New Jersey restaurants will not be able to resume indoor dining on Thursday, as originally planned, due to the growing number of cases of coronavirus in other states, Governor Phil Murphy said on Monday.
“Today we must pause the resumption of dinners in the room, which was also due to resume next Thursday. In accordance with our revised plan, indoor dinners should now be resumed later, ”Murphy told a press briefing. “It doesn’t give me joy, but we have no choice.”
Murphy noted that some New Jersey residents and institutions do not adhere to the guidelines for social distance or use face masks, as recommended by the state.
“So, unfortunately, the situation in the country, exacerbated by the cases when we encounter this at home, forces us to pause for the foreseeable future at the beginning of dinner indoors,” he said.
New Jersey allowed renewed outdoor dining at restaurants and a limited retail store on June 15. The state reopened its hairdressers and hairdressers in accordance with specific directions on June 22. The state is still gearing up to reopen its outdoor entertainment centers, indoor entertainment venues, museums and libraries on Thursday, Murphy said.
On Monday, New Jersey allowed shopping centers to reopen, following the same precautions as other stores.
Earlier Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also noted that the state would assess whether New York’s restaurants should be allowed to resume meals at the premises currently scheduled for July 6th.
Cuomo said he was concerned about the lack of compliance with previous discoveries in the city, and added that the city lacks compliance when it comes to social distance and wearing a mask. Dining on the street was allowed to resume in the city on June 22, along with shopping at retail stores with changes.
Health experts agree that indoor facilities are at higher risk than outdoor when it comes to the spread of the virus, which is another reason New Jersey has suspended indoor dinners, Murphy said. Health professionals specifically warn that eating indoors where there is less airflow may be at a higher risk, as people cannot wear facings while eating.
“We know that this virus moves in the room differently than outside, which makes it even more deadly. We have seen surges in other states, partly caused by visitors returning to closed dining rooms where they sit and have no protective coatings for significant periods of time, “Murphy said.
As of Sunday, new Covid-19 cases jumped by at least 5% from the previous week in 37 states, based on a seven-day moving average, according to a CNBC analysis compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases in New Jersey was down almost 10% from a week earlier.
Other states have been forced to cancel some of their re-discoveries due to a recent surge in the number of cases. California governor Gavin Newsom said on Sunday that bars would have to close in several counties across the state. Both Texas and Florida also closed bars across the state late last week.