New Jersey Puts Indoor Dining On Pause Indefinitely Because Of Coronavirus

Dining Establishments in New Jersey, like this one in Hoboken, can open for outdoor dining. Indoor service was tentatively set to resume on July 2, however Gov. Phil Murphy revealed it will be postponed indefinitely due to public health issues.

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Dining Establishments in New Jersey, like this one in Hoboken, can open for outdoor dining. Indoor service was tentatively set to resume on July 2, however Gov. Phil Murphy announced it will be postponed forever due to public health issues.

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Indoor dining establishment dining in New Jersey, at first set to open Thursday, is held off indefinitely.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that limitations will stay in location, mentioning rises in COVID-19 cases in other states “driven by, in part, the return of indoor dining.”

The announcement comes as a few of the states are experiencing COVID-19 spikes and walking back their own resuming plans.

” Weve constantly said that we would not be reluctant to strike pause if required to secure public health,” Murphy tweeted. “This is one of those times.”

Murphy stated that social networks and news reports showing overcrowding, social distancing violations and a lack of face coverings at some establishments statewide likewise contributed to the choice to delay indoor dining.

New Jersey was among the states hardest struck by the coronavirus earlier this spring, but brought the variety of brand-new cases down substantially after weeks of limiting steps. It was among the last states to lift its stay-at-home order, doing so only on June 9.

Murphy noted that numerous facilities and customers are abiding by resuming requirements, and advised others to do the same.

” The negligence of one facility can totally reverse the great work of lots of others,” he composed. “We will not tolerate outlier bars and restaurants– and frankly, customers– who believe the rules do not use to them.”

Outside dining reopened in New Jersey on June 15 under Stage Two of the states restart and healing plan. Food and drink facilities need to follow health protocols including seating no more than eight people at a table and spacing celebrations at least 6 feet apart.

After Texas reported 3 successive days of record-breaking case increases, Gov. Greg Abbott purchased bars to close and dining establishments to minimize their seating capability. And in California, authorities mandated the closure of all bars in seven counties and advised closures in 8 others.

The state was taping more than 3,000 new cases a day for much of April, with cases diminishing gradually throughout May and June. Murphy said Monday that 156 new cases had been reported, bringing the states cumulative overall to 171, 272.