BELMAR, NJ — Belmar restaurants and bars will need to apply for a borough permit before they can begin offering outdoor dining on June 15.

The action follows Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order on June 3 related to the coronavirus, which leaves it up to local officials to allow food and drink establishments to expand their footprint to outdoor areas that are within their property or on public property, including sidewalks, streets or parks.

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Under the permit approval process outlined in Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer’s executive order, businesses are required to provide a sketch of the proposed outdoor dining area that identifies the following:

  • Its overall location and dimensions.
  • Placement of any tents or canopies.
  • Dimensions and locations of tables and aisles.
  • Locations of exits, entrances and bathrooms.
  • Description and locations of exterior lighting fixtures.
  • Description and locations of barriers to protect the outdoor dining area from the parking area and/or street.

“Mellow music” will be allowed until 10 p.m., but live music is prohibited. Table service must stop by 10 p.m. as well.

Unless an establishment holds a state Alcoholic Beverage Control license — and has received a temporary COVID1- permit for an expansion of its premises — will liquor be permitted to be served.

BYOB will not be permitted in any extended outdoor dining area or on any municipal property, according to the borough’s order, which was signed by Walsifer on June 7. 

Any outdoor cooking must adhere to Monmouth County Health Department rules and regulations and must be inspected by county health officials and Belmar fire officials.

Click here to view Belmar’s full executive order for outdoor dining, which includes the permit application.


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