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NJ reopening continues as public health emergency extended

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 17:56:37-04

PT. PLEASANT, N.J. — Despite the small setback earlier this week in New Jersey when Gov. Phil Murphy decided to halt plans for indoor dining, it appears to be full steam ahead with the rest of the state’s re-opening plan.

It all happens just in time for the holiday weekend.

"It’s so great to be out, I’m happy to be out really," said beachgoer Jeanne Voronin at Pt. Pleasant.

It’s a sentiment widely shared across the Garden State. After months of staying in doors, a bit of normalcy when it comes to the outdoors is now back.

"As you continue to get back out please continue to keep a social distance from others and wear a face covering," Murphy reminded those heading out to museums, aquariums, libraries and indoor recreational facilities.

Gyms also officially opened their outdoor spaces today. They're allowed to offer limited individualized indoor instruction by appointment only. Outdoor playgrounds, amusement parks and water parks also have the greenlight.

The news put a smile on the face of high school student Morgan Moncrease, who took advantage of the warm weather.

It’s just so good to be out," she said. "I’m surprised a lot of people are here but it’s fine."

But the question remains: does it feel normal?

"Well it doesn’t feel the same," said Denise Coley. "I had to pull my husband away from people because you just forget not to get too close."

Gamblers were finally able to hit the slots again in Atlantic City, where casinos opened back up to 25% capacity. Even though the games were the same, it looked and felt a whole lot different

At the Hard Rock Casino, safety measures begin when you walk in with a temperature check.

"Dealers will be wearing masks and goggles and I’m quite a few of the table games there will be plexiglass in front of you," said Joe Lupo, President of the Hard Rock.

Six Flags Great Adventure is opening Friday.