Muslims observing Ramadan won't be able to attend large gatherings, due to capacity and spacing restrictions still in effect in the pandemic.
"We know that, for many of our residents, the ability to worship together plays a central role in well-being and mental health," Murphy said.
Empty pews due to COVID-19 have meant empty collection baskets for churches throughout the region. Our Lady of Mount Carmel might be the first casualty.
On May 21 a letter was sent to Gov. Phil Murphy from a law firm representing 67 churches and their pastors and congregants arguing the right to assemble and worship.
This week, Catholics started going back to church as the buildings reopened under the direction of the Newark Archdiocese, but for personal prayers only.
Like the rest of its residents, Montclair's Muslim community is adjusting to social distancing, adapting how they celebrate things like Ramadan.