TRENTON, NJ -- Make your restaurant reservations and hair appointments now.
Gov. Phil Murphy today announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference that effective June 15, outdoor dining at restaurants can commence, and non-essential in-person retail can begin.
A week later, on June 22, salons and barber shops can open. However, the opening date for gyms and health clubs is still TBD.
The caveat for these businesses is that they must remain "in strict adherence with NJ Department of Health guidance," according to the governor.
"Social distancing will continue to be the watchwords of the day. This virus is among us. Saving lives is still priority No. 1," Murphy said. "We cannot move forward blind to the reality around us."
The governor warned that just because the calendar says June 15th doesn’t mean that everyone should just go back to what they were doing pre-COVID.
"Let’s use common sense for the common good. Only a successful Stage 2 can get us to Stage 3," he said. "We’re ready to begin moving forward."
"We’re ready because our metrics keep trending in the right way. We’re ready because we’re exceeding our testing goals. We’re ready because our positivity rate keeps falling," Murphy added. "We’re ready because the data says so."