HAWTHORNE, NJ - After the borough secured authorization from Passaic County, plans to close off Diamond Bridge Avenue between Lafayette Avenue and Grand Avenue went into effect late Friday afternoon.  Restaurant establishments in the vicinity were able to set up tables and chairs to facilitate an outdoor communal dining in compliance with relaxed COVID-19 regulations.

All wait staff were wearing masks and gloves as part of the necessary health and safety precautions.

Mayor Goldberg had encouraged residents to support the local restaurants and make use of the temporary dining plaza.  The street will be blocked off until Saturday night and Sunday normal traffic will resume.  At the June 17 council meeting, there was discussion whether to extend the closure to Sundays in the future, but no decision was yet made.

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