Dear Retail Food Operators:
Please see the attached guidance document regarding the most recent NJ Department of Health Directive for indoor dining. This indicates what an acceptable barrier may include. The main changes from the Governors website are highlighted below.
Restrictions on Hours for Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Lounges, and Casinos –
- Restaurants, bars, clubs, lounges, and other businesses that serve food or drinks will not be able to operate their indoor premises between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Outdoor dining can continue after 10:00 p.m., as can takeout and delivery services.
- Casinos will not be able to serve food or drinks between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., with the exception of room service delivered to guest rooms and takeout. Other casino operations would be unaffected.
Restrictions on Bar Seating, Increased Flexibility for Restaurants –
- Seating at the physical bar in the indoor areas of bars and restaurants will be prohibited during all operating hours.
- Due to the impact this may have on restaurants with small seating areas, restaurants will be allowed to have groups at tables indoors that are closer than six feet together, if they are separated by barriers that comply with guidance from the Department of Health.
- Restaurants will be allowed to set up plastic domes outdoors, limited to one group each, as additional outdoor dining space.
ED 20-030 Health and Safety Standards for Indoor Dining (Revised November 11, 2020)
As always, any questions please contact our office.
Daniel J. Krupinski, MPH, HO, REHS
Long Beach Island Health Department