New Jersey's indoor mask mandate for vaccinated ends Friday; social distancing rules to be lifted

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the state will lift its indoor mask mandate for people vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning on Friday.

News 12 Staff

May 24, 2021, 9:40 AM

Updated 1,093 days ago

Share:

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the state will lift its indoor mask mandate for people vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning on Friday.
The announcement comes about a week after the governor rejected similar mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying he wanted “more time on the clock” for people to get vaccinated.
New Jersey had been an outlier, with neighboring Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania aligning with the CDC soon after its advice came out.
Fully vaccinated people won’t be required to wear masks come Friday. But businesses can still mandate that masks must be warn inside if they so choose. Murphy said that people won’t be required to show proof of vaccinations.
VACCINE INFORMATION: Check to see if you are eligible
APPOINTMENT INFORMATION: Where and how to get vaccinated
SEARCH FOR A CURE: Statistics and State Resources
“We won't have law enforcement checking people's vaccination status, but we are asking people to be responsible, and to do the right thing, for your own safety and the safety of your community,” Murphy said. “To be sure, if you feel more comfortable wearing your face mask when shopping or waiting for your table at a restaurant, by all means, you may continue to do so. No one should mistake lifting the indoor mask mandate as meaning you cannot wear a mask indoors.”
Masks must still be worn inside schools, health care facilities, and state buildings with public access, like Motor Vehicle Commission offices. Employers can also issue mask mandates for employees.
Murphy also said that come Friday, the 6-foot social distancing rule will be lifted, dance floors will be reopened and bars can serve drinks without social distancing at the bar.
The governor asked anyone who has still not received a COVID-19 vaccine shot to do so and encouraged anyone who is unvaccinated to keep wearing a mask indoors.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


More from News 12
1:59
State police: 2 dead in I-80 crash involving jackknifed tractor-trailer in Hackensack

State police: 2 dead in I-80 crash involving jackknifed tractor-trailer in Hackensack

2:18
STORM WATCH: Summerlike today in New Jersey ahead of thunderstorms on Thursday

STORM WATCH: Summerlike today in New Jersey ahead of thunderstorms on Thursday

1:30
Police: Man shot at Glen Rock’s Wilde Memorial Park

Police: Man shot at Glen Rock’s Wilde Memorial Park

0:33
Lauryn Hill's classic 'Miseducation' album tops list of best albums of all time

Lauryn Hill's classic 'Miseducation' album tops list of best albums of all time

0:23
Biden releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from New Jersey, Main reserve in bid to lower prices at pump

Biden releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from New Jersey, Main reserve in bid to lower prices at pump

0:22
Prosecutor: Remains found in Ridgefield Park creek identified as man who went missing in 1982

Prosecutor: Remains found in Ridgefield Park creek identified as man who went missing in 1982

New Jersey State Police 'never meaningfully grappled' with discriminatory practices, official finds

New Jersey State Police 'never meaningfully grappled' with discriminatory practices, official finds

0:32
Local community supporting 'Miracle of Morristown' woman who needed leg amputation after falling onto train tracks

Local community supporting 'Miracle of Morristown' woman who needed leg amputation after falling onto train tracks

0:24
Airbnb crackdown ahead of Memorial Day weekend to prevent ‘disruptive parties’

Airbnb crackdown ahead of Memorial Day weekend to prevent ‘disruptive parties’

1:31
36th Fleet Week kicks off in NYC with Salute to Ships at Fort Hamilton

36th Fleet Week kicks off in NYC with Salute to Ships at Fort Hamilton

1:31
What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's spring frittata

What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's spring frittata

1:21
Law allowing over-the-counter birth control now in effect in New Jersey

Law allowing over-the-counter birth control now in effect in New Jersey

0:39
DOT: Route 71 Bridge connecting Belmar to Avon-By-The-Sea expected to open May 31

DOT: Route 71 Bridge connecting Belmar to Avon-By-The-Sea expected to open May 31

1:31
Grill fire destroys Howell Township home; family escapes unharmed

Grill fire destroys Howell Township home; family escapes unharmed

0:44
Jersey Proud: Kinnelon woman cleans up cemetery ahead of Memorial Day

Jersey Proud: Kinnelon woman cleans up cemetery ahead of Memorial Day

0:45
Paterson holds special event to honor city’s senior citizen residents

Paterson holds special event to honor city’s senior citizen residents

2:06
Vandals steal American flags placed on veterans' gravesites at Neptune cemetery

Vandals steal American flags placed on veterans' gravesites at Neptune cemetery

0:26
Newark police: Queens man accused of filming himself driving recklessly

Newark police: Queens man accused of filming himself driving recklessly

0:40
Authorities seek public’s help solving deadly shooting in Warinanco Park

Authorities seek public’s help solving deadly shooting in Warinanco Park

0:48
Police: 1 man charged, 1 on the run in gunfire exchange in Roselle that caused school lockdown

Police: 1 man charged, 1 on the run in gunfire exchange in Roselle that caused school lockdown