N.J. clarifies capacity limits for barber shops, nail salons, spas in new order detailing bar curfews

Posted Nov 10, 2020

New Jersey hair and nail salons, barbershops, massage and tattoo parlors and other personal care services were allowed to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic in June, but the governor’s office clarified the capacity limits for those businesses in the newest round of restrictions ordered Tuesday.

The personal care services can’t exceed 25% capacity, which is the same limit put on other businesses. The clarification was included in Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order that imposes new restrictions on indoor dining at bars and restaurants and bans interstate youth and high school sports.

According to the executive order, Murphy’s office had “recently received questions on this subject” related to capacity at personal care businesses. The 25% capacity limit excludes employees, according to the order.

The rules for these businesses that have been in place since June include requiring appointments, screening customers and staff, social distancing and wearing masks at all times.

The 25% capacity limit matches the current indoor gathering limit for the state. Retail stores are limited to 50% capacity.

New Jersey health officials reported 3,877 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday — the highest daily positive tests since the April peak of the outbreak.

The announcement came a day after Murphy announced bars and restaurants will need to close all indoor service by 10 p.m. and not reopen before 5 a.m. beginning Thursday. In addition, all indoor interstate organized sports up to the high school level will also be off-limits.

Seating at indoor bars will be banned altogether, though the order includes new rules allowing outdoor dining in enclosed igloo-like tents around individual tables. In addition, indoor dining can have tables closer than six feet together if barriers are set up between tables.

Health officials warned between 2,000 and 3,000 new cases will likely be announced daily going forward. In addition, there are likely even more cases that not being reported since the results of recently deployed rapid tests are not included in the daily figures.

Some of the new cases reported on Tuesday, however, may reflect a computer glitch that caused a delay in reporting on Monday when health officials announced 2,075 new positive tests. The state reported 3,207 positive tests on Saturday.

Still, the seven-day rolling average for new cases is now 2,568, an increase of 55% from a week ago, and a 233% increase from a month ago.

The seven-day average hasn’t been that high since May 4 when unprecedented lockdown restrictions were still in place and the state was just emerging from the outbreak peak. New Jersey’s highest day for new daily cases was 4,391 on April 17.

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published this page in News and Politics 2020-11-11 02:49:03 -0800