Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that limited indoor dining can resume Sept. 4. Murphy first announced indoor dining would restart on July 2, but he pulled the plug just days prior citing spikes in coronavirus cases where states reopened too quickly.
Restaurant owners, staff and patrons will all have to follow a number of rules in order to eat inside. Ventilation has been a big sticking point so windows must be open with AC units running to pull fresh air from outdoors. Restaurants will be limited to 25% capacity with 6 feet between tables. Tables are limited to eight customers unless diners are from the same family. Staff and patrons must wear masks. Exceptions are for patrons that are seated and eating. Additionally, customers must remained seated with food and drink.
The restaurant and business community call the decision appreciated but long overdue. Alex Cormier is the owner of Broadmoor Restaurant in Lambertville. He says they’ve lost a lot of revenue as they’ve watched more than eight weeks of the prime summer season go by. Cormier spoke with Senior Correspondent Briana Vannozzi as he races to reopen his doors in just a few days.