Governor Murphy says no need for facemasks outdoors unless you cannot socially distance

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TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today said that residents of the state do not need to wear a face mask outdoors unless they are in a setting where six feet of social distancing is not possible.

This is not a change in policy, but a clarification. Murphy said outdoor masks have never been required or even recommended unless you’re in tight groups of people and social distancing cannot be achieved.

“People ask me this all the time, “What is your policy on outdoor masking?” So before I get asked the question, it’s the same as it’s been since I think March of last year,” Murphy said. “If you’re outside and you cannot socially distance, you need to wear a mask. If you’re outside and you can socially distance, you don’t need to wear a mask. It’s that simple.”

Murphy said wearing masks indoors is still required. He said he wears two masks.


“Inside, you got to wear them, I wear two of them. But you got to wear them on the inside,” Murphy said.

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