State Senators Declan O’Scanlon and Anthony Bucco launched an online petition today urging Governor Phil Murphy to allow New Jersey’s bars and restaurants to stay open for the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Murphy has mandated that eateries close at 10pm, despite the fact that there is no evidence of greater COVID-19 transmission after 10. With the Super Bowl scheduled to start at 6:30 pm, it is likely that the game will extend beyond 10 pm and forcing the establishments to send their customers home before the Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded.
“The governor has said that there’s no evidence that indoor dining has led to coronavirus transmission, yet he’s sticking by arbitrary operating restrictions that have done nothing but hurt our community bars and restaurants and the many thousands of people they employ,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “While I think the 10 p.m. curfew needs to be eliminated going forward and the 25% indoor capacity raised significantly, the least Governor Murphy can do is let people enjoy the entirety of the Super Bowl at their favorite establishment without forcing them to go home before the end of the game.”
“People have been cooped up in their homes for nearly a year now, and many will want to watch the Super Bowl in a social setting,” added Bucco (R-Morris). “By telling people they won’t be able to watch the full game in a bar or restaurant where social distancing and other sanitary measures are employed, Governor Murphy will simply be driving them to attend unregulated house parties where people are much more likely to get sick. It makes no sense. As a bonus, if the governor lifts the bar and restaurant curfew for the Super Bowl and we see there’s no attributable bump in cases, that makes the case for lifting his arbitrary curfew restrictions going forward.”
The new online petition urging Governor Murphy to lift the 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants for the Super Bowl can be signed at http://senatenj.com/superbowl.