SOMERVILLE, NJ - Nearly three months after the COVID-19 pandemic imposed social distancing and curtailed the ability to meet and mingle, shop and dine, attend school and earn a living, Gov. Phil Murphy has begun to ease some restrictions - with conditions.

The Downtown Somerville Alliance is anxious to see shoppers and visitors return to Main Street, and is preparing the downtown district for those better days ahead while adjusting to the demands for more public safety.

Murphy is expected to provide guidance on restaurant dining during hisi daily press briefing Monday, June 1.

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"We are busy making preparations to welcome you back into a district with a renewed focus on cleanliness, safety, and walkability for your protection," said Natalie Pineiro, DSA executive director.

"We are working diligently with our restaurants and merchants to maximize space to enable proper social distancing, and make sure that everyone is outfitted with the proper PPE/sanitation procedures so you can enjoy the Downtown Somerville experience safely once again," she added.

The DSA ia also asking that those who enjoy the downtown experience to complete a survey to help the DSA better understand what people expect from merchants as they begin to get back to business.

The survey will be available through Wednesday, June 3 and can be found at this link:

All completed surveys will be included in a $50 prize drawing, with a gift certificate awarded to the winner's favorite Somerville store or restaurant, according to Pineiro.

Anticipating a measure of good news, the DSA has some guidance available for Somerville Restaurant owners:

The Streetsense Toolkit with recommendations for Operational Adjustments, Social Distancing Guidelines, Pickup and Delivery Procedures, Reopening Menu Suggestions, and recommendations for Service in the age of Social Distancing.

You can access the toolkit HERE.
Also available is a copy of the NJ Restaurant and Hospitality Association's “Safe Dining” Re-Opening Plan which includess Staff Safety Guidelines and Guest Safety Guidelines.