TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted his state's stay-at-home order as it continues to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
"Please continue to be responsible and safe," Murphy said during a news conference that was streamed live on WFMZ.com. "Wear face coverings and keep a social distance from others when out in public."
BREAKING: Today I’m signing an Executive Order LIFTING OUR STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.Please continue to be responsible and safe. Wear face coverings and keep a social distance from others when out in public.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 9, 2020
The executive order Murphy signed Tuesday also allows indoor gatherings and raises the limit on outdoor gatherings.
Effective immediately, indoor gatherings will be permitted at whichever number is lower – 25% of a building's capacity or 50 people total; the limit on outdoor gatherings will be raised from 25 to 100 people, Murphy said.
BREAKING: I’m signing an EO RAISING THE LIMIT ON INDOOR AND OUTDOOR GATHERINGS.Effective immediately:👥Indoor gatherings will be permitted at whichever number is lower – 25% of a building’s capacity or 50 people total👥Limit on outdoor gatherings will be raised to 100 people pic.twitter.com/07uRYvmR2K— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 9, 2020
Murphy said outdoor demonstrations protected by the First Amendment can be held, regardless of the number of attendees. That includes religious services and protests stemming from George Floyd's death.
The governor said he anticipates being able to raise the limit on non-protest and non-religious activities to 250 people on June 22 and to 500 people on July 3.
Murphy noted that school districts planning graduations should prepare for a 500-person limit to be in place by the time graduations can resume on July 6.
Murphy will also allow swimming pools to open for the season on June 22.
The governor said he made the announcement Tuesday as the state continues to see a downward trend in the numbers of hospitalizations, patients in ICUs, and patients on ventilators.
New Jersey health officials reported 375 new positive COVID-19 test results, bringing the statewide total to 164,796, and 91 new deaths, raising the death toll to 12,303.
Sadly, we’ve lost another 91 members of our New Jersey family to #COVID19, bringing our statewide total to 12,303.We can never forget those we’ve lost, and who will not be joining us on our road back. May they never be just a number. pic.twitter.com/IJWKoBVg5d— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 9, 2020
Murphy urged everyone to get tested for the coronavirus. Testing sites can be found on the state's COVID-19 website.