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Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Wednesday that restaurants and other businesses can operate at half their maximum indoor capacity starting on March 19.

As reported by NJ101.5 news, the increase from 35% to 50% amid pandemic restrictions is for indoor dining at restaurants and bars, gyms, casinos, salons and other indoor amusement spots.

NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka called the increase in capacity a good step forward, but also noted many other states, including those in New Jersey’s region, were allowing for more capacity.

“Last week, the New Jersey Business Coalition issued a letter to Governor Murphy urging a comprehensive reopening plan,” Siekerka said. “The letter, signed by more than 90 major business and nonprofit associations, requests definitive data thresholds to drive reopening decisions, with updated restrictions that are narrowly tailored to particular circumstances; new approaches to indoor and outdoor gathering limits; and a prudent reopening of childcare centers, which are currently in a severely disadvantaged position,”

To read the full NJ101.5 report, click here.