“We know that there are many more of you who have been responsible in your actions, and who have taken your civic duties to help us defeat this virus seriously,” Murphy said. “Unfortunately, however, the actions of a few knuckleheads leave us no other course. We have to go back and tighten these restrictions once again.”
Murphy said the state’s rate of transmission was 1.48 — meaning each new case spreads to nearly one and a half additional cases. That’s the highest the rate has been since early April.
“Our rate of transmission is now more than double where it was a few weeks ago,” Murphy said. “Everyone needs to get it together, folks, and fast. This is not yet past us.”
Murphy said the new limit on indoor gatherings will be in effect until the state sees the number of cases dropping over a seven-day trend. The restriction would not apply to weddings, memorial services or political events.
He also tightened his back-to-school rules, saying that when children return to schools, they’ll be required to wear masks, even with social distancing in effect.
The governor’s new rules came as New Jersey announced 264 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 182,614. Ten additional deaths were reported. A total of 13,971 New Jerseyans have now died from the coronavirus.