MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Governor Murphy announced Monday that restaurants throughout the state may begin serving meals outdoors beginning June 15th. Many Morristown residents are hoping that includes shutting down one of the main roads in town to allow for dining al fresco.

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty addressed the idea during his daily updates.

"I can not shut down parts of South Street", he said. "It's a state road. I will continue to press the Governor's Office and DOT to allow us on Saturday nights from 4pm to 10pm to shut down a segment of South Street. We do it for parades. We do it for fall festivals. We hope they will reconsider this request".

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Doughty promised to continue to ask officials for permission to shut down South Street on Saturday evenings. Morristown isn't the only town trying to find creative ways to serve meals outdoors. 

Somerville is looking to serve dinner Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on Route 28. Route 28 would be closed from the intersection of North & South Doughty Street east towards Grove Street from 5-8 p.m. each of those three nights according to a resolution passed by the Borough Council Monday night during its virtual meeting. The state Department of Transportation is reviewing this request.

Both towns have shut down these streets in the past for street fairs, the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade as well as other local events. 

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