With the number of COVID-19s rising and the winter holidays rapidly approaching, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order tightening the number of people at both indoor and outdoor gatherings in New Jersey on Monday to increase the spread To help control it. Coronavirus.
Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 150 people, although there are exceptions.
The move will affect everything from parties to holiday gate-to-matchers to sports events.
During his latest coronavirus briefing in Trenton, Murphy said, “It gives me no pleasure to enforce these restrictions.” “But, right now, the numbers we are seeing, we have to try to slow down the public health and spread of this virus – the best we can – to try and preserve these steps.”
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Murphy said that the limit for indoor ceremonies will be lifted from 25 people to start at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Including house party, holiday gathering, youth and high school sports and some public events.
Legislative and judicial proceedings are not subject to the limits of indoor assembly.
Murphy said he knows that it will inspire some people to “read” their thanksgiving plans.
“And I understand why this move can lead to disappointment,” the governor said. “But as we have been saying for weeks, this will not be a normal thank you. This is not a normal school year. … It was not a normal Halloween. This will not be a normal Hanukkah or Christmas. And 2020 will not be normal, period. “
“We are urging everyone to keep their Thanksgiving plans as short as possible, because we know that indoor gatherings in homes are particularly dangerous places for COVID to spread,” Murphy said. “And the smaller the gathering, the less likely someone is to become infected and endanger their loved ones. It’s so easy. “
There are several exemptions that have different limitations:
- For indoor sports practices and games, teams will be allowed to do more that the 10-man limit is only for those required for the competition – players, coaches and referees. This means that there can be no audience for most games.
- Indoor dining is limited to 25% capacity, with many other restrictions for seating and social distance.
- Indoor ceremonies for weddings, funerals and memorial services should be limited to 150 people or 25% of a room’s capacity – whichever is less.
- Indoor gatherings for religious and political activities protected under the First Amendment should be limited to 150 people or 25% of a room’s capacity – whichever is less.
- Indoor gatherings for entertainment centers, where performances are viewed or given, including movie theaters, performing arts centers, and other concert venues, should be limited to 150 people or 25% of a room’s capacity – whichever is less.
- Legislative and judicial sessions will not be limited.
The state’s limit will be reduced from 500 to 150 for outdoor ceremonies starting next Monday. 23. Murphy stated that the delay is because some of the events that took place this weekend would have been affected.
For outdoor youth and high school sports practices and sports, the 150-man limit includes players, coaches, team staff and officials. Murphy said this meant the number of viewers allowed would be less than 150.
The crowd that attends college and pro sports events will be capped at 150 people, but the athletes, coaches, referees and other personnel required for pro and college sports events will not count.
Listeners will be limited to 150 people at outdoor concerts.
Outdoor ceremonies continue to be subject to strict social far-reaching restrictions, including the need to wear masks whenever social distance is not possible.
New Jersey recently banned all indoor interstate games up to the high school level to fight the virus.
“For one, I have a son whose sports programs I can no longer attend,” said Murphy, as a parent, I understand the importance of the thrill of watching my kids play and making them happy . “
- There is no limit for external religious or political activities protected under the First Amendment.
- Outside food is not affected.
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Murphy said “indoor sports are an area of concern” and sports “are generally an area of concern.”
He said that it is “very hard to distinguish” whether it is from an actual sporting event or pre or post-game activities – “whether it’s a locker room or a pizza party.”
Murphy also specifically stated that “hockey is in our crosshairs.”
“I’m not sure why, but we’re hearing more from the anecdote, here or there than that, a lot of noncompliance, including parents,” he said. “I haven’t got anything against hockey, but look at you. We have high on the list right now. And until we see better compliance and lower levels of infection, we will take action. “
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How will it be implemented
Murphy has long protested limiting indoor gatherings, saying it is difficult to monitor private homes. But he said that the authorities will impose limits whenever they want.
For private businesses, he said everything could be covered, from getting a liquor license to closing the establishment.
For private homes, Murphy said that “it’s tough,” which is why “we’re pleading with people” follow the guidelines. But he said that “it doesn’t mean that we can’t do it as we all do.”
It is unclear what punishment people will receive for the violation, but those who broke Murphy’s coronovirus orders this year have been charged with the disorderly person’s crime, possible fines and jail time.
Why officials said that it is necessary
The second wave of COVID-19 is impacting both New Jersey and America.
The Garden State reported 3,399 new cases on Friday, 4,395 on Saturday, 4,540 on Sunday and 2,232 on Monday.
Both Saturday and Sunday cases broke records. According to the state health department’s COVID-19 dashboard, the state’s testing capacity in the spring was approximately 4,000 tests a day, while current daily tests range between 15,000 and 55,000. This means that there were many more cases in the spring that went undetermined.
In addition, more than 8,000 hospitalized patients are still below New Jersey and have not yet died, as they did in the spring.
Nevertheless, hospitalizations are at their highest levels since June, with daily percentage positivity steadily increasing, and officials warn that deaths are likely to increase. As of Sunday night, 2,115 patients were hospitalized in New Jersey with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases. There were 14 more deaths in the state on Monday.
Murphy said the spread has been caused by a number of different things, including fatigue over restrictions, outbreaks related to activities before and after sporting events such as private parties like Halloween parties, bartenders infecting others, and pizza parties. Huh.
He also said that the state has the right to institute another near-lockdown on Monday, such as to counter the first wave in the spring.
The governor said on WPIX, “Sadly, we have these numbers.”
New Jersey bars and restaurants in the state are now required to shut down indoor meals every day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. In addition, the governor has given local governments the option to cease trading at 8 pm if they wish.
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