Murphy doubles down: We need more time on the clock for indoor mask mandate

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TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy made his demand clear today, New Jersey will continue to mask up when in public spaces regardless of whether or not you received your COVID-19 vaccination. That decision goes against the latest guidelines and science provided by the CDC and backed by President Joe Biden.

New Jersey remains one of the last states to continue to enforce government dictated face mask mandates.

Related: Governor Murphy rejects CDC science, will keep New Jersey masked up indefinitely

Murphy said his executive order is not going anywhere any time soon and said New Jerseyans must mask up in any indoor public space, including restaurants, stores, coffee shops, schools, retail businesses, gyms, diners, etc.

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“To be sure, the CDC guidance is clear that fully vaccinated people much safer to engage in every day life than unvaccinated people,” Murphy said. “This is even more reason for every eligible person to get vaccinated.”

Murphy then doubled down saying the CDC allows local governments to retain the mask mandate. Murphy signed an executive order to eliminate the outdoor mask mandate, but said the indoor mask mandate will remain in effect.

“The best thing we can do for now is to require masks in indoor settings,” Murphy said. Murphy cited union support for his decision.

The Governor said wearing a mask indoors is now a sign of respect for others and that everyone needs to be less selfish and more selfless.

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