NJ moves to Stage 2 in reopening of activities

Green indicates areas trending better as of 6/12/20. Courtesy Governor Phil Murphy facebook page

This afternoon, Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey remains well on the path to Stage 2 of reopening the State in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The State COVID-19 website states: “In Stage Two, moderate-risk activities restart. When leaving home, New Jerseyans should wear a face covering and keep a social distance from others. All workers who can work from home should continue to work from home.

On his Facebook, Murphy said: ‘We still have to be careful – that’s why we’re not throwing the doors of our state all the way open on Monday. We still must be vigilant, and we still must keep social distancing our top priority.

Courtesy Governor Phil Murphy Facebook page

“Our transmission rate of #COVID19 has dropped to among the lowest in the country. Right now, the national news is reporting about other states witnessing spikes in COVID-19 cases and impacts – states which rushed to reopen. The foolhardiness of their actions is now being seen.”

Courtesy Governor Phil Murphy Facebook page

Murphy also announced that today the New Jersey Department of Education is releasing guidance that will allow school districts to conduct in-person summer educational programs – including Extended School Year and special education services –beginning July 6.

Tomorrow, he said, New Jersey State Police Colonel Callahan will be issuing an Administrative Order clarifying that libraries are permitted to do curbside pickup starting Monday, June 15.

Murphy also noted that though his office has “tried to work with the governing body of Asbury Park to resolve the issue of indoor dining. Because they haven’t done so, New Jersey OAG will bring a lawsuit today against the city government of Asbury Park.”

“Our rules are based on one principle,” he said, “ensuring public health.”

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