New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Wednesday, May 13 that some restrictions in the state will be lifted in a sign that the state could be returning to some sense of normalcy amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Non-essential businesses, shuttered because of the outbreak, will open up for curbside pickup, as well non-essential construction. Here's everything you need to know about phase one of the re-opening plan.

Non-essential construction:

The Order, which comes into effect at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 18, will allow non-essential construction projects in Newark to resume. However, construction sites must follow social distancing measures, safety and sanitization requirements that are described in details in the Governor's Executive Order.

Non-essential retail businesses open for curbside pickup:

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The Order will also allow non-essential retail businesses to start operating in Newark but only curbside pickup of goods will be permitted and in-store operations will remain closed. Businesses will also have to adhere to other requirements mentioned in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:

Retail businesses inside shopping malls are allowed to operate as long as they follow the curbside pickup rules and other requirements mentioned above.

Retail businesses operating in shopping malls are permitted to operate by curbside pickup, in accordance with the other requirements, but staff must bring the goods to customers at the exterior of the mall. The indoor portions of shopping malls must remain closed.

Car Gatherings

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The Order also pointed out that car gatherings do not violate the Governor's ban on gatherings under Executive Order No 107. These include drive-in movies, religious services, or drive-through farms or safaris. Car gatherings will be allowed as long as the below-mentioned regulations are followed: