As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen across the country, with record-breaking coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, and even deaths, states are starting to crack down and tighten restrictions. On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the Garden State is the latest to issue new mandates on residents in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus. “I’m signing an Executive Order RETIGHTENING restrictions on gatherings to help stop the spread of #COVID19,” he tweeted Monday morning. Read on to hear his warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
Indoor Gatherings are Limited, Among Other Restrictions
Effective tomorrow indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people, while on Nov. 23rd, outdoor gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 150 people.
“The following indoor gatherings may continue under the current rules – limited to 25% of a room’s capacity, up to 150 people,” he continued, listing religious services/celebrations and political events, weddings, funerals/memorial services, and performances. (Note that all typos are the governor’s.)
“Outdoor gatherings remain subject to strict social distancing restrictions – including mask requirements whenever it is not possible to social distance,” he explained. “Any outdoor gathering must abide by these restrictions or face the consequences.”
As for indoor sports practices or competitions, they will be allowed to exceed the 10-person limit, but “ONLY for individuals necessary, such as players, coaches, and referees,” he continued. “In most cases, where those necessary individuals exceed 10 people, spectators will not be permitted.”
He also warned of the potential for spread over the upcoming holidays. “This will not be a normal Thanksgiving,” he tweeted. “We know indoor gatherings in homes are particularly dangerous places for #COVID19 to spread. We’re urging everyone to keep their plans as small as possible. The small the gathering, the less likely it is that someone is infected.”
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The Governor Says You’re Not “Invincible”
“I know you think you’re invincible. Maybe you think that people aren’t getting sick anymore, or going to the hospital, or dying anymore. Maybe you think you’re the victim of some witch hunt. Whatever that reason is, I can assure you it false. It is a myth,” he added.
On Monday he also confirmed an additional 14 deaths due to the virus, bringing the total statewide to 14,779 with an additional 1,801 probable deaths.
He encouraged residents to “get back in the game” like in the spring. “I know this has been a very long haul, but we still have more miles to go. We can do this. We must do this.”
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How to Survive the Pandemic Unscathed
As for yourself, no matter where you live, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place until there’s a vaccine available: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, stay outdoors more than indoors, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.