Gov. Murphy Announces New COVID-19 Related Safety Measures

By: Jaina Louise Winston, Writer / Follow South Jersey Community Services Intern

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. — As the second wave of COVID-19 continues to circulate, Governor Phil Murphy and Government officials announced an administrative order clarifying guidelines for public services. The announcement included certain restrictions on athletic competitions, indoor services and self-service food and drink.

The announcement clarifies that athletes, coaches, referees and trainers and all personnel included in the functionality of a sporting event are not included in the number of attendees. However, the number of attendees inside the facility should not exceed 25% and it should not exceed 150 people. Sporting facilities serving food or drink can remain open but must operate following New Jersey guidelines.

Mall services offered remain the same, but those facilities should be cleaned and maintained accordingly. Vending machines are allowed to operate in indoor shopping malls if they are cleaned regularly. Stroller and wheelchair rentals are also permitted to be used by the public. However, public places that offer valet parking or communal play areas should suspend those features, per Gov. Murphy’s executive order.

Self-service food and drink places like buffets and salad bars at restaurants, retail centers, or grocery stores should be suspended. Gov. Murphy also advises against using self-serve drinks. The order also announced that the private tutoring facilities may remain open to clients and employees provided that the facility is well-maintained and follows all CDC guidelines.

The order is effective immediately and will last until the Governor or State Director of Emergency Management Colonel Patrick Callahan announce otherwise.

As the holiday season approaches, government officials advise New Jersey residents and business personnel to remain vigilant and follow CDC guidelines to protect co-workers, family members, and friends.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.