Christians in New Jersey excited to celebrate Easter with family this year

Despite the positive news surrounding COVID-19 vaccines, New Jersey still has among the highest infection rates in the country – and now that Easter is approaching, some families are doing what they can to have a safe holiday together with some loved ones.
Debi Savino-Heinz says that she and the rest of her extended family stayed in their own homes last year for Easter, just as the pandemic was starting. She says that now she is looking forward to more family being back together this holiday.
“My nephew with his two girls and wife. My niece and my brother and sister-in-law and sister-in-law’s sister. So, it’ll be fun,” she says.
But Savino-Heinz says that they will all still be celebrating outdoors and socially distanced.
News 12 New Jersey met Savino-Heinz at Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe in Mountainside, where many from near and far, were making up for the Easter they didn’t get last year.
“We’re doing Easter bread, Easter pie – everything people are used to having for Easter. Traditions are coming back,” says owner Ralph Bencivenga.
Having traditional food and desert is how Donna Baker, of Milford, plans to keep things as normal as possible at her smaller Easter table this year. But she says that she's not planning on this being the new forever normal for her family.
“Not if I can help it. I’d rather have my family together and my friends,” she says.
Many said that they were thankful for the better weather so that they can gather outdoors to visit their loved ones.
And a reminder for New Jersey residents – indoor gatherings for religious services are limited to 50% capacity. There are no limits on outdoor religious gatherings.