MILLBURN, NJ — Starting this weekend, Millburn residents will be able to enjoy outdoor dining in town, as the township committee passed a pair of resolutions at Tuesday's meeting which opened the door for the new policy.

Resolution 20-137 Approves the temporary waiver and/or relaxation of requirements for chapter 4-40 sidewalk café licenses and 20-138 is a request for permission from Essex County for street closures to help accommodate increased outdoor dining.

The key portion of Resolution 20-137 that allows for dining in the street or parking lots around town is found in the qualifications of the resolution.

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Parts three and four allow for outdoor dining to be permitted on "publicly owned parking lots, streets or spaces as expressly permitted by the township," and that outdoor dining may also be permitted on "premise-owned parking lots in spaces that may have previously been required by zoning."

This weekend's trial run of the new plan will see closure of Main Street for outdoor starting this Friday at 4:00 p.m. running through until early Monday morning, well before traffic resumes. The hope is to use this upcoming weekend to gauge feedback from restaurant owners and first responders in town as to the effectiveness and overall safety of outdoor dining.

In addition to the new seating, the hope of the township committee is to mitigate the loss of parking down Main Street by guiding those wishing to park downtown towards the parking deck near the train station.

To hear a more in-depth explanation on outdoor dining rules from the township committee meeting, click here.

After executive order 150 paved the rules for outdoor dining, numerous towns, including New Brunswick, Westfield and Union have all put forth their own plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.