Summer Return Date For Outdoor Non-Contact Sports Announced

The initial announcement comes about two minutes into the briefing. 

Governor Murphy has announced that organized non-contact outdoor sports practices may resume on June 22nd. The announcement came during a live streamed coronavirus briefing on Friday afternoon and was paired with separate opening dates for child-care services (6/15) and youth camps (7/6).

Health and safety standards that must be followed to make this happen will be released by the Department of Health and Department of Children and Families in the coming weeks. 

UPDATE: NJSIAA Releases Statement On Return To Sports

"Organized sports will be able to restart on June 22nd," Murphy stated, "However at that time activities will be limited to sports activities conducted outdoors, and there can be no contact drills or activities for the time being."

It was later confirmed in the Q&A portion that this does apply to high school and college sports. Also noted was the limit for an outdoor gathering is still 25 persons who are properly social distancing, with hopes that this number can increase as the summer moves along if metrics go in the right direction.

A list of specific sports and an overview of the guidelines that need to be followed weren't released during the briefing.

"Especially for the countless kids who have been looking forward to playing baseball, or softball, or soccer, or others sports, we are proud to take this step." Murphy added, "we want you to have an active summer with your friends playing the sport you love but at the same time protecting your health."

Update: The executive order states that high school activities must follow NJSIAA guidelines and cannot return any earlier than June 30th.