TRENTON, NJ - While a statewide shutdown will not be implemented as many have come to expect, that possibility “has to stay on the table,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during his coronavirus press briefing Monday,

These latest restrictions will not affect the annual Somerville Firemen's Festival of Lights parade, which is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, beginning at 6 p.m.

The new restrictions.announced by Murphy include:

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As of Saturday, Dec. 5, at 6 a.m., all indoor youth and adult sports will be prohibited through Jan. 2, 2021.

Starting Dec. 7 at 6 a.m., the number of people that can gather outdoors will also be capped at 25. This will not impact outdoor dining, religious or political activities, funeral, memorial services or wedding ceremonies.

“Let me reiterate that separate groups who are dining outdoors at our restaurants do not constitute a single gathering. Outdoor dining is unaffected by today's announcement; it continues to be governed by the health and safety regulations already in place,” Murphy said.

“As you start to make your holiday plans please recognize that the gathering limits are back to what they were in May and June, when we all came together and crushed the curve as much as any state in the United States,” Murphy continued. “We continue to urge you to keep gatherings as small as possible, particularly with individuals outside of your household. As I've said our steps continue to be dictated by careful analysis of science and data.” 


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