New Jersey Eliminating Many COVID-19 Restrictions May 19th: Here’s What This Means

Written by:

Governor Phil Murphy just announced that New Jersey will join New York and Connecticut in eliminating a variety coronavirus restrictions on May 19. This will include capacity limits at restaurants, as well as outdoor gathering caps. Indoor mask and social distancing rules will still be in effect — which of course includes our Essex County area and the Montclair and Bloomfield communities.

Restaurants, museums, amusement parks, gyms, personal services, stores, and movie theaters are just some of the businesses in NJ that will be allowed to operate without set capacity limits. This is the first time since March 2020 that this is instated.

new jersey eliminating covid 19 restrictions

Because of the 6-foot requirement, some establishments may not be able to operate at full capacity — including restaurants and movie theaters. 

Social distancing will still be in effect, with masks worn indoors and groups still needing to be separated by six feet in restaurants and beyond, Governor Murphy shared. For outdoor gatherings, there will no longer be a capacity requirement, but there will be a mask requirement for times when social distancing isn’t possible. Stadium limits will also increase.

The announcement came today in a joint manner with both New York and Connecticut Governors Andrew Cuomo and Ned Lamont. Governor Cuomo just announced that NYC will restore 24/7 subway service on May 17, according to a press release.

We’ll share more updates as we have them!


Written by:

Jen is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of both The Montclair Girl and The Hoboken Girl. Before her media career started at Conde Nast and then full-time at HG + MG, she worked as a public school educator in the Bloomfield Public Schools for 5 years. Jen started the sites to discover the amazing things happening in the North Jersey area and to highlight local businesses. When not shopping small or eating her way through North Jersey, she can usually be found walking her two pups, watching Bravo TV, and ordering takeout with her husband, an Essex County native.