HOLMDEL, NJ - Recent press conferences by Governor Murphy continue to share renewed optimism in the ongoing fight with the novel coronavirus. It also heralds new relief from months long restrictions.
"Look at how dramatically things have moved in just a few weeks." said Governor Murphy said Friday, as he related statistics that continue to improve the state of the State of New Jersey during the pandemic. "New hospitalizations are down nearly 70% from the peak. Overall hospitalizations are down by more than half since the peak and more than a third during the past few weeks."
"Public health creates economic health and data determines dates." Murphy said, repeating his daily mantra.
Saturday brought more welcome news to the citizens of the state with a new order that opens up the seas to fishermen and other 'on water' activities.
"On Thursday we announce the plan by which the Jersey shore could reopen for the summer season and, today, I am proud that we're able to announce that in addition to enjoying our beaches our shore goers will also be able to enjoy some time on the water as well." Murphy said. "So today, I am signing an executive order that will allow fishing charters and other chartered boat services and watercraft rentals to resume effective at 6 AM tomorrow May 17."
The Executive Order will require specific social distancing and sanitation measures to be followed including the implementation of online or telephone payment systems to further lessen direct person-to-person contact among other procedures. One will require that all passenger and customer logs be properly maintained for the purposes of 'contact tracing' should that be required.
"We are confident that taking these steps for getting our state on the road back for the same reason that we've been able to take the other steps that we've announced over the past few days to restart our economy and begin to recovery because the data says that it is possible - as was said from the get go -public health creates economic health - data determines dates." said Murphy.
"On the public health side, we know that the trends we needed to see have emerged - especially in our hospitals which are where we have the best opportunity to track the impact of COVID-19 and across-the-board...every metric we have followed is showing us that we can move forward." said Murphy.