LIVINGSTON, NJ — There were six new COVID-19 cases in Livingston on Monday morning, according to data released by Essex County, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in Livingston to 459 with 63 deaths being attributed to COVID-19.

Murphy signed an executive order on Monday allowing some additional outdoor recreational areas and businesses to restart their operations effective this Friday. These businesses include batting cages, golf ranges, archery ranges, horseback riding, private tennis clubs and community gardens.

According to Murphy, the state is opening up businesses in a way that still provides maximum protection for residents.

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"We’ve reopened our parks and put in place plans to have our beaches and lakefronts open – with social distancing guidelines in place," he said, explaining that New Jersey is in "Stage 1" of reopening and that "Stage 2" will include a broader restart of the state's economy, including:

  • Expanded retail
  • Outdoor dining
  • Limited personal care
  • Museums and Libraries

"We’re not nearly out of the woods yet; but we’re moving forward, carefully, methodically and responsibly," said Murphy. "Together, we’re moving toward what we must all acknowledge will be a 'new normal.' We’re going to move deliberately based on data. We have to move forward based on the facts. Together, we’ll get to the end of this journey stronger and fairer than ever."

The governor described "the hardest nuts to crack" as businesses that operate indoors with relatively close contact. He said he would reduce restrictions and let restaurants open again, starting with outdoor dining.

Murphy state that not everything will happen at once, but rather in steps. He added that he looks forward to "limited summer camps" and is considering what things will be like when kids return to school and to colleges in the fall.

John Mooney contributed to this report.