by Nan Gallagher, Esq.
With May 28, 2021 swiftly approaching, New Jersey has taken a big leap in the direction of making people feel like the COVID19 pandemic is a thing of the past. Vis-à-vis Executive Order 242, Governor Murphy has lifted the mask and social distancing mandates effective May 28th and has implemented more relaxed standards with respect to indoor gathering capacity limits.
Effective May 28th, individuals in indoor public spaces are not required to wear masks, regardless of their ability to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals or groups. In accordance with CDC recommendations, individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks in indoor public spaces. Paragraph 4 of Executive Order No. 155 (2020), Paragraph 1 of Executive Order No. 192 (2020), Paragraph 11 of Executive Order No. 239 (2021), and Paragraph 5 of Executive Order No. 241 (2021) are hereby superseded to the extent that they conflict with the provisions of this Order. Employers and entities overseeing public spaces in settings where masking is no longer required pursuant to the provisions of the Paragraph are permitted to impose stricter requirements regarding mask-wearing in indoor settings for employees, customers, guests, and other individuals, where otherwise consistent with federal and State law. Employers and entities overseeing public spaces shall not restrict individuals from wearing masks in those settings and shall not in any way penalize or retaliate against individuals who elect to wear a mask.
The State has decided that, though unvaccinated individuals, in accordance with CDC recommendations, should continue wearing masks and social distancing, without knowing an individual’s vaccination status it is not practicable to continue mandating such practices for a portion of the population.
Worth mentioning … First, due to the variability in community-based infection as well as vaccination rates, Executive Order 242 provides that counties and municipalities can remain in control of promulgating stricter rules on the aforesaid subjects to promote the overall health and well-being of local citizens within geographic parameters. Second and most importantly for our clientele, mask mandates remain in effect in healthcare settings. Meaning, that masks should still be worn and required in the medical office environment, by staff and by patients.
Below is a summary of the anticipated changes:
The following changes will go into effect on Friday, May 28:
The following changes will go into effect Friday, June 4:
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