NJ Coronavirus Updates: 9-State Travel Quarantine Begins; Arcades, museums to reopen; Trump visits this weekend. What you need to know. (June 25, 2020)

The list of public places that will be allowed to reopen with restrictions next week was expanded on Wednesday when Governor Phil Murphy said bowling alleys, libraries, gambling halls and museums can welcome guests as the spread of the coronavirus slows down in New Jersey.

Murphy also announced that people entering New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut from nine states where the cases were fired will be asked to remain in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Residents of three states returning home from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington are also expected to isolate themselves for two weeks.

The notice includes any state with a positive test rate greater than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a positive rate of 10% or more on a 7-day moving average.

Murphy’s announcement about the July 2 reopens also includes batting ranges and shooting ranges. Everyone can reopen to 25% full with mandatory skins. In addition, gyms and fitness centers may offer personal training by appointment. However, they still cannot reopen completely.

Atlantic City casinos can start again in a week and indoor dining can also be resumed. That is also the day that amusement parks and water parks can welcome customers.

Also Wednesday, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations decreased after two days of increases. As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, 1,182 were in the state’s 71 hospitals, down from 1,228 on Tuesday, but still a rise from the low of 1,048 patients reported Sunday night.

The number of patients receiving critical care (252) and ventilators (210) decreased.

At least 12,995 have died from COVID-19-related causes after 48 new deaths were announced Wednesday. In total, 169,892 have been infected since early March.

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A summary of the coronavirus stories:

NJ hires, trains hundreds of new contact trackers to track new cases of coronavirus: As New Jersey continues along with Phase 2 of its reopening plan and the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths continues to decline, Murphy said Wednesday that more than 230 new contact trackers “are being addressed.”

The new tracers are in addition to the 800 to 900 tracers in local health departments already in the field. Murphy has said he wanted to at least double the number of contract tracers by hiring “at least 1,000” new tracers.

Trump visits NJ after staging a hot spot rally, but will not follow Murphy’s quarantine mandate: Immediately after his optional mask campaign campaign in Arizona, President Donald Trump will not follow Murphy’s new 14-day quarantine mandate when he travels to his private golf club in Bedminster on Friday, the White House said.

“The President of the United States is not a civilian,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in response to a Wednesday question from NJ Advance Media.

He said that anyone who approaches the president, including staff, guests and the press, is screened for the coronavirus.

NJ Transit light rail trains return to a regular schedule Monday through Friday on July 6: NJ Transit trains and light rail service will return to a regular schedule Monday through Friday on July 6 for the first time in three months.

The bus service has been running a full schedule Monday through Friday since June 8, but the railroad and light rail remained on a modified weekend schedule. NJ Transit reduced service after ridership plummeted by 95% after non-essential worker travel bans and home work orders were put in place to limit exposure to the coronavirus.

Six Flags Great Adventure announces a reopening plan for the weekend of July 4: Six Flags Great Adventure announced on Wednesday that it will reopen season pass holders and members on July 3 and will welcome the general public on July 4 under new restrictions.

Guests should take their temperature, maintain social distance, and wear masks in the park. Six Flags officials are calling July 3 to open a preview day. Capacity is limited to 50% based on state regulations.

Biden opens up a huge advantage since voters don’t like Trump’s response to the coronavirus, the murder of Floyd: Joe Biden has opened a double-digit lead over Trump when voters say the president has fallen short of how he had handled the twin crises of the coronavirus pandemic and the murder of George Floyd by police, according to a poll released Wednesday. .

The New York Times / Siena College poll also found that 57% believe the worst is yet to come with the coronavirus crisis, but Democrats and Republicans have a very different opinion.

A total of 76% of self-identified Democrats say the worst is yet to come with the outbreak, compared to only 31% of Republicans. A total of 58% of independents felt this way.

The remainder of the season for 2 NJ independent baseball teams is canceled: An independent, professional baseball league that recently added two New Jersey teams suspended its season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The New Jersey jackals and Sussex County miners had planned to play a 96-game season, along with 12 other teams in the Illinois-based Frontier League, beginning May 14.

US cases USA: There have been almost 122,000 deaths in the United States. USA As of 7 am Thursday, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The center reports more than 2.3 million cases.

Global cases: About 483,000 of the approximately 9.44 million infected have died, the center says. At least 4.75 million have been recovered in 188 countries.

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NJ Advance Media writers Matt Arco, Larry Higgs, Amanda Hoover, Rob Jennings, Jonanathan D. Salant contributed to this report.