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Executive Order 147 – Further Openings With Restrictions

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. May 20, 2020 Posted in Firm News

Another day, another Executive Order. These newer Executive Orders being received, however, are a great step toward the re-opening of the State of New Jersey. We look forward now to further openings. Below are those businesses/activities allowed to open under the newest Executive Order, published yesterday on the Governor’s website today:

  1. Archery ranges;
  2. Batting cages;
  3. Golf driving ranges;
  4. Horseback riding;
  5. Shooting ranges; and
  6. Tennis clubs.

Community Gardens are also allowed to operate. Dirt Bike rental businesses must remain closed except where allowed to operate curbside pickup.

Unfortunately, at this time, the following remain closed:

  1. Picnic areas;
  2. Playgrounds;
  3. Pavilions;
  4. Fitness centers;
  5. Locker rooms; and
  6. Other buildings, amenities, or facilities, except for restrooms and facilities providing access to an outdoor facility where no other means of access is available.

Amusement parks, arcades, and other places of public amusement also remain closed. Additionally, those businesses now allowed to open are subject to restrictions, such as:

  • Electronic or telephonic pre-payments;
  • Limited Capacity to less than 10 individuals;
  • Installing a physical barrier between visitors and employees;
  • Limiting the use of equipment rented;
  • Posting signs that state to stand six feet away from others;
  • Require infection control practices (i.e. regular hand-washing, proper tissue disposal, etc.)
  • Provide sanitization materials;
  • Limit over-occupancy in restrooms;
  • Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas;
  • Limiting person-to-person interaction;
  • Immediately separate and send home workers who appear to have COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Promptly notify workers of any known exposure to COVID-19;
  • Clean and disinfect worksite in accordance with CDC guidelines; and
  • Continuing to follow guidelines from the Department of Health and CDC.

In sum, the opening of outdoor recreational businesses and activities in this Order is a step toward re-opening. It is clear that the State may not re-open overnight, but this Order continues a step in the correct direction. This does not permit buildings to open up their amenity spaces. As always, we will keep you updated.

The information in this Client Alert is provided solely for information purposes. It should not be construed as legal advice on any specific matter and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based upon particular circumstances.  Each legal matter is unique, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.


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