BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has announced a re-opening date for indoor malls, and Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench said Thursday that the decision is long overdue.
Murphy announced Thursday that indoor malls can reopen as of June 29, with restrictions in place. Movie theaters and dining-in food courts will remain closed.
"It is encouraging to hear that the governor has finally taken the long overdue step to open indoor malls," Moench said. "These institutions are critical to towns both economically and fiscally, and, with the right restrictions and measures in place, it is possible to open them safely."
Moench had joined with mayors of other towns that have large indoor malls to advocate for the opening.
"I, along with the mayors of Woodbridge, Elizabeth, Paramus and Wayne, have been advocating for him to take these steps in the strongest possible terms," he said. "I know that the Bridgewater Commons Mall management team has been preparing for this moment for months, and I have the utmost confidence that they – along with malls all across the state – can and will re-open in a manner safe for both employees and patrons."
The Bridgewater Commons Mall has not yet released a statement, but they are currently offering curb-side pickup for a number of stores, and those with outside entrances are open at limited capacity.