New Jersey Rules for Resuming Recreational Activities
Gov. Phil Murphy issued rules for organized sports and other activities at a news conference on Monday. Activities include fireworks, indoor recreations, open houses, car washes and more.
Here are some of the guidelines for both high sports and youth sports as issued by Gov. Murphy:
● Golf and tennis can resume competitions on Monday, June 22
● Baseball, softball, soccer and outdoor basketball can resume practices only beginning on June 22, but there will be limited contact drills. Competition can resume on July 6th.
● Non-contact football drills can resume on June 22 and full practices and competitions should be able to resume by July 20th.
● Screenings will be conducted for players, coaches and staffs
● Equipment sharing will be limited.
● Staff, parents and visitors must wear face coverings at practices and games.
● Players should - but are not required to – wear face coverings during downtime, but they should not wear them while they're involved in physical activity.
● Athletes and staff must get a temperature check and bring their own water bottles.
● Larger teams should be divided into smaller groups during drills and practices, and practices should be staggered.
According to Patch, there will also be requirements for sanitization and disinfection and all gatherings have to abide by requirements for outdoor gatherings.
Murphy said, "we want everybody to be healthy and get out and play. But most importantly, we want everybody to be safe."
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association also added that "high school athletics cannot function independently from schools – which, of course, are currently focused on the safe return of more 1.3 million students, including 283,000 high school student-athletes. In short, scholastic sports present far more pressing and complex considerations than do youth and recreation-level programs."
Murphy also discussed new guidelines for activities and businesses.
These activities and businesses can resume:
● Libraries are permitted to offer curbside pickup and can reopen their outdoor spaces to the public.
● Restaurants and indoor recreational and entertainment businesses are permitted to allow people to tour their facilities for event-planning purposes, but individuals must wear face coverings at all times and they will not be provided food or drink tastings or samplings.
● Students who may be accompanied by parents or guardians may enter school premises to retrieve personal belongings from lockers, classrooms, or other areas.
● Open houses to view real estate are permitted, but most comply with indoor gatherings, including the requirement that attendees wear face coverings.
● Bicycle shops, boat dealerships, car and used car dealerships, farming equipment stores, federal firearms licensees, livestock feed stores, mobile phone retail and repair shops, motorcycle dealerships and nurseries and garden centers can operate according to the requirements placed on essential retail businesses.
● All car washes can operate according to the requirements placed on essential retail businesses.
● Yard and garage sales are permitted subject to the requirements on indoor gatherings, but municipalities can impose additional restrictions.
● Special events, including fireworks displays, at public and private beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores are permitted, subject to the restrictions on outdoor gatherings.
● Shared space tutoring service facilities remain closed to students and clients.