New Jersey will join New York and Connecticut in removing many of its biggest coronavirus restrictions on May 19, including capacity restrictions on restaurants and outdoor collection caps – even though the rules for indoor masks and social distances remain, state governors announced Monday morning.
Restaurants, gyms, personal services, cinemas, shops, museums and theme parks will be allowed to operate without set capacity limits for the first time in more than a year, although people will still have to wear masks indoors and groups will be separated by six feet, said Prime Minister Phil Murphy in a joint statement with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.
“Coordination is important,”
However, the six-foot requirement probably means that theaters and other venues with fixed seating cannot operate at full capacity. Restaurants should also keep a distance of six feet between the tables unless there are physical barriers that allow for closer seating. In addition, seating at indoor bars is allowed to resume with the same restrictions on social distance. In addition, the three states are still discussing capacity constraints for stadiums, Cuomo said.
There will no longer be limits to outdoor gathering, but you must wear a mask if you cannot get social distance, the governors said.
Murphy is expected to have more details during his latest coronavirus briefing in Trenton at. 13.00. He has teased that he wants a “bigger” announcement of the reopening of the state.
The announcement comes nearly 14 months after New Jersey announced its first COVID-19 case, and as state numbers continue to improve as vaccinations increase.
More than 3 million people are fully vaccinated in New Jersey as of Monday – approx. 45% of the state’s 6.9 million adults. The state’s goal is to have 70% of the state’s eligible population – approx. 4.7 million people – vaccinated before the end of June. More than 4.2 million people – approx. 62% of adults – have received at least one vaccine dose.
There were 1,464 coronavirus patients hospitalized across the state Sunday night, the lowest number since Nov. 6. And the latest transfer rate across the country has dropped to 0.46, the lowest since the pandemic began.
The seven-day average for confirmed positive tests fell Sunday to 1,614, down 61% from a month ago and the lowest number since November 1.
New Jersey has the most coronavirus deaths per capita. Inhabitant of American states.
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Connecticut had already announced that they planned to lift all restrictions except indoor masking by May 19th.
Until Monday, Murphy had resisted releasing a broad timeline for New Jersey and has instead announced step-by-step steps, saying the state is too densely populated to reopen on one.
Republicans have pushed him to move faster or at least release target dates. And on Friday, a fellow Democrat, State Senator Dawn Addiego, D-Burlington, called on the governor to lift all capacity limits in the state by July 1st.
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