TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Gov. Phil Murphy says gyms and health clubs in New Jersey can reopen at 25% capacity from their COVID-19 pause starting Tuesday.
Murphy, a Democrat, said Wednesday the change had been “a long time coming,” but was on hold because indoor facilities presented risks for the spread of the virus. He says the change also applies to indoor amusement facilities.
Gym members and staff will be required to wear masks at all times, and there must be six feet of distance between equipment, according to the state Department of Health. Gym staff will need to sanitize the equipment.
Group fitness classes will be limited to one person per 200 square feet.
Murphy says there were about 300 positive cases reported overnight, putting the total at over 190,000. He says there were 11 deaths reported overnight, putting the toll at 14,134.
❗️COVID-19 UPDATE❗️ @GovMurphy will be signing an executive order allowing gyms, health clubs and indoor amusement facilities to reopen at 25% capacity, effective 9/1.◾️ 288 new cases, 190,306 total◾️ 11 new deaths, 14,134 total◾️ All 11 deaths occurred in August pic.twitter.com/h58mNt03YL
— NJDOH (@NJDeptofHealth) August 26, 2020