What are additional requirements for bars and resturants?

Restaurants, cafeterias, food courts, bars, etc. that are still permitted to operate must adopt the following policies:

  • Limit occupancy to 10% of stated maximum capacity;
  • Ensure 6 feet of distance between workers and customers except at the moment of payment or exchange of goods;
  • Arrange for contactless pay options, pickup, or delivery wherever possible;
  • Provide hand sanitizer and wipes to staff and customers;
  • Frequently sanitize high-touch areas like credit card machines, keypads, and counters;
  • Require infection control practices such as regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage;
  • Place conspicuous signage at entrances and throughout the food business alerting staff and customers to the required 6 feet of distance;
  • Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings, and require workers to wear gloves. A business must provide, at its own expense, these face coverings and gloves for employees. Customers may be exempted if it would inhibit their health, or if under two years of age. If a customer refuses, they must be denied entry, but another method of pickup should be provided.

N.J. restaurants and bars that can open up 2 walls can reopen for indoor dining

Open-air restaurant will be able to resume a limited form of indoor dining, under an order Gov. Phil Murphy signed, as the state grapples with a rise in the spread of COVID-19.  

A restaurant that can open up two sides and have at least 50% of the wall space open, then food can be served with restrictions. The loosening of restrictions was possible because having half of a building’s wall space open allows for ample air flow.

Indoor dining at traditional four-walled bars and restaurants will remain closed until the virus case numbers decrease. Outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery are still allowed.

Open-air restaurant restrictions and policies are as follows:

  • Limit seating to a maximum of 8 customers per table - unless from an immediate family or the same household – and arrange seating to achieve a minimum distance of 6 feet between parties;
  • Encourage reservations for greater control of customer traffic;
  • Cordon off any indoor or outdoor dance floors to the public;
  • Require customers to provide a phone number if making a reservation to facilitate contact tracing;
  • Consider alternatives to paper/physical menus (whiteboards, electronic menus);
  • Provide a hand sanitizer station for customers; and
  • Require customers who wish to enter the indoor portion of the establishment to wear a face covering, unless the customer has a medical reason for not doing so or is a child under two years of age;
  • Require that groups stay 6 feet apart, even in areas where groups are not assigned seating;
  • Prohibit smoking in any outdoor areas designated for consumption of food and/or beverages;
  • Adhere to all other health and safety protocols in DOH Executive Directive No. 20-019.

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1. If I’m a customer, employee, or operator of a business, what social distancing guidelines should I follow?
2. What are the requirements for operating businesses?
3. What are additional requirements for bars and resturants?
4. Are there Guidelines Regarding Outdoor Dining?
5. Are there Guidelines for Swimming Pools and Public Recreational Bathing?
6. Is there Guidance for Visiting beaches and Pools?
7. Are there Guidelines for Public Gatherings?
8. Are there specific guidelines for Public Pool, Hot tubs and water playgrounds During Covid-19?
9. What social distancing measures can community farmers markets and on-farm retail outlets take to protect the well-being of staff and customers?
10. Is there Guidance for Cleaning Rental Properties?
11. What are the requirements related to drivers licenses and Motor Vehicle Commision?
12. What is Contact Tracing?
13. Wha happens when a Contact Tracer Calls?
14. What advisories are in place for entering New Jersey?
15. Are there Guidelines for Gyms and Fitness Centers?
16. Can I still get married during the Covid-19 pandemic? Are wedding venues open?
17. Are wedding venues open?
18. Are face coverings required for staff, students, and visitors in school facilities?
19. Are students required to wear face coverings during specials/electives such as music/choir or physical education?
20. Who is responsible for supplying face coverings and other supplies to staff and students?
21. Who should be notified if the district cannot acquire the necessary health and safety supplies needed for reopening?
22. Is an enhanced level of PPE needed for school nurses and/or other staff who work more closely with students?
23. How long should a face mask be used before it is replaced?
24. Can staff and/or students wear face shields instead of face coverings?