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Jun 01, 2020

Gov. Murphy Announces Dates to Reopen Restaurants, Stores, Salons and Barber Shops

Gov. Phil Murphy has taken the first steps of stage 2 in his restart and recovery program. On Monday, June 15, restaurants will be able to open for outdoor seating, and retail stores will open with limited occupancy. Salons and barber shops can begin serving their clients on Monday, June 22.

Following these businesses will be gyms and health clubs, Murphy said, though a date has not yet been determined.

Business owners, among others in the restaurant industry, have said, “Give us guidance and give us a week or so to prepare and we’ll be ready,” according to Murphy.

Many restaurant owners are eager to open and begin serving their loyal customers again, as evidenced by the press conference held at Woody’s Ocean Grille in Sea Bright last week. Woody’s owner Christopher Wood and President of the NJ Restaurant and Hospitality Association Marilou Halverson, along with other business owners, spoke on their preparedness to serve their Jersey Shore customers.

New Jersey is leading the country in number of daily tests per capita, and as Murphy continues to recite, data determine dates. As stage 1 has proceeded in a series of steps, stage 2 will also be completed incrementally while social distancing continues to be encouraged.