Gov. Murphy: New Jersey indoor mask mandate remains in effect

New Jersey’s indoor mask mandate will remain in effect, despite neighboring states choosing to end their mandates.

News 12 Staff

May 17, 2021, 9:30 AM

Updated 1,099 days ago

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New Jersey’s indoor mask mandate will remain in effect, despite neighboring states choosing to end their mandates.
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.
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.
"Our vaccine program is a work in progress. We're getting there, so it's a combination of those two things. We've got a lot of unvaccinated people, we know that for sure. And we've got a virus that's a lot more lethal indoors than outdoors,” Murphy said. “Any more time on the clock allows us to get more people vaccinated."
Murphy did end the requirement for people to wear masks outdoors in public areas.
There are currently about 3.7 million adults in New Jersey that are fully vaccinated.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that 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. 
Republicans in New Jersey's Legislature are pressuring the governor to follow the CDC guidelines.
State Sen. Jim Holzapful, along with Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano wrote in a statement, "Stop hiding behind the mask and let it go, Governor. You know you can't hold on to your emergency powers forever. It is time to lift the mask mandate and relax social distancing rules."
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.


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