New Jersey, dwelling to a number of main league sports activities groups, will allow a restricted variety of fans to attend sports activities and leisure events at venues with 5,000 or extra seats as soon as subsequent week, Gov. Philip D. Murphy mentioned on Monday.
Indoor venues will be restricted to 10 p.c of their seating capability, whereas out of doors venues will be restricted to 15 p.c capability, Mr. Murphy mentioned in a radio interview on WFAN. The events can start subsequent Monday at 6 a.m.
Mr. Murphy’s announcement comes two weeks after the same choice by New York’s governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, whose plan allowed fans at venues with 10,000 or extra seats beginning this week, offered that seating is restricted to 10 p.c of the venue’s capability.
Mr. Cuomo’s announcement coated a number of New York City-area sports activities franchises, just like the Nets, Knicks, Rangers and Islanders, which might start to have fans within the stands as soon as Tuesday. Attendees in New York have to present proof of a damaging P.C.R. check for the coronavirus taken inside 72 hours of the occasion.
Mr. Murphy mentioned that New Jersey wouldn’t require check outcomes, however folks at the venues will be required to put on face coverings at video games and stay socially distanced. Public well being specialists say when contemplating indoor gatherings, the standard of air flow is vital as a result of the virus is understood to unfold extra simply indoors.
Cases in New Jersey, whereas nonetheless excessive, are actually on the decline, nearing ranges reported in early November. Over the final seven days the state recorded 33 instances per capita, as of Sunday, which was the third-highest price within the nation after New York and South Carolina. Over the previous week, the state has recorded a median of two,917 instances a day, a 19 p.c lower from the common two weeks earlier.
The governor’s announcement will allow his state’s professional hockey workforce, the Devils, to play dwelling video games in entrance of fans as soon as subsequent Tuesday, the workforce’s first dwelling sport after the change takes impact.
The state additionally has two professional soccer groups, the Giants and the Jets, and a Major League Soccer workforce, the Red Bulls. Mr. Murphy mentioned he hoped these groups would nonetheless have the option to have fans when their seasons started later this 12 months.
“I’ll be shocked if we’re not at a higher level of capacity for Jets, Giants, Rutgers football, you name it, as we get into the summer and fall,” Mr. Murphy mentioned.
Several different states have already permitted sports activities fans inside venues in the course of the pandemic, particularly at out of doors stadiums for soccer and baseball. But Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Murphy had resisted till December, when Mr. Cuomo labored with the N.F.L. to allow a restricted variety of fans at a Buffalo Bills playoff sport of their open-air stadium.
Mr. Murphy additionally mentioned that New Jersey would begin to allow mother and father and guardians to watch their kids play each indoor and out of doors faculty sports activities, offered venues meet capability limits, on Monday. The state reopened highschool sports activities to mother and father earlier this month, with indoor attendance restricted to 35 p.c or 150 folks.
Alison Saldanha contributed reporting.