Governor Murphy has issued new executive orders to update the New Jersey workplace health and safety standards previously issued.
Executive Order 242 lifts the mask mandate for customers and workers of businesses open to the public starting May 28th. Masks are still required in health care facilities, schools, public transportation, and other high-risk industries.
Executive Order 243 goes into effect for indoor worksites not open to the public at 6:00am on June 4th. Here is a summary of the order:
- Rescinds the requirement to reduce on-site staff to the minimal number necessary for their operations.
- Employers may choose not to accommodate telework arrangements.
- Fully vaccinated employees may forego wearing a mask and physical distancing.
- If unable to determine vaccination status, employers must continue to require those employees to wear masks and practice physical distancing indoors in accordance with Executive Order 192.
- Employers must continue to follow all applicable portions of Executive Order 192 including notifying employees of on-site exposure and performing daily health screenings of employees entering the worksite.
Employers retain the ability to issue more restrictive mask and physical distancing policies. We recommend communicating your policy to employees and creating a confidential procedure to determine vaccination status. Employers shall not restrict individuals from wearing masks and shall not penalize or retaliate against individuals who choose to wear a mask.
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