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 will 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 gonna turn that up a notch today.

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

The governor said if you are alone or with family wearing a mask isn't required, but if you are congregating without one 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 told Geist.

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