Gov. Murphy announces easing of some COVID-19 restrictions

Larger gatherings will soon be permitted in New Jersey. With COVID-19 hospitalizations trending downward, and the number of vaccinated residents increasing, Gov. Phil Murphy Monday announced the state is relaxing some pandemic-related restrictions for the first time in weeks. Starting on May 10, both indoor and outdoor capacity will increase.

Events like high school proms, weddings, funerals and performances will increase from 35% capacity to 50%, or 250 people. There is no change in the rules for indoor dining; capacity will remain capped at 50%.

Limits for outdoor gatherings also will be increased, from 200 to 500 people, and the governor said he expects to raise the limit again by Memorial Day.

Murphy said masks should still be worn outdoors if you cannot socially distance, but says the state will relax the 6-foot distancing requirement outdoors if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moves in that direction.

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