Gov. Murphy hopeful to expand reopening steps as COVID-19 transmissions decrease
After expanding New Jersey’s indoor dining capacity last week, Gov. Phil Murphy says he hopes that more reopening steps are on the horizon.
Murphy highlighted improvements in the statewide rate of COVID-19 transmission and spot positivity at Monday’s briefing. But he said that a data error is affecting the most recent number of total positive tests.
“If these trends continue – and continuing these trends rests not just with us, but all of us, the millions of us. It’s in our hands. We can again look to additional steps to further reopen our economy,” Murphy said.
The governor also announced a return to mostly in-person voting for the April 20 school board elections and May municipal elections. He said he is optimistic that the June primary will be in person. But he has not yet made a final decision.
Bars and restaurants were able to expand indoor dining capacity from 25% to 35% last Friday under an executive order.
Murphy also announced that New Jersey has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered.