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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Murphy still mum on indoor dining’s return

By Nikita Biryukov, July 27 2020 2:58 pm

There’s still no indication of when indoor dining will return to the Garden State.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday declined to give a date for when indoor dining would make its return.

“Indoor dining, I hope sooner than later,” he said. “I don’t have an answer for you, and I know there’s an enormous amount of thirst for it.”

Indoor dining was slated to reopen on July 2, but Murphy indefinitely postponed that reopening on June 29, citing the growing number of COVID-19 cases in other states.

The governor has kept the issue at arm’s length since then, warning frequently that maskless indoor activities could cause a renewed surge in COVID-19 cases.

“When restaurants were open inside and outside, because of the heat, folks were choosing the inside, and with no masking, that’s going to lead to bad things,” the governor said of reopenings in other states.

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