Coronavirus News

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September. Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Indoor dining, which was set to resume in New Jersey on Thursday at 25% capacity, has been postponed, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. Murphy cited COVID-19 spikes in other states, which he said were driven in part by the return of indoor dining, as a reason. He also pointed to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Anthony Foti is happy to be back. After putting his hair cutting scissors aside for three months — the longest he had done so in his career — the 77-year-old barber was back in his element, cutting hair at the Towne Barber Shoppe on Elm Street Saturday. “We were getting bored ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For Lonnie Meiner, it finally feels like summer. The 54-year-old Westfield resident sat back in his beach chair inside his social distancing circle — the latest addition to the Westfield Memorial Pool — explaining how it felt good to be back. “It's a little weird, but it's ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 25.  "Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy defended the state’s new travel advisory amid questions of whether it lacks teeth and suggestions of whether it constitutes retaliation against states that had once imposed restrictions on northeastern states. The advisory, which was announced Wednesday in lockstep ...

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NEW JERSEY — Museums, aquariums and some indoor recreational facilities will be allowed to open on July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday. These include bowling alleys, batting cages, shooting ranges and boardwalk arcades. Libraries will be allowed to open at 25% capacity, as well, ...

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NEW JERSEY – The state is hiring more than 200 contact tracers as part of its ongoing fight against COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy announced at press conference Wednesday afternoon. “There are more than 230 tracers being on-boarded,” Murphy said. This is in addition to the 900 tracers already ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Amusement park rides, water parks and playgrounds will re-open in time for July 4th weekend, with 50% capacity and other COVID-19 protocols. “It's just a coincidence that it's a scorcher outside today, but today we are announcing that outdoor amusement parks and water parks will be ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Coronavirus restrictions in place since mid-March in New Jersey continue to be peeled back amid Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan, and the state's efforts to combat the disease are proving so successful that New Jersey is one of four states in line to contain it, Governor ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Elective surgeries and limited retail shopping have already returned statewide. But Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday that in three days New Jersey’s nine million residents will face their biggest test yet toward safely congregating indoors.   “Salons and barbershops are going to be our ...

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NEW JERSEY — On Father’s Day, months of isolation will end for many of New Jersey’s 70,000 residents relegated indoors at long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Friday that such visits must be held outdoors and follow a set of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his daily COVID-19 press conference today that indoor portions of retail shopping malls may reopen on Monday, June 29. It won't be business as usual, however. He is requiring masks to be worn, and all stores will be limited to 50% capacity.

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NEW JERSEY — Nothing will be more important for New Jersey colleges and universities for the summer and fall semesters than planning.  It may be most evident to students partaking in their school’s orientations — where they will notice a healthy dose of background on COVID-19 and what their ...

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Update: The south Jersey investment is $300 to $400 million, not $3 to $4 million as originally reported. NEW JERSEY - Salem County has been slated for a 200-acre off shore wind port, per the governor who announced the $500 million impact on the state's economy at today's COVID-19 press ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Low-risk competitive youth sports such as golf and tennis can resume as early as next Monday as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to steer the state down the road to re-opening. Other youth sports that are considered medium or high risks of transmission of COVID-19 will be allowed to ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Following a vote by Asbury Park city council to allow restaurants to serve patrons indoors this week, the state has filed suit against the municipality to stop the violation of Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order in its tracks.  While New Jersey’s transmission rates continue to show ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Memorial Pool is slated to open on June 27, and the recreation department’s summer camp will not be offered in-person this year, the mayor said. Mayor Shelley Brindle announced Friday that the recreation department is preparing to reopen Memorial Pool and that the town ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The state announced a pending set of guidelines are to come allowing school district to hold face-to-face summer school starting July 6, including extended school year and special education services.  This guidance will allow school districts to provide robust programs in a safe ...

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NEW JERSEY — When Stage 2 of New Jersey’s COVID-19 restart and recovery plan takes its first steps Monday, it will allow for outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping. Despite no defined date over indoor dining, the Asbury Park City Council voted Wednesday to allow for it — a decision that ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — County dog parks and tennis courts will reopen to residents and visitors beginning Saturday, June 13, county officials have announced. Union County has two dog parks, at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside and at Warinanco Park in Roselle. The county’s tennis courts are located ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy Wednesday laid out details about one his administration's key efforts to prepare and respond to the second wave of the virus that most public health professionals, and policymakers, have said will come. “It’s not a question of ‘if’ the virus will come back,” ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Regional Health Department director was food shopping recently when she saw a person take off their mask to sneeze. “I’m like no, no,” said Health Director Megan Avallone in recounting the incident during a virtual Board of Health meeting last week. It’s not the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday lifted his executive order requiring New Jersey residents to stay at home, and has lifted a limit on outdoor gatherings and indoor gatherings aimed primarily at accommodating the state's faith-based communities and houses of worship. The lifting of ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy have scheduled coronavirus tests after they marched alongside protestors taking to the streets against police brutality Sunday in Hillside and Westfield.  But some in New Jersey, including at least one Republican lawmaker, claim the ...

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NEW JERSEY — While guidance is still forthcoming, municipal and private swimming pools can at least take solace in the fact they can reopen June 22.  “[In addition] summer camps will be able to use their pools when they reopen on July 6,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday during his daily coronavirus ...

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NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC) has retrofitted all of its agencies with plexiglass barriers.  It’s one of many changes necessary when operations restart across the state June 15.  “Motor vehicle commission used to mean a lot of people crowded into small spaces,” ...

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FT. WORTH, TX — Since the middle of March, the two-time Olympian Nick Delpopolo was strictly quarantining at his home in Ft. Worth, Texas. As the restrictions were lifted in the state, he resumed judo training with four teammates who were also following the same guidelines. For Delpopolo, 31, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Some good news for teenagers who have been patiently (and not so patiently) waiting to get their drivers licenses. Gov. Phil Murphy and Chief Administrator Sue Fulton of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission on Friday announced plans for a phased reopening of MVC facilities to ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds. “Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at ...

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