Indoor sports can resume in New Jersey under new executive order
Indoor sports may now resume in New Jersey under a new executive order signed Monday by Gov. Phil Murphy.
The order includes all so-called medium and high-risk sports, including hockey, basketball, cheerleading, group dance, rugby, boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo and wrestling.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for our student-athletes, support staff, and school communities,” Murphy said in a statement. “After consulting stakeholders and medical experts, we have concluded that, with proper public health and safety protocols in place, indoor sports may now resume in a way that protects players, coaches, and staff.”
Indoor practices and competition are limited to 25% capacity but not more than 25 or less than 10 people. The exception would be if the number of individuals who are necessary for practice or competition, such as players, coaches, and referees, exceeds 25. Practice or competition can proceed if no unnecessary individuals such as spectators are present, according to the order. The 25% building capacity will still be in effect.
COVID-19 safety protocols must be enforced, such as health screenings and sanitizing surfaces and equipment.
The activities must also adhere to any restrictions posed by the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association or NCAA.