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Governor Murphy Announces Stages of Reopening the Economy

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On May 18, Governor Murphy announced the three stage approach the Administration will take to allow businesses and activities to reopen. The stages were determined according to their risk level and the challenges they will face to safeguard public health. The Governor noted we are currently in Stage One.

Stage One will relax low risk activities, including:
  • State and County Parks
  • Non-essential construction
  • Curbside Retail
  • Drive-in Activities
  • Beaches
  • Elective Surgeries

Stage Two will reopen additional activities, including:
  • Expanded retail
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Indoor Dining at reduced capacity
  • Limited personal care
  • Museums
  • Libraries

Stage Three will permit most activities with social distancing, including:
  • Expanded dining
  • Critical in-office work
  • Limited entertainment
  • Expanded personal care
  • Bars with Limited capacity

Among the guidelines of the Reopening framework were the following suggestions from  the CCSNJ’s Economic Reopening and Recovery Plan for South Jersey:
  • Prioritizing primarily open-air businesses
  • Capacity limitations
  • Sanitization requirements

The Restart and Recovery Council will be tasked with informing the granular details of reopening the economy. The CCSNJ was honored to be included on the “Main Street” subgroup and will continue to work with the Administration on a staggered, regional reopening approach that prioritizes certain areas in South Jersey and low-risk industries for reopening as quickly and safely as possible.

To read the Governor's press release, click here.

For a one-page summary of Governor Murphy’s multi-stage approach to restart New Jersey’s economy, click here. 
For more information, please contact Hilary Chebra, Manager, Government Affairs at
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