Murphy insists that “no one travels outside the state” unless it is essential after state-discarded travel advice

One week after New Jersey abolished its state-of-the-art travel advice amid the coronavirus epidemic, Governor Phil Murphy said Wednesday that the New Jersey population should avoid any extra-state travel that is not considered essential.

The statement reflects what the governor said last week when he asked people to stay home the day before Thanksgiving. But travel to neighboring states, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware is still allowed.

In addition to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, he issued joint travel advice in early June. He asked people traveling from states and territories considered hotspots to be self-quarantined for 14 days.

But by the time New Jersey destroyed it, almost every state had classified it as a COVID-19 hotspot as cases rose across the country

“First and foremost, no one should travel outside the state outside of things that are essential to their daily lives, such as commuting to work or medical care,” Murphy said in a recent COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday. Trenton.

“But if you’re traveling outside of our immediate region – or if you’re coming to New Jersey from another state – we strongly recommend that you adhere to a 14-day self-quarantine period,” he added.

There are exceptions for front-line workers, members of law enforcement and the active military, Murphy said.

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The original travel advice came at a time when the region was beginning to see numbers decline among the earliest COVID-19 epicenters, while numbers in other parts of the country jumped.

States with a positive test rate in excess of 10 per 100/100 inhabitants, or if the seven-day rolling average was 10% or higher in positivity, qualified for the list. People traveling for work or for basic reasons enjoyed immunity.

As the virus began to spread again in the United States, including in the Northeast, New York abandoned counseling late last month and required visitors from non-neighboring states to take a COVID-19 test instead.

New Jersey continued to advise but exempted neighboring states. Last week, 46 states and territories qualified themselves. Only one state – Hawaii – does not.

While New York threatened fines to those who violated counseling, New Jersey stopped failing to do so and instead sought “personal responsibility”.

New Jersey on Wednesday reported an additional 4,350 COVID-19 cases and 56 additional deaths, while hospitalizations reported 3,287 as the state continues to deal with the second wave of the pandemic.

Garden State reported a total of 17,145 deaths attributed to the virus – 15,309 confirmed deaths and 1,836 probable deaths – in a total of 346,206 cases in the more than eight months since the first case was reported here on March 4th.

Murphy on Monday ordered a reduction in the size limit for outdoor gatherings in New Jersey to 25 starting next week. Earlier in mid-November, it reduced the limit from 500 to 150. There are exceptions for political and religious gatherings, weddings, funerals and monuments. Outdoor meals are also not included.

In addition, in New Jersey, all indoor youth, high school, and adult recreational sports will be suspended for at least four weeks from Saturday. It does not affect indoor dormitory or professional sports.

The governor said he had taken steps to prevent overburdening in state hospitals.

“The stability of our healthcare system begins with carefully chosen steps to prevent the spread of the virus,” Murphy said at the time. “And because of the data, we know how and where we can best meet this challenge.”

He is an employee of NJ Advance Media Brent Johnson contributed to this report.

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