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

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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."

Although the governor is also trying to determine when gyms and health clubs will also open their doors, the re-opening of New Jersey will come with some restrictions.

“It’s going to look a lot I would suspect like the guidance for essential retail,” Murphy said Monday, turning briefly to confer with State Health Director Judy Persichelli. “So, it’s going to be capacity, social distancing, markers on the ground, maybe some plexiglass.

“And I would think restaurants, outdoor dining will probably have some of the elements we’ve spoken to, distance between tables, probably temperature checks or something like that on the way in. Masks, gloves for employees and I would guess more paper menus, but I will leave it (at that). That’s to come.”

Murphy said the re-opening of New Jersey is possible because of the continuing decline in key indicators, most notably a drop in new positive COVID-19 cases, new hospitalizations and the number patients on respirators. He said the number of new hospitalizations (36) was dwarfed by the number of discharges (160).

"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."

Although the news of further relaxed social distancing orders was welcomed for all those who need a haircut, a pedicure and a steak dinner on the patio of their favorite restaurant, he urged all residents with the option to continue to work from home.