Parents or guardians are now allowed to attend their children’s athletic events, according to Executive Order 220 signed Feb. 12 by Gov. Phil Murphy. The order took effect immediately.  

“As a father of four, I know how difficult it has been for many parents to not be able to see their kids participate in sports,” said Murphy. “With our (pandemic) metrics trending in the right direction, we feel comfortable taking this step and allowing parents back into youth sporting events.” 

Under the executive order, up to two parents or guardians per student athlete will be able to attend indoor or outdoor youth sports practices and competitions. No other spectators are permitted, and even with the parents or guardians, indoor youth sporting events may never exceed 35% capacity or 150 people. 

All spectators must follow the New Jersey Department of Health’s sports activities guidance including mask requirements, social distancing guidelines, and staying home when sick. Spectators will be expected to cooperate with contact-tracing efforts. School districts will retain the ability to impose stricter guidelines.