Murphy had been one of only a handful of governors who kept his state’s indoor mask mandate in place despite the CDC saying that vaccinated individuals don’t need to.
The governor was blasted for his decision to leave the indoor mask mandate in place by numerous Republicans and medical experts, and he has now relented to their calls.
Businesses and entities overseeing indoor spaces may continue to require face masks for employees, customers, and/or guests, despite the governor’s lifting of the mandate.
Governor Murphy also said that also effective Friday, the requirement to socially distance 6 feet in indoor and outdoor settings will be lifted, but social distancing will remain in place in places where masking continues to be required.
The lifting of the indoor masking requirement still leaves in place certain places where masks will continue to be required, as per CDC guidelines, including:
- Health care settings, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters
- Airplanes, busses, trains, and other forms of public transportation
- Transportation hubs like airports and train stations
- Child care centers and facilities
- Youth summer camps
- Public, private, or parochial preschool program premises
- Elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools
Additionally, Governor Murphy said the limits on indoor gatherings will be lifted effective June 4th, as well as the 30% capacity limit on large indoor venues of over 1,000 seats.