And just like that, we have a date on when indoor dining at restaurants can resume. Governor Phil Murphy announced today, June 22, that restaurants are permitted to resume indoor dining at 25% capacity starting on July 2. Furthermore, casinos in the state have been given the green light to reopen as well — with the same 25% capacity cap.
The news is certainly welcoming, especially as some businesses slowly began to open last week. Many restaurants in Red Bank, in fact, were offering outdoor dining experiences for the occasion, which was further amplified with street closures to vehicle traffic on Broad Street and Monmouth Street over the weekend.
Now that indoor dining has been approved to an extent, it should alleviate some concerns as we continue to move into summer’s busy periods. Of course, the temperatures will only go up, so indoor dining will be an attractive option for those who don’t want to eat when it’s hot and humid outside. Red Bank’s ongoing commitment to offer these pedestrian plazas have so far yielded support from residents, business owners, and visitors.