TRENTON, NJ - Even as fall weather takes hold and evenings bring on a chill, Gov. Phil Murphy has granted bar and restaurant owners an extension on serving alcohol outdoors.

“For many of our residents having the ability to serve liquor to their customers beyond their normal premises has been meaningful. In some cases, life saving [as it has helped] them survive during these challenging times,” Murphy said during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton Monday afternoon.

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will extend allowances on serving outdoors for a $10 fee. Initially issued in June ahead of restaurants being allowed to serve customers outdoors, the permits were set to expire at the end of November. Now, many owners in the Garden State are gearing up for new challenges given the dip in temperatures. 

In September, after nearly half a year of forced-closures due to the ongoing health crisis, the state allowed indoor dining, gymnasiums and movie theaters to resume with a 25% capacity rule, as well as other safety protocols.