TRENTON, NJ – Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter today before his COVID-19 press conference.

The exceptions for individuals under two years old, people who are eating/drinking at an outdoor dining establishment, and when wearing a mask would inhibit health or safety.

The governor appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program Wednesday morning and said he would issue a new Executive Order today.

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“There’s no question that face coverings are game-changers,” the governor told interviewer Willie Geist. “I think we were the first state in America to require them indoors. They’ve been strongly recommended out-of-doors. We’re going to turn that up a notch today.

“If you can’t socially distance, it’s going to be required,” Murphy added.

The governor said if you are alone or with family, but if you are congregating, you will get at least a warning. He admitted it is hard to enforce.

“We have gone through hell in New Jersey and brought our numbers way down, we can’t go through that hell again,” he said.