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If crowds get too large, the governor insists he’s ready to close them again. But he really doesn’t want to do that.
“I recognize we all want to be out in the fresh air and sunshine. That includes me, by the way. But we are not out of the woods yet. We all still have to use common sense,” he said Friday.
Parks and golf courses reopen Saturday at sunrise. Masks are not required, Murphy said, but are recommended.
As for the schools, Murphy expects to make an announcement early next week. New York joined Pennsylvania and Delaware in cancelling a return to the classroom for the rest of the academic year.
New Jersey officials reported more than 121,000 total positive test results for coronavirus on Friday, resulting in more than 7,500 deaths statewide. In South Jersey alone, there are more than 10,000 cases and 438 deaths.
New Jersey recorded more deaths from COVID-19 than New York for the second consecutive day Friday.
New Jersey will begin to test all inmates and Department of Corrections staff in the state for the coronavirus.
The testing will be done along with Rutgers University's Correctional Healthcare and Accurate Diagnostics Lab and use the university's new saliva test. Current tests are done using invasive nose or throat swabs. The saliva test requires only spitting into a tube, Rutgers has said.
About 8,000 staff and 18,000 inmates will undergo testing, according to the governor. It's unclear when the testing will begin.