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Jersey City mayor opposes Gov. Murphy's new restrictions on restaurants

The mayor of Jersey City is not in total agreement with Gov. Phil Murphy's new restrictions that call for bars and restaurants to halt indoor dining from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., starting Thursday.

News 12 Staff

Nov 10, 2020, 4:00 AM

Updated 1,319 days ago

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The mayor of Jersey City is not in total agreement with Gov. Phil Murphy's new restrictions that call for bars and restaurants to halt indoor dining from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., starting Thursday.
Mayor Steven Fulop says there are better ways to curb the virus. Even though he doesn't agree with the governor, he says his city will abide by the rules put in place.
"I have real concerns using curfew as a tool to fight COVID unilaterally," says Fulop. "It's not like COVID only comes out at nighttime and curfews are going to do damage to restaurants and put them out of business."
Mayor Fulop told News 12 a week and a half ago that even though neighboring areas like Newark and Hoboken were going to use curfews he didn't support the decision.
"I'd rather see more robust contact tracing, more education around wearing mask, more aggressive fines for restaurants not abiding by it," says Fulop. "I think there's a lot we can do at this point without putting people out of business."
Julian Muscio, the owner of Luna, can fit up to 50 people inside at 25% capacity. The restaurant is located across from city hall, and Muscio says he's terrified what will happen to his business.
Muscio says he feels like he's being punished for mistakes other businesses are making.


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