Gov. Phil Murphy indicated the state wouldn’t seek to bar ceremonies commemorating the anniversary 9/11 so long as they adhered to recommendations for gatherings.
“This is the 19th anniversary, and I would say absolutely commemorate it,” he said. “But — and the big but is — do it responsibly. Do it with the stuff that you’ve been hearing from us for five and a half months — social distancing, face coverings, adhering to whatever limits there are on gatherings, strong preference to do it outdoors, as is the case in New York City and is the case in most municipalities around the state over the past 19 years.”
Currently, the state limits outdoor gatherings to 500 persons so long as social distancing guidelines are observed, with exceptions for protests, religious ceremonies and other activities protected under the First Amendment.
Indoor gatherings face much steeper limits. Such gatherings are restricted to 25% of a given building’s capacity or 150 persons, whichever is lower.
Murphy himself will celebrate the 19th anniversary of 9/11.
“We would hope and expect that folks with responsibility commemorate 9/11. I will, I’ll be in New York City in the morning, and I’m not sure what the rest of the day looks like, but without question, that’s something that we strongly support,” he said. “We lost 704 residents of this state on that one day, and we’ll never forget that.”