MADISON, NJ - Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order, today, allowing restaurants and bars to begin to offer in-person outdoor dining on Monday June 15. While some towns, like Morristown and Somerville are petitioning the state and Department of Transportation to allow streets to be shut down in order to expand the dining experience, Madison has already made accommodations to help businesses and residents.
On May 27, the Borough Council voted to temporarily waived the annual license fee for 2020.
In addition to waiving the yearly fee for restaurants, the council approved Resolution 151-2020 which states that "any restaurant may create outdoor dining on private property, the public sidewalk in front of their business and the public sidewalk next to their establishment with the consent of the property owner and adjoining business".
The resolution also allows "outdoor dining on premise-owned parking lots in spaces that may have been previously required by zoning or other agreements as well as the service of alcoholic beverages are allowed in outdoor areas licensed or allowed by temporary ABC or state regulations."
To read the full resolution, click HERE
The Borough will discuss further plans during the Monday, June 8 Council Meeting.
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