New Jersey Lifts Stay At Home Order, Increases Limits For Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

The Stay at Home order, in place since March 21, has been lifted, Gov. Murphy announced Tuesday.

“We are no longer requiring you to stay at home,” Murphy said. “When you do go out, continue to wear face coverings
and keep a social distance from others.”

Murphy’s second order raises limits on both indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Effective immediately, indoor gatherings will be permitted at whichever number is lower – 25% of a building’s capacity or 50 persons in total. All attendees at indoor gatherings must wear face coverings and stay six feet apart. Murphy said this order would allow for greater indoor religious services; he added that there are faith leaders who do not feel comfortable reopening and they should not, until they feel comfortable doing so.

The limit on outdoor gatherings was also raised Tuesday from 25 to 100 people effective immediately.

“Science tell us that outdoor activities are far safer than indoor activities,” said Murphy of the decision.

Murphy says he anticipates raising the outdoor limit to 250 on June 22 and then to 500 on July 3rd.

“This means that school districts planning graduations should prepare for a 500 person limit to be in place by the time graduations can resume on July 6,” Murphy added.

Murphy added that the order also explicitly allows outdoor gatherings of more than 100 persons for First Amendment-protected outdoor activities – such as political protests or outdoor religious services.

Outdoor public pools can reopen on June 22; the Dept. of Health will be releasing standards soon.

Murphy announced that all outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses previously closed – with the exceptions of amusement parks, water parks, and arcades – can now open.

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