TRENTON (WCBS 880) — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced he may pause, or reverse, New Jersey’s reopening process as coronavirus cases continue to spike in the state.
New Jersey’s infection rate increased to 1.35% on Friday, Murphy said, adding the numbers are “setting off alarms that we are taking very seriously.”
The governor said the infection rate will likely continue to grow, citing a rise in indoor house parties as a large reason why cases have begun to increase.
“We are not past this,” the governor told residents. “Everyone who walks around refusing to wear a mask, or who hosts an indoor house party, or who overstuffs a boat is directly contributing to these increases.”
Indoor gatherings are limited to 25% capacity or a maximum of 100 people – whichever number is lower.
Gov. Murphy warned the state will lower capacity limitations if need be.
“I’m not anticipating, or announcing, any specific action today, but consider this as being put on notice,” the governor said. “We will not tolerate these ‘devil-may-care,' nonchalant attitudes any longer.”
During his daily briefing, the governor reported 699 new coronavirus cases in the state, bringing New Jersey’s total to 181,660 cases. Additionally, the death toll in the state rose by 10, totally 13,944.
New Jersey remains among the 10 states in the country with the lowest number of cases per capita, but Murphy wants residents to remain vigilant.
“We all want to get back to things the way they were, but right now, that’s just not possible. Keep social distancing. Keep wearing a mask. Use your common sense,” Murphy said.