New Jersey governor allowing limited indoor dining
New Jersey’s Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said Monday that restaurants across the state could reopen for indoor dining at one-quarter capacity, effective on Friday.
New Jersey is the last state to reopen indoor dining areas in some capacity after the practice was shut down in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Reopening responsibly will help us restore one of our state’s key industries while continuing to make progress against #COVID19,” Murphy wrote on Twitter.
NEW: Restaurants statewide will be able to open for indoor dining beginning this FRIDAY at 25% capacity and with social distancing between tables.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) August 31, 2020
More than 190,000 people in New Jersey have reported cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began, and more than 15,000 have died there. The state has seen its rate of new cases largely flatten after a spike in late spring saw thousands of new cases being reported every day for weeks.
Murphy originally planned to allow indoor dining to resume in early July but halted those plans after other states reported spikes in new COVID-19 cases after reopening restaurants for indoor dining.