Important Info Regarding COVID-19

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In light of the ongoing issues related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Elizabeth and the State of New Jersey want to reassure our tourism partners that we are taking every step in being proactive against COVID-19. Please visit the NJTT website here for more state details, updates, and information. 

Monday, March 2021

Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 231 which extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order 103. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed. Executive Order 231 extends all Executive Orders issued under the Governor's authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. It also extends all actions taken by any Executive Branch departments and agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Governor Murphy signed Executive 232, which will rescind the current prohibition on outdoor interstate youth competitions, effective 6:00 a.m. today. Attendees at outdoor sports competitions will be limited to players, coaches, and officials, and up to two parents or guardians per participating athlete. No additional spectators or attendees will be allowed. All persons in attendance at youth sports competitions must follow all health and safety protocols for sports activities, which require attendees to wear masks and social distance, and athletes to wear masks when not engaged in activity. The prohibition on indoor sports competitions remains in effect.

New Jersey Vaccination Update

CDC: Vaccinated Americans Can Now Resume Travel, as Long as Masks are Worn and Public Health Measures are Followed

The CDC said fully vaccinated Americans can resume domestic and overseas travel – with fewer COVID-19 testing requirements – as long as they wear masks in public and public health measures are followed. The CDC Director said Americans should still try to avoid travel because COVID-19 cases are rising, but there's lower-risk for fully vaccinated people. Check here for more details. (Politico) 

As of this week, more than 2.3 million vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey and more than 1.5 million individuals have received at least one dose. The State is currently in the process of receiving and distributing its first shipments of Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

To get vaccinated, you can:

Already Vaccinated? Check out how the CDC Shares New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People by Groups Today.


Wedding Reception Capacity Increase

As of Friday, March 5th at 6 a.m., indoor wedding receptions can allow guests of up to 35 percent of the capacity of the room in which they are held, but no more than 150 people. Outdoor wedding receptions will be allowed by up to 150 individuals. Receptions must follow indoor and outdoor dining guidance, which requires that people are seated while they eat and drink and wear face coverings at all other times.


*NJVSS has an internet portal that allows members of the public to register for the vaccine and then schedule an appointment. The registration process screens recipients for eligibility and captures critical demographic information. There is also a provider-facing app that allows clinics to check-in recipients and captures vaccine dosage information. Data from NJVSS is automatically transferred to NJIIS, streamlining data reporting for clinic staff. CLICK HERE for more details

All of the following in detail can be found officially on the Covid.Gov.NJ website  >> CLICK HERE!

  • Get tested 
  • Answer the phone when a contact tracer calls!
  • Symptom checker
  • Know how YOU can help
  • Know the difference between facts and rumors
Here is what you can do to protect yourself on a daily basis:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay Up-to-date with Important Information and Civic Alerts from the City of Elizabeth's Website

CDC English Handouts

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

How can travelers protect themselves?

We urge travelers to adhere to the new measures put in place by the government of the United States, State of New Jersey, and the city of Elizabeth. Additionally, travelers should adhere to healthy travel practices to help protect themselves and prevent the spread of disease. Please see recommendations on how to protect yourself on a daily basis above. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

If you do have to travel right now, here is an article on ways to protect yourself and stay safe by CNN.

What should travelers do if they begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms? What immediate steps should they take?

Travelers should communicate if they are feeling COVID-19 systems to their hotel front desk staff so they can seek guidance and next steps from there. If travelers are not staying in hotels, you should seek medical attention only if you have symptoms right away. It’s important that travelers and hotel personnel call hospitals first before going there, so that appropriate transportation, screening, and care can be arranged to protect those feeling ill and others.

What will hotels, restaurants, and tour operators do if a staff member tests positive?

The CDC has outlined specific guidance for businesses and employers, with information on what to do if employees are sick, cleaning advice, and contingency planning.

Are there any closures in attractions, hotels, restaurants, events?

Yes, you can find updates on event cancellations on our events page. Attractions and restaurants that have chosen to close their doors or adjust business hours can be found on our Instagram highlight which we update daily. Hotels in our area are taking the necessary precautions on updating their rooms and staff as of right now.

Other Resources

Extension of REAL ID Deadline to October 1, 2021

U.S Travel Association

COVID-19 Global Cases by John Hopkins

The Ying-Yang of an Unexpected Crisis


AHLA - Facts About the Coronavirus