NJ Gov. Phil Murphy announced an outdoor gathering limit of 25 beginning December 7, 2020, but clarified a point about dining outdoors at restaurants.

If most New Jerseyans wear masks, avoid gatherings and keep 6 feet away from others, the Garden State could see the second wave of COVID-19 cases peak as soon as Dec. 14, and the highest hospitalization count for COVID patients on Jan. 1, according to the state’s moderate modeling predictions. 

Daily infection counts could peak at 5,466 in two weeks, and about 4,984 people could be in the hospital on New Year’s Day, according to four-month predictions from the Office of Innovation provided to The Record and

That’s an earlier peak than was predicted by modeling in October, which anticipated that a second wave would not peak until March 2021 in both a moderate and a worst-case scenario. 

Story continues below models: