GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ — A big week of reopenings in New Jersey begins on Monday with the reopening of indoor malls. For the first time since the pandemic brought the region and much of the world to a grinding halt in mid-March, indoor dining and drinking, barbershops, gyms, and more will be allowed to open.
The next major step begins Monday and continues throughout the week. Local officials are urging residents to support local businesses and to take precautions at the same time.
“Please take an opportunity, shop local, stay local and thank those folks who tried to stay open the whole time by visiting them and spending money in their businesses,” Gloucester Township Councilman Scott Owens said at the most recent council meeting.
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“Please don’t let your guard down. COVID-19 is still out there,” Gloucester Township Councilwoman Michelle Winters said. “Wear your masks. Hand wash. I can tell you Southern New Jersey only had about 10 percent of the cases that were in New Jersey, but our health systems were overloaded. I can tell you. I worked at Lourdes. It was rough. It was ugly. Please be careful, please be smart and please be healthy.”
Gloucester Township Council did its part to help local businesses when it temporarily suspended the ban on outdoor dining at restaurants in the township. The resolution also allows the restaurants to serve alcohol outside as part of meals. Read more here: Gloucester Township Lifts Ban On Outdoor Dining
As far as dining outside is concerned, Villari’s Lakeside reopened its tiki bay and patio for outdoor dining. Read more here: Villaris’ Lakeside In Gloucester Township Reopens Tiki Bay, Patio
Father’s Day Weekend was the first weekend restaurants and bars were permitted to serve food and drink outside, and there was a thunderstorm that passed through the region that Saturday.
Some relief from such a scenario will come later in the week, when indoor dining returns to New Jersey.
Beginning Thursday, establishments can reopen for indoor dining, limited at first to 25 percent capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 people.
The restaurant industry is not the only business reopening though. Limited in-person retail is already back, and hair salons and barber shops reopened on June 22.
The Gloucester Premium Outlets have already reopened while adhering to social distancing and safety guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Simon has posted the ways the stores are following guidelines, and those methods have been posted on the Gloucester Premium Outlets website. The outlets are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Read more here: Gloucester Premium Outlets Reopen, Following CDC Guidelines
The Gloucester Premium Outlets feature 90 outlet stores from the world's finest designer and name brands offering savings of 25 to 65 percent every day, including Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, Nike Factory Store, Armani Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Guess Factory Store, J.Crew Factory, Under Armour and more. Conveniently located off exit 7B on Rt. 42, Gloucester Premium Outlets serves both nearby Philadelphia and Atlantic City.
In-person graduations can begin July 6. In-person ceremonies for Timber Creek, Highland and Triton regional high schools will take place on July 23. Read more here: Black Horse Pike Schools Set In-Person Graduation Rate
The Camden County Library System, including the Gloucester Township branch, is preparing to reopen for contactless pickup in July, although an exact date has not yet been set, county officials announced.
Libraries in New Jersey, as well as museums, aquariums, bowling alleys, shooting ranges, arcades and indoor recreation can reopen at 25 percent of capacity on Thursday. Read more here: Gloucester Township Library Preparing For Contactless Services
Gym and fitness centers will be allowed to open on Thursday, but only for individualized training, and by appointment, involving one person and/or your family. On July 6, NJ Transit will return to full weekday service.
In cases of all reopenings, residents must follow safety and social distancing guidelines as set forth by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.