Movie theaters and indoor performances venues in New Jersey can reopen with restrictions on capacity starting Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced in a tweet from his verified account.
Following the governor’s announcement, New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli emphasized the importance of ventilation for all indoor businesses.
"Effective ventilation is important to indoor spaces," she said, adding that businesses should inspect their air conditioning and heating systems. She also said that restaurants should consider purchasing a HEPA-rated particulate filtration system.
"Please — do not go out to eat if you aren't feeling well," she added.
Asked if he would reinstate indoor dining restrictions if Covid-19 trends worsened, Murphy said he would, but with the supporting data.
"I certainly hope not to, and it would be a sustained increase," he said.
"It wouldn't be (due to) one day or even a couple of days (of increased infections)," Murphy said, adding that he would want to have "some qualitative sense around the data as to whether or not it was coming from the indoor dining steps that we've taken as opposed to some out of control party in somebody's basement."
Persichilli said the state has had over a thousand positive tests over the past three days. The state's positivity rate is currently at 1.41%, she said.
At least 484 New Jerseyans are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, Persichilli said, with 103 in intensive care.
The state reported 8 new deaths Monday, 3 of which occurred in July, 5 of which occurred in August. The state has confirmed a total of 14,165 deaths from Covid-19 since the outbreak began, an another 1,780 probable deaths from the disease.
Note: These numbers were released by the state’s public health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.