New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday the state “must hit pause” on the resumption of indoor dining, which was set to resume Thursday.
“Under our revised plan indoor dining will now be reset to resume at a later date to be determined," Murphy said.
The state does not want to experience spikes similar to what has been happening across the US. The governor said it brings him “no joy” to do this.
The “national situation compounded by instances of knucklehead behavior here at home are requiring us to hit pause on the restart of indoor dining for the foreseeable future," Murphy said.
The governor mentioned some instances in which establishments across the state have seen “overcrowding” and a “complete disregard for social distancing” and “very few, if any, face coverings.”
“Compliance is not a polite suggestion, it is required," Murphy said.
The governor also said shopping malls opened Monday to limited capacity as the state prepares for the reopening of outdoor amusement centers as well on Thursday along with indoor recreational facilities and museums and libraries.