NJ Sets Reopening Dates For Child Care Centers, Youth Day Camps And More

WCBS 880 Newsroom
May 29, 2020 - 2:07 pm

    TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Child care centers, non-contact organized sports, youth day camps and horse racing will be able to reopen and resume over the next few weeks if they take safety precautions, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday.

    Child care centers will be allowed to reopen on June 15, while youth day camps — including municipal summer recreation programs — will be able to open on July 6, Murphy said during his daily briefing on Friday. 

    Non-contact organized sports practices will be able to resume on June 22, the governor said. Horse racing, meanwhile, will be able to resume “as early as next weekend."

    “Especially for the countless kids who have been looking forward to playing baseball or softball or soccer or other sports, we are proud to take this step,” Murphy said. “We want you to have an active summer with your friends, playing the sport you love, but at the same time while protecting your health.” 

    The governor said he also expects to raise the limit on indoor gatherings “in a way that will allow for greater indoor religious services for the weekend of June 12th," adding that the state would "continue working with our faith institutions to ensure our houses of worship are strong and safe."

    The state was able to set Friday's reopening dates “because the data we are receiving every day from our hospitals and through testing are allowing us to determine these dates,” Murphy noted.

    On Friday, he reported 1,117 new COVID-19 cases and 131 new deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 158,844 and the statewide death toll to 11,531. 

    As of Friday, 2,707 state residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, down by 90 from Thursday. Of the patients hospitalized, 720 were in critical condition, Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said during Murphy's briefing. Seventy-six percent of the patients in critical condition were on ventilators.

    The state is currently tracking 26 cases of children with MIS-C, or pediatric multisystem inflammatory in children, Persichilli added. None of the children who have contracted MIS-C have died, she noted. Eighteen of the 26 children have tested positive for COVID-19, and six are hospitalized.

    Murphy on Friday also announced his administration would start applying “at least $100 million” to fund a short-term rental assistance program for low-and moderate-income New Jersey families.