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

Murphy greenlights professional sports

By Nikita Biryukov, May 26 2020 1:19 pm

Professional sports are on their way back to New Jersey.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday clarified that an executive order signed late last week allowed professional sports teams to resume practice and, if their leagues allowed it, to start their seasons.

“I want to reiterate that my order makes it possible for the professional sports teams which train or play in New Jersey to return to training camps or even competitions if their leagues move in that direction,” Murphy said. “We have been in constant discussions with these teams about the protocols they will have in place to protect the health and safety of the players, coaches and team personnel.”

At this point, the order only applies to professional sports teams, which have ample resources to create stricter sanitation schedules and enforce other restrictions to cut off the spread of COVID-19.

This means amateur and children’s leagues are still waylaid for the time being, though Murphy suggested that wouldn’t be true forever.

“I recognize that, obviously, not all of our sports are back, and we continue our work with all stakeholders, including, if not especially, youth sports leagues to hopefully see their resumption in the near future,” the governor said. “but where professional teams are concerned and with the facilities and resources they have to meet the demands of public health, we felt we could take that step forward.”

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