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Murphy formally ends COVID public health emergency

“[N]ow is the right time to take this action, particularly as the final limits on gatherings are lifted tomorrow,” reads a joint statement issued on June 3 by Murphy, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Stephen Sweeney shortly after the bill was approved by the full state Legislature.

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Murphy to approve bill ending public health order, limiting his powers

Governor Phil Murphy arrives to tour the opening of the Morris County vaccination site, one of New Jersey's planned six vaccine "mega-sites" - at Rockaway Townsquare Mall in 2021.

"[N]ow is the right time to take this action, particularly as the final limits on gatherings are lifted ... " reads a joint statement issued by the governor, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. "With passage of this bill today and its signing tomorrow, followed by the governor's signing of an executive order terminating the Public Health Emergency, we will move closer to normal than at any time since March 2020."

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Yes, we’re open

Black male holding open sign and looking out at the glass of the door. African American cafe man owner with face mask reopening after pandemic virus. Startup small business after Covid-19 quarantine.

Between the start of Memorial Day weekend through June 4, most of New Jersey’s COVID-19 business restrictions were rolled back for vaccinated people, allowing an almost complete return to pre-pandemic operations. The move was hailed by business groups, who contend that the rules constituted a drag on the state’s economy. But public health experts remain cautious about whether the state is ready to fully celebrate.

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Murphy lifting mandate on remote work, masks in offices

Young people with face masks back at work in office after coronavirus quarantine and lockdown, talking.

“We encourage all employers to do the right things for their specific workplaces,” the governor said. “While we are rescinding some requirements, that doesn’t mean we don’t expect you to be flexible and to work with employees — particularly those who are juggling family obligations such as child care.”

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