Face masks are now required for patrons waiting to dine outdoors in Hoboken, and following the signing of a new executive order, they will also not be able to consume drinks “to go” as they wait for a table – among other safety precautions due to COVID-19.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The City of Hoboken is proud to assist our small business owners with creative and innovative ways to expand outdoor operations. I’m glad the majority of business owners taking the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of both customers and employees,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.
“At the same time, based on feedback we’ve received, we are implementing additional safety measures that further protects our city and addresses overcrowding and social distancing issues that we’ve seen at a handful of establishments. I’m confident that these added precautions, along with the continued partnership of the city and our small businesses, will lend to a safer experience for everyone.”
Other regulation changes made via today’s order, following last week’s reopening of outdoor dining, capacity of an outdoor dining area is limited to the number of seats available, only patrons who are seated are able to be served, and everyone must be seated while consuming beverages or food.
Furthermore, six feet of social distancing needs to be strictly established throughout the eatery.
If bars and restaurants are not able to enforce these safety precautions, the establishment will be subject to having their sidewalk café revoked or closed by the Hoboken Office of Emergency Management, after a verbal and/or written warning, or violation issued by the Hoboken Police Department or Zoning Office.