N.J.’s COVID Indoor Gathering Limits End Today


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Governor Phil Murphy lifted more Covid restrictions last week.

Caitlyn Kowalski and Sam Renz

Today, Friday, June 4, Governor Phil Murphy has lifted the capacity limit on all indoor venues. For the first time in 15 months, there won’t be any COVID-19 capacity or social distancing restrictions on events such as indoor concerts and sports.

Additionally, private businesses are now allowed to let their employees work maskless if they’ve been vaccinated, while people who have been working remotely can now be called back into the office.

As more and more people are getting vaccinated, Gov. Murphy has removed many restrictions in the past couple of weeks. After lifting the mask mandate last week, the numbers are continuously moving in a downward direction.

Murphy said on MSNBC, “Our health numbers have consistently day-to-day gone in the right direction. Things are getting back to normal. God knows, we need it. You can feel an unburdening up and down the state.”

Until today, the limits were 50 people for private indoor gatherings and 250 people for indoor political activities, wedding ceremonies and receptions, funerals, memorial services, performances, catered events, and commercial gatherings. There was also a 30% capacity limit for large indoor venues with fixed seating of 1,000 or greater.

All of those restrictions are now lifted.

The state’s latest seven-day average for new confirmed positive COVID-19 tests is 243 — down 43% from a week ago and 84% from a month ago. Hospitalizations, meanwhile, have declined to the lowest level since late September. Meanwhile, more people are getting vaccinated every day. All of these statistics show that New Jersey is moving in the right direction in the battle against COVID-19, and as the case numbers continue to decrease we can only hope that New Jersey will get rid of COVID-19 for good.