CORONAVIRUS IN NJ: 112 new deaths, 652 new cases; in-person, outdoor dining allowed June 15

Maya Rajamani
June 03, 2020 - 1:01 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Restaurants and bars in New Jersey will be able to offer in-person, outdoor dining in less than two weeks, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday. 

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Murphy on Wednesday will sign an executive order that allows in-person, outdoor dining starting Monday, June 15, he said during his daily briefing.

Tables will have to be six feet apart, and “other safety and sanitization protocols must be followed,” he said. 

Restaurants and bars with existing liquor licenses can apply for a “one-time permit" that will allow them to serve alcohol outdoors. That special permit will last "at least until mid-November," Murphy said.

“Local ordinances must be complied with and municipal approval will be a requirement,” he noted.

Murphy on Wednesday reported 652 new COVID-19 cases and 112 new deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 162,068 and the total number of deaths to 11,880.

As of Wednesday, 2,250 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, 459 of whom were on ventilators, Murphy said. 

Murphy also said the state would take steps to improve health and safety at its long-term care facilities, in light of the number of long-term care facility residents who have died of COVID-19. 

More than 33,600 facility residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and more than 5,200 have died, data released Wednesday shows. 

A team at Manatt Health recommended that the state enact stronger protections for paid-sick leave for all long-term care workers; provide better career training and development opportunities for workers; and create a “Medical Loss Ratio” that will ensure payments to nursing homes are used for patient care, not for “lining owners’ pockets,” among other measures, Murphy said. 

The team also recommended centralizing long-term care data collection, improving nursing home oversight and increasing penalties “for those who fail to keep up," the governor said.

“The majority of owners and managers are good people, who want to do the right things by their residents, their staffs and the families who trust them,” he said. “Together, we will make New Jersey a national leader and a national model.”

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