TRENTON, Three regional governors have announced an approach to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. Governor Murphy, Governor Cuomo, and Governor Lamont announced that the three states will limit crowd capacity for recreational and social gatherings to 50 people - effective by 8 PM tonight.

Restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery only effective 8 PM tonight while movie theaters, gyms and casinos will also temporarily close effective 8 PM tonight.

The three governors also announced restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only but may be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol. 

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Governor Murphy said, "With all we are seeing in our state - and across our nation and around the world - the time for us to take our strongest, and most direct, actions to date to slow the spread of coronavirus is now. I've said many times over the past several days that, in our state, we are going to get through this as one New Jersey family. But if we're all in this together, we must work with our neighboring states to act together. The work against coronavirus isn't just up to some of us, it's up to all of us."

"Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn't crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that," Governor Cuomo said. "This is not a war that can be won alone, which is why New York is partnering with our neighboring states to implement a uniform standard that not only keeps our people safe but also prevents 'state shopping' where residents of one state travel to another and vice versa. I have called on the federal government to implement nationwide protocols but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves."

Governor Lamont said, "The only way to effectively fight the spread of COVID-19 is by working together as states. We have shared interests, and a patchwork of closures and restrictions is not the best way forward. I know that because of this collaboration, we will save lives."