New Jersey Restaurants Call On Murphy To Set Dates For Indoor, Outdoor Dining

Sean Adams
May 29, 2020 - 2:35 pm

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SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Restaurants are predicting a gloomy recover period, and in New Jersey, owners are hoping to catch the ear of Gov. Phil Murphy.

The New Jersey Restaurant Association is using a united voice to plead with the governor to allow outdoor dining beginning June 5 and indoor service at 50% capacity by June 15. 

Chris Wood, owners of Woody’s Grill in Sea Bright, says they will have the proper measures in place to ensure social distancing and health codes.

He notes that restaurants need to get back to work now if they hope to survive in the future. 

“We just don't see a reason why residents of New Jersey in Trenton, for example, should go to New Hope, Pennsylvania to eat outside. Why should people, who were previously going to go to Atlantic City or Wildwood, now go out to go down to the Delaware or the Maryland beaches to enjoy the beaches and eat outside?” Wood asks. “Let's keep that revenue in the state. Let's keep the jobs in the state and let's keep the business operating in the state.”

New Jersey's Restaurant Association estimates 20% of restaurants in the state won't survive the pandemic shut down. At least 85% of restaurant employees are still out of work in New Jersey.

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