Gov. Murphy allows more outdoor activities to resume in New Jersey on Friday; details reopening plan

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Monday, May 18, 2020
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NJ began curbside pickup at retail businesses on Monday.

TRENTON, New Jersey (WPVI) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will sign an executive order allowing more outdoor recreational areas and related businesses restart operations on Friday, May 22.

During a news conference on Monday, Murphy said the activities include:

-Batting cages

-Golf ranges

-Shooting & archery ranges

-Horseback riding

-Private tennis clubs

-Community gardens

Murphy also said "we're now comfortable allowing golfers to tee-off in foursomes, as opposed to in pairs."

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The governor also on Monday detailed a series of stages that will move New Jersey toward a full reopening.

"As we enter each stage, we will allow businesses and activities to reopen according to their risk level and the challenges they will face to safeguard public health," Murphy said. "We will aim to move through each stage as quickly as we can, but with public health firmly in mind."

The steps were described as:

As the state moves toward reopening, many headed to the shore to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Workers at Shriver's on the Ocean City boardwalk say it was very busy over the weekend and they were thankful for the plastic barrier that separates customers from employees.

"A good 5% were wearing masks and the rest weren't," said Jean Richardson.

In Sea Isle City, the mayor says he was happy with what he saw.

"The police chief and the business administrator and I walked the beaches for approximately four hours on Saturday, a little bit on Sunday. I'll tell you everyone was adhering to social distancing," said Len Desiderio, Mayor of Sea Isle and Cape May County Freeholder.

Murphy said he hopes to see some changes over the holiday weekend.

"There's far too little face coverings going on right now in public places. If you're inside of a store you've gotta wear them but I'm talking about at the beach or on the boardwalk or in a park," said Murphy during Monday's daily briefing.

The state reported Monday another 83 deaths, bringing New Jersey's death toll to 10,435.

There were also another 1,735 new positive COVID-19 test results, bringing the statewide total to 148,039.


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