NJ restaurants, bars can offer in-person, outdoor dining June 15

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  New Jersey has taken another step on the road to economic recovery in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Phil Murphy will allow restaurants and bars to offer in-person, outdoor dining as of June 15.

“Restaurants and bars will have to ensure that table seating individual groups are 6 feet apart, and they’ll have to abide by a number of safety protocols that the Department of Health will be issuing,” Murphy said. 

NEW: Today, I will sign an Executive Order that will allow restaurants and bars to begin offering in-person, outdoor dining on Monday, June 15th. --️Tables seating individual groups must be six feet apart, and other safety and sanitization protocols must be followed. pic.twitter.com/oRyRqhUJWd

— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 3, 2020

The state has also received a report on how long-term care facilities have handled the infection. 

About half of the almost 12,000 coronavirus-related deaths within the state have occurred in nursing homes. 

Murphy said most of the recommendations will be put into effect in one way or another.

“It is a call for all of us to do better. Better communication, better support for staff and residents, better monitoring and better coordination between the state on the one hand and facilities on the other. And we are ready to do better,” he said.

The state has now reported 162,068 coronavirus cases.