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Will New Jersey Be Shut Down Forever?

Jeff Katz
May 19, 2020 - 2:35 pm

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said on Monday that residents of his state cannot "firmly enter the new normal" until a vaccine for the coronavirus has been developed.

Murphy made the statement in a post on his Facebook page, saying, "Until a proven vaccine is widely available, we cannot firmly enter the 'new normal,' when life will once again return to all our workplaces, downtowns, and main streets."

The governor revealed his five-stage reopening plan for New Jersey on Monday as well, stating that residents have helped flatten the curve enough to allow the state to slowly begin reopening.

"Through our combined efforts, we have flattened the curve of COVID-19 cases, and we are well-positioned to continue our restart and recovery process," Murphy said. "Our multi-stage approach uses science, data, and facts to determine which businesses and activities can reopen according to their risk level and challenges they face to safeguard public health."

New Jersey is still in phase one, which eases restrcitions on certain "low-risk" activities, such as outdoor activities. Some "nonessential" retail stores are also permitted to reopen with certain modifications.

Murphy also announced on Tuesday that in-person sales would be allowed to resume at automotive dealerships and bicycle shops starting on Wednesday, May 20.