New Jersey relaxing COVID-19 restrictions for indoor catered events, outdoor gatherings

Gov. Phil Murphy has announced some COVID-19 restrictions will begin to loosen, with both outdoor and indoor capacities increasing.

News 12 Staff

Apr 27, 2021, 9:10 AM

Updated 1,123 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy has announced some COVID-19 restrictions will begin to loosen, with both outdoor and indoor capacities increasing.
New Jersey will increase capacity for indoor weddings, proms and other catered events beginning May 10, along with outdoor capacities at large venues.
Murphy said the two-week delay is aimed at giving schools and businesses time to plan.
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Weddings, proms, funerals, memorial services, political events and performances can begin hosting people up to 50% of their capacities, with a maximum of 250 people. That’s up from a limit of 35% capacity or 150 people. Dance floors are also allowed to open at catering halls only -- still no nightclubs or bar dance floors.
Stadiums or venues with 1,000 or more seats will go from 30% to 50% outdoor capacity. Each venue is still required to keep six feet of distance between seated groups. For large outdoor gatherings, the limit increases up to 500 people.
This announcement comes as the state anticipates more progress with COVID-19 numbers in the next few weeks.
"Now we are doing this both because we're expecting the downward trend to continue over the next two weeks and because we want to give businesses the ability to plan ahead,” says Gov. Murphy. “Not just businesses by the way, schools, among others, the ability to plan ahead and fully prepare."
This announcement comes at a pivotal moment for students, with end of the school year events such as graduations and proms.
The governor also hinted at more loosened restrictions possibly by Memorial Day as vaccination numbers are expected to grow and COVID-19 numbers to trend in the right direction.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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