COVID-19: Governor Announces Indefinite Delay on Resumption of Indoor Dining

Henrietta Strickland
June 30, 2020

New Jersey residents won't be eating in restaurants for a while.

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that a planned restart of indoor dining at New Jersey restaurants has been postponed due to evidence showing a lack of health precautions at restaurants that have reopened in others states and a slight spike in COVID-19 cases in New Jersey.

Murphy said spikes in coronavirus cases in several other states have been "driven, in part, by the return of patrons to indoor dining establishments where they are seated, without face coverings, for significant periods of time".

Either way, Murphy is not alone: even Republican governors like Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida have rolled back some of the business reopenings in their states because of concerns about the number of new cases. "This is one of those times". Food and beverage establishments must follow health protocols including seating no more than eight people at a table and spacing parties at least 6 feet apart.

"Overcrowding. A complete disregard for social distancing", Murphy wrote.

"The carelessness of one establishment can completely undo the good work of many others", Murphy continued."We will not tolerate outlier bars and restaurants - and, frankly, patrons - who think the rules don't apply to them".

New York, New Jersey and CT are requiring visitors from states with coronavirus spikes to quarantine for 14 days and could fine violators $10,000. Murphy said Monday that 156 new cases had been reported, bringing the state's cumulative total to 171, 272.

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