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31 Aug 2020 | 05:00 PM UTC

US: Authorities ease COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey from September 4 /update 85

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New Jersey's governor announces indoor dining to resume from September 4; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/31/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/30/2020, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION New Jersey

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Event

New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday, August 31, that restaurants will be allowed to provide indoor dining services from Friday, September 4, as the state eases restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Establishments must adhere to strict social distancing rules and not exceed a 25 percent capacity limit for indoor dining. The announcement comes as the state has managed to maintain the rates of infection largely under one percent in the past weeks.

Numerous US states have imposed quarantine orders on arrivals from other states with high rates of COVID-19 infection, as well as other measures such as bans on large public events and gatherings.

As of August 31, there have been 6,002,615 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US with 183,203 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. 

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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