TRENTON, NJ — Most stores will be able to welcome customers through their doors starting June 15, but under the same restrictions placed in April on essential businesses that have been allowed to stay open during the coronavirus crisis.

Since May 16, nonessential businesses have been limited to curbside pickup only. Stores located inside malls will remain closed.

Here is a rundown of the rules that will now apply to both essential and most nonessential retailers:

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  • The number of customers in a store will be limited to 50 percent of its approved capacity.
  • Customers and employees will be required to wear face coverings, except for children under age 2 and persons with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing them.
  • Stores will provide special shopping hours for high-risk individuals wherever possible.
  • Physical barriers between customers and cashiers will be installed where practical.
  • Areas or equipment used by employees will be regularly sanitized, including credit card machines and keypads.
  • Workers will be required to undergo a daily health check, which could include a temperature screening. Those who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home.

“With these protections in place, our down towns and Main Streets can once again open up and small businesses can again open their doors to their communities,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at his June 4 press briefing. “We have all waited for this and so long as we continue practicing social distancing, and so long as retailers do all we are requiring of them to do to protect their stores and their customers, we will take a big step forward in our restart and recovery.”

Click here for April 8’s Executive Order 122, which initially applied to essential businesses.

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