New Jersey Expands Mask Rules So People Should Wear Them In Outdoor Public Areas As A Growing List Of States Require Facial Treatments As Coronavirus Cases Are Increasing
- Gov Phil Murphy signed an executive order in New Jersey on Tuesday that bolsters mask requirements
- It applies to all public outdoor areas where social distance is not possible
- Residents previously only had to wear masks within companies
- Experts say wearing a mask can reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading by 70%
- Several states have moved to strengthen their own face requirements as the number of cases in the US continues to increase
New Jersey will now require residents to wear outdoor masks in all public places where social distance is not possible, and join a growing list of states that are strengthening face-covering rules as the corona virus continues to increase.
Gov Phil Murphy announced the new execution warrant on Tuesday, just days after calling for a national requirement for outdoor masks.
The order broadens a previous state mandate requiring residents to wear face covering in public while indoors at shops and other businesses.
Experts say wearing a mask can reduce the risk of spreading or contracting the coronavirus by 70 percent.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Tuesday that residents of New Jersey are required to wear face protection in public outdoor areas where social distance is not possible. Murphy explained the move in an interview with MSNBC (photo)
More than 15,000 people died on Wednesday from COVID-19 in New Jersey. The graph above shows the number of new cases per day since the outbreak of the state in April
According to a Reuters report, more than 15,000 people have died from COVID-19 in New Jersey, second to neighboring New York State in the total deaths.
Murphy said his requirement has three exceptions: for children under two years old, people who eat or drink in an open-air restaurant, and individuals for whom a mask would interfere with health or safety.
He also said that the requirement does not apply when a person is alone or exclusively with family.
The Democrat governor explained the move in an interview with MSNBC, saying that the requirement is critical to controlling the spread of the virus in the state, an early hotspot where virus rates have started to rise again.
“There is no doubt that facial covers are a game-changer,” he said, acknowledging that it would be difficult to enforce the order, but said the state should build on the progress made in its fight against the virus.
“We went through hell in New Jersey. We’ve lost over 13,000 people, we’ve cut our numbers a lot. We can’t go through that hell anymore. ‘
Unmasked dinners are seen on July 1 outside a restaurant in Montclair, New Jersey
The order is one of the strictest restrictions of the coronavirus on public activity in the United States.
Many states require the use of masks in public indoor spaces and recommend using them outdoors.
Murphy takes action as infections skyrocket in many other states, including California, Florida and Texas, warning health officials of an upcoming spike in the death toll from the virus, which has killed more than 131,000 Americans.
The U.S. outbreak reached a grim milestone on Tuesday of more than three million confirmed cases, roughly equivalent to one percent of the population, as more states reported a record number of new infections.
In New Jersey, some people expressed surprise that facial coverings were not already mandatory.
“I thought that was the rule – it’s confusing that it’s not clear and I’m trying my best to keep up,” said Calia Nochumson, a 42-year-old high school teacher from Maplewood.
She said she was disappointed to see so few people wearing face covers on a recent trip to the beach.
Ohio orders people in seven counties to wear face coverings in public from Wednesday night.