Help Open Our Local Restaurants

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Since March of 2020 COVID-19 has presented a danger to the citizens of our state unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetime. Everyone has felt the effects of this catastrophic public health crisis. Over this time we learned about how to identify and treat the illness, how to keep our public and private spaces safer, and how to take personal safeguards to keep our selves and others healthy. 

While the crisis continues, both nationally and here in New Jersey, there are some measures that can be taken to mitigate the damage done to our local economy without sacrificing the health and safety of our residents. Every individual has highly personal choices to make when it comes to their own safety and the safety of those around them. 

Other states, like New York and Pennsylvania, which are similarly situated to New Jersey reopened specific establishments, like indoor dining on a regional basis. It is for this reason that we are petitioning to lift the ban on indoor dining to restaurants, at 25-50% capacity, by no later than October 16, 2020, based on regional levels of COVID-19 transmission. Hunterdon County is a great example, with a low number of reported cases and a population that is taking every precaution to keep it that way.  We make this request with the understanding that safety measures will be outlined from the state to food service establishments and all protocols will be followed in order to maintain the safety of patrons. 

Most of our local restaurants are mere months away from closing if we do not permit them to open doors once the consistent warm weather ends. In our region, thousands of New Jersey residents will lose their jobs, our citizens will lose crucial cornerstones to their community, and our Main Streets and Shopping Districts will be littered with vacant store fronts.

We ask that you sign this petition to save our restaurants.