Gov. Murphy announces statewide curfew on indoor dining

"We have to snap back into reality"

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Governor Phil Murphy announced new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as cases continue to surge across the state.

During his public briefing on Nov. 9, Murphy announced that all bars, restaurants, lounges, casinos, and clubs must cease indoor dining by 10 p.m. beginning on Thursday, Nov. 12. These establishments may continue outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery past the curfew.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla instituted a similar curfew by executive order on Oct. 29.

Barside seating is also prohibited at all hours beginning on Nov. 12 as the state has found evidence suggesting an increase of spread to patrons and bartenders seated at bars.

To help businesses Murphy announced that restrictions for indoor dining will be amended to allow for tables to be closer together than the previously mandated six feet if barriers are erected between tables.

Murphy announced that all interstate tournaments and games for indoor youth sports will be prohibited.

“These are the measures we are taking now, and they do not preclude us from taking further action in other areas or placing further restrictions on these in the near future, but if we do, we anticipate that they will be actions that are again surgical in their approach,” Murphy said.

“The essential thing is that we have to change our mindset. We remain in the midst of a global pandemic, and in case you missed it our country is now recording more than 100,000 cases per day every day, and New Jersey is back at levels we thought we left behind months ago. We have to snap back into reality. This virus has not gone away, and it’s posing its greatest threat to us in many months.”

According to the most recent data, New Jersey has had a total of 256,653 cases and 14,640 confirmed deaths. 2,075 new cases across the state were reported today, Nov. 9 and the rate of transmission is 1.24.

Hudson County has had a total of 25,105 cases since the start of the pandemic and, 1,380 confirmed deaths.