NJ eases COVID-19 restrictions on sports, entertainment venues

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is loosening the state’s COVID-19 restrictions a bit to allow a limited number of fans at sports and entertainment events.

Speaking on WFAN Radio in New York, Murphy said that some fans would be permitted inside larger arenas, effective next week Monday.

"For any venue that has 5,000 or more capacity, whether it's indoor sports or indoor entertainment, we're going to allow 10% of capacity for folks to attend," he said.

Murphy said outdoor venues can have spectators up to 15% capacity. He said people would have to follow familiar COVID-19 rules.

"Everybody's gotta do the stuff that we're all used to these days: face coverings, social distancing," he said.

"If you buy your tickets together, you can sit together, but otherwise we gotta stay away from each other."

Murphy also announced that, effective immediately, parents of college athletes would be able to watch their children compete, similar to the announcement he made last week regarding high schools.

The governor said he was able to relax the restrictions because a number of coronavirus metrics have been trending downwards, including hospitalizations and case counts.