NJ Will See Accelerated Opening Up of The State With Updates Coming Shortly

Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that he will have “more news on Monday” about further easing New Jersey’s coronavirus limits, following news that nearby New York is taking significant measures to eliminate certain regulations for dining in bars and restaurants. 

Murphy responded to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that people will be able to get served at bars in New York City starting Monday, and that outdoor and indoor curfews for the city’s bars and restaurants will be removed by the end of May.

“You’re going to see us accelerating opening up of the state,” Murphy said during his latest COVID-19 briefing in Trenton. “There’s just no other way to put it. We’ll have more news on that on Monday.”

Murphy mentioned the possibility of people going to New York or Pennsylvania restaurants or bars if the restrictions in those states vary significantly from those in New Jersey.

”We don’t want that and New York doesn’t want that,” he said.

Murphy noted the improving COVID-19 numbers in New Jersey. Hospitalizations are at a five-month low. The seven-day average for new confirmed positive tests dropped Wednesday to 2,053, down 31% from a week ago and 42% from a month ago, as the state’s third wave of the outbreak continues to recede.