Covid-19

New Jersey Requiring Use Of Face Coverings While Outdoors

The U.S. has witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases recently after some states reopened for the benefit of the economy. So now government officials are doing their best to contain the situation before it gets worse. One of them is New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday, Murphy announced that he is signing a new executive order that will require everyone to wear face masks and other types of face coverings whenever they are outdoors.

"They've been strongly recommended out-of-doors. We're going to turn that up a notch today and say we're going to ask you if you can't socially distance, it's going to be required," Murphy said.

Under the new order, residents and visitors of New Jersey would be required to put on face coverings while indoors in locations where social distancing of at least six feet is not possible.

During his coronavirus briefing on the same day, Murphy clarified that the mandate to wear face masks outdoors is not at all related to politics.

"This virus doesn't care about what political party you belong to. It frankly just wants to kill you and move on to the next victim," Murphy said, as quoted by Politico.

Even though Murphy has been encouraging residents to wear face coverings whenever they are staying outdoors in the previous weeks, he has not made that a requirement until this week.

"Admittedly, this is harder to enforce, which is why it's not a no-brainer, but we have to take this step, particularly given the hot spots that we're seeing elsewhere in the country," Murphy added.

The wearing of face coverings has already been required in indoor businesses and public spaces with limited exceptions. So now officials are looking for more ways to hamper the spread of the virus.

With the new order in place, people who will not wear face coverings while gathering outdoors will receive "at least a warning if not something stronger," according to the governor.

New Jersey is not the only state to implement this type of executive order. California, Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania are also requiring their residents to "mask up" while outdoors.

Face masks Face masks are used to help slow the spread of contagious diseases. The material absorbs droplets when the user coughs or sneezes, preventing the virus from spreading into air and surfaces. Janko Ferlic/Pexels

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