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Major concert, entertainment venues in N.J. can have fans under new capacity limits

New Jersey’s largest concert and entertainment venues will soon be allowed to host events with capacity limits as the state’s COVID-19 numbers improve, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.

Venues with 5,000 fixed seats or more will be allowed to have crowds at 10% capacity at indoor events and 15% for outdoor venues with that same seating minimum starting March 1.

Face coverings will be required, except when eating or drinking, and all groups must be seated at least six feet from each other.

The change matches similar restrictions Murphy also announced Monday a limited number of people will be allowed to attend professional and college games in New Jersey.

The requirement for a minimum of 5,000 fixed seats limits the changes to the largest venues in the state like MetLife Stadium, the Prudential Center, Boardwalk Hall and the Hard Rock arenas in Atlantic City and the CURE arena in Trenton. It’s unclear if those venues could schedule events with 10% or 15% capacity limits that would be financially viable.

New Jersey health officials on Monday reported another 2,165 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 17 additional deaths as the state’s COVID-19 figures continue to fall and the number of people fully vaccinated with both doses surpassed 500,000.

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The governor has gradually lifted some of the tight restrictions he put in place nearly a year ago meant to try and slow the spread of the virus.

Though thousands of new cases in the state are reported daily, New Jersey is on the back end of the second

Article source: https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2021/02/major-concert-entertainment-venues-in-nj-can-have-fans-under-new-capacity-limits.html

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