Governor Phil Murphy is requiring indoor bars and restaurants in New Jersey to close by 10 p.m., one of several restrictions that he announced today to address a spike in COVID-19 cases.
“There is more than anecdotal evidence that as the night wears on, probably for reasons that are obvious, people let their hair down,” Murphy said, while also sharing that the state’s positivity rate is at 7.52%.
The new guidelines, which go into effect beginning Thursday, November 12th, also prohibit bar seating. (Indoor dining is allowed at 25% capacity.)
NEW: We’re taking action to beat back the second wave of #COVID19:
☑️Restrictions on indoor seating and hours for restaurants, bars, clubs, and lounges
☑️Prohibition of interstate indoor K-12 and youth sports
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) November 10, 2020