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N.J. Will Enter Second Reopening Stage on June 15, Governor Says

People wearing protective masks sit on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey on May 22. 

People wearing protective masks sit on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey on May 22. 

Photographer: Christopher Occhicone/Bloomberg

New Jersey will begin the second of four reopening stages starting June 15, Governor Phil Murphy announced on Thursday, 100 days since the state reported its first case of coronavirus.

New Jersey has one of the slowest Covid-19 transmission rates in the U.S., he said. Deaths from the virus rose 70 to 12,443, while new cases increased 539 to 165,816.