New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced 1,537 new hospitalizations across the state on Sunday -- the first time the state has exceeded 1,500 hospitalizations since June 9.
Murphy also announced new restrictions for bars, restaurants and indoor youth sports across the state.
The governor said 2,075 new Covid 19 cases and 11 additional deaths had been recorded on Monday; the state's positivity rate is 7.52%. Since the last news conference on Thursday, 9,524 new cases have been reported. Hospitalizations are up, but ventilator use is down overall, according to Murphy.
New rules for bars and restaurants:
- From November 12, all restaurants, bars, clubs and lounges must close their indoor dining areas by 10 p.m., but they can continue to offer outdoor dining and takeout.
- Since bars have seen such a high rate of transmission, all bar-side seating will be prohibited for now.
- To help restaurants with limited seating, the state will allow tables to be closer than 6 feet if there are physical barriers between them.
- Outdoor bubble seating will be allowed, as long as they are thoroughly cleaned between use, and only used by one group at a time.
All interstate games and tournaments for indoor youth sports will be prohibited starting Thursday, Murphy said.
Murphy told reporters that the state was "taking surgical steps to help mitigate the increasing spread" of Covid seen across the state.
He urged New Jersey residents to "shake off" Covid fatigue, encouraging the state to crush the curve, as it did in the spring.