Gov. Murphy to end indoor mask mandate, social distancing, other restrictions

Businesses could still require masks and some people might still feel more comfortable wearing them

Saying the state has made “tremendous progress” vaccinating residents and stopping the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy Monday announced he will end New Jersey’s mandatory indoor mask requirement on Friday, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and summer season kickoff.

Murphy will also end the 6-foot social distancing requirement that many restaurant owners claimed made it impossible to turn a profit. The governor insisted politics had nothing to do with his decision; he had come under withering criticism after not immediately following new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that fully vaccinated people could safely gather without masks indoors.

Unvaccinated people are still being encouraged strongly to wear their masks in indoor settings, though the state won’t be checking for vaccination status. Starting June 4, the state will lift all indoor capacity limits and restrictions.

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