State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) called for Gov. Phil Murphy to increase the capacity for indoor dining from 25% to 66%.
“Without doing so we’ll just see yet another weekend pass — this one with chilly weather — and dozens of businesses fall victim to the Governor’s Timidity Tax,” the senator said.
Indoor dining was allowed to resume on Sept 4, and Murphy then said the state would know whether the practice’s return was causing virus surges within 10 days.
The New Jersey Business and Industry Association made a similar call on Monday.
“Our continued delay in reopening has been shown to be demonstrably devastating to businesses and with virtually no health benefit,” O’Scanlon said. “The Governor’s timidity has continuously proved to essentially be a death sentence for hundreds of businesses that have shuttered their doors for good, unable to keep waiting for the scraps the Governor is doling out inexplicably slowly.”