BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ If you enjoy a glass of beer, wine, or whisky either with meals out or in despite COVID-19, be glad that the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission allowed local eateries and wine and liquor shops some extra time this year to renew their annual retail liquor licenses.

Normally, eateries or shops that sell alcohol must have their applications for their annual license renewal prepared before July 1. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the state allowed last year's licenses that would have expired by that date to remain into effect through Sept. 30 this year, according to the Township Committee's resolution to renew those local licenses.

"There were no objections to the renewal applications either written or in person," said the resolution approved on Aug. 25.

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All of the applicants for 2020-21 licenses had paperwork and other approvals in order, the resolution stated.

Renewed liquor licenses were approved for The Fellowship Club, Inc.,; Delicious Heights Outpost; Vine Restaurant; the jointly owned 3 West and Urban Table restaurants; Cafe Rustica, Inc.; Figaro 3 Pizzeria; Washington House Restaurant; Red Oak Grille and N.J. National Golf Club; the Olde Mill Inn and Grain House Restaurant; Select Vintage Wines; The Wine Rack; Ridge Fine Wines; Basking Ridge Courtyard; Hotel Indigo Basking Ridge - Warren; and The Ridge.

Indoor dining is set to resume on a socially distanced basis statewide this Friday.