HEAT ALERT

Scorcher in New Jersey to bring temps in the 90s this week

‘Tweaking our parameters at the edges’: Gov. Murphy speaks on new indoor dining measures to slow COVID-19 spread

Changes are coming to indoor dining, as Gov. Phil Murphy spoke this morning about what he says are new measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Nov 9, 2020, 8:37 PM

Updated 1,315 days ago

Share:

Changes are coming to indoor dining, as Gov. Phil Murphy spoke this morning about what he says are new measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Gov. Murphy's administration is set to order bars and restaurants to halt indoor dining from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting this week because of an uptick in coronavirus.
On CNBC's Squawk Box, Gov. Murphy originally hinted at what he could announce during his 1 p.m. press briefing.
“My guess is later today, we are going to shave at the edges,” says Gov. Murphy. “For instance, if you sit at a bar, there's a much higher likelihood of transmission. Restaurants that stay open late, folks let their hair down later than earlier.”
This is not a lockdown, and there won’t be as strict measures that were taken in the spring, the governor says.
“We will take steps later today, but it won't come close to what we were doing in the spring,” says Gov. Murphy. “This is not a lockdown, but this is tweaking our parameters at the edges.”
But pulling back restrictions does leave some restaurant owners worried about what's next.
“He's been so inconsistent with the things he said and honestly it's like a grain of salt to me,” says franchise owner Camryn Monteforte. “I just take it day by day when I hear something, I try to make the proper changes to adapt, but right now, everything's changing constantly. Until it's concrete, I can't stress about it.”
The governor’s restrictions are expected to include closing bar seating, and forcing restaurants and casinos to stop serving food and alcohol after 10 p.m., but allowing increased capacity as long as plexiglass barriers separate tables and booths.
The owners and managers at Meemoms in Wall Township say it's a struggle even at 25% capacity, and there's no worse feeling than having to turn people away.
“I think we are all a little nervous,” says manager Susie Dowling. “We are on edge of our seats right now wondering what's next balls in his court unfortunately. That's all we can do is just wait.” News 12 spoke on the phone with the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association for reaction, and president Marilou Halvorsen said, “We are blaming an industry, that's not the problem. We are the go to scapegoat. These restrictions will push people into homes to socialize. We have strict sanitation protocols. It's frustrating every time there's an issue we get further penalized."


More from News 12
2:17
HEAT ALERT: Scorcher in New Jersey to bring temps in the 90s this week

HEAT ALERT: Scorcher in New Jersey to bring temps in the 90s this week

0:43
Field for New Jersey's 2025 governor's race expands, with radio host and teachers union president

Field for New Jersey's 2025 governor's race expands, with radio host and teachers union president

1:28
Serious heat ahead for New Jersey this week. Here are ways to stay cool.

Serious heat ahead for New Jersey this week. Here are ways to stay cool.

1:32
Water main repairs begin today in Paterson as residents prepare for incoming heat wave

Water main repairs begin today in Paterson as residents prepare for incoming heat wave

0:49
Evesham police: Marlton shelter in place lifted, man in custody

Evesham police: Marlton shelter in place lifted, man in custody

0:16
3 rescued by good Samaritan after boat starts sinking near Sandy Hook

3 rescued by good Samaritan after boat starts sinking near Sandy Hook

0:26
Iconic Key City Diner in Phillipsburg set to reopen following fire

Iconic Key City Diner in Phillipsburg set to reopen following fire

0:22
Monmouth County’s Glimmer Glass Bridge temporarily closes for safety repairs

Monmouth County’s Glimmer Glass Bridge temporarily closes for safety repairs

0:41
Fuce 5K family fun run in Metuchen draws over 800 runners

Fuce 5K family fun run in Metuchen draws over 800 runners

1:39
Best of New Jersey: A taste of Mediterranean food at Taverna on the Hudson in Bayonne

Best of New Jersey: A taste of Mediterranean food at Taverna on the Hudson in Bayonne

2:41
Made In New Jersey: KafX uses coffee infused oil to make deodorant

Made In New Jersey: KafX uses coffee infused oil to make deodorant

0:33
Cellphone thefts are on the rise in Hoboken, police warn

Cellphone thefts are on the rise in Hoboken, police warn

0:20
Newark Public Safety director: Woman assaulted, abducted by man she knew on Boyland Street

Newark Public Safety director: Woman assaulted, abducted by man she knew on Boyland Street

1:54
Turn to Tara: Weight loss drug craze fuels surge in online scams

Turn to Tara: Weight loss drug craze fuels surge in online scams

Your New Jersey Graduation Photos

Your New Jersey Graduation Photos

2:27
NJ cities make ready for potential heat wave. Here’s how to avoid heat-related illnesses

NJ cities make ready for potential heat wave. Here’s how to avoid heat-related illnesses

1:37
Sinkhole rips through Hoboken waterfront walkway

Sinkhole rips through Hoboken waterfront walkway

1:52
Police: Thieves ransacked Boonton Township home, stole valuable heirlooms

Police: Thieves ransacked Boonton Township home, stole valuable heirlooms

1:03
South Brunswick brothers who served in WWII and Korean war honored with street dedication

South Brunswick brothers who served in WWII and Korean war honored with street dedication

0:27
Skip the Stuff: Hoboken City Council approves measure aimed to reduce plastic waste

Skip the Stuff: Hoboken City Council approves measure aimed to reduce plastic waste