New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order to allow small indoor venues to open for Labor Day Weekend. This plan limits capacity to the lesser of 150 people or 25% of a venue’s capacity, including each screen of a movie theater. This comes after another week of dramatically reduced case growth since the beginning of the pandemic. Though several states in the country are experiencing more record spikes, the state has seen less than 1000 cases a day since June.

Gov. Murphy had this to say:

We have been working hard for several months now to get to this point and after the pullback from our initial early July target date we committed that we would not put ourselves in a similar position again and that we would not allow for indoor dining to resume until we had confidence that we would move forward. I am proud that we are doing this today so that our restaurants can welcome patrons to their dining rooms for the long holiday weekend.

Unfortunately, venues with dance floors will have to have to remain closed, but those with seating and food service will have the opportunity to open sooner than later.

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