Some New Jersey restaurants opt to close amid the Omicron surge
Some restaurant owners are taking matters into their own hands by choosing to close temporarily as COVID-19 cases in the state surge.
Bin 14 on Washington Street in Hoboken is closed for the next few days. Owners say the closure is to ensure that workers feel safe and are healthy leading into New Years.
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Thirty-five workers at Bin 14 are getting sick leave pay.
"It doesn't come down to financials. It comes down to making sure everyone is safe and happy and they want to know the ownership, as a management team, that we look out for them," says Anthony Pinto, chef and owner of Bin 14. "We have people there for a week or 10 years, they are family. We care about you and make sure you are OK, families OK. That's what's important - money comes and goes."
The owner of Bin 14 says he will take a hit financially but it's worth it.
Pinto's other restaurant, Anthony Davids, is still open for business.
Most of the restaurants that are closed plan to reopen for New Year's Eve with reservations already booked. Owners ask that anyone planning to cancel do so immediately.
Some restaurants will charge a cancellation fee for those who wait until the last minute.