TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has taken the biggest step yet toward reopening the state that has been one of the hardest hit by COVID-19.
Murphy announced he is lifting Executive Order 107, the so-called Stay At Home order, that he issued on March 21during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order prohibited gatherings, closed non-essential business and instructed residents of the Garden State to stay at home.
During one of his news conferences, he suggested it was a good time for New Jerseyans to binge watch some TV.
In recent weeks, as the number of COVID-19 new cases, hospitalizations and deaths has plummeted, many of the restrictions have been relaxed.
During today's daily COVID-19 news conference, Murphy said the most recent date shows there were 510 patients reported in either critical or intensive care, 373 ventilators in use, 84 new COVID-19 hospitalizations and 88 discharges.
Murphy announced today he is lifting the restriction on indoor gatherings, allowing for gatherings of 50 persons or 25 percent of a building’s capacity, whichever number is lower.
He said that those at indoor gatherings should wear face masks.
Outdoor gatherings can now be held with as many as 100 people, Murphy said.
Murphy said that residents of New Jersey must reamin vigilant because there is no cure for COVID-19.
"When you do go out, please continue to wear face coverings and keep a social distance from others, whenever possible," he said.