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Guidance for graduations, proms to come next week, Murphy says

By Nikita Biryukov, April 21 2021 4:20 pm

Guidance for graduations, proms and other summer activities could come next week, Gov. Phil Murphy said during Wednesday’s virus briefing.

“Assuming our numbers continue to go in the right direction — they’re a little bit sideways yesterday and today — but assuming they do and our prospects and optimism remain high, we’re going to give a pretty significant amount of guidance early to mid- next week,” he said.

The news comes as Murphy faces mounting pressure from local officials and Republican legislators to ease restrictions that delayed last year’s graduation ceremonies until early July.

Indoor ceremonies were not allowed under those restrictions, and capacity limits for outdoor gatherings were enforced.

It’s not clear what the new rules will look like, but the governor signaled he would err to the side of caution.

“We don’t want to lurch,” he said. “We’re the only state in America that has not lurched, in other words gone forward and then had to pull something back. We don’t want to start that now, but we also owe people our best guess as to what it’s going to look like for graduations, summer on the beaches and what not.

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