NJ libraries, aquariums, museums, other indoor recreation facilities to reopen July 2, Gov. Murphy says

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NEW JERSEY— Museums, aquariums and several indoor recreation facilities in New Jersey will reopen next week as the state continues to see progress in its battle with the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.

Beginning July 2, museums, libraries, aquariums and other indoor recreation facilities can reopen at 25% capacity, the governor said.

Recreation facilities include indoor bowling alleys, batting cages, shooting ranges and boardwalk arcades.

Indoor venues, including movie theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues and nightclubs remain closed.

Gyms and fitness centers will also remain closed, however Murphy said the state will allow for individualized training sessions by appointment only.

Heightened standards of sanitation at indoor facilities, as well as social distancing and face coverings measures are mandatory, the governor said.

While indoors, people must keep their mouths and noses covered unless they are eating or drinking.

In addition to Murphy’s announcement, he also joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont to announce a travel advisory that imposes a 14-day mandatory quarantine for people traveling to the tri-state area from states with high COVID cases.

At the peak of the pandemic, the tri-state area was considered the epicenter of the virus. All three states have since made great strides to slow the spread.

New Jersey has reported 169,892 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of March, with nearly 13,000 deaths.

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