Indoor Dining in New Jersey Can Start on Friday, According to Governor Murphy

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Governor Murphy just announced Monday, August 31st that indoor dining can resume this Friday in New Jersey — with restrictions.

Restaurants can allow customers indoors beginning Friday, according to Murphy. This move comes only 8 weeks after Murphy put a halt on indoor dining after announcing it would be allowed in July.

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The Governor tweeted Monday, August 31st, “NEW: 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.”

Restaurants will be required to operate under limited capacity and follow other safety guidelines. There will be other restrictions on indoor dining that 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.

New Jersey is one of the last states that wasn’t allowing indoor dining in some form.  On Tuesday, August 25th, Murphy announced gyms across the state would be able to reopen at 25% capacity. Get the latest updates on COVID-19 in Hoboken + Jersey City here.

While you wait, here’s are a few articles to peruse for outdoor dining:

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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County — as her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 50s — she started the site as a Hoboken resident to discover the amazing things happening in the area. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her two pups, or watching Bravo TV and ordering takeout with her husband.