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Senator Declan O'Scanlon Senator Declan O'Scanlon (R-13)
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June 1, 2020
O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Slow Drip of Guidance, Slow Death for Restaurants

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth) today criticized the Governor’s announcement that restaurants would open on June 15, 10 days later than most neighboring states in the region.

Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso said Governor Murphy’s announcement that restaurants won’t be able to open for outdoor dining until June 15 is frustrating for a desperate industry that has advocated for opening 10 days earlier. (Pixabay)

“This is another sad example of the Murphy Administration needlessly micromanaging and seriously damaging a key component of our economy,” said O’Scanlon. “It is devastating for these business owners. I hear from them every day. Grown men in tears. It is totally unnecessary. There is no scientific basis for New Jersey to be this far behind other states reopening safely.”

“Restaurant owners respectfully asked for a June 5 opening date in line with most of the region,” DiMaso added. “Now they are going to lose another two, precious summer weekends of business and they didn’t receive any real acknowledgement of their pleas last week. This past weekend was a perfect example of optimal outdoor dining weather. So many could have opened outdoor seating this weekend and brought in desperately needed revenue. Instead they sit waiting for scraps of guidance and acknowledgement that comes too late.”

“The Governor said he would follow a regional reopening approach. Well, our surrounding states are reopening. Pa. is opening restaurants in some capacity on June 5. Desperate business owners in places like Lambertville will get to watch from their shuttered restaurants as residents drive across the bridge to take their business out of state. This slow drip of micromanaged guidance is a slow, strangled death to our restaurants and to other economically essential small business communities. These aren’t simply statistics – though it seems they are to the Murphy Administration. These are lifetimes of work and investment and livelihoods and thousands of workers, the loss of which will crush families for years to come,” O’Scanlon concluded.

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