New Jersey to Boost Indoor Restaurant Capacity to 50% on March 19


New York City and New Jersey restaurants can increase indoor capacity to 50% from 35% beginning March 19, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Phil Murphy said.

In New Jersey, hospitalizations have declined by 1,000 since the state last changed its restaurant capacity limit on Feb. 5, Murphy said. Before that, the limit had been 25% for months.

“Our hospitalizations have been below 2,000 for the past 12 days,” Murphy said Wednesday during a virus briefing. New cases are fluctuating and “on some days can be high,” but he said the administration was confident in overall downward trends.

Indoor gatherings that had been capped at 10 individuals can have 25 people, he said. Outdoors, as many as 50 people can get together, or double the prior limit.

Wednesday marked one year since New Jersey’s first Covid-19 related death. More than 21,000 residents have since died from the virus.

The state’s mask mandate remains in effect and will continue to be enforced, Murphy said.

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