Getting Creative with Outdoor Dining

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Last week, Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey will soon move to stage two of its reopening plan, which includes in-person retail and outdoor dining, among other things. Township officials have already relaxed codes through the end of 2020 to maximize the outdoor seating and shopping for Livingston’s dining establishments and retail spaces, allowing them to utilize their sidewalks and parking lots, where applicable. This is great news for both our businesses, whose owners are excited to reopen, and our residents who are thrilled to return to their favorite local establishments.

While some places in town are well equipped to handle outdoor dining, however, not all of our businesses are so lucky. The reality is that many of our restaurants do not have substantial outdoor seating. Even with eased restrictions, allowing for more of the sidewalks to be utilized, there are only so many potential tables to create, particularly if those tables will be socially distanced.



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