10:02 PM - June 30, 2020
10:02 PM - June 30, 2020

Delco paramedic dies from COVID-19 complications

William "Brad" Blackman, 56, had been a member of the Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association since 1983 and was believed to have contracted the virus from his duties.
Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association
William "Brad" Blackman, 56, had been a member of the Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association since 1983 and was believed to have contracted the virus from his duties.

A 56-year-old paramedic in Delaware County has died from coronavirus-related complications, the Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association announced on Monday.

William “Brad” Blackman had been a member since 1983 and was believed to have contracted the virus from his duties, the association said in a Facebook post.

He started as a firefighter and held the ranks of lieutenant, assistant engineer, house chairman, ambulance lieutenant, and ambulance captain, the association said.

Blackman was described as an avid cyclist who had participated every year since 2010 in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride.

“He will forever be remembered for his tall stature, helpful nature, infectious laugh, and never-ending desire to ride and honor our fallen. Brad received an incredible outpouring of support while hospitalized through notes from friends and co-participants. They were read to him by his closest friends,” the bike ride organization said in a Facebook post.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later, the Swarthmore association said.

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— Robert Moran

6:05 PM - June 30, 2020
6:05 PM - June 30, 2020

Minor League Baseball season canceled for 2020

A section of outfield seats at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, is named Bacon Strip.
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A section of outfield seats at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, is named Bacon Strip.

While Major League Baseball prepares this week to return, the farm teams that funnel players to the big leagues shut their doors Tuesday as Minor League Baseball announced that its 2020 season was canceled.

The cancellation of the season seemed inevitable as nearly all of a minor-league team’s revenue is dependent on fans being in the ballpark. But it was made official on Tuesday, Minor League Baseball said, when Major League Baseball informed minor-league teams that they would not be providing players this season. MLB was allowed to suspend its contract — known as the Professional Baseball Agreement — with Minor League Baseball due to the national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that we’ve had a summer without Minor League Baseball played,” Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner said in a statement. “While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment.”

— Matt Breen

5:55 PM - June 30, 2020
5:55 PM - June 30, 2020

Mask vending machines installed at Suburban Station

Inbra Kusumahdinata loads KN-95 mask's into a RapidMask2Go vending machine at the 16th Street and JFK Boulevard on Tuesday.
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Inbra Kusumahdinata loads KN-95 mask's into a RapidMask2Go vending machine at the 16th Street and JFK Boulevard on Tuesday.

Mask vending machines are now in place at Suburban Station.

The machines were installed Tuesday outside the turnstiles, said David Edelman, cofounder of RapidMask2Go.

“I think this is right in time for the expanded SEPTA schedule,” which started Monday, he said. He said his vending machines and “transit hubs are a natural fit because masks are a requirement to ride the trains.”

Inbra Kusumahdinata loads KN-95 mask's into a RapidMask2Go vending machine.
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Inbra Kusumahdinata loads KN-95 mask's into a RapidMask2Go vending machine.

— Erin McCarthy

5:25 PM - June 30, 2020
5:25 PM - June 30, 2020
2:45 PM - June 30, 2020
2:45 PM - June 30, 2020

N.J. Gov. Murphy defends decision to postpone a return to indoor dining

Patrons dine outside The Cubby Hole restaurant in Moorestown, N.J. Monday, June 15, 2020. While outdoor dining is permitted in the state, Gov. Phil Murphy decided to postpone a return to indoor dining.
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Patrons dine outside The Cubby Hole restaurant in Moorestown, N.J. Monday, June 15, 2020. While outdoor dining is permitted in the state, Gov. Phil Murphy decided to postpone a return to indoor dining.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said the state has reduced its number of COVID-19 cases by 95% since hitting its peak in April, but warned that the overall rate of transmission has continued to fluctuate in recent days.

“We must keep that number in check if we are to continue on our road back,” Murphy said.

The Garden State was formerly second only to New York in the number of COVID-19 cases, but California has since surpassed New Jersey in reported cases. According to numbers collected by the COVID Tracking Project, which was launched in partnership with the Atlantic, New Jersey and New York have since reduced their numbers of new cases by more than almost any other state.

Murphy defended his decision to postpone a return to indoor dining, saying that dining indoors is clearly leading to flareups of infection in other states.

“I have enormous sympathy for what that industry is going through,” he said. “The risk is asymmetric for us right now. When you’re closing, the word you gotta use is aggressive. And when you’re opening, it’s cautious.”

Murphy also signed a three-month budget that includes cuts of more than than $1 billion in previously authorized spending. He said the state will have to borrow federal funds.

“While the tough decisions we’ve made now will see us through the next 91 days, they will pale in comparison to those which lay just around the corner if we do not have greater financial flexibility,” he said.

— Allison Steele

2:30 PM - June 30, 2020
2:30 PM - June 30, 2020

Delaware to order all bars at the state’s beaches to close ‘indefinitely'

Hot weather and clear skies brought thousands of visitors to Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Social distancing did not appear to be followed very strictly on either the beach or boardwalk, with mask usage also not ubiquitous.
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Hot weather and clear skies brought thousands of visitors to Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Social distancing did not appear to be followed very strictly on either the beach or boardwalk, with mask usage also not ubiquitous.

Delaware is ordering bars in all its beach towns to close “indefinitely” ahead of the July 4th weekend due to a “resurgence” of coronavirus cases in the area, Gov. John Carney announced on Tuesday.

Carney said the order will go into effect on Friday, July 3, and comes after officials have noticed a “complacency” by beach visitors to the state’s coronavirus restrictions, including social distancing and a requirement to wear a mask in public spaces.

“We had a much more serious outbreak a month or two ago among workers in our poultry plants,” Carney said. “And now we’re seeing an outbreak… in our beach communities that we need to stop before it reaches more people.”

Karyl Rattay, the Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, said recent testing in Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach revealed a spike in cases among largely asymptomatic young people, pushing the percentage of positive tests in Sussex County over 10%. In the state’s two other counties — New Castle and Kent — the percentage of positive cases remains flat.

“Right now we know we have a problem. But the more testing we can do the better we can understand it,” Rattay said.

While Carney already announced Delaware wouldn’t move into a less-restrictive “Phase 3” reopening phase, he said he’s not yet considering more drastic steps like halting indoor dining, which resumed in the state with capacity restrictions on June 1.

“Right now we want to manage [the increase] with extensive testing and contact tracing… and really emphasize the need to follow the guidance,” Carney said.

— Rob Tornoe

1:06 PM - June 30, 2020
1:06 PM - June 30, 2020

Philly won’t allow indoor dining to resume or gyms and fitness centers to reopen

Outdoor seating is shown outside Parc Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA. Friday, June 12, 2020. While outdoor dining has resumed in the city, indoor dining has been put on hold until at least August 1.
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Outdoor seating is shown outside Parc Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA. Friday, June 12, 2020. While outdoor dining has resumed in the city, indoor dining has been put on hold until at least August 1.

Philadelphia is pausing some of its reopening plans as new cases of the coronavirus increase and will not allow indoor dining or gyms and fitness centers to open Friday as previously planned.

The city will, however, allow indoor shopping malls, casinos, museums, and libraries to open Friday, with strict mask-wearing requirements and other health precautions in place, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced Tuesday. No eating or drinking will be permitted indoors at those establishments.

”We want to get our economy going as much as we can, but we don’t want the virus to re-surge,” Farley said. “So it’s always a tough balancing act and we feel that this is the right decision at this point.”

Farley said 142 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in city residents were reported in the past day, raising concern about rising case counts, especially among teens who have participated in social gatherings or traveled to the Jersey Shore. Philadelphia also reported five additional deaths Tuesday due to the coronavirus. To date, 1,584 city residents have died of COVID-19 and the city has reported 26,133 confirmed cases of the virus.

Further reopening will be on hold until Aug. 1, Farley said, but the city will re-evaluate progress weekly.

Businesses that have already been permitted to reopen will remain open, Farley said, including hair salons and outdoor dining at restaurants.

— Laura McCrystal

12:55 PM - June 30, 2020
12:55 PM - June 30, 2020

Fauci: Entire country put at risk by current coronavirus surge

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, speaks with Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, center, after testifying before a House committee.
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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, speaks with Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, center, after testifying before a House committee.

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said the country is going in the “wrong direction” in its fight against the coronavirus.

“I think the numbers speak for themselves,” Fauci testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday. “If you look at the curves of the new cases, we really need to do something about that and we need to do it quickly… clearly, we are not in total control right now.”

Fauci said he can’t predict what the future will hold, but said he “would not be surprised” if the United States reaches a point where it is adding 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day.

11:55 AM - June 30, 2020
11:55 AM - June 30, 2020

Wildwood cancels July 4th fireworks

A sign warns people to maintain social distance and that masks are suggested while walking along boardwalk at Wildwood, N.J., on Saturday, May 23, 2020.
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A sign warns people to maintain social distance and that masks are suggested while walking along boardwalk at Wildwood, N.J., on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

Wildwood has canceled its July 4th fireworks display in part because people in New Jersey aren’t adequately following social distancing guidelines, Mayor Pete Byron said in a statement Tuesday.

“We can’t take a chance that Wildwood sees a spike in cases and shuts down our businesses who have already suffered immensely due to closures,” Byron said.

“Even though we moved the location to the widest part of the Wildwoods, we expect large crowds to gather in and around Rio Grande Avenue for the display,” Commissioner of Public Safety Steve Mikulski said. “We cannot take the chance that the public will be unable to practice social distancing due to crowds.”

Wildwood joins a long list of cities and municipalities in the area that have canceled their fireworks displays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Philadelphia announced last week it was canceling its massive Independence Day fireworks show, opting instead to air a recording of last year’s display on television,which will be broadcast on NBC10, Telemundo62, CoziTV, and TeleXitos and streamed online following an 8 p.m. virtual live concert at the Met featuring Jason Derulo and Cynthia Erivo.

— Rob Tornoe

11:30 AM - June 30, 2020
11:30 AM - June 30, 2020

CDC director expresses ‘substantial disappointment’ over American Airlines policy

Jon Jobes, a customer service agent with American Airlines, wears a mask and gloves while working at the Philadelphia International Airport, May 11th, 2020, in Philadelphia
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Jon Jobes, a customer service agent with American Airlines, wears a mask and gloves while working at the Philadelphia International Airport, May 11th, 2020, in Philadelphia

Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, criticized American Airlines for announcing it will begin booking flights at full capacity Wednesday, effectively ending social distancing efforts aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

“When they announced that the other day, obviously there was substantial disappointment with American Airlines,” Redfield said during testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday. “We don’t think it’s the right message.”

Redfield said the decision by American Airlines, the dominant carrier at Philadelphia International Airport, is under “critical review” at the CDC, but stopped short of announcing any new action or guidelines. United Airlines and Spirit Airlines also don’t have capacity limits on their flights.

“I hope the CDC or the appropriate agency basically tells these companies that is unacceptable behavior,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said. “They’re endangering lives.”

Delta Airlines is currently capping seats at about 60%, while Southwest Airlines is limiting capacity to 67%. JetBlue has said it will leave middle seats empty through at least July 31, unless two passengers are traveling together.

— Rob Tornoe

10:50 AM - June 30, 2020
10:50 AM - June 30, 2020

3 Rehoboth Beach lifeguards test positive for coronavirus

Three lifeguards in Rehoboth Beach, Del. have tested positive for coronavirus, the city announced Monday night. All lifeguards were notified of their possible exposure and will be tested within the next 24 hours.

"We believe at this time there was very little contact with the public," Rehoboth Police Chief Keith Banks said in a statement.

The announcement comes as Delaware has seen an increase in daily positive coronavirus cases. On Monday, the state reported 150 new cases, the most in a 24-hour period since May 24. But the percentage of people who tested positive remained low at 4.1%, and the state reported no new coronavirus deaths for the fourth-straight day.

Over the weekend, health officials said they were “extremely concerned” by a cluster of coronavirus cases at the beach and observations of people not wearing masks or social distancing, including inside bars and restaurants.

— Rob Tornoe

10:20 AM - June 30, 2020
10:20 AM - June 30, 2020

Travelers from 16 states must now quarantine when entering New Jersey

The Camden toll plaza and the Ben Franklin Bridge.
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer
The Camden toll plaza and the Ben Franklin Bridge.

New Jersey officials are now asking travelers coming from 16 states to quarantine for two weeks once they reach the Garden State. The list of states identified as hotspots for COVID-19 infections now includes twice as many states as those identified last week when New Jersey first announced the travel advisory.

The states now identified as having a high level of community spread are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has said the advisory will help prevent New Jersey’s COVID-19 cases from spiking anew. Travelers and residents who are returning from the states are being asked to self-quarantine at their home, a hotel, or other temporary lodging. The advisory is voluntary, but the state is asking that travelers who cannot follow the guidelines consider postponing their trips.

— Allison Steele

10:17 AM - June 30, 2020
10:17 AM - June 30, 2020

Plymouth Meeting’s Inovio announces early-stage ‘positive’ results for vaccine, but stocks dip

A pharmacy technologist using a biosafety level 2 hood prepares a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine candidate for testing of a vaccine candidate developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals.
AP
A pharmacy technologist using a biosafety level 2 hood prepares a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine candidate for testing of a vaccine candidate developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals.

Inovio on Tuesday announced “positive” results from early-stage testing of its COVID-19 vaccine, but did not disclose complete data, and the news won a frosty reception on Wall Street.

In a news release, the Plymouth Meeting-based company said that six weeks after two injections, 34 out of 36 clinical trial participants, or 94 percent, “demonstrated overall immunological response rates based on preliminary data.” Both antibodies and T cell immune responses were detected.

Shares of Inovio stock, which have soared 860 percent this year, fell almost 11 percent to $28.32 in premarket trading on Tuesday, MarketWatch reported.

Inovio has been considered a front-runner in the race to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. However, its technology platform, based on synthetic DNA, has never yielded an approved vaccine. The technology was pioneered 30 years ago by David Weiner, who co-founded the company and is now a scientific advisor.

— Marie McCullough

10:02 AM - June 30, 2020
10:02 AM - June 30, 2020

Atlantic City casino workers union president: ‘We will stagger around like a sick dog'

The Borgata in Atlantic City is postponing its reopening plans.
MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff photographer
The Borgata in Atlantic City is postponing its reopening plans.

Bob McDevitt, president of Unite Here Local 54, the casino workers union in Atlantic City, said he doesn’t know why any casino would open up under the current rules of no food, beverage or smoking inside.

”Why would you open?” he said. " I want to see my members work in the worst way. But people aren’t going to come to this. Here’s your bottle of water, now go lose $5,000. Now go get a corn dog and a funnel cake. That’s not going to work.”

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, the top performing casino, has already announced it was canceling plans to reopen. McDevitt predicted other casinos would as well.

“I know the administration is trying to protect people,” he said. “But whoever came up with the idea of opening up 2,000 room casino hotels without any indoor dining, without any smoking, without any beverage service on the casino floor — only a person who knows nothing about the industry would suggest it’s a good idea.”

Casinos in Pennsylvania have already opened with limited food and beverage service, and with smoking sections. He predicted just 35 percent of his union’s 10,000 casino workers would return to work, and probably not for long.

”We will stagger around like a sick dog trying to compete with other jurisdictions that give you everything,” he said.

— Amy S. Rosenberg

8:40 AM - June 30, 2020
8:40 AM - June 30, 2020

N.J. Gov. Murphy: ‘We cannot afford jumping the gun'

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday on the Today show that he pulled the plug on indoor dining, which had been slated to resume Thursday, out of fear it could “ignite a public health crisis.”

”It’s the weight of coming through for all of us, not just me, all nine million of us have paid an enormous price in New Jersey,” he said. “We’ve cracked the back of this virus unlike any other state. We can’t fathom going through that again.”

Murphy’s reversal on indoor drinking and dining left businesses in the lurch, including casinos, which are still allowed to reopen Thursday. Murphy’s order bans smoking, eating, and all beverages other than bottled water inside casinos.

”We want to give ourselves a couple more weeks to make sure we can drive this thing close to the ground,” Murphy said. “We’ve gone through hell. The last thing we want to do is go through hell again.”

He said he understood the pain felt by restaurant owners and other businesses. “We will get there,” he said. “We just feel it is too early to go this Thursday. We will absolutely get there. We completely understand the pain and have nothing but complete sympathy for that.

— Amy S. Rosenberg

8:25 AM - June 30, 2020
8:25 AM - June 30, 2020

Philly to offer more coronavirus rental assistance to residents

Graffiti in West Philadelphia during the coronavirus stay-at-home order calls for a rent strike.
Samantha Melamed
Graffiti in West Philadelphia during the coronavirus stay-at-home order calls for a rent strike.

Philadelphia will offer a second round of rental assistance for tenants impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting Monday, renters can begin to apply for help with their rent. Applicants must be Philadelphia residents who have lost more than 30% of their income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the first round of pandemic rental assistance, 13,000 Philadelphians applies. More than 10,200 met the program’s requirements, but the city ran out of money after helping about 4,000 households.

Officials said the second round is expected to help about 6,300 more renters. The program is funded by money allocated to Pennsylvania from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Philadelphia’s share is $28.45 million.

— Rob Tornoe

7:30 AM - June 30, 2020
7:30 AM - June 30, 2020

Borgata to remain closed as New Jersey bars smoking and drinking at Atlantic City casinos

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. will remain closed rather than reopen later this week under new restrictions.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. will remain closed rather than reopen later this week under new restrictions.

When casinos are allowed to reopen in Atlantic City on Thursday at 25% capacity, patrons won’t be allowed to eat, smoke, or drink on the casino floor, according to a new executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City’s most profitable property, has decided to remain closed rather than hold an invitation-only soft opening on Thursday ahead of the planned reopening to the public on Monday.

“Our guests expect a special experience when they come to our property and if we cannot provide that level of hospitality, we feel it best that we remain closed until such time that the Governor lets us know it is safe to offer food and beverage,” MGM Resorts International, the parent company of the Borgata, said in a statement.

“No smoking is very bad for casinos,” Steve Callender, head of the Tropicana and president of the Casino Association of New Jersey, told The Associated Press. Asked Monday night whether the smoking ban could be a deal-breaker that could cause additional casinos to choose not to reopen under such restrictions, Callender said, “I very well think it could.”

Other casino owners were waiting for details from Murphy’s executive order before offering an update on their own operations. Among those was Joe Lupo, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

“We are disappointed that we cannot provide the experience our guests expect and deserve,” Lupo said.

Murphy said on Monday he was forced to reverse course on allowing indoor dining following new reports of coronavirus cases spiking in states that have allowed restaurants to reopen. He also cited “knucklehead behavior” he and other officials saw at local outdoor restaurants, which included guests not following social distancing guidelines and not wearing face masks.

— Amy Rosenberg and Rob Tornoe

7:15 AM - June 30, 2020
7:15 AM - June 30, 2020

Where cases are surging and falling in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, which reported the largest single-day increase in new cases since June 12 on Saturday, the biggest increases in infections over the last seven days compared with two weeks ago were in Allegheny, Lackawanna, and Lancaster Counties.

Philadelphia had a slight increase, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties had declining rates, and Bucks remained steady.

In Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, some of the uptick may be linked to an increase in young adults going out to bars and not social distancing, state and county health officials said. County officials suspended the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption at bars and restaurants.

“We know when we have a problem,” said Gov. Tom Wolf outside the UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg on Monday. “We think it’s the bars. I think in the Southeast and Philadelphia, they’re thinking it’s the same thing.”

— Justine McDaniel, Erin McCarthy and John Duchneskie

7:00 AM - June 30, 2020
7:00 AM - June 30, 2020

Update expected on Philly’s potential move to ‘green’ phase as risky behavior worries officials

A sign in Fairmount Park, behind the Art Museum, in Phila., Pa. reminding people to practice social distancing on June 26, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has killed tens of thousands of people worldwide.
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A sign in Fairmount Park, behind the Art Museum, in Phila., Pa. reminding people to practice social distancing on June 26, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has killed tens of thousands of people worldwide.

New increases in the number of coronavirus cases and risky behavior among people at bars, restaurants, and beaches has caused officials in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware to warn residents to follow safety measures amid the ongoing pandemic.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said indoor dining would not be allowed to begin this week as planned and said the state was “losing ground” in terms of numbers of new cases and hospitalizations, citing data from the last two weeks. Delaware, which had been scheduled to move to its final phase of reopening Monday but postponed it, was warning weekend beachgoers to get coronavirus tests.

Philadelphia officials are expected to provide an update today on the city’s potential move to its modified “green” phase, aspects of which may be postponed because case numbers are not falling. The city added nearly 300 new coronavirus cases over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, keeping in line with recent daily case counts.

As some states that reopened faster saw large spikes in infections last week, Pennsylvania and New Jersey were among more cautious states with declining case numbers. But people congregating at restaurants, bars, and beaches have contributed to the new upticks in infections or pauses in reopening.

Murphy said indoor dining, which was set to resume Thursday, will be postponed indefinitely, citing reports of new cases spiking in other states following restaurant openings as well as instances of “knucklehead behavior” at local outdoor restaurants.

“We’ve always said that we would not hesitate to hit pause if needed to safeguard public health,” Murphy said during his daily coronavirus news briefing Monday. “This is one of those times.”

— Justine McDaniel, Erin McCarthy and Allison Steele