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Murphy enacts new restrictions on restaurants

Gabrielle Saulsbery//April 13, 2020//

Murphy enacts new restrictions on restaurants

Gabrielle Saulsbery//April 13, 2020//

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Restaurants must follow additional provisions to limit the spread of COVID-19, per Executive Order 125, signed by Gov. Phil Murphy Saturday.

Occupancy must be limited to 10 percent of the stated maximum where feasible.

Restaurants must provide employees with face coverings and gloves, which they must wear. Customers who come inside an establishment for pick-up orders must also cover their faces. If they don’t have one, or if a restaurant can’t provide the face covering, EO125 requires that they be denied entry. If the customer declines to wear a mask inside the restaurant due to a medical condition, however, the restaurant can’t require him or her to produce medical documentation to verify that.

Restaurants should arrange for delivery, curbside pick-up or alternative arrangements where possible.

“We must continue our commitment to do everything we can to flatten the curve and defeat this virus,” said Gov. Murphy in a statement. “With these additional requirements, we are aggressively reducing the spread of the virus to protect New Jersey residents.”

Additionally, restaurants must provide employees with break time for repeated handwashing throughout the workday; provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to staff; and arrange for contactless pay, pickup or delivery options wherever possible.

High-touch areas like credit card machines, keypads and counters must be frequently sanitized; and conspicuous signage must be placed at entrances and throughout the restaurant alerting staff and customers to stay 6 feet apart where possible.