NEWARK, NJ – New Jersey’s most populous city eases its coronavirus rules for local restaurants as cases of virus drop, Newark officials said Thursday night.



A man holding a glass with a blue shirt: Newark is easing its coronavirus rules for local restaurants as cases of the virus decline, city officials said Thursday.


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Newark is easing its coronavirus rules for local restaurants as cases of virus drop, city officials said Thursday.

Mayor Ras Baraka’s ordinance will affect restaurants and other eateries until at least October 31st. It took effect immediately.

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“As Newark continues to see a decline in COVID-19 positivity rates and an increase in the number of vaccinated residents, it is important that our restaurants and businesses have additional business opportunities while having the right structures in place to keep them safe of our residents, ”said Baraka.

“We are advancing Newark safely and economically, and transforming this pandemic into a time to excel,” he added.

Here’s what the latest changes to the city’s coronavirus rules mean for local restaurants.

EAT KEYCHAINS

Indoor restaurants can now stay open until 2 a.m. and outdoor restaurants until midnight. Music cannot be played in outdoor restaurants after 10:00 p.m.

FACE MASKS

The regulation stipulates that face covering must be worn “always” except when eating or drinking, in a room where the person is alone or in a fully vaccinated group.

VACCINES AT LARGE SITES

According to a statement by city officials, the executive order requires “large outdoor and indoor venues to implement a mandatory vaccination policy before guests enter their buildings”.

“STREATERIES”

The implementing regulation allows catering establishments and restaurants to temporarily convert roadside parking spaces into an area specifically designed for outdoor dining, where take-away food and drinks can be consumed.

Restaurant owners must apply for licenses to create one of the parklets, also known as “strateries”.

The City Treasury Department, along with the Tax Reduction Bureau, in conjunction with the Engineering and Public Safety Departments and the Newark Parking Authority, will obtain prior approval for Streateries and Parklet applications. The registration fee is $ 100 and the annual renewal is the same amount. Additional charges apply for occupying land up to 100 square feet or more for 30 days or fractions.

Additional information on strateries and parklets includes:

  • All sterateria must provide ADA curb ramps, easily removable tables, chairs, and other seating. Shade coverings such as umbrellas or pop-up canopies may be included along with a single identifier to identify the sponsors of the streatery, their opening times, and advice on occupancy and social distancing. These facilities consist of permanent and semi-permanent structures or permanent or temporary tents.
  • Restaurant owners cannot prepare food outdoors and have to sweep and wash their steriles daily. You must also follow the road sweeping plans. In the event of a public emergency, the city has the authority to remove steroids.
  • There is a period of 90 minutes for restaurant visitors, which restaurant owners must publish.
  • The Newark Alcohol Beverage Control Board must authorize restaurant owners to sell, serve, deliver, or allow alcoholic beverages in any store. In addition, guests are not allowed to bring their own alcoholic beverages to these locations.
  • Streterias and parklets must not be located at a 3-foot bus stop, within 7 m of a zebra crossing, 3 m from a hydrant, or in disabled parking spaces or loading areas.
  • Business license applicants must be aware of their local property taxes and water and sewer charges before their license is issued.

For more information about the executive order and its policies, please contact Juanita Jordan, Head of Special Taxes and Permits, at 973-733-3722 or [email protected]

IMMEDIATELY VALID: MAYOR BARAKA SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER EXTENSION OF OUTDOOR SERVICE POSSIBILITIES WITH “STREATERIES” AND PARKELETS AND APPLIES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OBLIGATION TO VACATION FOR LARGE INDOORS AND OUTDOORS

– City of Newark (@CityofNewarkNJ) May 21, 2021

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