Last week on Facebook, a popular Toms River restaurant, Social 37, announced that they were closing their restaurant permanently do to economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I guess that is not the case anymore. It was just posted on their Facebook page, saying they are just "sleeping", and hoping that they can open their doors again in the near future

I would say that most Ocean County businesses have been able to "ride-out" the COVID-19 so far at this point. It will really be a shame if some of our favorites would have to close their doors since outdoor dining is not allowed.

Yesterday was the first day in almost four months that hair and nail salons, barbershops, tanning salons, and tattoo shops outdoor pools, Day and Medical spas, Non-contact Sports, massage parlors, and campgrounds at state parks and forests were able to open their doors to customers.

Governor Murphy announced yesterday that as long as positive cases of Coronavirus continue to trend downward, indoor dining can resume on July 2, 2020 with limited capacity.

I'm sure it's still an uphill battle for these local businesses but as long as things improve, our awesome restaurants and favorite local shops will thrive once again

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