Today is a big day for more businesses to reopen in New Jersey.

Phase 2 continues today with the reopening of the following businesses:

  • Casinos
  • Museums
  • Aquariums
  • Libraries
  • Bowling Alleys
  • Indoor Batting Cages
  • Boardwalk Arcades
  • Outdoor Water Parks
  • Indoor Shooting Ranges
  • Playgrounds
  • Outdoor Amusement Parks

As we all know too well, indoor restaurants were supposed to reopen today, but Governor Murphy reversed that decision early in the week after seeing a significant spike in positive COVID-19 cases in other states that have already resumed indoor dining for a few weeks now.

His decision was also based on videos on social media of bars in our area that were packed with people and not practically no one was adhering to social distancing or wearing face coverings.

I believe Governor Murphy uttered the word "Knucklehead" once again referring to the customers and bar owners from last weekend, and no word at this point when indoor dining will resume.

Governor Murphy's decision to postpone indoor dining also has affected the casinos in Atlantic City.

With indoor dining not happening, casinos CAN still reopen today but their customers are not allowed to eat or drink on the casino floor.

When Murphy reversed his decision on indoor dining, The Borgata in Atlantic City made the decision not to remain closed and not reopen with the other casinos in Atlantic City.

The Borgata issued this statement:

“Our guests expect a special experience when they come to our property and if we cannot provide that level of hospitality, we feel it best that we remain closed until such time that the governor lets us know it is safe to offer food and beverage. The health and safety of our employees and guests are at the center of all that we do, and we regret that, at this time, we are unable to welcome back the thousands of employees who are anxious to return to work. We look forward to a time when it is safe to welcome everyone back.”

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