Governor lifts stay-at-home order; pools and most other recreation may re-open

Gov. Phil Murphy gives update on plans to reopen New Jersey businesses, May 18, 2020. Pool photo by Jose Moreno / Philadelphia Inquirer


You can step outside and smell the roses.

With the coronavirus in retreat, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday lifted his March 21 stay-at-home order.

Here’s video of his press briefing, courtesy of CBS New York.

As New Jersey prepares to enter Stage 2 of its business re-openings, the governor reminded residents that “we are asking you to continue to be responsible and safe.”

Murphy urged everyone to keep wearing masks, and to maintain six feet of distance.

NJTV reports that the governor’s executive order also allows for more people at indoor religious services–up to 50 people, or 25 percent of a building’s capacity, whichever is lower–and outdoor gatherings now may exceed 100 people for religious services and First Amendment-protected events such as protests.

Murphy anticipates raising limits on other outdoor gatherings to 250 people on June 22, and 500 people by July 3.  Previously, he authorized outdoor graduations starting on July 6.

Pools may open on June 22. Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty said he awaits further word about state restrictions before announcing the reopening of the municipal pool at Burnham Park.

Murphy said all other outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses may open, except for amusement parks, water parks, and arcades.

Another $45 million round of small business grants is being offered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The authority also is expanding its Micro Business Loan Program. Up to $10 million will be available, for loans of up to $50,000 to businesses with 10 or fewer employees, NJTV reports.

Murphy opened the briefing with a moment of silence for George Floyd, who was laid to rest Tuesday in Texas. Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.


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  1. Are we allowed that are living in a Sr Assted Living place in Morristown (Spring Hill’s Sr Assted Living) 17 Spring Place, allowed to go safely outside to go to maybe the post office or 7-11. I feel like I’m going Crazy being locked in. I know being locked down is for a good reason BUT, ARGHhhhh.