According to an announcement made by Gov. Phil Murphy, more people will now be able to attend indoor events in New Jersey, including proms, weddings and performances.
Effective May 10, indoor room capacities for the below will increase to 50% with a maximum of 250 individuals:
– Private Catered Events – including Weddings and School Proms
– Political Events
- Memorial Services
This is an increase from the current 35% and 150 person limitation. Murphy said the two-week delay is aimed at giving schools and businesses time to plan.
While each school district is handling the prom announcement differently, students say the dance is a right of passage.
“Especially this year we’ve been locked online, so prom means the chance I guess the night to go out with your friends have a little bit of fun,” said Joshua Brangan, an 11th grader at Gloucester City High School.
At the Cherry Hill School District, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche says they still can’t have prom. Instead, an alternative event is being held for students.
“For instance, (Cherry Hill East High School) has 550 kids in their senior class, so that’s a lot of kids. Going to 250 kids inside doesn’t really help us that much. So that’s really only half of the class and that’s only half if everyone goes together from that class from the prom,” said Meloche.
The increase in capacity is also welcome news for families who need to hold funerals or memorial services, both of which were heavily restricted when the pandemic first hit