New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday that the state will suspend indoor high schools and youth sports activities statewide, and new restrictions on outdoor gatherings will be imposed in accordance with the latest regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The ban on this sport will take effect at 6 am on Saturday and will last until at least January 2, Murphy said at the coronavirus press conference, noting that officials have seen an outbreak of youth sports.
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Murphy said: “I am a sports fan, all our children participate in sports. I hope and plan to see the winter sports season in January. I especially hope to see a high school student can play her or his last season. I value the importance of sports for the physical and mental health of our children.”
Dr. Edward Lifshitz, medical director of the State Department of Health, said there have been 20 outbreaks and more than 100 cases of coronavirus related to youth hockey.
Youth and high school basketball, ice hockey and swimming are sports that will be affected. Murphy said the new regulations will not affect indoor colleges and professional sports.
The new rules will also limit the number of people at outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 25 people, which is lower than the limit of 150 people before Thanksgiving earlier this month.
Murphy said that the new restrictions will take effect on December 7, except for religious and political events, funerals and memorial services, and wedding ceremonies, adding that outdoor dining will also not be affected by the new announcement.
The virus has surged in New Jersey in recent weeks, and Murphy said there were 3,199 new coronavirus cases on Monday. According to the New York Times, there were an average of 7 days a day in the past week, with a total of 4,018 cases, an increase of 14% from two weeks ago.
Democrat Murphy told Fox News on Sunday that although he does not expect to close again, it is still closed “statewide.”
On Monday, Murphy once again dispelled rumors about the impending shutdown of the state.
“Just because we say that all options are on the table, and, by the way, what you are saying is that, given that we are dealing with a pandemic and a huge loss of life, this does not mean that we are going to exercise any rights. Among them. Choice.” Murphy said.
He said the state is different from the state in which “serious action must be taken” in the spring.
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Murphy said: “Compared to eight months ago, we now have the ability to be more focused and surgical, and we can focus on activities that have been proven to have the greatest risk of transmission.”