PISCATAWAY, NJ — Hungry residents who have only been able to order take-out from some of their favorite Piscataway restaurants because of the pandemic will be able to grab a few seats in a proposed outdoor seating plan.

Executive Order 2020-01, signed by Mayor Brian Wahler on Wednesday will allow township restaurants to set up dining areas on patios, sidewalks and grassy areas for up to 120 days as the state rolls out new measures to boost the economy and establishes new dine-in service guidelines that promote social distancing.

“Piscataway is home to many restaurants that provide wonderful meals from a wide variety of cuisines, and they are an integral part of the fabric that has made our township what Money magazine has recognized as one of the top 100 best places to live in America,” Wahler said in a news release.

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“While we do not yet know the precise day when state authorities will begin relaxing quarantine-related restrictions, we want our local restaurants to be prepared for more business when it happens.”

Under the executive order, restaurants will need to have a zoning permit application approved by the township, said officials. 

However, no site plan application, performance bond, maintenance bond or engineering inspection fees will be required, and township officials will work to expedite the process, they said.

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