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April 29, 2021, TRENTON - New Jersey still does not have a plan to reopen.  Meanwhile, yesterday Governor Cuomo announced people can get served at bars in New York City beginning Monday and that outdoor and indoor dining curfews for bars and restaurants in the city will both be lifted by the end of May.  Disappointingly, this week Governor Murphy only announced that  indoor room capacities would increase to 50 percent for certain venues such as weddings, school proms, political events, funerals and performances starting on May 10.  New Jersey’s indoor dining is still capped at 50% and bar sitting is prohibited.

"New Jersey needs to jump on the New York bandwagon and reopen now. Our bars and restaurants continue to struggle and now New Jersey residents can travel to Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York to enjoy extended openings.  The Governor has continually said that data will determine outcomes.  Hospitalizations are at a five-month low, and positive test rates are down.  Governor it is time to open Main Street,” said Eileen Kean, State Director NFIB.




For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses, and remains so today. For more information, please visit