Murphy puts future reopenings on pause due to COVID-19 variant unknowns

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The last group of slight increases to reopening New Jersey’s economy might be the last residents in the state will see for some time. That’s because today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said the increase in COVID-19 virus variants has been detected throughout the state.

Blame the mutants.

“My guess is, we won’t be opening up further capacities for some time now, because of the caseload,” Murphy said.

Murphy said on Monday that he will pause re-openings until he and health officials get a clearer picture of what is happening.

“I wouldn’t say it’s an alarm,” he said adding that his past openings have been “quite modest”.

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The Governor said there are many variables that will have to factor into future openings and with spring coming, he’s hoping cases go down, but said with the unknown variable of the variants, or mutants, as Dr. Anthony Fauci calls them, there will be a pause.

This does not affect any previous executive orders allowing limited capacity increases recently signed into law. Bar service in New Jersey remains closed for the foreseeable future.

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