Gov. Murphy announces new limit on outdoor gatherings; Indoor youth, high school sports on hold

TRENTON N.J (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey is going to once again reduce the number of people allowed to gather outdoors, and will ban indoor youth and school sports through the rest of the year, as the number of COVID-19 cases across the state continues to increase.

Beginning Saturday at 6 a.m., indoor youth and high school sports will be put on hold until Jan. 2, Gov. Phil Murphy said during his daily briefing on Monday.

“We’re seeing outbreaks related to indoor sports, and this will help slow the spread,” Murphy said. "Outdoor sports are allowed to continue. Indoor collegiate and professional sports are allowed to continue."

Starting Monday at 6 a.m., the outdoor gathering limit will be reduced from 150 to 25 people, the governor added.

There were 15 additional COVID-19 related deaths reported on Monday, bringing the statewide total to 15,164.

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Murphy warned that the potential for another shutdown "has to stay on the table."

Since October, the number of new daily COVID-19 cases in New Jersey has spiked more than 200 percent.