(Trenton, NJ/77WABC)-NJ Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday that stadiums and arenas will be allowed to reopen with capacity limits. The new directive takes effect Monday, March 1, 2021. The state is allowing any venue that holds more than 5,000 people to open at 10 percent capacity and at 15% capacity if the venue is outdoors.
“God willing, this is the first step of many more over the coming months,” Murphy said.
Covid-19 restrictions are also loosening for houses of worship which can now operate at 50% of capacity. Murphy said PCR tests will not be required before entry.
“We know that for many of our residents the ability to worship together plays a central role in well-being and mental health,” the governor said.
Murphy said as Covid-19 numbers continue to decline “we are confident” we can take the next step.
“It is important to remember that masks will continue to be required unless they must be briefly removed for religious purposes such as taking communion,” he said.
Houses of worship, if they so choose, may limit attendees to less than 50% of capacity, “if they feel that is best for their community,” the Governor said.