• Whitney Ullman

FINALLY! N.J. Indoor Dining to Resume September 4th as per Governor Phil Murphy

Even if it's at limited capacity, restaurants in New Jersey will be allowed to resume indoor dining at 25%, effective September 4th, as per an early morning announcement by Governor Phil Murphy. There will be other safety guidelines that need to be followed as well, but it's at least a good start!


"Restaurants statewide will be able to open for indoor dining beginning this FRIDAY at 25% capacity and with social distancing between tables,” Murphy said in a tweet. “Reopening responsibly will help us restore one of our state’s key industries while continuing to make progress against #COVID19.”


Some restrictions on indoor dining include:

  • Patrons required to wear masks unless they are eating, under the age of 2, or have a health issue.

  • Staff members required to wear masks.

  • Tables spaced at least 6 feet apart.

  • Enhanced sanitation.

  • Guests placing orders only at a table and staffers bringing food and beverages only to tables.

  • Patrons barred from walking around while eating.

  • Limiting seating to a maximum of 8 customers per table — unless from an immediate family or the same household

  • Encouraging reservations for greater control of customer traffic.

  • Requiring customers to provide a phone number if making a reservation to facilitate contact tracing.

*details above from nj.com


Link to the original executive order in March:

https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-157.pdf


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