Governor Phil Murphy announced today by Twitter that indoor dining is postponed indefinitely.
Due to Covid-19 spikes in other states that have resumed indoor dining, New Jersey will not allow it to resume as originally planned this Thursday.
Murphy said he is pausing the resumption of indoor dining because of examples across the state of overcrowding, a complete disregard for social distancing and few face coverings. The numerous scenes in newspapers and on social media like this one from Jersey City Chief Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut cannot continue.
???????? The Factory on Communipaw has regularly violated COVID restrictions throughout the pandemic. 100s of people inside w/ no masks twice this weekend. JCPD summonses were issued both times. We’ll see them in court (1/2) ???? pic.twitter.com/HPzBjgjyD9
— Jake Hudnut (@JakeHudnut) June 29, 2020
Murphy said “the carelessness of one establishment can completely undo the good work of many others.” “We will not tolerate outlier bars and restaurants – and, frankly, patrons who think the rules don’t apply to them.”
He concluded by saying that “compliance isn’t a polite suggestion, it is required.”
No other information was provided when indoor dining could resume.
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