Gone Phil Murphy said fans would be allowed to attend sports and entertainment events at New Jersey’s largest facilities in limited numbers starting next week.

New Jersey venues with an indoor seating capacity of 5,000 or more will be allowed to have 10% of the seats occupied by fans starting March 1, the Democratic governor announced during a briefing from Trenton.

For outdoor spaces on more than 5,000 seats, the number will be 15%.

Murphy said he decided to allow limited in-person attendances after reviewing a vast array of coronovirus-related data, including hospitalization, number of hospitalizations vs. discharge, overall positivity rate for COVID-19 And transmission rate, and determining if small congestion can be safely permitted.

He Said that these places will require face covering and social distance.

“If you buy a ticket together, you can sit together, but otherwise, we have to spread apart,” he said.

The order applies to the state’s major arena, including the Prudential Center in Newark, where the NHL’s New Jersey Devils play, and outdoor stadiums, including the Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, are home to the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets .

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The governor said that under the new rules, around 1,700 to 1,800 fans should be allowed to participate in the Devils hockey games.

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“This is a day for which our entire staff has been planning and working for the past 11 months,” said Devils president Jake Reynolds. “Those who enter the building will feel confident that our procedures and protocols are focused on making their safety the number one priority.”

Murphy said he is optimistic that by the time the NFL season begins in September, the capacity limit could be further increased, withstanding any major setbacks in dealing with the epidemic.

“We would be shocked if we are not at high potential for the Jets, Giants, Rutgers,” Murphy said. “We need to do this safely and responsibly.”

In a related announcement, Murphy also stated that parents or guardians of collegiate athletes will be able to participate in their children’s sports in an effective manner immediately, a move that was recently taken for high school athletics.

With Associated Press