Gov. Murphy hints at indoor dining expansion; offers no timeline
Gov. Phil Murphy has been hinting at expanding indoor dining capacity but has not committed to any type of timeline.
The governor told News 12 New Jersey on “Ask Gov. Murphy” that the expansion probably won’t happen this week.
“I don’t say that with any amount of joy,” Murphy said.
FULL EPISODE: News 12 New Jersey's Ask Gov. Murphy - Oct. 19, 2020
Restaurants have been operating with 25% indoor capacity for the last several weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But many restaurant owners say that it is not enough to keep them in business.
“I’m concerned that we send mixed messages that we cannot afford to do right now,” Murphy said.
The governor cited the 5,000 new COVID-19 cases that New Jersey has seen over the last five days. But he says that there is no evidence that the rising number of cases is related to indoor dining.
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