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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Murphy drops state’s capacity limits

By Nikita Biryukov, November 16 2020 1:28 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the state would reduce capacity limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings, but the new restrictions have plenty of carveouts.

The indoor capacity limit is dropping to 10, from 25, but performances, religious services, political events, weddings and funerals can still run up to 25% capacity, so long as they don’t involve more than 150 people.

The governor stressed that the coming Thanksgiving Holiday was not an occasion to ignore the new restrictions.

“We’re urging everyone to keep their plans as small as possible,” Murphy said. “The small the gathering, the less likely it is that someone is infected.”

Politico New Jersey first reported the new restrictions.

Indoor sports are also allowed to exceed the 10 person limit, though only for players, referees and coaches, in most situations. In some unspecified cases, spectators will be permitted regardless of the capacity limit, though they will usually be barred, Murphy said.

The outdoor limit was dropped to 150 persons.

The reductions come after New Jersey reported its highest daily COVID-19 case counts since the start of the pandemic. It reported 4,540 positive tests Sunday and 4,395 on Saturday. Monday’s number was a 2,232.

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