Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order 152, Setting Forth Indoor and Outdoor Gathering Guidelines

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order 152, Setting Forth Indoor and Outdoor Gathering Guidelines
The State of New Jersey is currently easing restriction amid Governor Murphy’s efforts to push through the second phase of reopening. On June 9, 2020 Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 152, which sets forth the following guidelines for indoor and outdoor gatherings:
 
1. Indoor Gatherings, may not take place unless it adheres to the following:

A. Capacity

  • Limited to 25% of the capacity of the room
  • No more than 50 people
  • No less than 10 people

B. Health Guidelines

  • All attendees of gatherings must wear face coverings at all times except where doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age.
  • For attendees organizing or maintaining gatherings, individuals must wear face covering whenever feasible, and must wear face covering when within six feet of another, except where doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.
  • All attendees at gatherings must remain six feet apart from one another, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household member, or romantic partners, and a limited number of individuals organizing or maintaining the gathering.
  • There may be no contact between attendees, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, and a limited number of individuals organizing or maintaining the gathering.
  • For indoor gatherings with 10 people or less, the gathering is not required to comply with the above mentioned requirements. All individuals should still wear face coverings at all time, unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age. 
  • Individuals organizing or maintaining a gathering should demarcate six feet of spacing through the placement of cones, flags, or other markings.
  • Physical items, including equipment, may not be shared by multiple attendees except for immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, unless such physical items are sanitized before and after use by different individuals.
  • Gatherings that require pre-payment or donations must provide contactless options such as online or by telephone whenever feasible.
 
2. Outdoor Gatherings, may not take place unless it adheres to the following:

A. Capacity

  • No more than 100 people

B. Health Guidelines:

  • All attendees at the gathering are required to be six feet apart from one another, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, and a limited number of individuals organizing or maintaining the gathering.
  • There may be no contact between attendees, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, and a limited number of individuals organizing or maintaining the gathering.
  • Individual organizing or maintaining a gathering should demarcate six feet of spacing through the placement of cones, flags, or other markings.
  • Physical items, including equipment, may not be shared by multiple attendees except for immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, unless such physical items are sanitized before and after use by different individuals.
  • For outdoor gatherings with 25 people of less people, or for outdoor gatherings that are for a religious service or political activity, such as a protest, the gathering is not required to comply with the above mentioned requirements.
  • Open-air rain tarps, tents, and other outdoor structures are only allowed to protect against weather and to provide shade.
  • All individuals at the gathering should wear face coverings at all times where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Gatherings that require pre-payment or donations must provide contactless options such as online or by telephone whenever feasible.
  • Individuals in cars are not considered in calculating the total number of attendees at an outdoor gathering as long as the vehicle is either (1) closed, meaning that the windows, doors, sunroofs, and tops of the vehicles are all closed, or (2) more than six feet from any other vehicle or individual.
  • Individuals are not prevented from momentarily removing their mask to place or receive an item in their mouth, including food or beverage, if done for religious purposes or for their health or safety. 
 
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