Murphy halts indoor dining resumption

Henrietta Strickland
June 30, 2020

Governor Phil Murphy, seen this weekend at Martell's Waters Edge in Bayville inside the bar to escape the pouring rain outside said he is suspending his plan to reopen indoor dining across New Jersey. "However, after COVID-19 spikes in other states driven in part by the return of indoor dining, we have chose to postpone indoor dining indefinitely", the Governor said at his daily briefing.

"We've always said that we would not hesitate to hit pause if needed to safeguard public health", Murphy tweeted.

Governor Murphy stressed that New Jersey has taken a cautious approach through every step of our restart. On Monday, Murphy announced the state would halt implementing indoor restaurant seating, which was expected to begin in three days.

New Jersey reopened outdoor dining June 15 after almost three months of only takeout or delivery, but the governor said the move to allow eating inside restaurants is paused indefinitely.

"We have seen spikes in other states driven, in part, by the return of patrons to indoor dining establishments, where they are seated, and without face coverings, for significant periods of time", he continued, according to NJ.com.

Murphy noted that many establishments and patrons are complying with reopening requirements, and urged others to do the same.

"The carelessness of one establishment can completely undo the good work of many others", he wrote.

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. It was one of the last states to lift its stay-at-home order, doing so only on June 9.

New Jersey reported 171,272 positive COVID-19 cases with 13,138 deaths Monday.

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