NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy announced that retail shopping malls will open today, Monday June 29.
“Malls are an undeniable part of New Jersey culture, and we want these businesses to get back up and running in a safe, responsible manner,” said Governor Murphy. “To keep our restart moving in the right direction, we ask New Jerseyans who wish to head out to the mall or any public setting to do so safely.”
Murphy stated that masks or face coverings are required to be worn and all stores are limited to 50% capacity. Restaurants may provide take out or outdoor dining but food court seating areas will remain closed.
"With respect to the mall's own employees, mall operators must require infection control practices, provide employees break time for hand washing, and provide sanitization materials, among other requirements", said Governor Murphy in a press release, "The order also states that employees and customers must wear face coverings while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age. If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the mall at the point of entry, then the mall must decline entry to the individual".
According to the release, the following services or areas shall be closed at all indoor shopping malls:
- Valet parking;
- Vending machines;
- Stroller rentals; and
- Any type of communal play area.
Businesses located within the indoor portions of retail shopping malls that remain closed to the public by any Executive Order, such as entertainment and recreational businesses including gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, amusement parks, water parks, and arcades, shall remain closed.