More capacity limits and restrictions lifted in New Jersey. Here’s what you need to know
More limits and restrictions around New Jersey have been lifted. Starting Wednesday, there are no limits on outdoor gatherings.
Regular indoor gatherings can now have up to 50 people, and up to 250 people are allowed at indoor catered events, such as funerals and political gatherings.
Large indoor venues with more than 1,000 seats, such as the Prudential Center in Newark, can now have up to 30% capacity.
Both outdoor and indoor capacity limits at businesses are also lifted, including restaurants, houses of worship, gyms, salons and barbershops. But 6-feet social distancing rules still apply. Business owners say that brings limitations.
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“For the hospitality business, it's definitely the 6 feet. If we could eliminate the 6 feet, it would be a lot easier to be able to make money. How about 3? Let's meet halfway,” says restaurant and bar owner Jim Finnegan.
That's a request and wish for many businesses, not just restaurants and bars.
Besides social distancing, business owners say staffing is another issue.
Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle posted on Facebook this morning her Post-COVID New Beginning plan, letting residents know Town Hall reopens June 1, the town pool will be reopened this summer, and some of the stuff that started last summer, including outdoor entertainment and open streets and pedestrian plazas, will also stay open.