Amid the growing concerns about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and for the health and safety of our Visitor Center personnel, the Visitor Information Center (GNCVB) will be closed to the public until further notice. The GNCVB administrative office will remain OPEN from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily. Groups, walk-in guests, or those traveling to Newark, can find additional information on our website at www.newarkhappening.com. If you have any questions or need to speak with a Destination consultant, please call our office directly at 973-735-2135.
City of Newark Updates
4 February 2021 –
MAYOR BARAKA ISSUES TWO-WEEK EXECUTIVE ORDER TO EXPAND BUSINESS INDOOR CAPACITY LIMITS FROM 25 PERCENT TO 35 PERCENT; ORDER FOLLOWS GOVERNOR MURPHY’S LEAD ON RE-OPENINGS
Stay up to date with COVID-19.
COVID-19 Comprehensive Help for Residents and Small Businesses
Mayor Baraka has developed a website and special programs to help you stay informed of COVID-19 developments.
LINK - newarkcovid19.com
All retail businesses must complete an application prior to re-opening.
State of New Jersey Updates
Governor Murphy's Executive Orders
New Jersey’s stay-at-home order has been lifted. Continue to practice social distancing.
Learn more about Stage Two of New Jersey’s Restart and Recovery:
State of New Jersey Coronavirus Helpline:
The City of Newark, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and Health Department and Wellness Director Dr. Mark Wade are urging residents with questions about the virus to call the State of New Jersey’s hotline at 1 (800) 222-1222. The Helpline, free and available 24/7, is a resource that anyone in the Greater Newark Area is encouraged to use to answer questions about COVID-19. Staffed by medical experts, the helpline will help answer questions, including:
- Symptoms and risk factors for the coronavirus
- What to do if you think you may have been exposed
- Surveillance & Testing
- Recommendations for social distancing
Visit New Jersey Preventative Efforts:
The New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism (NJTT) is actively managing developments as they unfold with COVID-19, in close conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health. The health and safety of our communities remain our top priority, and we advise all travelers, residents, and businesses can find the official information regarding the state’s response to the coronavirus at New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub.
- Executive Order No. 107 & No. 108: Effective June 9, 2020, Paragraph 2 of the statewide "Stay-at-Home" is formally rescinded; all other provisions of both orders are still in effect.
- Executive Order No. 122: Imposes additional mitigation policies on essential retail businesses to limit the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey, including the requirement of workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while on the premises.
- Executive Order No. 125: Imposes additional mitigation requirements on NJ TRANSIT and all private carriers to limit the spread of COVID-19. The order also outlines specific policies on restaurants that have remained open for takeout orders.
- Executive Order No. 131: Creates the Governor's Restart and Recovery Commission, on the safe restart and recovery of New Jersey, effective May 18, 2020; read more about Gov. Phil Murphy's The Road Back Plan.
- Executive Order No. 133: Reopens state parks and golf courses and restores the self-authority of county parks, effective May 2, 2020.
- Executive Order No. 143: Allows beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey to remain open with social distancing measures and restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2020.
- Executive Order No. 147: Allows for certain outdoor activities to open at recreational businesses with required social distancing measures in place, effective May 22, 2020.
- Executive Order No. 149: Permits sporting activities to take place in outdoor settings only, in a manner that does not involve person-to-person contact, effective June 22, 2020.
- Executive Order No. 152: Permits all New Jersey parks and forests to reopen to their full maximum capacity, effective June 9.
- Executive Order No. 153: Opens New Jersey outdoor pools, effective June 22, 2020. The order also provides for the opening of all outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses, effective June 9.
- Executive Order No. 157: Allows recreational and entertainment businesses to resume at 25% capacity, effective July 2, 2020. Casinos will be subject to additional requirements by The Division of Gaming Enforcement.
- Executive Order No. 161: Limits outdoor gatherings to 500 persons, effective July 3, 2020.
- Executive Order No. 163: Requires individuals to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance 6 ft. from others.
- Executive Order No. 165: Lifts 50% capacity limits on NJ TRANSIT vehicles and requires that NJ TRANSIT and private-carriers limit vehicles to the maximum seated capacity, effective July 15, 2020.
- Executive Order No. 181: Permits gyms, health clubs, amusement parks, and water parks, to reopen their indoor premises to the public, effective Sept. 1, 2020.
- Executive Order No. 183: Allows for the resumption of indoor dining in New Jersey restaurants and bars at 25% capacity (or 25 people total) of the facility with parties of eight (8) diners per table total. Staff and patrons will both be expected to wear face masks while not eating or drinking and keep a social distance of at least 6 ft. This order also applies to wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Bars are capped at groups of four (4) individuals with social distance in place. The order also permits the reopening of movie theaters and indoor performance venues in New Jersey, with a 25% facility cap or 150 persons total and social distancing measures of 6 ft. The order also increases the capacity limits for indoor gatherings that are religious services, memorial services, and political activities by 25% capacity or 150 individuals, effective Sept. 4, 2020.
- Executive Order No. 186: Extends the public health emergency previously extended on August 27, 2020, effective immediately.
- Executive Order No. 219 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Raising Indoor Capacity Limits from 25 Percent to 35 Percent for Certain Businesses
- Stage II of Restart and Recovery Plan: Allows for outdoor dining in restaurants and limited in-person, nonessential retail as of June 15, 2020; hair salons and barbershops to reopen June 22; youth summer programs to begin July 6.
- Tristate Travel Advisory: Effective June 24, 2020, all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 must self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of the last contact within the identified state when arriving in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Check Updates, which can be found on a rolling basis.
NJTT is committed to ensuring the safety and health of our residents, partners, tourists, visitors, and staff, and will provide you with tourism-related updates, as we closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in our state and throughout the country.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus Disease 2019
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus
- U.S. Travel Association - Emergency Preparedness and Response
- FEMA – www.fema.gov
- State of New Jersey: Department of Health
- Governor Phil Murphy Executive Order No. 104
- Governor Phil Murphy Executive Order No. 103, Mandatory Facility Closures
- New Jersey Businesses Guidance for COVID-19
Have general questions about COVID-19?
The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the public on COVID-19:
- Call: 2-1-1
- Call (24/7): 1-800-222-1222
- Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
Information for Travelers:
- CDC Recommendations for Travelers
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): COVID-19 Precautions
- NJ Transit
- Information for Travelers to Newark
Information for Travel Trade, Meeting Planners, and Exhibitors:
- US Travel Association Coronavirus Toolkit
- PCMA Resources for Business Event Professionals
- Meeting Professionals International
- International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) official statement
- Meetings Means Business
Information for Hotels and Restaurants:
If at any time the GNCVB receives new guidance from the CDC, the City of Newark or the State of New Jersey, or if concerns begin to escalate due to emerging information, we will promptly update this page.