Gov. Murphy Encourages New Jerseyans to Hold Small New Year’s Gatherings

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy urged residents to limit their New Year’s Eve gatherings to their immediate households this year.

Gov. Murphy briefly mentioned the upcoming New Year’s Eve holiday at his coronavirus briefing on Monday afternoon.

“We know that many of you are making plans for New Year’s Eve and we urge you to keep it to a small gathering of only your immediate household,” he said. “This is not the year for a wild New Year’s Eve party. I hope that year comes again soon. Even Times Square in New York City will be empty. We hope you take every precaution to safely and responsibly drop the ball, drop wherever you are, as we usher in 2021.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Murphy has urged New Jerseyans to exercise caution and avoid large gatherings for nearly every major holiday — including Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Although the rollout of Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines is well underway in New Jersey, Gov. Murphy still made sure to remind residents that the pandemic isn’t over yet. He reiterated the fact that community members need to continue taking necessary precautions such as social distancing and mask-wearing as the vaccine’s rollout continues.

“We have a lot to look forward to in the new year, but it must start with our staying focused on the practices that have gotten us through most of 2020: social distancing, wearing our face masks, washing our hands with soap and water, using common sense meaning if you’ve been exposed, take yourself off the field,” Gov. Murphy said. “If you don’t feel well, take yourself off the field. Wait the requisite number of days, get tested. We’ve got the capacity, go out there and get tested.

“But make no mistake, better days are ahead. Let’s make sure that we make it to those days together.”

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