Murphy: Face Mask Laws Have to be Enforced


BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, NJ – After attending a “Last Dance” high school baseball tournament game this week, Governor Phil Murphy said compliance is not quite here he wants it to be and that local authorities need to start enforcing the law…or else New Jersey will end up like Florida.

We’ve been there already, but here’s what he had to say.

“It was mixed in terms of compliance with face coverings, but in fairness, the bulk of the folks who weren’t wearing face coverings were not on top of each other.”

Murphy said there needs to be more compliance because “It’s not where it needs to be.”

“We need to see a lot more of these in New Jersey if we don’t want to look like Florida and Texas. It’s hard to enforce, I admit that, but it has to be enforced,” the Governor added. ”
Community leaders need to lead by example and wear face coverings for themselves, not only for safety, but to lead by example.”

Murphy tried to explain his latest executive order which declared facemasks must be worn at all times in public when social distancing is not possible.

“You’re walking down the street and you’re walking your dog, or you’re with your husband or wife and you’re socially distancing, we don’t really have any interest in that as long as you’re able to social distance, bless you,” he said. “I think you’ll see us with our face coverings on, but that’s not a priority. What is a priority is we expect folks to be warned and action to be taken if there is intense congregation and for a meaningful amount of time.  that’s not a good thing for public health.”

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