Non-Essential Retail Business – Current Guidelines

NOTE: Governor Murphy has announced that on June 15 non-essential retail businesses may open their stores for customer entry.  The Health Dept. is preparing guidance on social distancing and sanitizing procedures which should be followed at that time, versus the current rules for pick-up, found below. An informational forum with officials geared for businesses is planned for June 9th via Zoom. Please check back for further information.

At this time, non-essential retail stores are allowed to be open for online or phone ordering with curbside pickup only, while following required mitigation requirements:

Requirements for Non-Essential Retail Operating Curbside Pickup – Non-essential retail businesses that open for curbside pickup must adopt the following social distancing policies:

Customers can pick up goods outside of an establishment that they have already ordered but cannot enter the brick-and-mortar premises; Where possible, limit in-store operations to those employees who are responsible for the operations required for curbside pickup; Where possible, handle customer transactions in advance by phone, email, fax, or other means that avoid person-to-person contact; Where possible, customers shall notify the retailer by text message, email, or phone once they arrive, or make best efforts to schedule their arrival time in advance. The customer shall be asked to remain in their vehicle, if arriving by car, until store staff delivers the purchase; Where possible, designated employees shall bring goods outside of the retail establishment and place the goods directly in a customer’s vehicle; and For retail businesses operating in shopping malls, employees must bring the goods to customers at the exterior of the mall and place them directly in a customer’s vehicle.

Updated: May 14, 2020, Montgomery Twp. Health Dept.

Source: New Jersey Executive Order Nos. 122, 125, and 142; NJDOH Social Distancing Guidance for Essential Retail Businesses