Gov. Murphy Tightens Indoor, Outdoor Gathering Limits in NJ Amid Spike

New Jersey Gov, Phil Murphy. (Tariq Zehawi/The Record via AP, Pool, File)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said he will be reducing indoor and outdoor gathering limits because of the COVID-19 resurgence.

The Democrat said on MSNBC that he will order indoor gatherings to fall from 25 to 10 and outdoor get-togethers from 500 to 150 people. The new indoor limit goes into effect Tuesday, while the outdoor level kicks in Nov. 23.

New Jersey’s coronavirus levels have been spiking, which Murphy has said amounts to a “second wave.”

The average increase over the first seven days of this month reached roughly 2,135, up from about 590 cases a day in early October. The average caseload increase for the first week of September was nearly 340 cases, according to state Health Department figures.

At his news conference, Murphy said that there will be exceptions for religious services, political activities, weddings, funerals, and memorial services, which can continue indoors at 25% capacity., with a maximum of 150 people attending.


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