Hoboken outdoor dining extended through the fall and winter

Good news on the local restaurant front. The City of Hoboken is extending outdoor dining into the fall and winter. 

Mayor Ravi Bhalla and the City Council have approved the outdoor dining plan into next year. 

The website 6sqft published an online story on the news yesterday writing:

Mayor Bhalla and the Hoboken City Council released guidelines on safe, outdoor heating options, application information for businesses to continue participating, and procedures on snow removal.

Talking Ed Note: The idea proposing the Hoboken outdoor dining plan as reported previously originated with a Hoboken resident close to Councilman Mike DeFusco. It’s good news to see local officials from the mayor’s office and City Council working with the local business community to provide necessary relief.

Restaurants are now permitted to begin indoor dining at 25% of capacity. While this figure is low, the risk on infection with the coronavirus as is being learned in data developed from contact tracing shows bars and restaurants are not high transmission points based on a story in Nashville.

The story has a controversial component. The multitude of contact tracing cases into four figures were not originating from the hospitality industry and local government officials attempted to keep that information secret. 

As reported:

The discussion involves the low number of coronavirus cases emerging from bars and restaurants and how to handle that.

And most disturbingly, how to keep it from the public.

On June 30th, contact tracing was given a small view of coronavirus clusters. Construction and nursing homes were found to be causing problems with more than a thousand cases traced to each category, but bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases.

Perhaps the data showing among new pandemic cases occurring past 1,000 and only 22 cases linked back to bars and restaurants, we will see further undoing of restaurant and bar restrictions in New Jersey.

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