Gov. Murphy: Indoor sports and entertainment centers can reopen with 10% capacity
Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that indoor sports and entertainment complexes with 5,000 seats or more can reopen to spectators at a 10 % capacity starting on March 1.
Murphy made the announcement on the "Moose and Maggie" show on WFAN. The governor also said that outdoor facilities can reopen at 15% capacity.
The new rules apply to schools like Rutgers and Seton Hall and to professional sports teams such as the Devils.
The Devils and Prudential Center released a statement saying, "This is a day toward which our entire staff has been planning, working and looking forward to for the past 11 months. Those who enter the building will feel confident that our process and protocols are focused on making their safety the number one priority."
Spectators must wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Murphy said that spectators will not be required to take a COVID-19 test before attending the event.
Murphy also announced that parents and guardians of college athletes will be allowed to attend their children's sporting events effective immediately. Earlier this month, the governor allowed spectating at high school and youth sporting events.
Two parents or guardians of each Rutgers student-athlete will be permitted to attend sporting events held on campus while the total number of spectators are not to exceed 35 percent of the venue's total capacity. Seton Hall Athletics says it's working with the Prudential Center to review the ability to host spectators at its March 3 basketball game vs. the University of Connecticut.
The governor said that he was able to implement these changes because New Jersey's COVID-19 data continues to improve.