BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Since Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey will enter Stage 2 of the "Restart and Recovery" plan, many businesses around Berkeley Heights have received the green light to open their shop doors, others (indoor fitness and recreation facilities) continue to wait.
For many, the re-opening of businesses means a chance to get out and do things we once took for granted. And for struggling businesses, it’s a welcome relief. As ecstatic as business owners and their customers are about the re-opening of Berkeley Heights, it has been no small task.
Keep this in mind, businesses are still really struggling. Restaurants' new seating capacity is greatly limited. With increased costs (such as tents, umbrellas, outdoor heaters, disposable menus, increased sanitation, installation of plexiglass and other equipment purchased to safeguard their customers) and having been closed for months, especially “mom & pop” shops without big bankrolls behind them — need our support more than ever if they’re going to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
Let's walk through the New Jersey Re-opening Phased-in Timeline to date:
- June 15, 2020: Outdoor dining allowed; day care facilities and limited in-person retail open; and curbside pick-up at libraries available;
- DiMaio’s, Delicious Heights, Trap Rock, Sub Zone, Strega, Marcello’s and Grain & Cain have outdoor dining
- More restaurants coming soon with outdoor seating; meanwhile, remember to order TAKEOUT and pick up curbside from all of our other restaurants
- Click to view the directory of operational businesses in Berkeley Heights. If you have a questions on business operations, give them a call -- they would love to hear from you and assist you!
- June 21, 2020: Outdoor visitation with long term care residents allowed;
- June 22, 2020: Personal care facilities and public recreational bathing pools facilities open (except aquatic recreation centers); non-contact organized sports allowed;
- June 29, 2020: Retail shopping malls open , limited in-person government services available, and Motor Vehicle Commission open(Road tests and the issuing of new licenses and permits are tentatively expected to start on June 29);
- June 30, 2020: Under the jurisdiction of NJSIAA, High School Sports can not resume any earlier than this date;
- July 2, 2020: Indoor dining may resume, limited at first to 25% capacity; playgrounds, amusement parks, water parks, casinos, racetracks, arcades, museums, aquariums, libraries, bowling alleys, shooting ranges, and batting cages will be permitted to reopen;
- July 6, 2020: Youth Summer Camps begin with many restrictions.(Residential and overnight camps are prohibited from operating.)
Indoor venues (movie theaters, nightclubs, gyms) will remain closed. However, gyms can host individual training sessions as of July 2nd.
The re-opening of businesses is subject to adherence to safeguarding and modification guidelines. All workers who can work from home should continue to work from home.
For updates, visit the Reopening Berkeley Heights page of the Township's website.
As previously stated in a Governor Murphy press release, the following precautions apply across all stages of the "Restart and Recovery" plan:
- Clinically high-risk individuals who can stay at home should continue to do so.
- All residents and businesses should follow state and federal safeguarding guidelines:
- Wash hands
- Wear masks in public
- Respect social distancing
- Minimize gatherings
- Disinfect workplace and businesses
- No mass gatherings
New Jersey will move toward subsequent stages based on data that demonstrates improvements in public health and the capacity to safeguard the public, including:
- Sustained improvements in public health indicators, including new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, individuals in intensive care, and ventilator use;
- Substantial increase in testing and contact tracing capacity;
- Sufficient resilience in New Jersey’s health care system to include adequate bed capacity, ventilators, personal protective equipment, and workforce;
- Widespread safeguarding of workplaces;
- Widespread safeguarding and capacity of child care, schools, and mass transit;
- Continued public compliance.
If public health indicators, safeguarding, or compliance worsen on a sustained basis, New Jersey will be prepared to move back to more restrictive stages as well.