Governor Murphy required that anyone working or shopping inside any New Jersey business must wear a mask back in mid-April. Now, he’s taken that a step further. As of yesterday, July 8th, the governor signed an executive order requiring New Jersey residents to wear face coverings whenever they leave their house. This only applies to times when you cannot socially distance yourself from others.
New Requirements for Face Coverings
It’s official. Governor Murphy changed his “suggestion” of wearing a mask outdoors to an “order” to do so. Indoor dining at restaurants remains closed for now. However, takeout and outdoor dining continues. Anytime you visit any public venue where crowds gather, you must wear a mask. That means at parks, playgrounds, municipal buildings, grocery stores, retail shops, farmers markets…everywhere.
Who is Exempt?
- Children under two years old
- Restaurant or bar patrons when eating or drinking
- Anyone with a mental or physical health issue that prohibits them from wearing a mask
- Anyone who exercises, swims or plays outdoor sports
- Child-care or summer camp workers and children when outdoors (virtual summer camps are still a “go”)
- Hearing-impaired individuals or anyone communicating with hearing-impaired individuals (masks may impair the ability to communicate this way)
- Anyone who must remove their face covering for a brief time for religious reasons
- Anyone who is able to keep a six foot physical distance away from anyone they don’t live with
Even with these exemptions in place, the governor strongly encourages everyone to maintain at least a six foot distance between themselves and others they don’t live with. Wash your hands several times a day for at least 20 seconds at a time. Don’t touch your face. If you feel ill, stay home. If we all follow these guidelines, we can get through this much faster.
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