New Jersey’s restaurants can expand their indoor dining capacity to 35% capacity — an increase of 10 percent — effective Friday, February 5th, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.
Murphy also lifted the statewide 10:00 PM restaurant indoor service limit, but local restrictions may remain in place and public health protocols put in place to prevent COVID-19 spread must be adhered to. The prohibition on seating at indoor bar areas will remain in effect, as it creates the danger of close and prolonged proximity between patrons, bartenders, and servers.
Also effective Friday, February 5th, indoor performance venues, indoor entertainment and recreation areas, such as casinos and gyms; indoor gatherings that are religious ceremonies (weddings, memorials, funerals); as well as indoor political activities) can also operate at 35% capacity. Personal care businesses are also increased to allow 35% capacity on Friday.