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If the spring weather has you itching to get outdoors and see family and friends you haven’t seen in ages, there’s some good news. Governor Murphy announced today that the general outdoor gathering limit increases to 200 people beginning at 6 am on Friday, April 2nd.

This number doesn’t apply to outdoor religious activities, political activities, weddings, funerals and memorial services that don’t have caps on the capacity. The general indoor gatherings will remain capped at 25 people.

Also, on April 2nd, indoor seating at large venues increases to 20 percent (up from 10 percent) and outdoor seating at large venues increases to 30 percent (up from 15 percent) of capacity. NJ officials have also redefined what qualifies as a large venue. Previously it was a venue that held 5,000 people and that has since changed to 2,500 people. This will still allow people to remain 6 feet apart at arenas.

“The reason we are increasing the outdoor limit is that as the weather gets warmer, we are urging everyone to engage in social activities outside whenever possible,” said Murphy during his daily press conference. “We know this virus is many times more transmissible indoors than it is outdoors. Any type of larger gathering is safer for everyone if it can be done outside.”

While many are getting vaccinated, it is important to stay safe as there were more than 3,700 new cases of COVID today. The positivity rate is 9.4 percent and the statewide rate of transmission is 1.1. There have been 16 new confirmed deaths due to COVID, with a total of 21,869 lives lost in NJ to date.

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