You can now get together–at a safe social distance–with a group of up to 25 people outdoors. Outside gatherings of up to 25 are allowed effective immediately under a new executive order, Governor Murphy said on Friday.
Prior to today, outdoor gatherings were limited to 10 people and that number is still the cap for indoor gatherings. The outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people include church gatherings, charter or fishing boats, driving ranges and batting cages. The caveat remains that social distancing must be followed and masks are strongly encouraged. The 25-person cap does not include outdoor dining or graduation ceremonies, Murphy said.
“We are able to confidently make this decision today because of the hard work that each of you have put in, through social distancing, to relieve the stresses on our health care system,” Murphy said.
Gov. Murphy is also allowing public and private recreational campgrounds in the state to reopen effectively immediately. “So if you were looking forward to gathering with your neighbors for a Memorial Day cookout, you may do so, so long as social distancing and personal responsibility remain the order of the day,” Murphy said.
The Jersey Shore and parks are also open with many safety and social distancing restrictions in place. Check each local beach’s rules and restrictions before planning your visit. Wildwood, known for its free beaches, will be open for walking, running, fishing and swimming. All food establishments will be open for curbside pickup, takeout or delivery only. Wildwood’s tram car service will begin on Tuesday, and will meet social distancing guidelines by installing plexiglass dividers and plastic shields between seating areas, plus sanitizing every half-hour. A Tram Car App is also being developed to allow for cashless payments.
Nonessential businesses are also open along with restaurants for curbside pickup. Salons and gyms are still closed but Murphy has said he expects to make a decision on those businesses in a few weeks.
Coronavirus deaths in New Jersey have increased to 10,985 with a total of 152,719 cases. State officials reported 146 new deaths and 1,394 new positive cases.