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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Decries Murphy ‘Timidity Tax’ on NJ Economy

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Calls for Governor to Raise Indoor Dining Limit to 66% of Capacity Immediately

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today called for Governor Murphy to increase the capacity limit on indoor dining to 66% immediately in advance of weather inhospitable to outdoor dining.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for Gov. Murphy to immediately increase the capacity limit on indoor dining to 66% in advance of weather inhospitable to outdoor dining. (Pixabay)

“We’ve been months behind surrounding states reopening indoor dining and our economy has suffered greatly for it,” said O’Scanlon. “At this point, we are facing our first ‘colder’ weekend with only 25% indoor dining allowed. The Governor said it would be 10 days before they could determine the impact from our Labor Day weekend reopening. Well, here we are twelve days later and no significant increase in cases or RT. We need to go to 66% indoor dining immediately. Without doing so we’ll just see yet another weekend pass – this one with chilly weather – and dozens of businesses fall victim to the Governor’s Timidity Tax.”

A month ago, O’Scanlon released a comparison chart of several surrounding states including their history of RT and reopening status.

Click here for an updated state comparison chart (9/15/2020).

“New Jersey has continually moved the slowest towards reopening out of any state, even our neighbor New York allowed individual counties to open up for dining as they met certain safety metrics. Yet here in New Jersey we kept the entire state shut down without even a regional option, all completely unscientifically founded,” O’Scanlon continued.

O’Scanlon has been a vocal advocate against withholding indoor dining reopening, often highlighting the number of restaurant owners who have called pleading to save their livelihoods.

“Our continued delay in reopening has been shown to be demonstrably devastating to businesses and with virtually no health benefit. The Governor’s timidity has continuously proved to essentially be a death sentence for hundreds of businesses that have shuttered their doors for good, unable to keep waiting for the scraps the Governor is doling out inexplicably slowly.”

“We have all the other evidence from the other states where they have much higher indoor dining rates than we do, and for months! Here we are twelve days later and we are seeing exactly what every other state is seeing, transmission rates have remained within a consistent range, hospitalizations are flat, and overwhelming evidence that it’s time to move forward and stem the needless economic bleeding,” O’Scanlon concluded.

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