Governor Phil Murphy will not allow the State’s restaurants to open for outdoor dining on June 5, as requested by the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association, MMM has learned.
The NJRHA, whose members and their 350,000 employees have already lost the first two weekends of the unofficial summer season to Muphy’s COVID-19 Executive Orders, requested the governor allow them to reopen with outdoor seating on June 5, indoor seating with 50% capacity on June 15 and 100% capacity by mid-summer. The restaurateurs have been praying for Murphy’s mercy all weekend since their press conference in Sea Bright on Friday.
Their hopes for a favorable announcement from the governor during tomorrow’s daily briefing will be crushed, unless Murphy has a change of heart overnight, according to our source who asked to be protected from the governor’s hunt for leakers in his administration.
Murphy may not allow restaurants to open before Father’s Day, June 21, the source said.