NJ is reopening businesses for curbside pickup: Your questions answered

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Candace Mitchell, NorthJersey.com Published 4:25 a.m. ET May 14, 2020 | Updated 7:10 a.m. ET May 14, 2020

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the next step toward reopening New Jersey Monday allowing nonessential retailers to open for curbside pickup as hospitalizations, positive cases and deaths decrease across the state. 

What NJ businesses can reopen for curbside pickup? 

All nonessential retails stores can now do curbside pickup. This includes clothing stores, small retail businesses, shoe stores and makeup stores.

Restaurants and essential stores have been allowed to do curbside pick up throughout the pandemic and can continue to do so. 

When does this start?

Nonessential businesses can reopen for curbside beginning Monday at 6 a.m. 

Can I go inside the store?

Nope. Customers must remain in their cars and cannot go inside retail stores. 

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How will curbside pickup work?

The executive order emphasizes that as much of the transaction as possible should happen ahead of time. So ideally, the customer’s order and payment should happen in advance over the phone or online.

Similarly, a pick up time should be scheduled or a customer should notify the retailer by phone or text on arrival since customers should not leave their cars.

Employees will need to wear face coverings and gloves and should put purchases directly in a customer’s car to minimize contact. 

What if you want to order from a store inside a mall? 

Retail stores inside a shopping mall can also offer curbside pickup, but employees of those stores will need to bring purchase pickups outside of the mall so customers do not enter the malls, which will still be closed to the public. 

Who does this not impact?

Murphy’s executive order will not allow businesses offering services like hair salons, nail salons, spas and gyms to reopen in any capacity. 

What’s next for NJ reopening plan?

Murphy said Wednesday that he hopes to share information by the end of the week on the July election, resuming elective surgeries and beach protocol. 

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