TRENTON, NJ – Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter Wednesday before his COVID-19 press conference.

Exceptions exist for individuals under two years old, people who are eating/drinking at an outdoor dining establishment, and when wearing a mask would inhibit health or safety.

The governor appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program Wednesday morning and said he will issue a new Executive Order today.

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“There’s no question that face coverings are game-changers,” the governor told interviewer Willie Geist. “I think we were the first state in America to require them indoors. They’ve been strongly recommended out-of-doors. We’re gonna turn that up a notch today."

“If you can’t socially distance, it’s gonna be required,” Murphy added before admitting it will be hard to enforce.

“We have gone through hell in New Jersey and brought our numbers way down, we can’t go through that hell again,” he told Geist.

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