Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Authorities in New Jersey, US, issue updated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine requirements July 14.
- Alert Begins: 14 Jul 2020 06:52 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): New Jersey (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Travel restrictions and business disruptions
Authorities in New Jersey have issued an update on the list of states subject to its mandatory quarantine measures as part of their effort to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin were added to the list; Delaware was removed from the previous list.
As of July 14, all individuals entering New Jersey from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last time they were in those states:
- Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, or Wisconsin
Hotels in New Jersey must notify any guests arriving from affected states that they are to remain in quarantine for 14 days. Business travelers, critical workers, and seasonal migrant farmworkers are exempted from these measures.
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. Officials have ordered residents to wear face masks in all indoor public spaces, as well as in outdoor settings whenever social distancing measures are not possible. Indoor gatherings must be limited to 25-percent capacity of the facility or a maximum of 100 people, while outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people are banned. 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 open at 50-percent capacity, and casinos may open at 25-percent capacity. Youth summer camps were allowed to begin operations 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
- Practices and matches for professional sports teams based in New Jersey 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.
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.