Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
Changes Take Effect Immediately
Gov. Phil Murphy today issued new COVID-19 Executive Orders, including the lifting of a statewide stay-at-home directive, which had been in place since March 21, and expanding limits on the number of people allowed at indoor and outdoor gatherings.
In addition, all outdoor recreation and entertainment businesses can reopen except for amusement parks, water parks, and arcades. The Governor said the latter group of businesses bring in huge numbers of people in high touch areas, so they are not safe yet. He promised to consider their reopening in the future.
“With more and more of our businesses reopening, we are no longer asking you to stay at home,” the Governor said at his daily briefing. “But we are asking you to continue to be responsible and safe, and to continue to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.”
Summary of Actions:
Indoor Gatherings: The new Executive Order No. 152 raises the limits on indoor gatherings to 25 percent of a building’s capacity or 50 people in total, whichever is lower. Face coverings and social distancing would be required.
Outdoor Gatherings: The limit immediately increases from 25 people to 100 people. That limit will expand to 250 people on June 22 and to 500 people on July 3, said the Governor. This could allow for high school graduations, he noted, but stressing a 500-person limit.
First Amendment Gatherings: Larger outdoor gatherings– above the Governor’s stated limits — would be allowed for “First Amendment type events,” such as political protests or outdoor religious services, but participants must wear face coverings and practice social distancing, he said.
The Governor stressed that he has the right to pull back on those numbers if cases of the virus start to rise again.