Executive Order Increases Capacity Limit on Outdoor Gatherings
On March 22, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 148 increasing the capacity limit on outdoor gatherings established under EO-107 to 25 at the same time.
The new order reads, in part:
Any gathering that adheres to all of the following rules does not violate Paragraph 5 of Executive Order No. 107 (2020): a. The gathering takes place outdoors, whether on public or private property, and all attendees remain outdoors at all times during the gathering, with the sole exception of restroom use; b. Open-air rain tarps, tents, and other outdoor structures shall be allowed solely for the purpose of protecting against foul weather or for shade; c. The capacity of the gathering must be limited to no more than 25 people at the same time; d. All attendees at the gathering are required to be six feet apart from other attendees at all times, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners; e. There may be no contact between attendees, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, and no organized or contact sports shall be allowed; f. All individuals at the gathering should wear face coverings at all times where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, in accordance with CDC recommendations, except where doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age, and they must wear such face coverings where required by another Executive Order; g. If there are individuals organizing or maintaining the gathering, they should, where applicable, demarcate six feet of spacing in the area of the gathering to demonstrate appropriate spacing for social distancing, such as through the placement of cones, flags, or other markings; h. If seating is provided, such as chairs or mats, all seating must be limited to single individuals, except for immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, and must be placed six feet apart at all times, and such seating must be sanitized before and after that individual’s use in accordance with CDC guidelines; i. If any physical items, including equipment, are provided, such items may not be shared by anyone except for immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, and such physical items must be sanitized before and after use; and j. To the degree the gathering requires pre-payment, or seeks donations of any kind, contactless options for pre-payment or donation, such as online or by telephone, must be offered wherever feasible.
Where a gathering takes place indoors, then gatherings of 10 persons or fewer remain in compliance.
For full details, please read EO-148.