NEW JERSEY – Governor Phil Murphy Wednesday announced that New Jersey will expand indoor dining capacity to 50 percent beginning March 19. Currently, restaurants are operating at 35 percent capacity.
“In New Jersey, we will continue to move deliberately, responsibly, and incrementally, guided by public health data,” Murphy said. “We feel confident in this step given the improving metrics we have seen over the last several weeks in both New Jersey and New York City, as well as the continued ramp up of our vaccination program. Our states will continue to work together to protect the health of as many residents as possible.”
These capacity increases are part of the state’s continued efforts to jump start their post-COVID recovery and reinvigorate the economy. New Jersey last expanded indoor dining on February 5, 2021. During that time, the number of hospitalizations in the state has dropped by over 1,000 and has remained consistent. This expanded capacity is subject to strict state guidance, Murphy said.