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N.J. Gov. Murphy: New Jersey restaurants can open for indoor dining at 25 percent capacity Friday

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that restaurants statewide will be able to open for indoor dining beginning this Friday, Sept. 4, at 25% capacity and with social distancing between tables.
 
“Reopening responsibly will help us restore one of our state’s key industries while continuing to make progress against #COVID19,” Murphy said via Twitter.

During a news conference, Murphy announced rules for indoor dining: Parties must capped at eight people, and tables must be 6 feet apart; Staff must wear masks all times; Diners must wear masks when not in their seats; Food and beverages can only be consumed while seated; Diners must keep masks on while waiting for food and once they're eating and drinking is finished. "Walking around with a drink indoors will not be tolerated," Murphy said.
 
Additionally, Murphy said: You can only order food while seated at your table and only staff can bring you food and beverages; You can dine at the bar but you must be properly socially distanced; Groups seated at the bar must be capped at four people; Air conditioner units must be turned for outdoor air to flow into dining areas; Windows must be open for air flow into dining areas; Restaurants must post signage saying that no one with a fever can enter the establishment; Restaurants are encouraged to take reservations; Customers should wait in their cars if they have to wait for a table, and if social distancing can't be maintained in outdoor waiting areas; Buffets and salad bars are prohibited; Restaurants should disinfect all commonly touched areas, such as menus; Physical barriers should be posted at cash registers; Employers must do daily health screenings of their staff; Restaurants should ensure ventilation, heating and air conditioning units are working properly; Air conditioning and heating units must be run two hours before and two hours after the facility is occupied.
 
The announcement comes a day before New Jersey will reopen gyms and indoor amusements across the state.

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