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Malls in New Jersey to re-open on June 29

Al Urbanski
PREIT's Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey
PREIT's Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey

New Jersey residents will be able to return to the state’s malls on June 29, though a nice dinner and a movie remains out of the question.

Retail businesses located inside malls will be able to re-open that Monday, but restaurants, bars, and any other stores with liquor licenses will be limited to operating via takeout and delivery. Such establishments with separate outdoor entries to their properties had already been approved for 50% indoor seating. 

Other businesses with indoor entry only that cannot open on the 29th include gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, amusement parks, water parks, and arcades.

The administrative order issued by New Jersey’s director of emergency management Patrick J. Callahan also directs that:

  • Personal care services such as hair salons, nail shops, and barber shops with interior entries may resume business.
  • All employees and visitors must wear face masks.
  • Valet parking, vending machines, stroller rentals, and play areas remain banned.

“Certainly, malls are part of New Jersey culture and lure, so we want these businesses to get back up and running responsibly and safely,” said Gov. Phil Murphy during his daily coronavirus briefing. 

New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the union, is the home of some of the most noted malls in the land.  Among them are The Bergen Mall, Garden State Plaza, and The Cherry Hill Mall.

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