Fans will be enabled to participate in sports and entertainment occasions at New Jersey's biggest centers in minimal numbers starting next week, Gov. Phil Murphy stated Monday.

New Jersey venues with an indoor seating capability of 5,000 or more will be enabled to have 10 per cent of those seats inhabited by fans starting on March 1, the Democratic guv stated on the WFAN sports radio station.

For outdoor venues with over 5,000 seats, the number will be 15 percent of capacity.

Murphy stated he decided to enable the restricted in-person participation after evaluating a vast variety of coronavirus-related stats, including hospitalizations, the variety of hospital admissions versus discharges, total positivity rate for COVID-19 and the rate of transmission, and determining that little crowds can be allowed safely.

He said face coverings and social distancing will be required at these venues.

"If you purchase tickets together, you can sit together, however otherwise, we have to spread apart," he said.

The order uses to the state's significant arenas, consisting of the Prudential Center in Newark, where the NHL's New Jersey Devils play, and outdoor arenas, including MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, house to the NFL's New York Giants and Jets.

The governor stated about 1,700 to 1,800 fans must be allowed to attend Devils hockey games under the new rules.

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