TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions imposed on New Jersey businesses, announcing at Tuesday's press briefing that auto dealerships, motorcycle and bicycle shops can re-open their showrooms and shops for on-site sales activities beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The timing couldn't be better, as the Memorial Day weekend has traditionally been a major sales event push for auto dealers.

“We know this is an important step for dealerships and for people who need access to transportation, and it is, unquestionably, another step forward on our road back,” Murphy said at his daily press briefing in Trenton. 

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The New Jersey Coalition of Auto Retailers had been lobbying Murphy since he shut down activities at retail establishments throughout the state on March 17th, which affected 510 members of NJCAR statewide and a broad spectrum of other businesses categorized as non-essential.

Repair and service facilities at auto dealerships were permitted to continue operations, while sales activities were limited to the internet and phone.

"NJ CAR previously argued to Governor Murphy and his COVID-19 response team that dealership showrooms are the ultimate social distancing environment, typically providing 10,000 square foot retail spaces with ample room to ensure the safety of employees and consumers," NJ CAR said in a statement. "We have received indication from the Governor’s Office that all in-person sales activity at dealerships will be by appointment only, and further, we understand that the Governor’s pre-existing Executive and Administrative Orders governing retail activity will still apply." 

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