Governor Murphy announced they are ready to relax more COVID-19 restrictions.
Starting Friday, May 7 the restriction on indoor bar service will be lifted, as well as self service food at buffets and other establishments can resume.
Also effective May 7th, the lifted restrictions Murphy announced in last week’s conference will be moved up from May 10th.
NEW: I’m moving up the effective date of the reopening steps we announced last Monday from May 10th to May 7th.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 3, 2021
We feel confident in moving up this timetable given the accelerated progress we’re seeing in our vaccination program, hospital metrics, and daily case counts. pic.twitter.com/i8Wf4XfYwV
Then on May 19, New Jersey will remove the current 50% capacity limit for indoor and outdoor businesses. The 50% capacity for indoor dining will also be removed. The state also plans for the following:
- Indoor capacity for large venues (1,000 or more fixed seats) can increase to 30% – with six feet of distance between ticketed groups.
- Indoor capacities for catered events, weddings, funerals or memorial services, performances, political activities, or commercial gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 250 people so long as social distances can be maintained:
- General indoor social gathering limit will increase to 50 individuals.
- Completely removing the limit on outdoor gatherings.
The steps announced today are the most aggressive steps we have taken to reopen to date.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 3, 2021
We feel confident we can do this safely because our numbers have trended decisively in the right direction over the last three weeks.