Murphy loosens restrictions on weddings (especially outdoor) and summer camps

Gov. Phil Murphy — in anticipation of continued improving numbers and with a nod to the time it takes to plan a big event — announced Wednesday that he is allowing wedding receptions to proceed at 35% of the venue’s indoor capacity, up to 150 persons.

Outdoor weddings may have up to 150 people.

“Because we know these events take time to plan and we see things slowly moving in the right direction, we can safely take this step,” he said. “As we slowly recover, we want people to celebrate the good things.”

All indoor weddings will have to follow the same guidelines as indoor dining — all dining must be done while seated, mask wearing must be in effect and social distancing should be practiced.

Murphy also announced that summer sleepaway camps will be able to safely resume their operations this summer after being halted last year.