Gov. Murphy: Indoor mask mandate remains in effect – ‘We aren't there yet’
Gov. Phil Murphy has ended the requirement for people to wear masks outdoors in public areas, but New Jersey’s indoor mask mandate remains in effect.
Murphy said at Monday’s COVID-19 briefing that "we aren't there yet" and did not offer a specific date when the mandate would be removed.
This comes despite guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that fully vaccinated people can go without a mask in most cases.
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“I'm OK with that I've been wearing a mask until now,” says Mona Taetsch, of Allenhurst. “I was wearing a mask inside. Some of the stores don't have the mandate signs up anymore. I'll still wear my mask inside, but outside I'm OK.”
The governor asked state residents for more time to get people vaccinated, saying the pace of vaccines and COVID-19 transmission indoors are part of the reason he’s keeping the mask requirement in place.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday his state will end mask mandates for vaccinated people Wednesday.
New Jersey and Hawaii are the only states to still have an indoor mask mandate.
Murphy also said that he is keeping the indoor mask mandate for everyone so that businesses do not have to check who is vaccinated and who isn’t.