MORRISTOWN, NJ - Tashmoo Bar and Restaurant had their outdoor dining expansion permit revoked effective Saturday after a large crowd was found congregating in their outdoor space, confirmed Morristown Business Administrator Jillian Barrick.
The restaurant is not permitted to open, she stated.
A photo of a large crowd where no one was wearing masks was posted on Instagram and circulating on social media. A source stated that the police were called to the scene and the restaurant was shut down.
Today, the Town of Morristown has issued a statement regarding the incident.
"Since the State began allowing outdoor dining and limited retail, the Town has worked hard with our local businesses to allow them to begin serving customers and recoup financial losses from the closures needed during the ongoing public health emergency", the statement read. "Many of our established restaurants and retailers have worked hard to pivot their business model to comply with the State regulations and ensure the health of their patrons. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to the contrary, not all businesses followed the guidelines and we had to shut them down".
To ensure the town doesn't have the similar issues moving forward, officials have issued new guidelines. Those new guidelines, as issued in the statement, state:
- Capacity of an expansion area will be limited to the number of seats approved as part of a socially distanced layout
- No standing patrons will be permitted; everyone must be seated to be served
- No patrons are permitted self-service of alcohol unless served to go in compliance with the State’s guidelines; all on-premise alcohol service must be done by wait staff to seated patrons
- Capacity for any outside dining area or expansion will be limited to no more than the indoor capacity of the associated business
"Furthermore, we remind our businesses of the following guidelines which are outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order 150 including ensuring the all staff are wearing a face covering and that lines of patrons waiting for seating adhere to social distancing guidelines and do not block and otherwise impede the sidewalk", said town officials. "We want all of Morristown’s businesses to succeed into the future and will continue to do our best to support those efforts, but we must ensure the safety and welfare of our residents and visitors first and will not tolerate any business that does not work with us to achieve that goal".
** the article was revised to include the statement from the town's business administrator**
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