Capacity limits lifted for college athletics, arenas and religious services

Gov. Murphy says spread of COVID-19 has slowed enough to allow for the changes

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at Monday’s coronavirus briefing that he will be lifting capacity limits for large sports and entertainment venues, including games for college athletics.

Starting on March 1, venues with seating capacity of 5,000 or more can reopen to a limited number of fans; indoor arenas can resume at 10% capacity and outdoor arenas will be capped at 15%.

Effective immediately, indoor and outdoor college sports practices and games can allow up to two parents or guardians per athlete — just a week after Murphy allowed the same rules for high school athletes.

Houses of worship and religious services capacity limits are being increased from 35% to 50%.

The state reported another 2,100 new positive cases of COVID-19 Monday and 17 more lives lost, but Murphy said key numbers, including lower hospitalization rates, allowed for the changes. Masks will still be required at all indoor venues and social distancing for members of different households.

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