ROXBURY, NJ – The beach at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna, now closed due to COVID-19 concerns, will likely re-open June 27 on a limited basis, as will the township’s athletic fields, it was announced Tuesday.

Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo said the beach is expected to re-open at 11 a.m. on that day. However, only 280 people will be permitted and only daily passes will be offered.

“This decision has been made to allow as many Roxbury residents an opportunity to visit the beach,” said the mayor. “Daily passes will be available for sale the day prior via Community Pass.”

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June 27 will also be the day that the township’s athletic fields will partially re-open for use, DeFillippo said.

While details are yet to be determined, “the only sports that will be permitted are non-contact such as baseball and softball and possibly some other practicing with social distance,” DeFillippo said. “I know this comes as a welcome development and it is another sure sign things are improving -- cautiously,” he added.

Rules Set for Outdoor Dining at Restaurants

The township on Tuesday also set the rules for restaurants that want to offer temporary outdoor seating, something that will be allowed starting June 15. The guidelines are spelled out in a resolution approved by the township Mayor and Council.

“Restaurants are an integral part of the local economies and social fabrics of municipalities,” says the resolution. It says the municipal government “wishes to help its local businesses through this difficult time” and notes that “many restaurants are owned and operated by local families that depend upon continued economic activity.”

Restaurants that want to offer temporary outdoor seating will be required to submit a “Covid-19 Special Event Temporary Outdoor Restaurant Seating Application” that will include a drawing of the proposed outdoor seating area.

“This drawing shall show the location and size of all proposed tables and chairs and distances to other tables and chairs and distances from any other structures such as a host podium and serving stations,” says the resolution.

It said all outdoor seating areas must comply with these rules:

  • The outdoor restaurant seating area may not exceed 1,200 square feet
  • The outdoor restaurant seating areas may be located upon private sidewalks where adequate provision is made for pedestrians, on relatively level grass areas and in parking lots where an adequate number of parking stalls remain in the opinion of the township officials. Preference shall be given to creating outdoor restaurant seating on sidewalks and upon grass areas when available
  •  Where outdoor seating is proposed to be created in a parking lot, bollards or other protection structures shall be erected along the perimeters of the outdoor restaurant seating area to enhance public safety and direct motor vehicles. Said protective structures shall be reviewed and approved by the appropriate township official as part of the application
  • Temporary lighting will be required if the outdoor restaurant seating area is proposed to be utilized after dusk
  • Landscaping of the perimeter of or within the outdoor restaurant seating area will not be required but may be proposed by the applicant 
  • A tent(s), awning(s) or umbrella(s) may be utilized within an outdoor restaurant seating area as approved by township officials as part of the application
  • Serving stations and a host podium may be located within an outdoor restaurant seating area provided plexiglass or other similar partition is used
  • No change in grading will be permitted to create an outdoor restaurant seating area
  • The proposed hours of operation of the outdoor restaurant seating area will be included and approved as part of the application
  • No outdoor restaurant seating area may be located within an approved delivery area/loading zone
  • The proposed temporary outdoor restaurant seating area may not affect the effective functioning of a prior approved site plan
  • A Covid-19 Special Event Temporary Outdoor Restaurant Seating area must have previously secured site plan approval from the township Zoning Board of Adjustment or Planning Board for the existing restaurant
  • The consumption of alcoholic beverages will continue to be regulated by the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission therefore all applicants are responsible for verifying that their liquor license permits the serving of alcohol outdoors
  • In multi-tenanted properties, an approved outdoor restaurant seating area must be discontinued or reduced in size if other retail, personal service and/or commercial establishments are permitted to reopen and there is not an adequate number of parking stalls available in the discretion of the Township
  • An approved outdoor restaurant seating area must be discontinued or reduced in size if proper social distancing is not maintained or the restaurant establishment does not comply with applicable sanitary and cleaning standards, use of masks and partitions or other requirements as issued by the governor as part of an executive order
  • All outdoor seating areas must be closed by 10 p.m.
  • The Township shall have the discretion to create additional standards for a particular property and to fashion such conditions as may be necessary to further the purposes of the township Zoning Ordinance in Chapter 13 as well as the goals and objectives of the township's Master Plan
  • All businesses shall comply with all requirements established by any and all executive orders issued by the governor as well as any other applicable state orders that specify social distancing requirements, cleaning standards, and other rules and regulations for temporary outdoor seating areas.

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