Casinos across New Jersey will be permitted to reopen their doors from 2 July, as confirmed by Governor Phil Murphy, with new restrictions on their capacity in place.

New Jersey’s casinos have been closed since 16 March due to a state-wide ban on gatherings of more than 50 people. Casinos will be able to reopen just ahead of the Fourth of July weekend with a maximum capacity of 25%.

“While we are still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the common-sense public health measures that New Jerseyans have been complying with are now allowing for us to expand capacity limits,” Murphy said.

“We will continue to evaluate and make reopening decisions based on data, science, and facts.”

The announcement follows on from the Governor’s executive order which permits indoor gatherings of up to 100 people, or 25% of a room’s capacity.

Murphy also reiterated that further health and safety measures will be in place ahead of the reopenings, which are due to be released in the coming days. The Governor emphasized that those which refuse to comply with the measures will be escorted out of the casino.

“We’re not going to tolerate any knuckleheads trying to ruin it for those who wish to enjoy themselves responsibly,” Murphy said.