BAYONNE, NJ — Should bars across New Jersey be able to keep their buffalo wings hot and beers cold a little bit longer on Super Bowl Sunday? One New Jersey Assemblyman thinks so.

In a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy and state Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli, Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne/Jersey City) thanked the duo for their leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but also asked them to allow bars across New Jersey to stay open past 10 p.m. on February 7 — the day of the big game.

Saying he understands why current restrictions requiring bars to close at 10 p.m. are in place — and acknowledging the adage that “Nothing good happens after midnight” was one his mother often used — Chiaravalloti shared what he believes is the reality that “individuals will continue to gather in large groups for specific celebrations.”

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“I write because I am concerned that the closure of bars at 10 p.m. will force many individuals to gather in homes,” where individuals tend to be “less precautionary” than when in public settings. “Therefore, these house parties pose a greater risk of becoming super spreader events.”

Touching finally on the economic impact that bars have felt from closures imposed on St. Patrick’s Day, the Fourth of July, and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Chiaravalloti urged Murphy and Persichilli to allow bars to remain open for two hours until the game is over, but no later than midnight.

In its 55th year, the Super Bowl will be played on Sunday, February 7 in Tampa, Fla., with kickoff at 6:30 p.m.

 

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