New Jersey Reduces Permitted Numbers for Indoor and Outside Gatherings Given Increasing COVID-19 Numbers

On November 16, 2020, Governor Murphy announced new restrictions given New Jersey’s rising COVID-19 cases. The focus for the moment is on reducing the number of people allowed to gather both indoors and outdoors.

Indoor Gatherings – Indoor gatherings will be reduced from 25 to 10 people.  The change does not affect the current 25% capacity limits on indoor dining.

Outdoor Gatherings – outdoor gatherings will be reduced from 500 to 100 people.

The current limits on indoor and outdoor gathers include separate numbers specific indoor activities like weddings, funerals, memorial services and entertainment centers.

Indoor religious and political activities are currently limited to 150 people or 25% of capacity, whichever is lower.

Bars and Restaurant Closings at Night – In recent days, NJ has also required bars and restaurants to close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and has forbidden actual sitting at bar fronts. 

Municipalities/Counties can require business closures after 8 p.m. – NJ has also permitted local municipalities and counties to limit business hours to 8 p.m. if they feel it is necessary. 

Indoor Sports – All indoor organized sports are also severely restricted/forbidden under the new rules.

A briefing is scheduled for noon today.

Duane Morris has created a COVID-19 Strategy Team to help organizations plan, respond to and address this fast-moving situation. Contact your Duane Morris attorney for more information. Prior Alerts on the topic are available on the team’s webpage.

If you have any questions about this post, please contact Brad A. Molotsky, Elizabeth Mincer, Paul Josephson, Matthew LoBello or the attorney in the firm with whom you are regularly in contact.

Be well and stay safe.


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