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Nov 30, 2020

Outdoor Social Gathering Limits Included in New COVID-19 Restrictions

As New Jersey comes off the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy has announced this afternoon new restrictions to slow the spread of the virus in the state.

During today’s press briefing, the governor announced that all indoor youth and adults sports will be placed on a full and complete pause starting 6 am this Saturday through Saturday, Jan. 2. Murphy is hopeful that these events can fully resume in January. This new restriction does not include collegiate sports. The governor said, “This is a prudent, short-term” change, as reports show that indoor sports have been recently linked to spreading of the coronavirus.

Also included in today’s restrictions is a change in outdoor gathering limits. Previously, the limit stood at 150 individuals and has now decreased to a maximum of 25 people. This retightening on outdoor gathering protocols will be effective as of 6 am on Monday, Dec. 7. Murphy did make exceptions to this restriction which include:

  • Religious or political activities
  • Funerals
  • Memorial services
  • Wedding ceremonies

Murphy was clear in stating that outdoor dining is not affected by this change and will continue according to CDC guidelines.

The state’s coronavirus totals stand today at 3,199 new COVID-19 cases, with 26 new patients reported to have died in hospitals yesterday.

Murphy reminded the public, “As you start to make your holiday plans, please recognize that the gathering limits are back to what they were in May and June – when we all came together and crushed the curve as much as any state in the nation.”