New Jersey lifts stay-at-home order and allows larger gatherings, Murphy says


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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) speaks at the Coronavirus press briefing in Trenton.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Tuesday that the state would lift its stay-at-home order that has been in place since mid-March and allow for larger gatherings at both indoor and outdoor venues. 

“With more and more of our businesses reopening, we are no longer requiring you to stay at home, but we are asking you to continue being responsible and safe,” Murphy said at a press briefing. 

Murphy asked residents to continue wearing face coverings and maintaining a 6 foot distance from other people whenever possible. He also announced he would sign an executive order that would, effective immediately, allow indoor gatherings at 25% of a building’s capacity or 50 people total.

The limit on outdoor gatherings would be raised from 25 to 100 people except for political activities of any kind and religious services, which are allowed to exceed that maximum. Murphy said he anticipates to increase limits on outdoor gatherings to 250 people on June 22 and to 500 people on July 3. 

The state has seen a 44% decline in new hospitalizations and a 37% decline in patients in the hospital since May 25, according to a chart Murphy presented at the press conference. However, the state ranks third among U.S. states for the most deaths per day from Covid-19 and second for patients in the hospital with the virus, according to a presented chart. 

“We cannot become complacent or irresponsible,” he said. “We’re still not out of the woods, and we’re still near the top of some lists we don’t want to be atop of.” 

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