Indoor dance, gymnastics and martial arts facilities may reopen in NJ – Still no fitness centers


Indoor youth sports facilities, dance and music studios, gymnastics gymnasiums and martial arts studios were allowed to reopen on Thursday, state officials said.

Museums, aquariums, water parks, batting cages and bowling alleys had also already been given the green light. Click here for directions on these.

Gyms and indoor training facilities will remain closed until new positive cases of the coronavirus disappear, Gov. Phil Murphy said. Individual training is permitted with certain limitations.

Atlantic City Casinos, arcades and arts and crafts centers are also among state companies that began a partial reopening on Thursday with social distancing restrictions. All new COVID-19 openings are at 25% of capacity, officials said.

Murphy put a stop to the planned opening of the interior dining room, announcing the restaurant limits at a press briefing on Monday. This was unpopular news for many catering and catering businesses gearing up for the July 4th bank holiday weekend.

Youth sports with non-contact practices resumed in late June, and sports classified as low risk – such as tennis and golf – have resumed competition.

Athletes who play “medium risk” sports, such as baseball, basketball and softball, are allowed to play starting Monday, July 6, state officials said. Libraries are also allowed to reopen on July 6.

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