TRENTON, N.J. — Despite indefinitely postponing indoor dining days ago, New Jersey will continue the gradual reopening of various businesses on Thursday.
Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed Wednesday that five categories of businesses will reopen Thursday: casinos, outdoor amusement parks and water parks, museums and libraries, indoor recreation and gyms/fitness centers for individualized training by appointment only.
REOPENING TOMORROW – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place:— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) July 1, 2020
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The “indoor leasure” category includes businesses like bowling alleys, batting cages, boardwalk arcades and shooting ranges.
Indoor dining was also set to be reopened this week but has been postponed indefinitely after spikes in COVID-19 cases were shown in states that had allowed restaurants and bars to let people back in.
“Indoor environments where it’s impossible to wear masks, or where people are sedentary for long periods of time without masks — such as gyms, bars, and restaurants — remain the most dangerous in terms of transmission,” Murphy said.
The next step in New Jersey’s reopening is scheduled to take place Monday, with expanded NJ Transit rail and light rail service, in-person summer school, day camps and graduation ceremonies being permitted to restart.
There were 423 new positive cases announced in New Jersey Wednesday for a total of 171,928; another 45 confirmed new deaths added to the state’s total of 13,224 though the state government says that there are additional 1,854 “total probable deaths” due to COVID-19 as well.