New Jersey’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted on Friday, over a year after it was implemented, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.
Individual businesses can still require masks if they choose to. Face coverings still will be required in state offices, public transit, health care settings, long-term care facilities and others.
Murphy had said last week that he would not lift the indoor mask mandate. He cited increasing vaccinations and fewer COVID-19 cases as his reasons to make the change.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 13 released new mask guidance for individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 that caused confusion about when to wear masks and whether proof of vaccination had to be shown.
“If you are not vaccinated, we encourage you in the strongest possible terms to either follow the CDC guidance to wear a face mask when in any indoor public setting or to go get vaccinated,” Murphy said at his biweekly coronavirus news briefing. “We won’t have law enforcement checking people’s vaccination status.”
Here are examples of how things will change once Murphy’s new rules go into effect Friday and suggestions for unvaccinated people: