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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on August 21, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in New Jersey, we recommend that you visit the Department of Human Services or the governor's COVID-19 Resources website

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Description of Program and Relief

Schedule for Reopening

If there are no countervailing city or county restrictions, certain non-essential businesses and public areas, including beaches, boardwalks, lakes, lakeshores, and campgrounds; golf courses; marinas; drive-thru and drive-in events; car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, boat dealerships, and bike shops; professional sports and horse-racing tracks; outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses; non-essential construction; personal care service facilities, such as barbershops; outdoor dining at restaurants; casinos; museums; indoor recreation facilities at limited capacity, including gyms and pools; non-emergency child care; portions of retail shopping malls; youth organized sports and day camps; and non-essential retail, were allowed to reopen on or before July 7, 2020, subject to social distancing protocols. Businesses should check for any additional city or county restrictions.

On July 13, 2020, New Jersey New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Locations resumed providing in person services. Licensing Centers offer license and ID transactions only. Vehicle Centers offer registration, title, and license plate transactions only. Check here to find a Licensing Center or Vehicle Center.

Government or Lead Agency

Office of the Governor

Dates Available

Certain non-essential businesses and public areas were allowed to open on or before July 7, 2020.

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission locations began offering certain in-person services on July 13, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Non-essential construction and non-essential retail must follow the mitigation requirements described here.

Car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, boat dealerships, and bike shops must follow the mitigation requirements described here.

Golf courses that are open to the public must adopt social distancing policies outlined here.

Beaches, boardwalks, lakes, lakeshores, and campgrounds must implement social distancing measures including those described here.

Child care facilities that are reopening must follow the childcare safety guidelines posted on the NJ DCF website.

Youth day camps and organized sports must follow the mitigation requirements described here.

Retail shopping malls must follow the social distancing requirements outlined here.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

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Contact for More Information

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List of Additional Information

More information is available on the New Jersey COVID-19 information hub, here.

More information regarding beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores, and campgrounds is available in the Office of the Governor’s press release here.

More information regarding car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, boat dealerships, and bike shops is available in the Office of the Governor’s press release here.

More information about professional sports operations is available in the Office of the Governor’s press release here.

More information regarding youth day camps, organized sports, and non-emergency child care facilities is available here.

More information regarding reopening of non-essential retail, outdoor dining, and hair and nail salons is available here.

More information regarding the reopening of retail shopping malls is available here.

More information regarding the reopening of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission locations is available here.


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