HOBOKEN, New Jersey (WABC) – The relaxation of some restrictions in New Jersey has led the New York Restaurant Association to call for similar changes.

From 8 a.m., indoor business capacity increased from 25% to 35%.

Also on Friday, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that expands al fresco dining and reduces the bureaucratic burden of allowing restaurants, bars, breweries and distilleries battling amid the pandemic to dine in parking lots, yards, patios, decks and public sidewalks can operate.

Murphy said this is the next step in saving the restaurant industry by allowing them to expand their outdoor dining during the spring and summer.

“No industry has felt this pain more than the restaurant industry. The steps we took last summer to expand al fresco dining from June 15 have allowed many restaurants to stay whole. because we allowed them to remodel parking lots. Roofs, decks, sidewalks, as you call it, in restaurants. In some places on streets. Those licensed to drink could serve guests in those spaces, “Murphy said. “During the fall, the relatively mild weather kept many of these outdoor dining areas busy. With winter now over, many of these restaurants are facing a bad season and a terrible moment. Starting this morning, all of our restaurants can expand their indoor dining from 25% to 35%, which is to be welcomed. But I also know that without the added benefits of outdoor areas, margins will remain wafer-thin, if at all positive. We need to give our restaurants more certainty for the future that those who do them will have Getting through winter allows them to know they can take the lead again in the outdoor expansions we allowed last summer to make up for the lost and strengthen their businesses and secure the jobs they support.

The bill was passed 34-0 in the Senate and 75-0 in the Assembly and signed by the governor.

In addition, companies can now stay open after 10 p.m. on time for Super Bowl Sunday.

However, each city can decide whether to keep restrictions.

The city of Newark is one of those places.

The Mayor of Newark announced Thursday that he would continue a 10 p.m. curfew for non-essential businesses on weekdays and a 11 p.m. curfew on weekends.

For businesses, some say that small changes will make a difference.

“If we have to, we make lines outdoors, which is obviously more difficult in the winter months. So 35% is really great,” said Operations Manager Alex Merlo.

“We’ll take what we can get,” said co-owner Kaycee Zelkovsky. “And if we take a break and make a little money selling alcohol and can increase that a little, that’s enormous for us.”

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