As August rounded into September and schools began reopening, Covid-19-related Executive Orders have lessened in frequency.
Governor Murphy did sign Executive Order #183 on September 1, allowing the resumption of indoor dining effective Friday, September 4, granting a long-expressed wish of this firm that parents with children attending school indoors be
permitted to dine out indoors.
The E.O. limits the number of patrons in indoor areas to 25 percent indoor capacity excluding employees. It ensures that tables are six feet apart in all directions where individuals or groups are seated and requires face coverings at all times except when consuming food and drink.
Movie theaters, performing arts centers, and other concert venues also received permission to open their indoor spaces to the public with similar restrictions, including a limit of the greater of 25% of capacity or 150 persons, providing for contactless payment, frequent sanitization, etc.
Also, the E.O. rescinded paragraphs 2, 3, 4, and 5 of E.O. 158, thereby permitting any retail, recreational, and entertainment business authorized to open its indoor premises to the public to allow the consumption of food, beverages, or smoking in those indoor premises when otherwise permitted by State law.
E.O. 183 can be found here.