New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy outlined what possible new Covid-19 restrictions could look like while not ruling out another shutdown in the northeastern US state, during an on-camera interview with the Washington Post.
Murphy said that the restrictions he is evaluating include sports-related tournaments in other US states, bars, and the possibility of closing non-essential businesses at a certain time.
“We got a number of bartenders who have showed up as of late testing positive so we're looking at our bar policy,” Murphy said. Some communities have put a stoppage time on non-essential businesses, which he said the state was looking into.
When asked during the interview if a shutdown similar to some European countries could be coming, Murphy said he wouldn't rule it out.
"We have to leave everything on the table. There's just no other responsible way to answer that. Again, I hope it can be a combination of palatable but effective steps. On the one hand, with surgical strikes, on the other hand, such that we can contain any second wave, but also keep our businesses even if at modest capacities open," he said.
This comes as New Jersey reported 2,104 new positive cases of Covid-19 and a positivity rating of 7.74% from tests done Sunday November 1. Murphy called the uptick in positivity rating “unacceptable.”
There are 1,224 people currently hospitalized due to Covid-19 in New Jersey. The number of hospitalizations has nearly tripled since seven weeks ago when the rolling average was 420 people. There were 12 new lab reported deaths due to the virus in the state, according to the New Jersey Covid-19 dashboard.
Murphy also announced that New Jersey has traced 36 total Covid-19 cases to in-school transmission since schools opened roughly two months ago.
Ahead of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Murphy urged New Jersey residents not to travel out of the state unless it is for work, school, worship or essential travel.
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.