NJ eases pandemic restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings

New Jersey's limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings went up as of Friday morning.
The cap for indoor gatherings is now up to 25 people, while outdoor gatherings are now limited to 50 people.
Indoor capacity limits for places like restaurants, gyms, recreational facilities and personal care businesses is now officially up to 50%.
Restaurants like MeeMom’s in Wall are preparing to make the adjustment to an increase in customers. They hope an increase to 50% capacity will have them selling many more.
"We're trying to prepare ourselves starting today and throughout the rest of the weekend, so that we're staffed and and everything runs smoothly and everybody can just be happy and we can just get back to normalcy with 50%," says kitchen manager Asante Oates.
However, owner Camryn Monteforte says until Gov. Phil Murphy opens the state up completely, it just doesn't matter.
“It doesn’t do anything, if you want to ask me. I think he’s just throwing numbers out there to make himself look good. Quite frankly, if you don’t change the distance of tables to 3 feet, 6 feet at 50%, 6 feet at 75%, it’s means nothing. There’s nothing anyone can do at that point if you want my honest opinion,” Monteforte says.
Monteforte adds that he's happy to still be in business, but says it's simply been a struggle and will continue to be until he can open 100%.
Indoor dining in New York City is also being raised to 50%.
Meanwhile, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association said in a statement, "The announcement by Governor Murphy is another good step in the right direction, as we have seen a relaxation of capacity restrictions in many states throughout the nation. However, New Jersey still trails many states, including those in our region, in terms of capacity limits. Obviously, we hope that increases in occupancy occur with urgency as data dictates, because we know our businesses need all the help they can get."