WARETOWN, NJ -  Ocean Township eateries found themselves faced with a slight obstacle when Governor Phil Murphy said outdoor dining could start on June 15. The township’s existing code prohibited it. Township committee members quickly set up a special meeting and passed a resolution allowing restaurants to open outside.

According to the resolution that passed Monday. “outdoor dining areas may be temporarily permitted to any brewery, restaurant, eating establishment or establishment that hold a liquor license” within the township.

“The Township of Ocean requires a Zoning Permit, but businesses will not be charged a fee,” stated Diane Ambrosio, Township Clerk and Business Administrator. “However, the State of New Jersey requires a $75 fee.”

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After the resolution passed, the Township Committee sent out a letter to all eligible businesses within the community. The correspondence included a checklist concerning the set up for outdoor dining and rules associated with social distancing. There is also a special ruling in place regarding expanded regulations regarding liquor served outside.

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