Book an outdoor table and schedule a haircut: New Jersey moves into second phase of restrictions

Mike DeNardo
June 01, 2020 - 4:37 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) New Jersey will allow outdoor dining and more retail sales later this month as the state starts to relax its COVID-19 lockdown. 

Gov. Phil Murphy said June 15 is the day people can eat outdoors at restaurants and shop at non-essential stores. 

And at last, people in New Jersey know when they can get a haircut — salons and barbershops will be permitted to reopen on June 22. 

Murphy said the specifics of the social distancing components for those businesses will be announced in the coming days. Right now, restaurants and nonessential retail can only do business curbside. 

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At his daily briefing Monday, the governor said the spread of the coronavirus has slowed to the point where it's safe to move into Stage Two of his three-stage plan.

"The next big step in our restart and recovery is just two weeks away and we're ready to begin moving forward. All the metrics we need to follow from our hospitals are where we need to be and keep trending in the right way,” he said.

Murphy said Stage Two won't happen all at once, and he said an announcement on when gyms and health clubs can reopen is forthcoming.

With 509 additional positive coronavirus cases, New Jersey now has a total of 160,918 cases, and with 27 additional fatalities, there are now 11,721 coronavirus-related deaths.