As we continue to navigate this uncertain summer, you may be itching to head down the shore to soak up the sun or just go out to your favorite restaurant for a delicious meal. If you’re feeling a little stir-crazy, you’re in luck—New Jersey’s reopening and social distancing policies have been slightly loosened due to decreasing COVID-19 cases!
What’s Open, What’s Not: What You Should Know About Social Distancing in New Jersey
New Jersey had some of the strictest social distancing measures during the peak of the pandemic. However, these restrictions have paid off. As of mid-July, our state has flattened the coronavirus curve and is taking steps towards reopening. Here’s what you need to know.
New Jersey’s phased reopening plan
Back in May, Governor Murphy unveiled a three stage plan to safely reopen the state. As of right now, we’re currently in Phase Two, which allows for moderate-risk activities like swimming, getting a haircut, indoor shopping, and attending outdoor gatherings with less than 250 people. Some facilities, like gyms and restaurants, are required to offer their services outside only.
Once the state reaches Phase Three, residents will likely be able to dine indoors at restaurants and bars and gain expanded access to personal care services and entertainment venues. A date for Phase Three has not been announced yet.
Throughout this tiered plan of reopening, everyone in New Jersey must continue to wear a mask. If you don’t, you may risk being denied service!
As COVID-19 cases spike in other areas of the country, our state has also issued a travel advisory for all residents and visitors. However, this doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to leave your home, state, or the country.
In a nutshell, all incoming visitors from 22 states must quarantine for two weeks in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People coming to the state for business travel, migrant work, or critical infrastructure work are exempt from quarantining.
The governor has also discouraged New Jersey residents from visiting the 22 states on the list. And if you’re feeling sick, it’s best to stay home!
New Jersey has also made it easier for anyone to get a COVID-19 test. In fact, you don’t even need insurance to get tested, and in certain cases, you may not have to pay a dime.
If you’re an essential worker, have COVID-19 symptoms, or were exposed to someone with the virus, you’ll want to get tested as soon as possible. You can use the state’s Test Site Finder to find a testing center close to you. Some sites also offer antibody tests, which can determine if you’ve been previously exposed to COVID-19.
Still Thinking of Buying or Selling?
If you’re curious about how COVID-19 has impacted real estate here in Hudson County, just give me a call. It’s still possible to buy or sell your home during these uncertain times, and I’d love to help you navigate every step of the process!