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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Non-essential retail returning to New Jersey

Stores to open at half capacity on June 15

By Nikita Biryukov, June 04 2020 2:07 pm

Non-essential retail stores will be allowed to open at reduced capacity on June 15, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday.

Until now, such businesses had been limited to operating via curbside pickup.

The businesses will operate under the same restrictions imposed on essential businesses.

Shoppers will have to wear masks and abide by social distancing guidelines, and store capacities will be limited to 50%.

The state is considering drafting further guidance for individual industries as needed, Murphy chief counsel Matt Platkin said, though no specific sectors were named Thursday.

The openings were cleared by an executive order Murphy signed Thursday that allowed restaurants to begin serving customers who are seated outdoors.

That order will allow wineries, breweries and vineyards to operate in the same capacity.

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