In a meeting with state officials on Wednesday this week, Governor Phil Murphy revealed that casino operators managed their floors responsibly. In addition, the governor noted that there is no evidence of recent outbreaks of positive COVID-19 patients and casinos in the state.
Casino operators responsibly manage their casino floors
At a briefing with state officials Wednesday this week Governor Phil Murphy revealed that he did not no evidence of recent outbreaks of positive COVID-19 patients in Atlantic City casinos. The governor stressed that, based on the evidence collected, the operators they managed their casino floors responsibly. As a result, no outbreaks were related to casino real estate.
"We believe, based on the evidence in our possession, that they were able to responsibly manage their casino floors."
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
In addition, Governor Murphy admitted that the operators have implemented the required health and safety measures which include spacers, reduced capacity, temperature checks, inspection questions and other. As a result, according to the governor, there was no " evidence that either there is bad floor management or that there is a big epidemic coming from participating in the dance floor ".
Keeping in mind last week's announcement, in light of the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases, Governor Murphy called on municipalities to take action. By introducing new restrictions, the governor authorized the municipalities, authorizing them to order a curfew for less significant businesses to reduce the spread of COVID-19 respiratory disease. Moreover, in line with the new restrictions, internal service hours in bars and restaurants have been shortened.
Not a year for a big Thanksgiving family gathering
According to data disclosed by COVID-19 information center in New Jerseysince the onset of the pandemic has been reported a total of 293,744 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The number of patients who died has reached 14,877. Recently recorded 4,320 newly reported positive cases and 34 newly confirmed deaths. On the other hand, over 188,000 patients recovered from illness.
With a focus on the number of reported cases statewide, New Jersey is still far from the top of the list with the most commonly reported positive COVID-19 cases. At the moment, most cases have been reported in Texas reaching over 1,147,000 positive COVID-19 cases. California is next with over 1,800,000 reported cases, followed by Florida with 914,000 reported positive COVID-19 cases.
In light of the recent surge in positive COVID-19 cases, Governor Murphy urged residents to wear masks, adhere to social distancing guidelines and wash their hands. In addition, the governor said that " there is no way to ennoble any of these numbers ". He added that the numbers are far from good and are getting worse.
The governor called the people of New Jersey, not to take part in any private meetings, except for those with "close families". Acknowledging Thanksgiving is in a week's time, the governor said that this year is not "a year for a great family reunion".