Governor Murphy NJ suspends indoor high school, youth sports under new corona virus rules: report


New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Monday will announce a temporary nationwide suspension of indoor high school and youth sports as part of new rules to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The suspension is expected to begin at 6 a.m. Friday and run until at least Jan. 2, NJ Advance Media reported, citing two sources directly aware of the decision. Sports concerned include youth and high school basketball, hockey and swimming.

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Indoor dormitory and professional sports will remain unchanged, sources told the paper.

The new rules limit outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 25, according to sources, from a limit of 150 people that came into effect before Thanksgiving earlier this month.

But the virus has grown in New Jersey in recent weeks, with the state Department of Health reporting 3,851 new cases of coronavirus on Monday. Last week, the seven-day average of 4,018 cases per day was a 14% increase from two weeks earlier, according to The New York Times.

Murphy, a Democrat, told Fox News on Sunday that while he didn’t expect to shut down again, there was another shutdown “on the table” across the country.

“As for the shutdown, I don’t expect it, and I’m sure the hell doesn’t want to go that route either,” Murphy said on Fox News Sunday. – I’m just begging people, especially during the holiday season … to keep the guard.

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“In the next two to three months, we’ll be in the fight for our lives. … There’s a lot of private broadcasting,” Murphy said.