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It’s Official Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Requiring Individuals to Wear Masks in Outdoor Public Spaces

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Trenton NJ,  Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 163, which requires individuals to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance and keep a six-foot distance from others, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, where the individual is under two years of age, or in situations where individuals cannot feasibly wear a face covering, such as when eating or drinking at outdoor dining areas.

The Order, which takes effect immediately, also reiterates New Jersey’s policy of requiring face coverings in indoor spaces that are accessible to members of the public, such as retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses, areas of government buildings open to the public, and mass transit buses, trains, and stations, again with exceptions for health reasons and children under two.

“As I’ve said before, we know this virus is a lot less lethal outdoors than indoors, but that does not mean it is not lethal,” said Governor Murphy. “The hotspots we’re seeing across the nation and certain worrisome transmission trends in New Jersey require us to do more. In the absence of a national strategy on face coverings, we’re taking this step to ensure that we can continue on our road back as one New Jersey family.”

The Order notes that situations when wearing a face covering would inhibit an individual’s health include when an individual is engaging in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities, when in the water, and in other situations where the presence of a mask would pose a risk to the individual’s safety.

The Order also notes that for indoor commercial spaces that are not open to members of the public, such as office buildings, those spaces must have policies that at a minimum, require individuals to wear face coverings when in prolonged proximity to others.  The Order also notes that child care centers, other child care facilities, and youth summer camps are not governed by this Order, and those settings continue to be governed by Executive Order No. 149 (2020) and applicable standards issued by the Department of Health.

Furthermore, the Order clarifies that for outdoor dining purposes, outdoor areas shall be defined as open air spaces that either 1) have no roof or cover, or 2) have a fixed roof or temporary or seasonal awning or cover, with at least two open sides that would comprise over 50 percent of the total wall space if the space were fully enclosed.

Lastly, the Order clarifies that practices and competitions for sports defined as “Low Risk” by the Department of Health’s “Guidance for Sports Activities” are permitted in both outdoor and indoor settings.  No-contact practices for sports defined as “High or Medium Risk” are permitted to resume in outdoor and indoor settings.  Contact practices and competitions for sports defined as “Medium Risk” are permitted to resume in outdoor settings only.  Contact practices and competitions for sports defined as “High Risk” remain prohibited in both indoor and outdoor settings.  All sporting activities are subject to the “Guidance for Sports Activities”, and such activities must comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and Executive Orders.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 163, please click here.

10 thoughts on “It’s Official Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Requiring Individuals to Wear Masks in Outdoor Public Spaces

  1. Stop littering face masks. It’s illegal.

  2. It is so sad that this order had to come from the governor. People are so stupid. We should all be wearing these masks when in close proximity with others. All the time. If everyone complied, the pandemic would end sooner. If everyone complied, we would not have the governor telling us what to do.

  3. I disagree with a claim that if, only if, we all were to wear masks, we’ll be safe. First of all, wearing masks outdoors doesn’t help anyone, unless you’re talking about a packed bar with outdoor seating. Second, we can’t wear masks forever and there will always be tourists from within the US or abroad bringing virus here.

    The only solution is here immunity and I applaud much maligned kids who socialize ignoring social distancing and masks. They are in essence taking 1 for the team, bringing us closed to hers immunity as a society. By extension giving older, more vulnerable Americans a chance to come out from self-isolation sooner.

  4. Murphy thinks he is Mussolini ruling his subjects by Executive Order. He should be clapped on a plane and relocated to his chalet in Italy, where he can rule to the mountains.

  5. Hope the outdoor camp with little kids filling up Habernickel with tents All over will be following this rule

    Pretty hot to just hang around that park filled with geese shit and have to wear a mask to boot

  6. Ugh now all the campers at Habernickel can sit under tents and sweat with masks on

    What’s wrong with people, play with your own kids and save some money Or take them to Graydon

    It’s too hot to be in a park for hours!!! And with a mask on. Yuck

  7. Wait until the numbers come back in New Jersey. Then what’s going to happen

  8. #MasksDontWork

  9. Then you can thanks Bigios for be pressured into allowing camp in a public park ( corona park aka Habernickel) while she herself did not open Graydon camp

    She is a fool with heather at her side!

  10. More people have died just in NJ than in all of Canada… yet only 9 million people live in NJ versus 38 million in Canada. That’s failure.

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