Gov. Murphy Expands Capacity Limits for Spectators at Youth, Indoor Sporting Events

By: Kaitlyn Kudriavetz, Writer / Follow South Jersey Child Welfare Intern

TRENTON, N.J. — Parents and guardians are now able to attend both indoor and outdoor youth sporting events, Governor Phil Murphy announced last Friday.

Effective immediately, a maximum or two parents or guardians per youth athlete are allowed to be in attendance for practices and competitions.

However, indoor events cannot exceed 35% capacity, or 150 people, to spectate. Additionally, those in attendance must follow the COVID-19 guidelines that have been put out by the Department of Health, which includes mask mandates, social distancing, and exclusion when sick.

“As a father of four, I know how difficult it has been for many parents to not be able to see their kids participate in sports,” Gov. Murphy said in a press release. “With our metrics trending in the right direction, we feel comfortable taking this step and allowing parents back into youth sporting events.”

This move is the latest in a recent string of decisions made loosening New Jersey’s coronavirus-related restrictions. Restaurants and other indoor recreational centers had their capacity limits expanded from 25% to 35% on February 4 – a move made as COVID-19 case numbers have fallen across the United States.

The nation reported 55,552 new cases on Monday, which represents the lowest total of new cases since late October. New Jersey’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 3,144 new cases on Tuesday. The state’s highest total number of COVID-19 cases reported in a single day was 6,922 on January 13, and its pattern of declining cases is similar to that of the United States.

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.