Bar seating, buffets and capacity limits: New reopening guidelines take effect

Certain coronavirus restrictions around New Jersey, including bar seating at restaurants and capacity limits, are easing.

News 12 Staff

May 7, 2021, 9:35 AM

Updated 1,118 days ago

Share:

Certain coronavirus restrictions around New Jersey, including bar seating at restaurants and capacity limits, are easing.
First, patrons will once again be able to go to a buffet or sit at a bar. Social distancing will still be required. Businesses will have the choice between seating customers 6 feet apart or using partitions to keep them separated.
Some more capacity limits also changed Friday. Outdoor gatherings have a new max of 500 people. Capacity for indoor gatherings is going up to 50%, which applies to things such as catered events, political gatherings, weddings and funerals.
VACCINE INFORMATION: Check to see if you are eligible
APPOINTMENT INFORMATION: Where and how to get vaccinated
SEARCH FOR A CURE: Statistics and State Resources
Dance floors at catered events will also be reopening, just in time for prom season.
Large outdoor venues with 1,000 or more seats can now open at 50% capacity. The capacity limits were originally supposed to go into effect this upcoming Monday, but were instead pushed up to Friday.
"We’ve been waiting for this for a long time," says Adam Zebib, owner of George Steet Ale House in New Brunswick. "In my opinion, it was overdue and we’re very excited to have a back. We’re just going to space people. We’re going to feel it out and see how this all works and then we’ll go from there.”
More guidelines will be taking effect May 19, including the lifting of the 50% capacity limit on businesses such as restaurants.


More from News 12