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NJ relaxing COVID-19 restrictions for weddings, proms, more

April 26, 2021 GMT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will increase capacity for indoor weddings, proms and other catered events beginning May 10, along with outdoor capacities at large venues, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

Murphy said the two-week delay is aimed at giving schools and businesses time to plan.

Weddings, proms, funerals, political events and performances can begin hosting people up to 50% of their capacities, with a maximum of 250 people. That’s up from a limit of 35% capacity and 150 people.

Murphy also said that outdoor capacity will grow from a limit of 500 people from 200.

The first-term Democrat said that figure would likely grow as the state’s COVID-19 data trends in the right direction.

New Jersey’s new coronavirus cases over the last two weeks have fallen by 25%. Hospitalizations have been below 2,000 for five days, falling below a high-point of more than 2,000 earlier this month, Murphy said.

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