Tuesday June 9, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 152. This executive order lifts the state’s stay-at-home order and relaxes the restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings, which were established by Executive Order No. 107, on March 21, 2020.
6.10.20 NYC Courts Re-Opening
On June 9, 2020, Chief Judge DiFiore made an announcement that New York City courthouses are opening for judges and designated staff in the City’s five boroughs returning to their courthouses beginning on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Although the City’s courthouses remained open during the pandemic, State courts limited their operations, consolidated court facilities, and implemented some virtual court operations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Jersey Reopening Pools, Beginning June 22, 2020
We hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy in this difficult time. On Monday, June 15, 2020, New Jersey is set to enter “Stage 2” of its reopening plan. This permits restaurants to begin offering outdoor dining again. Non-essential retail stores can similarly reopen, at fifty percent (50%) capacity. Additionally, daycare centers can also open up beginning June 15, 2020.
Executive Order No. 151
On June 4, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 151. The Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, extended on April 7, 2020 through Executive Order No. 119, and extended further on May 6, 2020 through Executive Order No. 138. Pursuant to Section 26:13-3(b), of the Emergency Health Powers Act, public health emergencies declared by the Governor shall automatically terminate after 30 days, unless renewed for an additional 30 days through a declaration of the Governor.