New Jersey will join New York and Connecticut in removing many of its biggest restrictions on coronavirus on May 19, including capacity limits in restaurants and outdoor collection hats – although the indoor mask and social distancing rules will will remain, state governors announced Monday morning.
Restaurants, gyms, personal services, cinemas, shops, museums and amusement parks will be able to operate without certain capacity limits for the first time in more than a year, although people will still have to wear masks indoors and groups will have to be divided into six feet, Gov. Phil Murphy said in a joint statement with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.
“Coordination is important,”
However, the six-foot requirement probably means that theaters and other fixed-seat venues will not be able to operate at full capacity. Restaurants should also keep a distance of one meter between tables, unless there are physical barriers that would allow closer seating. In addition, it will be allowed to renew seats in indoor bars, with the same restrictions on social distancing. In addition, the three countries are still discussing changes in stadium capacity limits, Cuomo said.
There will no longer be limits for gathering outdoors, but you must wear a mask if you cannot achieve social distance, the governors said.
Murphy is expected to have more details during his last coronavirus briefing in Trenton at 1 p.m. He is annoyed that there will be a “big” announcement about the resumption of the state.
The announcement comes nearly 14 months after New Jersey announced its first case of COVID-19 and as the number of states continues to improve as vaccinations increase.
More than 3 million people have been vaccinated in New Jersey since Monday – approximately 45% of the state’s 6.9 million adults. The state’s goal is to have 70% of the country’s eligible population – about 4.7 million people – vaccinated by the end of June. More than 4.2 million people – about 62% of adults – have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
As of Sunday night, there were 1,464 coronavirus patients hospitalized in the state, the lowest number since Nov. 6, and the latest transmission rate nationwide has dropped to 0.46, the lowest since the pandemic began.
The average duration of seven days for confirmed positive tests fell on Sunday to 1614, which is 61% less than a month ago and the lowest level is from November 1.
New Jersey has the highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States.
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Connecticut had already announced plans to remove all restrictions, except for indoor camouflage, by May 19th. New York has announced plans to remove all restrictions by July 1.
By Monday, Murphy had resisted releasing a broad chronology of New Jersey and instead announced steps, saying the state was too densely populated to reopen into one.
Republicans urged him to move faster, or at least set target dates. And on Friday, fellow Democrat, State Sen. Dawn Addiego D-Burlington called on the governor to remove all capacity restrictions in the state by July 1st.
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