Murphy ends COVID-19 testing requirements for NJ schools, child care, contractors

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Ahead of the new school year, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an executive order, lifting statewide COVID-19 testing requirements previously in place for school districts, child care settings and state contractors.

Monday’s order, in line with the CDC's recently updated COVID-19 guidance, immediately applies to school districts and child care settings, and will take effect for state contractors on Sept. 1.

More than 18.4 million vaccines have been administered in New Jersey, including 1.8 million given to children, according to a statement released on Monday. Since June 17, 2022, anyone 6 months or older has been eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“With children as young as 6 months old now eligible for vaccines and millions of New Jerseyans vaccinated and boosted, more of our residents are safe from severe illness due to COVID-19,” Murphy said.

The order does not prevent school districts or child care facilities from setting a vaccination or testing standard as they see fit. New Jersey does not currently have a comprehensive statewide COVID-19 vaccination mandate, but covered workers in congregate care, health care and correctional facility settings are still required to stay current on their shots, including the first booster dose.

Schools and child care facilities are still obligated to report COVID-19 testing and vaccination data to the Department of Health so state authorities can continue to make public health decisions informed by data.

Separately, the New Jersey state employee testing program will also end Sept. 1.