New COVID-19 Restrictions in New Jersey: Restaurants, Bars To Close Indoor Service by 10 p.m.

As the state battles a second wave of coronavirus infections, Gov. Phil Murphy announced new restrictions Monday to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey.

Effective Thursday, November 12th:

  • No indoor dining between 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM at restaurants, bars, clubs, and lounges
  • Outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery services may continue past 10:00 PM
  • Casinos must stop serving food/drinks at 10:00 PM
  • All barside seating will be prohibited
  • Restaurants may place tables closer than 6 feet ONLY if separated by barriers
  • Individual fully-enclosed dining bubbles may be set-up for outside use

The last thing I want to do is shut our economy back down. Thankfully, we’re not at that point,” said Murphy. “A second wave is here. This is our reality. We must redouble our efforts and recommit to the practices that have gotten us this far – social distancing, washing our hands, and wearing our masks.”

Murphy announced that also starting Thursday, all interstate games and tournaments for indoor youth sports – up to and including high school – are prohibited.

“It is simply not safe for teams to be crossing state lines at this time to participate in indoor competitions,” he said.

The new restrictions come as cases are climbing in New Jersey. The state reported another 2,075 new positive COVID-19 test results Monday. Since last Thursday, New Jersey has recorded 9,524 additional cases – an average of 2,381 each of the past four days.

Another sobering statistic: Monday is also the the first day since June 9th that total hospitalizations topped 1,500. New Jersey has also not had 300+ ICU patients since June 17th.

Gov. Murphy also reported another 11 additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the statewide total to 14,640.

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