Targets June 12 for Return of Worship Services
TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's reopening process continues as Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted restrictions for day care centers, noncontact youth sports and summer camps. The reopening dates announced on May 30 are:
- Child care centers (June 15)
- Noncontact organized sports activities (June 22)
- Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July 6)
"The data continues to move in the right direction, and continues to be far down from the peak. We remain confident in our overall direction," Murphy said during this daily press briefing. "We are able to take these steps because the data we are receiving every day from our hospitals and through testing are allowing us to determine these dates."
The June 15 reopening for child care centers is needed to ensure there is a continuum of care for children as residents return to work, he said.
Organized sports will be able to restart on June 22. However, at that time, activities will be limited to sports activities conducted outdoors, and there can be no-contact drills or activities for the time being.
Beginning July 6, day camps, including municipal summer recreation programs, will be allowed to operate. However, some towns across the region, including Belmar, had already announced the cancellation of its summer camp.
For sports leagues and day camps, the state Department of Health will be releasing health and safety standards that will allow for this Order to be properly followed."
Additionally, the governor announced that horse racing will resume with the first competitive races as early as next weekend. Fans will not yet be allowed back at racetrack grandstands. However, online betting will take wagers.
The governor also said that his administration has been working closely with faith communities in the state to set a timetable for the return of indoor worship services.
"As long as our health metrics continue to trend in the right direction, I anticipate being able to raise the limits on indoor gatherings in a way that will allow for greater indoor religious services beginning the weekend of Friday, June 12, two weeks from today," Murphy said.
On May 29, New Jersey had an additional 1,117 positive COVID-19 test results, bringing the statewide total to 158,844, according to the governor. He also reported that hospitals on Thursday night, May 28, treated 2,707 patients for the coronavrius, down 90 from the previous night.
Meanwhile, the number of patients in either critical or intensive care was 720, and the number of ventilators in use was 544. There were 183 new hospitalizations on Thursday, versus 231 live discharges.
The governor also announced another 131 deaths due to COVID-19 related complications.
Monmouth County officials reported as of May 29, there were 48 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County, bringing the total to 8,151. The state reported there were 587 total deaths in the county — 430 of which were in long-term care facilities (425 residents and five employees).
Below is a video of Gov. Murphy's May 29 press briefing:
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