TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy today called his plan to reopen New Jersey “tough love”. He said he understands the frustration and criticism he faces but says because of his actions, the state is better now than most other states in the country.
“New Jersey is one of four states across the entire country to contain COVID-19,” “The pain of discipline and not the pain of regret allows us to progress.”
The Governor said he was disappointed with videos and photos he saw from around the state, saying many have “let their hair down a little too much”.
Today, Murphy raised the outdoor gathering limit from 100 to a 250 person maximum for outdoor events. He also said there will no longer be limits outdoor religious or political events.
Indoor gatherings in New Jersey have been raised from 50 people maximum to 100. Casinos will reopen on July 2nd. In-person betting and sportsbooks can also reopen for in-person betting.
“We must remain vigilant. We have to keep up with our social distancing,” Murphy said. “We’re still a Top 10 state in terms of total hospitalizations, and we remain in the Top 5 in the number of deaths.”
“If the current trends change between now and Thursday, we will hit pause on the plan,” Murphy said. “If everyone exercises personal responsibility and common sense for the common good, we can see the [downward] trend continue.
“If we continue to be smart, we can announce our entry into stage three,” he added.