New Jersey dining curfew takes effect Thursday night

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced new rules involving bars, restaurants, casinos, and youth sports due to rising coronavirus cases in the state.

All restaurants must close indoor dining by 10 p.m. starting on Thursday. Outdoor dining, takeout, or delivery services may continue past 10 p.m.

Barside seating will be prohibited at all hours under the new rules.

Restaurants will be allowed to place tables closer than six feet if they are separated by barriers.


The governor also announced that starting Thursday all interstate games and tournaments for indoor youth sports are to be banned in New Jersey for the immediate future

.Murphy said that schools across the state will start being offered masks for students and staff under a new program.

The governor announced 2,075 new cases on Monday afternoon, bringing the state's total since the virus starting being tracked in March to 256,653 cases. Murphy said another 11 deaths in New Jersey were blamed on the coronavirus, bringing the state's total to 14,640.

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