TRENTON, NJ – As New Jersey enters the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and positives cases are up to 3,000 per day, Governor Phil Murphy issued a warning. All options are on the table. This week, Murphy instituted a bar shut down and ordered all restaurants shutdown indoor dining by 1o pm. He also put an end for now, to indoor interstate youth sports competitions.
On your question about the 10-person limit, all options are on the table. School district plans, the general community reality is obviously taken into account but we’ve said this before, and we don’t make light of anyone, not even one of these cases in schools, but there is a clear disconnect between the reality of what’s going on inside of our school buildings and the communities that surround them. There’s just no question about that.
And by the way, if you look to Europe, you’re seeing the same thing, even in the countries that are cutting down dramatically or locking down dramatically. They’ve overwhelmingly kept schools open. The regional risk metrics, I assume that’s going from moderate to high. I mean, we’re talking about 3,000-something cases a day.