Tonight Governor Murphy is tightening the restrictions on gatherings as this second wave of coronavirus beats down on the state, setting back-to-back records for new positive tests over the weekend. Almost 9,000 new cases in just two days.
Governor Murphy is reducing indoor gathering limits from 25 people to 10, effective at 6am Tuesday morning, but it only applies to house parties and public events. The restriction is likely aimed at reducing spread during Thanksgiving get-togethers. Religious services, celebrations, weddings, funerals, restaurants and political activities can still operate at 25% capacity. Murphy is pulling back the reins on outdoor gatherings too, from 500 people currently to 150. The exemption applies for the same events as indoors instead hitting youth and high school sporting events outdoor concerts and other performances.
Murphy says he’s reserving the right for another statewide shutdown if the surge in cases warrant one. The statewide cumulative total is now more than 281,000 with 2200 new cases today, 14 additional deaths and roughly 16,500 hundred total lives lost. Governor Murphy is calling rise alarming.