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.
Mayor Ras Baraka’s order will affect restaurants and other eateries until at least October 31, when it expires. It took effect immediately.
“As we continue to see a decline in COVID-19 positivity rates in Newark and an increase in vaccinated residents, it is important that our restaurants and businesses are given additional opportunities to stimulate the economy while the right structures are in place Safety of our residents, “said Baraka.
“We are advancing Newark safely and economically and transforming this pandemic into a time of excellence,” he added.
Here’s what the latest changes to the city’s coronavirus rules mean for local restaurants.
Indoor restaurants can now stay open until 2 a.m. and outdoor restaurants until midnight. Music cannot be played in outside restaurants after 10 p.m.
The ordinance requires that face coverings be worn “all the time” except when eating or drinking, in a place where the person is alone, or in a group that has been fully vaccinated.
VACCINES IN LARGE PLACES
According to a statement from city officials, the Executive Ordinance “requires large outdoor and indoor spaces to have mandatory vaccination policy before visitors enter their buildings”.
Under the Executive Order, restaurants and restaurants are allowed to temporarily convert roadside parking spaces into a dedicated area 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 “streateries”.
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. There are additional fees for occupying properties up to 100 square feet or more for 30-day periods or fractions thereof.
Additional information on streateries and parklets includes:
- All buildings must have 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 streatery’s sponsors, its opening hours, and advice on occupancy and social distancing. These facilities consist of permanent and semi-permanent structures or permanent or temporary tents.
- Restaurant owners cannot cook food outdoors and have to sweep and wash their ingredients daily. You also need to adhere to road timetables. In the event of a public emergency, the city has the authority to remove streateries.
- Diners at Streateries have 90 minutes for restaurant owners to post.
- 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.
- Streateries and parklets may not be in a 10 foot bus stop, within 25 feet of a zebra crossing, 10 feet from a fire hydrant, or in disabled parking lots or loading areas.
- Applicants for a major permit must be aware of their local property taxes and water and sewage charges before their license is granted.
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]
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– City of Newark (@CityofNewarkNJ) May 21, 2021
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