NEW JERSEY – Ready to sit down in your favorite steakhouse or sub shop, sushi bar or seafood restaurant?

Your wait could end before Labor Day.

New Jersey bars and restaurants will be allowed to reopen for indoor dining with restrictions Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced this morning.

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Bars and restaurants were takeout or delivery only from March – when the COVID-19 pandemic hit New Jersey – until June.

In June, the governor permitted limited outdoor dining.

He was poised to open limited indoor dining before the July 4 weekend, but a spike in COVID-19 cases forced him to back off at the last minute.

Restaurants will be required to operate under limited capacity and follow other safety guidelines.

According to Murphy’s tweet: “NEW: Restaurants statewide will be able to open for indoor dining beginning this FRIDAY at 25% capacity and with social distancing between tables. Reopening responsibly will help us restore one of our state’s key industries while continuing to make progress against #COVID19.”