Reopening: Guidelines

The Road Back for New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy announced “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health through Public Health” to start the State’s recovery. Six principles & key metrics (PDF) were issued to guide the process for lifting restrictions and restoring NJ’s economic health. 


Executive Orders

View Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders as the state moves forward.

Reopening Policies for Restaurants

As New Jersey begins to lift COVID-19 restrictions, restaurants will be looking to reopen their establishments and return to normal business operations. The Livingston Health Department has provided guidelines that restaurant management should follow in order to reopen safely.

Beginning Friday, September 4, restaurants may resume indoor dining at 25% capacity, while following all health and safety guidelines.

Update: June 29, 2020

Governor Murphy announced that indoor dining will not resume on Thursday, July 2 as previously planned. This decision was made after other states saw spikes in COVID-19 cases following reopening of restaurants for indoor dining.

Local Zoning Rules Relaxed 

Township zoning rules have been relaxed to allow such things as expanded outdoor dining for restaurants, allowing increased signage for all businesses, allowing sidewalk sales and other outdoor shopping opportunities for our retailers as well allowing outdoor fitness classes. Further, our application process has been simplified, and zoning fees have been waived.    


More guidance, policies, and information related to reopening establishments will be added to this page as they become available.