Starting Wednesday, all New Jersey residents will now be required to wear masks outdoors in public when social distancing isn’t possible. Gov. Phil Murphy issued the executive order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which is showing signs of rearing its ugly head again in New Jersey.
Both the daily positivity number and rate of transmission are slowing inching upward, That rate indicates how many new cases spur from another and is hovering at 1.1. That means one person is infecting one other person. Health officials are report another 335 new cases for a cumulative total of 174,039, and another 53 people have died due to the virus. Statewide, 15,423 lives have been lost.
For now, Murphy doesn’t appear to be rolling back any other elements of the state’s recovery plan. In fact, the administration is making a change to allow for more outdoor dining. After consulting with health officials, Murphy says restaurants with a fixed roof and two open sides that have more than 50% of total wall space can now be considered outdoors.