Coronavirus USA Updates: New Jersey’s governor outlines the road toward reopening

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Coronavirus USA Updates: New Jersey's governor outlines the road toward reopening
Coronavirus USA Updates: New Jersey's governor outlines the road toward reopening

While New Jersey is “not nearly out of the woods yet,” in the last two weeks the number of patients in ICUs and the number of patients in hospitals have both fallen by 36%, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

As of this Friday, more outdoor businesses can restart in New Jersey including batting cages, golf ranges and private tennis clubs, Murphy said.

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The governor on Monday outlined how to reach the “new normal.”

He explained safeguards for different work environments, from those who have frequent contact with co-workers and customers — like bartenders and restaurant workers — to those who can continue to work from home.

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Murphy also unveiled the stages for opening different businesses, according to risk.

The state is currently in stage one, which includes access to parks, beaches and curbside retail.

Then will come expanded retail, outdoor dining, indoor dining at significantly reduced capacity, and limited personal care.

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The third stage will include expanded dining, critical in-office work, expanded personal care services, and bars with limited capacity.

The state has reported more than 148,000 diagnosed cases and over 10,000 confirmed deaths.

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