Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the stay-at-home order that has been in effect since the height of the coronavirus outbreak at a press conference late on Tuesday.
New Jersey residents were initially told on March 21 to stay at home unless they needed to leave for essential items or if they were an essential worker. The state has seen a downward trend in hospitalizations due to coronavirus in recent weeks, leading to the order being lifted.
Murphy plans to reopen the state in four phases and has lifted restrictions on all categories in the first phase. Murphy said phase two will begin on June 15 as long as the numbers, including new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and intensive care patients, continue to trend in the right direction.