New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stated he is signing an executive order that will mandate that folks wear a face mask outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
New Jersey has required people since early April to wear facing coverings at public indoor spaces. Now, Murphy said he’s signing an executive order to mandate masks when people are outdoors and can’t practice social distancing.
In a Wednesday morning appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Murphy said masks, which have been required indoors since April, are “game changers.” He later said at a briefing in Trenton that masks are “absolutely vital” in settings with crowds.
“They’ve been strongly recommended outdoors, we’re going to turn that up a notch today,” he said. “If you can’t socially distance,” he added, “it’s going to be required.”
He admitted this will be “harder to enforce,” though he said violators will at least get a warning.