CORONAVIRUS IN NJ: Stage 2 of reopening slated for June 15

TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey will move into Stage 2 of its reopening plan in two weeks, starting with outdoor dining and non-essential in-person retail, Gov. Phil Murphy said on Monday.

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Restaurants will be able to open their outdoor spaces to customers, and non-essential retail stores will be able to open to shoppers starting Monday, June 15, Murphy said during his daily briefing Monday afternoon.

Salons and barbershops will be able to reopen the following week, on Monday, June 22, he said. Gyms and health clubs will be able to reopen soon after, “albeit at reduced capacity,” the governor added, without providing an exact date.

“We will not flick a switch,” Murphy noted. “This will continue to be a phased-in restart, with public health as our top priority.” 

“Just because the calendar says June 15th doesn’t mean that everyone should just go back to what they were doing pre-COVID,” he added. “Let’s use common sense for the common good.” 

Murphy on Monday reported 509 new COVID-19 cases and 27 new deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 160,918 and the state’s death toll to 11,721.

As of Monday, 2,344 state residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, a decrease of “more than 1,000 over the past two weeks,” Murphy said, adding that 646 of those patients were in critical or intensive care. 

Of the patients in critical condition, 469 were on ventilators, marking the third-straight day that number was below 500, he said. 

Thirty-six people were admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 on Sunday, and 160 were discharged, he added.

Thirty-one children in New Jersey have now been diagnosed with MIS-C, or Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children, none of whom have died. Twenty-one of those children have tested positive for COVID-19, and six are hospitalized. 

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