SOMERSET, NJ - New Jersey has entered Phase 2 of its six-step re-opening, with business owners hopeful that Phase 3 will be coming soon.

Restaurants had been given permission to begin take-out and curbside pick-up weeks ago, and now outdoor dining, with space restrictions is allowed.

Restaurants have been scrambling to file local permits for outdoor dining, and on the state level with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission for permits to serve alcohol outdoors. Restaurants are still prohibited from serving indoors.

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Today was the first-day local restaurants like Stage House Tavern and Twenty/20 Taphouse opened their doors to outdoor dining. Both establishments have new regulations listed on their social media pages. 

Among the new guidelines, there can be no more than eight people to a table and the tables must be moved six feet apart. Plastic shields will be installed around bars and cash registers. Servers, who will undergo temperature checks every day when they show up for work, will bring your food on a cart.

“We feel great, and we trust that our team will be able to deliver a great experience to all of our guests who walk through our doors to enjoy our patio and extended seating area," Javier Ovando, front of the house manager at Twenty/20 Taphouse told TAPinto. “Locals should feel safe and comfortable knowing we are following all the guidelines necessary to deliver yet another great experience at our restaurant.” 

Retail stores have also been given permission to re-open, with occupancy and spacing protocols required.

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