TRENTON, NJ -- In a highly anticipated announcement , Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday at his COVID-19 press briefing that indoor sports may resume on Saturday, January 2, 2021, with safety protocols in place. However, the regional suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions will continue through at least January 31.

NJSIAA, the governing body for high school sports in the state, reacted:

“NJSIAA welcomes the governor’s announcement and continued support, and looks forward to the beginning of the indoor, winter, scholastic sports season – specifically, NJSIAA season 2." - NJSIAA statement

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Gov. Murphy also announced a new a central online location for official vaccine-related information and a landing page for the upcoming Vaccine Registration portal. Visit:

Latest COVID numbers as of Tuesday night:

  • 4,664 new positive #COVID19 cases
  • 3,727 patients in NJ hospitals with 701 patients in ICUs and 467 ventilators in use
  • 437 patients discharged
  • 428 COVID-positive patients admitted
  • 66 in-hospital deaths

"We’re reporting 4,664 new positive #COVID19 cases, bringing us to a total of 472,264," the governor announced Wednesday. "Sadly, we must report another 99 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, bringing our statewide total to 16,931."

As 2020 comes to a close, Murphy expressed optimism.

"We know that 2021 will bring better days, but we’re going to have to greet the new year on the same war footing with which we’re ending 2020: avoid large gatherings, practice social distancing, mask up, stay safe," says the governor.

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