New Jersey Child-Care Centers Can Open June 15, Governor Says

Yolanda Curtis
June 1, 2020

In addition to the outdoor dining, on June 15th, non-essential retailers will also have the green light to move forward with reopening.

"Thanks to your hard work, we've flattened the curve of COVID-19 in New Jersey and are now closer to Stage Two", Murphy Tweeted.

The announcement came as the Garden State begins to shift into "Stage 2" in its reopening process, where additional activities are permitted that can easily be safeguarded.

WPVI-TV reports New Jersey reported about 1,100 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, which brings the statewide total to about 159,000.

"This is a phased-in restart", Murphy said.

"As we open, we know there is a greater chance for transmission of the virus", Murphy acknowledged. "We want them - these institutions - to be strong and safe", he said. Additionally, Governor Murphy noted the resilience of the state's health care systems (availability of ICU beds, ventilators, and more).

The governor announced a multi-stage reopening plan two weeks ago, and New Jersey has lifted restrictions on all categories in the first phase. Only New York has more deaths and cases among USA states.

Personal care business such as salons and barbershops can open on June 22nd. And he said the state is hoping to allow larger indoor gatherings, including those at churches and other houses of worship, by the weekend of June 12. We'll have more details when they're made available by state officials. Murphy has said the goal is to try to save as many lives as possible.

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