New Jersey Governor Suspends Indoor High School, Youth Sports; Places New Limit On Outdoor Gatherings

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that he would be issuing a temporary statewide suspension of indoor high school and youth sports, while also putting a new limit on the size of outdoor gatherings, in an attempt to curb new cases of the coronavirus.

The ban on sports goes into effect on Saturday at 6 a.m. and will be in effect until January 2, Murphy revealed at a local press briefing.

via Fox News:

“I’m a huge sports fan, and all of our kids play sports,” Murphy said. “I hope and intend to see the winter sports season in January. I want to see especially that high school senior get to play her or his last season. And I value the importance of sports for the physical and mental well-being of our children.”

Dr. Edward Lifshitz, medical director at the state’s department of health, said there have been 20 outbreaks and more than 100 cases of coronavirus tied to youth hockey.

Youth and high school basketball, ice hockey, and swimming are among the sports that will be affected. Murphy said the new rule will not affect indoor collegiate and professional sports.

The new rules will also limit outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 25 people, down from the 150-person limit put into effect earlier this month ahead of Thanksgiving.

Folks, I can’t speak for you, but I’m growing tired of all the hysteria surrounding COVID-19. Yes, it’s a nasty bug. It’s killed people. It’s serious business. For a certain group of individuals, that is.
And those individuals need to be protected. However, the rest of us who aren’t in that category need to still live our lives. The coronavirus, being a virus, will eventually realize that it can’t kill its own host if it wants to survive.
This means it will eventually mellow out. The big picture looks good. We just have to hang in there until then and not give up our freedoms in the mean time.