After nearly three months of serving only takeout, and just one week after Governor Murphy allowed outdoor dining to reopen, restaurants can open their doors for indoor dining on July 2nd.
Murphy made the announcement this morning via his Twitter account.
Restaurants will be required to limit their indoor capacity to 25%. The governor advised that additional guidelines will come over the next several days.
While this announcement comes as a major milestone in stage two of New Jersey's restart and recovery, if health trends change over the next week, Murphy said, "we will hit pause on the current plan."
However, Murphy said a crackdown is coming for N.J. bars and restaurants after one Morristown bar had their outdoor dining license revoked for exceeding capacity.
The governor indicated that stage three could be just around the corner given residents "continue to be smart."
Additionally, Murphy announced that N.J. casinos may also reopen on July 2nd at 25% capacity, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.
It's safe to say that reservations will be STRONGLY encouraged.