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Gov. Murphy says executive order on outdoor gatherings applies to sports

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy made clear on Monday that his Executive Order limiting outdoor gatherings in the state of New Jersey would mean that fans would not be able to attend training camps or games for the New York Giants and New York Jets until conditions improve.

Murphy’s statement:

“My administration has been working in close coordination with professional sports and college teams to determine how to proceed safely with games at their stadiums amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While we look forward to the day we can return to games as normal and cheer from the stands, continued concerns for the health and safety of fans, team members, and staff dictates that our executive order limiting outdoor gatherings does apply to sporting events, including training camp.

“We will continue to closely monitor the public health reality and work with health experts to determine how to move forward, and we will continue to work closely with the teams as conditions change. Like all fans across New Jersey, I look forward to watching our teams play from home and plan to be there in person to support our teams when it is safe to do so.”

The Giants and Jets issued a joint statement reacting to the announcement. Here, from the Giants official website, is part of their version:

“We support Governor Murphy’s decision in the interest of public health and safety and, until circumstances change, both the Giants and Jets will play our games without the benefit of fans in attendance. Although we would prefer to have fans at MetLife Stadium for our games, we will continue to work with Governor Murphy’s office and will provide updates if necessary.

“Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, each team’s 2020 Training Camps and practices will not be open to the public.

“We urge our fans to continue to take the necessary precautions recommended by health officials to stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at MetLife Stadium as soon as possible.

“Giants Season Ticket Members who have not already completed the 2020 Season Deferment form and have made a previous payment towards season tickets, please click here to log into your Giants account, where you can choose to receive a refund or to apply your payments as a credit toward next year’s season tickets.”