Executive Order No. 187 Guidance

To Our School Board Community:

On October 12, 2020, the Governor of New Jersey issued Executive Order No. 187, which allows indoor practices and competitions to resume. Specifically, EO 187 applies to “no-contact practices, contact practices, and competitions for sports defined as low risk, medium risk, and high risk.” A list of permissible activities is attached to this guidance.

All activities that are conducted indoors are subject to the current indoor gathering limit of 25% of the capacity of the room in which it takes place, with such limit not to exceed 25 persons or be smaller than 10 persons. HOWEVER, if the number of individuals necessary to participate in the activity, such as players, coaches, referees, etc. is greater than 25 persons, such activity may proceed as long as no individuals are present who are not necessary for the activity, such as spectators. If the number of necessary participants exceeds 25 people, the number of individuals at the gathering still may not exceed 25% of the capacity of the room in which it takes place, and such limit may not exceed 150 people.  

Despite these new allowances, we urge each district to assess their own individual circumstances and plan accordingly.

Our e-mails about recent developments are not intended to substitute for our legal advice to our clients based on your specific needs or requests.  In addition, our guidance is subject to, and can be superseded by new laws, rules, regulations, or orders.  Moreover, some directives from the Federal and State authorities can appear, and can be, contradictory or in conflict, so please contact us for assistance.

As always, please contact us with any questions. We will continue to do our best to keep you updated in the coming days and weeks.