Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would establish requirements for restaurants to operate during the coronavirus pandemic was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would establish requirements for restaurants to operate during the coronavirus pandemic was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (Pixabay)
“Although many dining establishments have already taken measures to protect patrons from the coronavirus, so much of the guidance they receive varies by county or municipality,” said Bucco (R-25). “My legislation will provide clear and practical requirements for these businesses, which will be applied universally across New Jersey, so that they can recover and reopen as quickly as possible.”
The bill, S-3374/A-5133, expands indoor capacity for food or beverage establishments and banquet and wedding venues under certain circumstances during the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the legislation, within regions of the State that have a low level of coronavirus activity, dining establishments may provide indoor service at full capacity if the establishments institute specific protocols, including, but not limited to: requiring masks for all employees who are in direct contact with patrons, installing barriers between tables, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and conducting contact tracing if a dine-in customer tests positive for COVID-19.
“After enduring so much hardship, the return of indoor dining has the potential to rescue so many of our struggling establishments,” added Bucco. “Using the clear and concise guidelines in my bill, I’m confident we can fully reopen these establishments safely and efficiently.”
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