NJ malls reopened today: Here are 5 things you need to know

TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Shopping malls in New Jersey reopened to customers on Monday, but the retail experience won’t be the same as it was pre-pandemic. 

During his daily briefing on June 18, Gov. Phil Murphy called shopping malls “an undeniable part of New Jersey culture,” adding that the state “want(ed) these businesses to get back up and running in a safe, responsible manner.”

Here’s what shoppers and stores should keep in mind as indoor portions of malls reopen, per New Jersey’s COVID-19 guidelines

  • Retail stores and kiosks operating inside malls must adhere to the same rules as standalone shops, including limiting capacity to 50 percent. 
  • Shoppers and employees alike must wear face coverings, and should not be out and about or working if they aren’t feeling well. Customers should keep six feet away from store employees and other shoppers. 
  • Mall restaurants can offer take-out, but not indoor dining. Restaurants that have outdoor spaces can offer outdoor dining service “where feasible,” so long as they adhere to the state’s outdoor dining guidelines
  • Indoor entertainment businesses that normally operate inside malls, including movie theaters, arcades, gyms, fitness centers, amusement parks and water parks, cannot reopen.
  • Food courts must remain closed, and shopping malls should either remove or cordon off communal seating areas. Shoppers will still be able to sit on "isolated" seats and benches. Valet parking services, vending machines, stroller rentals and communal play areas will remain closed.