Severity: Critical Alert
Transportation: Authorities in New Jersey, US, issue updated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine requirements June 30.
- Alert Begins: 01 Jul 2020 05:34 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): New Jersey (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
Authorities in New Jersey have issued a new list of states subject to its mandatory quarantine measures as part of their effort to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of June 30, all individuals entering New Jersey from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, or Utah must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last time they were in those states. Additionally, hotels in New Jersey must notify any guests arriving from affected states that they are to remain in quarantine for 14 days.
The list of states could change with little notice, as it is regularly updated by officials to ensure it includes all states that have positive COVID-19 test rates higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or positivity rates of 10 percent or higher over a seven-day average.
Other restrictions related to the pandemic remain in effect, including limitations on the sizes of indoor and outdoor gatherings. Officials continue to urge residents to limit face-to-face interactions and maintain social-distancing measures.
Nevertheless, authorities are allowing certain facilities to reopen, such as swimming pools and personal care businesses. Low-contact organized and recreational sports activities have been allowed to resume. Indoor shopping malls may reopen at 50-percent capacity, and casinos may reopen on July 2 at 25-percent capacity. Youth summer camps may begin operations on July 6.
Authorities had previously allowed the reopening/resumption of the following businesses and activities:
- Outdoor dining at restaurants
- Retail stores for in-person services
- Childcare centers
- All outdoor entertainment and recreational facilities, with the exception of amusement parks, water parks, and arcades
- All construction projects
- Drive-in cinemas and other drive-through activities
- Car, motorcycle, and boat dealerships, and bike shops
- Beaches, state parks, recreational campgrounds, as well as outdoor activities
- Nonurgent medical procedures
- Professional sports teams based in New Jersey may resume practice and matches if their competition resumes
Other establishments, such as gyms and fitness centers, museums, libraries, and in-person government services, remain closed. All businesses must ensure compliance with social distancing standards, enhance sanitation procedures, and provide employees with any necessary personal protective equipment.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and fuel stations may continue to provide in-person services, while companies in agriculture, manufacturing, security, transport, and media services can also remain open. Officials have ordered all employees and customers at essential businesses to wear face coverings whenever they are inside their facilities.
Background and Analysis
The relaxation of some measures will likely accelerate in the coming weeks; however, restrictions may be reimposed or extended if the number of COVID-19 cases increases. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.