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Jun 22, 2020

BREAKING: Gov. Murphy Announces Date Restaurants May Begin Indoor Dining

Phase 2 of Restart of Recovery has included the resumption of outdoor dining, barber shops and spas. Today, state officials have taken further steps in reaching a sense of normalcy for New Jersey residents.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced that beginning Thursday, July 2, indoor dining may resume with a limited capacity of 25 percent. Casinos are also able to reopen with a 25 percent capacity. Additional health and safety guidelines will be released soon, Murphy said.

Indoor dining began June 15 in New Jersey and was met with praise by resident and success for local small business owners.

In Red Bank, tables and chairs adorned Broad Street with lights strung above patrons as they enjoyed a much-anticipated night out. In Long Branch, Brighton Avenue from Ocean Boulevard to Sairs Avenue was closed for the weekend to accommodate diners. Throughout Monmouth County, restaurants with outdoor dining capabilities have welcomed patrons eager to spend time out with friends and family.