New Jersey Governor Signs Executive Order to Reopen Music Venues

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday, August 31 that indoor performance venues would be allowed to reopen, with reduced capacity, starting Sept. 4.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center pre-COVID.

Included in the executive order are music venues, performance centers and movie theaters.

Murphy’s rules are simple: continue to follow CDC recommended guidelines, and along with the recommendations, a capacity limit is in place at 25% or 150 people.

Although for many artists this is good news, travel restrictions and capacity limits are still a concern as far as profiting off of the shows go.

Around 40 clubs and venues in New Jersey are members of the National Independent Venues Association, which made headlines last month when they started the #SaveOurStages Act. They continue to petition for nationwide financial aid to struggling music venues.

According to, some industry workers believe there will be a huge turn out with large-scale events, while others don’t think the country is even close to going back to any normalcy.

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