UPDATED 5:35 PM PT — Friday, May 8, 2020
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has said he would be “shocked” if the state’s beaches aren’t reopened by Memorial Day. On Friday, he noted state parks and golf courses were reopened last weekend, adding non-essential services are also under consideration.
According to the governor, the state is working on a six step “road to recovery,” which included keeping numbers trending in a downward direction, testing and economic recovery.
Today I announced our Restart and Recovery Advisory Council, bringing together leaders from all walks of New Jersey life to advise on our restart and recovery from #COVID19.
Press release: https://t.co/oOaToL0AYO
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 8, 2020
He credited the state’s residents for keeping within guidelines for New Jersey’s current state of recovery.
“Folks have been complying overwhelmingly. If there’s one message I want to give to folks: thank you. We’re better than any other state, and keep at it.” – Phil Murphy, Governor of New Jersey
The governor’s comments came just days after he stressed more progress needed to be made before the state lifts restrictions.
New Jersey has recorded around 8,800 coronavirus related deaths.