Bar owner calls Gov. Murphy's new restrictions on restaurant industry unfair
Gov. Phil Murphy is once again enacting restrictions on bars and restaurants due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, and business owners are not very happy.
Gov. Murphy's administration is set to order bars and restaurants to halt indoor dining from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting this week because of an uptick in coronavirus. Bar seating will also no longer be allowed at any time because data shows that too many cases are linked to bars.
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Mo Atzbi, owner of Hailey's Harp and Pub in Metuchen, says he's feeling targeted again. He's been trying to expand a brand-new indoor bar in time for winter and now he's going to have to pivot his plans again.
"My head is about to pop off from all of the pivots that we've had to go through," says Atzbi. "I understand that public health is a factor, but I don't see restaurants as the super spreader."
Atzbi says businesses are going to have to kick people out. He says they're just going to go back home with people and be in another place where masks are not mandated.
Gov. Murphy says he's basing his decision on the troubling data. He says there were 2,075 new cases of COVID-19 reported. The four-day average has been 2,381 with a rate of transmission of 1.24.
The new restrictions go into effect Thursday. There will also be no interstate indoor youth sports games or tournaments. That also goes for high school sports.