NJ Eases Gathering Restrictions, Mask Mandate Remains

Governor Phil Murphy in Rutgers University in Newark. (Edwin J. Torres/ NJGovernor’s Office)

New Jersey will expand the number of people who can gather together, effective Friday.

Governor Phil Murphy announced that all indoor gatherings can increase up to 25 people and outdoor gatherings can increase up to 50 people. Indoor capacity for restaurants, health clubs, arcades, and barbershops can increase their capacity to 50%. School sports can begin to play outdoors, but indoor games are still banned.

The state’s mask mandate remains in effect.

“Just because we’re able to take these steps to deliberately and responsibly reopen more of our economy and business community does not mean this pandemic is over,” the governor said. “We must remain vigilant and smart.”

The state passed the 3 million vaccine threshold on Monday and as of Wednesday, 3,143,096 have been distributed, with 1,099,509 people fully vaccinated.

“Our initial goal is to get 70% of our adult population vaccinated – 4.7 million,” Murphy tweeted. “If you count the initial doses of Pfizer and Moderna, along with the number of Johnson & Johnson doses administered, we’re at roughly 45% of our target having received at least the first shot.”