COVID-19 Message

Greetings New Jersey 4‑H Volunteers and Families;

We are excited to share an update regarding Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) in-person program guidelines. Our state is moving in the right direction in terms of our public health metrics, and we can clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Effective June 7, 2021:

  • Location - RCE activities can be held outdoors or indoors. Outdoor settings are preferred.
  • Size - There are no restrictions on capacity for RCE activities. However, plans for events with an expected attendance of over 100 individuals should be discussed with county 4-H staff.
  • Health screening - All participants are expected to evaluate their own health in relation to covid-19 symptoms prior to participation (the online health screening form is no longer required).
  • Face masks -
    • Outdoors - Masks are no longer required in an outdoor setting. However, RCE encourages the use of masks.
    • Indoors - All participants must wear face masks during any indoor RCE activity.
  • Physical distancing - Physical distancing is not required but is encouraged to the extent possible.
  • Recordkeeping - Attendance records should be kept at the club/program level but are not required to be submitted to the county Extension office.
  • Handwashing - Handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer must be available.
  • Local directives - Extension programs must comply with state & local directives for indoor or outdoor gatherings. Some county offices have specific restrictions. Please note, some 4-H activities are required to follow additional guidelines (i.e. camp & overnight activities).
  • Pre-approval - The In-person Program Request process is no longer required.

Declining rates of COVID-19 transmission in NJ and rising numbers of vaccinated residents represent significant progress; however, continued diligence is still needed. We have a shared responsibility to take practical and responsible measures to safeguard the wellbeing of each other and our communities.

We thank you for your continued support of the New Jersey 4-H Program. We know this past year has not been easy for our 4-H families, volunteers, partners and staff. We remain committed to providing high-quality youth development experiences and opportunities for youth across the state. We look forward to gearing up for the summer and know that together we can continue to meet the current and emerging needs of youth and communities.

Sincerely,

Rachel E. Lyons
Chair and State 4-H Program Leader
June 7, 2021

Rutgers New Jersey 4-H Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station