Important Info Regarding COVID-19
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.
Governor signed Executive Order 242
Governor Murphy today signed Executive Order 242, lifting major COVID-19 restrictions and moving forward with the state's most significant reopening steps to date. Effective on Friday, May 28, the indoor mask mandate in public spaces will be lifted, as well as the six-foot social distancing requirement in both indoor and outdoor spaces, the prohibition on dance floors at bars and restaurants, and the prohibition on ordering and eating/drinking while standing at bars and restaurants. Additionally, effective Friday, June 4, indoor gathering and capacity limits will be lifted.
The following changes will go into effect on Friday, May 28:
* The statewide indoor mask mandate in indoor public spaces is lifted.
--Businesses and entities overseeing indoor spaces will continue to have the ability to require masking for employees, customers, and/or guests.
--Per CDC guidance, masks will continue to be required in health care settings, including long-term care facilities and office-based settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation, as well as transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
--Additionally, also per CDC guidance, child care centers and facilities, youth summer camps, and public, private, and parochial preschool program premises and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, are not affected by this announcement and continue to be governed by existing requirements.
--Indoor worksites that are not open to the public remain governed by existing health and safety protocols that employers must follow.
--Masks will continue to be required in public-facing state offices, such as Motor Vehicle Commission agencies.
* The six-foot social distancing requirement will also be lifted.
--The requirement will be lifted in businesses, including retail stores, personal care services, gyms, recreational and entertainment businesses, and casinos, and indoor gatherings, including religious services, political activities, weddings, funerals, memorial services, commercial gatherings, catered events, sports competitions, and performances.
--Businesses and entities overseeing indoor spaces can continue to require social distancing should they choose.
* Lifting prohibition on dance floors at bars and restaurants. The prohibition on ordering and eating/drinking while standing at bars and restaurants will also be lifted.
The following changes will go into effect Friday, June 4:
* Removing the general indoor gathering limit, which is currently at 50 people.
* Removing the indoor gathering limit for political gatherings, weddings, funerals, memorial services, performances, and other catered and commercial events, which is currently at 250 people.
* Removing 30 percent capacity limitation for indoor large venues with a fixed-seating capacity over 1,000.
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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.