Assemblymen Mazzeo and Armato Respond to the Governor Canceling the Start of Indoor Dining

 

 

(Northfield)  Governor Murphy’s 72 hour notice to restaurants canceling the re-opening of indoor dining, including those residing in casinos, is a severe blow to these businesses.

 

“Restaurants have been closed, indoors, to patrons for over 100 days. They have been planning their re-opening for weeks. This includes casino restaurants that have been preparing to welcome guests back on a holiday weekend. Ordering large amounts food, alcohol, PPE (personal protection equipment) and various other heavy cost preparations that are now a waste,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic).

“This will have a ripple effect throughout supplying businesses in our county that will once again see a decline in sales resulting in more unemployment cases.”

 

“To take away the small sliver of hope these owners and workers had of returning to work, at a 25% capacity, is only one of the serious realities of this decision. Our shore businesses were counting on July 4th weekend as an opportunity recoup some of their losses over the past 3 months. This goes for casinos as well. We now have the nod to open casinos, with no dining or drinks allowed, this isn’t a fair opportunity towards any sort of financial recouping,” said Armato (D-Atlantic).

 

“We want businesses to open and workers to return under safe circumstances, and that is what we have seen here in Atlantic County with outdoor dining. If Governor Murphy has issues with specific businesses that are not following the rules, he should take that up with those owners,” the two said. “Grounding the whole state over the foul play of a few is a tremendous over reach.”

 

“Within the last 24 hours, Governor Murphy has canceled the start of indoor dining and absolute vetoed a bill that would have established a Hospitality Emergency Loan Program through the NJ EDA to provide no-interest loans to small hospitality businesses, it’s is an absolute slap in the face to the hospitality industry,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic).

 

 

 

(Northfield)  Governor Murphy’s 72 hour notice to restaurants canceling the re-opening of indoor dining, including those residing in casinos, is a severe blow to these businesses.

 

“Restaurants have been closed, indoors, to patrons for over 100 days. They have been planning their re-opening for weeks. This includes casino restaurants that have been preparing to welcome guests back on a holiday weekend. Ordering large amounts food, alcohol, PPE (personal protection equipment) and various other heavy cost preparations that are now a waste,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic).

“This will have a ripple effect throughout supplying businesses in our county that will once again see a decline in sales resulting in more unemployment cases.”

 

“To take away the small sliver of hope these owners and workers had of returning to work, at a 25% capacity, is only one of the serious realities of this decision. Our shore businesses were counting on July 4th weekend as an opportunity recoup some of their losses over the past 3 months. This goes for casinos as well. We now have the nod to open casinos, with no dining or drinks allowed, this isn’t a fair opportunity towards any sort of financial recouping,” said Armato (D-Atlantic).

 

“We want businesses to open and workers to return under safe circumstances, and that is what we have seen here in Atlantic County with outdoor dining. If Governor Murphy has issues with specific businesses that are not following the rules, he should take that up with those owners,” the two said. “Grounding the whole state over the foul play of a few is a tremendous over reach.”

 

“Within the last 24 hours, Governor Murphy has canceled the start of indoor dining and absolute vetoed a bill that would have established a Hospitality Emergency Loan Program through the NJ EDA to provide no-interest loans to small hospitality businesses, it’s is an absolute slap in the face to the hospitality industry,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic).

 

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