Gov. Murphy vows 'major' announcement on NJ COVID restrictions Monday

Gov. Phil Murphy speaks in the lobby of the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County in Red Bank Friday, April 16, 2021, before he toured the COVID-19 vaccination site there
Gov. Phil Murphy speaks in the lobby of the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County in Red Bank Friday, April 16, 2021, before he toured the COVID-19 vaccination site there. Photo credit Thomas P. Costello via Imagn Content Services, LLC

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Murphy promised a “major announcement” Monday on easing restrictions imposed in New Jersey due to COVID-19.

Murphy said in a Twitter post that with COVID-19 metrics “decisively trending in the right direction,” his 1 p.m. Monday announcement will deal with “easing restrictions and ramping up our vaccinations.”

Murphy spokesperson Alexandra Altman said last week the governor planned “a series of reopening announcements next week.”

On Friday, business, casino and political officials called on the Democratic governor to ease coronavirus regulations enough to allow conventions and trade shows to resume in Atlantic City.

The officials called for allowing meetings to utilize available space at 50% of capacity, as is permitted on the gambling floors of the city's nine casinos.