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Murphy Order Allows Parents to Attend Children's Sporting Events


New Jersey parents will get the chance to watch their children play sports again, under an order announced by Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday.

The rule change allows two parents or guardians per student to attend indoor and outdoor practices and competitions.

The order, which applies to high school and youth sports, takes effect immediately. “This is something I have been wanting to do for our student athletes and their biggest fans, and I urge everyone to take the proper precautions,” Murphy said. “I don’t not want to have to reverse course — no one wants to reverse course on this.”

Still, it will be up to school districts to decide whether to allow parents at sporting events, and whether to make that change now or later. Officials said they expect all attendees to follow the public health guidance around coronavirus.