Gov. Murphy halts indoor dining restart, citing mask use, distancing

Gov. Phil Murphy and state officials are discussing the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in New Jersey.

News 12 Staff

Jun 29, 2020, 6:00 PM

Updated 1,389 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy says he’s postponing the restarting of indoor dining because of a lack of compliance over the use of face masks and social distancing.
Murphy on Monday cited the spike in other states as well as reports in New Jersey of people not correctly wearing or failing to wear face masks as well as maintain distance.
New Jersey has been slowly reopening, and on Monday indoor shopping malls were cleared to start business again.
The state reported 156 new cases overnight for a total of 171,000, but the governor did indicate that “technical issues” may have artificially kept the count low.
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There were 18 new confirmed deaths since Sunday, for a total of 13,138 confirmed COVID-19-related deaths.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.
Additional Details Below:
- Gov. Murphy starts off announcing that indoor dining will resume "at a later date." It was originally supposed to resume on Thursday.
 - Outdoor graduation ceremonies to resume July 6. Social distancing must be adhered to.
- Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli will issue a directive to exempt doulas from the current limits on support persons allowed to be present during a woman's hospital stay while having a baby.
 - Gov. Murphy confirms 156 new positive COVID-19 cases. Says that a "technical issue" may have prevented some cases from being counted, so the number may be "artificially low."
- Gov. Murphy wants everyone in New Jersey to get tested for coronavirus.
- Gov. Murphy confirms an additional 18 COVID-19-related deaths.
- Gov. Murphy says that New Jerseyans need to work together to defeat the virus.
For more on today's briefing, click here.
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