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Gov. Murphy Loosens More Retail Restrictions; Leaves Door Open To Reinstate If COVID Cases Spike 

Sep 02, 2020

Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 183, which loosens restrictions on retail businesses including restaurants and movie theaters.

The Order allows the resumption of indoor dining at restaurants (25% capacity), effective Friday, September 4. The Order also allows movie theaters and other indoor entertainment venues to reopen as long as they comply with the health and safety standards issues by the Department of Health and contained in the Order.  The Order also increases the capacity limits of certain indoor gatherings (religious services, weddings, funerals, celebrations, political activities).

It should be noted that the Order explicitly says it will remain in effect “until revoked or modified by the Governor”.  Simply put, while things are improving, there is no guarantee that Governor Murphy won’t reinstate stricter measures on these and other retail businesses, including auto dealerships, if COVID cases spike again in the future.

NJ CAR reminds dealers to ensure they are complying with all health and safety standards to keep employees and customers safe and help prevent another future showroom shutdown.