Clarification on Hours of Operation for the Business Community


The Borough has received numerous inquiries from business owners regarding the hours that they are allowed to operate in light of the COVID-19 Crisis and Executive Orders issued by the State and County.  To help clarify things, these are the applicable hours of operation as of Saturday March 21, 2020.  Note that they are subject to change upon action by the State of New Jersey. 

  • Normal business hours:
    • All Restaurants, dining establishments and bars (limited to offering only food delivery and/or take out services).   
    • All non-essential retail businesses, which were previously limited to between 5 am and 8 pm, must now close entirely (online delivery can continue). The list of essential retail businesses that can stay open is limited to the following (Colonel Callahan has authority to amend the list)
      • Grocery and food stores, including retailers like Walmart/Target that sell food;
      • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
      • Medical supply stores;
      • Gas stations;
      • Convenience stores;
      • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
      • Hardware and home improvement stores;
      • Banks and other financial institutions;
      • Laundromats/dry-cleaning services;
      • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years old;
      • Pet stores;
      • Liquor stores;
      • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
      • Printing and office supply shops;
      • Mail and delivery stores.
  • Closed
    • All indoor portions of retail shopping malls, all places of public amusement,  gym and fitness centers and entertainment centers.
    • All non-essential retail businesses that are not listed above in the exceptions. 

Please refer to State of New Jersey Executive Order 107 issued on 3/21/20. Questions, please contact the Borough of Oakland at (201) 337-8111, ext. 2026.