Gov. Murphy recommends cancellation of events to be attended by more than 250

Murphy coronavirus

Gov. Murphy in his video message recommending the cancellation of large public gatherings.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recommended, today, the cancellation of any event in the state that would be attended by more than 250 people, “including concerts, sporting events, and parades.”

This is, obviously, a recommendation and not a law. But it still represents an escalation in the attempt to encourage “social distancing” through the state.

Murphy released the following statement: “Today, based on guidance we have received from the Commissioner of Health, we are recommending the cancellation of all public gatherings throughout New Jersey of more than 250 individuals, including concerts, sporting events, and parades.

“These measures are being taken as part of our coordinated response to the continued outbreak and to aggressively mitigate the spread of the virus.

“Additionally, for all events, we recommend that everyone practice commonsense hygiene, like washing hands routinely, staying home if you do not feel well, and keeping a six-foot distance from others.

“Our frontline efforts right now must be to aggressively mitigate the potential for exposure and further spread. We are taking this step because social distancing works. It is our best chance to ‘flatten the curve’ and mitigate the chance of rapid spread, so we can respond to this public health emergency in an even more focused manner.”

An a video message, Murphy added that this recommendation is going into effect “immediately,” and that it applies to “everything from sports leagues to youth leagues to concerts, and everything in between.”


Since launching in September 2014,, a 501(c)(3) organization, has become one of the most important media outlets for the Garden State arts scene. And it has always offered its content without a subscription fee, or a paywall. Its continued existence depends on support from members of that scene, and the state’s arts lovers. Please consider making a contribution of any amount to via PayPal, or by sending a check made out to to 11 Skytop Terrace, Montclair, NJ 07043.


Custom Amount

Personal Info

Donation Total: $20.00

Explore more articles:

Leave a Comment

Sign up for our Newsletter