New Jersey is “indefinitely” postponing the reopening of its restaurants for inland dining, Governor Phil Murphy announced, citing coronavirus spikes in other parts of the country.
“UPDATE: INTERIOR DINNER WILL NO LONGER RESUME ON THURSDAY,” the Democratic governor said in a tweet.
“We had planned to loosen the restrictions this week. However, after # COVID19 spikes in other states driven, in part, by the return of the inner meal, we have decided to indefinitely postpone the inner meal. “
New Jersey allowed its bars and restaurants to resume at least cookouts on June 15, but Murphy said there is already a problem with that.
“We also feel compelled to pause food indoors because of what we’ve seen at some establishments across the state. Overpopulation. A complete disregard for social distancing. Very few, IF ANY, cover their faces, “wrote the governor.
“The scenes we see in our newspapers and on social media CANNOT CONTINUE.
“I acknowledge that there are many more establishments whose owners, managers, and clients have been responsible, and have lived up to not only the guidance we’ve published, but also the spirit of the community to help protect customers and residents.” Murphy said. said.
But “neglect of one establishment can completely undo the good work of many others. We will not tolerate atypical bars and restaurants, and frankly, customers, who think the rules don’t apply to them. “
Murphy’s announced recall from inside restaurants came several hours after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York City may also have to delay permission for its restaurants to provide internal seating service. . City restaurants are slated to go to dinner at half capacity on July 6.
Other states like Florida, Arizona and Texas have seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases recently, raising serious concerns about a new outbreak in New York, Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The blast of infection has already prompted Cuomo, Murphy, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to impose a 14-day tri-state quarantine on travelers from states registering spikes in cases.