Health advocates expressed concerns that secondhand smoke could spread COVID-19.
“We have looked closely at the science and agree with the experts who concluded that allowing smoking is too big a risk to take,” he said.
Heading into Labor Day weekend, the governor also had words of caution for restaurant owners to follow social distancing rules. With indoor dining resuming, he’d like nothing more than to expand capacities.
The governor said the rate of virus transmission had ticked up to 1.03% — just above the key benchmark of 1%. However, Murphy sees no need to impose more restrictions at this time.