Important Information 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. Here is an update as of March 30th, 2020 from the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism (NJTT) Please visit the NJTT website here for more state details, updates and information.

Administrative Order as of April 4th, 2020 for Hotels, Motels, and Guest Homes

Your New Jersey establishment needs to take immediate action of the following:
  • Effective 8:00 PM tonight (03/16/2020), all bars and restaurants are closed for eat-in services. After 8:00 PM, these establishments may open for takeout and delivery services ONLY, until further notice.
  • Effective tonight, all other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses MUST CLOSE after 8:00 PM. During daytime hours, these businesses may remain open if they limit their occupancy to no more than 50 persons and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Effective tonight, all non-essential and non-emergency travel in New Jersey is strongly discouraged between the hours of 8:00 PM THROUGH 5:00 AM. This will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. "We want everyone to be home – and not out" (Gov. Murphy)
  • Closure of ALL casinos, racetracks, theaters, and gyms entirely until further notice.
  • Essential businesses which are necessary for the public’s health, safety, and welfare – like supermarkets and grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, and gas stations – may remain open past 8:00 PM.
  • Effective 8:00 PM tonight, all gatherings of over 50 individuals are CANCELED!


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


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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.

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