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New Jersey will not reopen indoor dining this week as originally planned, postponing the move indefinitely, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said Monday.

Murphy said the decision, the state's first major reversal of its reopening plan, was driven by COVID-19 spikes in other states due in part to the return of indoor dining.


"We do not wish to see New Jersey see a similar spike," Murphy said. "We’ve always said that we would not hesitate to hit pause if needed to safeguard public health. This is one of those times."

Murphy also cited images of overcrowded bars and restaurants across the state, where people were not observing physical distancing, and very few, if any, were wearing masks. 

"The national situation, compounded by instances of knucklehead behavior here at home, are requiring us to hit pause on the restart of indoor dining for the foreseeable future," Murphy said.  

Indoor dining was scheduled to resume Thursday, along with other reopening steps including casinos, amusement parks, gyms and health clubs. Those other businesses will still be allowed to reopen.

Murphy said he made a distinction between indoor dining and the other businesses like casinos because face coverings are mandatory, whereas they cannot be worn when eating and drinking. 

Murphy said people are also more sedentary and are closer together in a bar or restaurant.

"Given the current situation in numerous other states we do not believe it is prudent at this time to push forward with what is, in effect, a sedentary indoor activity – especially when we know that this virus moves differently indoors than out, making it even more deadly,” Murphy said. 

The reversal comes after other states like Texas, Florida and parts of California have closed bars after being linked to coronavirus case spikes. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) expressed regret over the weekend for allowing bars to reopen. 

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A savvy mum has created an indoor climbing wall for her bored toddler – and it costs just pounds to do

A MUM has created an incredible indoor climbing wall for her bored toddler - and it cost her less than £20. 

Mum Zuzanna Jaskolka‎ was looking for ways to keep her two-year-old, Ezra, entertained, when she came across climbing holds online. 

4Mum Zuzanna Jaskolka decided to crate an epic indoor climbing wall Credit: Zuzanna Jaskolka‎

She picked up a fews packs of 10 multi-coloured holds from Amazon, which cost £15.18 each, and set about putting them up in Ezra’s bedroom. 

The end result is a DIY climbing wall, which she says has kept her son busy for hours. 

Zuzanna shared her project to Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas, where it’s racked up more than 3,000 likes. 

She said: “One very happy & busy 2 year old toddler.

4She says it's kept her two-year-old, Ezra, entertained for hoursCredit: Zuzanna Jaskolka‎

“Holds are from amazon just type in ‘climbing wall holds’ most already come with bolts.”

More than 1,000 people have commented on her post, in awe of her budget creation. 

One person said: “How cool is this.”

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Another wrote: “That’s amazing.”

A third thought: “Great idea hehe!! I’m going to have a look.”

This mum wrote: “We should so do this somewhere!”

While another added: “I'm doing this for my son when we move.”

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