N.J. COVID updates: Capacities expanded for large venues, banquet halls, outdoor gatherings. Vaccines preventing infections, too. Here’s the latest. (March 30, 2021)

New Jersey’s outdoor gathering limits will climb significantly later this week, while entertainment venues and banquet halls will also be able to welcome more patrons. Outdoor venues that seat at least 2,500 will be able to fill to 30% capacity while indoor venues can max out at 20% starting at 6 a.m. Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy said at his Monday coronavirus press briefing. When Murphy loosened restrictions on March 1, the rule was venues of 5,000 or more could fill to 15% capacity outside and 10% indoors. In addition, general outdoor gathering limits will increase from 25 to 200 on Friday. Reli…

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