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

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.