I can definitely say that today's announcements from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy were some that I had been anxiously waiting to hear, especially when you see the state of my hairstyle.

In Monday's (June 1st) daily COVID-19 coronavirus press conference, Governor Murphy announced that barber shops and hair salons will be allowed to open before the end of the month.

Barbers and hair salon openings are still three weeks away from the time that I'm writing this, on June 22nd, but in just two weeks, restaurants will be able to reopen for outdoor dining.

In addition to the outdoor dining, on June 15th, non-essential retailers will also have the green light to move forward with reopening.

While a specific date wasn't given for gyms to open back up, the plans call for them to follow the restaurant, non-essential retailer, and salon reopenings.

Here's the official statement from Governor Murphy's official Twitter page:

Governor Murphy also talked about the fact that New Jersey can now conduct around 20,000 tests a day and is ramping up contact tracing efforts.

By the end of May, New Jersey now has the ability to conduct more than three times the number of tests than it had in March, when the capacity was around 6,000 tests a day.

More details on the testing and contact tracing efforts have also been posted to Governor Murphy's Twitter page:

The Governor's social media account also posted plenty more graphs, metrics, charts, and numbers from across the state. You can dig into all of it by clicking here.

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