NJ rules force waitstaff to become ‘mask police’

Business owners eager for the state to reach herd immunity

New Jersey’s COVID-19-related rules have turned unwilling waitstaff into “mask police,” says one restaurant owner, and confrontations with customers are getting nasty. New Jersey did not follow New York and Connecticut’s lead and abolish the mandatory wearing of masks indoors Wednesday.

Gov. Phil Murphy did remove limits on indoor dining — permitting 100% capacity at restaurants. But with social distancing rules still in place and guests required to be 6 feet apart, owners say that did little to help eateries add many tables or much-needed revenue.

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