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TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey is tapping the brakes on reopening the state. Indoor dining will not resume this week.

“The current situation in numerous states, as I mentioned, we do not believe it is prudent at this time to push forward with what is in effect, a sedentary indoor activity,” Murphy said.

Murphy tweeted Monday, saying rules were not being followed at restaurants across the state.

“Overcrowding. A complete disregard for social distancing. Very few, IF ANY, facing coverings,” Murphy wrote.

We’re also moved to pause indoor dining because of what we’ve seen in some establishments across the state.

Overcrowding. A complete disregard for social distancing. Very few, IF ANY, face coverings.

The scenes we see in our newspapers and on social media CANNOT CONTINUE.

— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 29, 2020

The Borgata in Atlantic City announced it’s postponing its reopening because of the governor’s announcement.

We respect the Governor’s decision to postpone the reopening of indoor dining in New Jersey to protect the public. Given this decision, our property Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City will remain closed. pic.twitter.com/XTNxyw212R

— BORGATA (@BorgataAC) June 29, 2020

Food and alcohol sales will be prohibited inside casinos.

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Allegheny Co. Lifts Some Restrictions To Allow Outdoor Dining, Some Alcohol And Lager Gatherings Outside

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County has issued a new two-week order banning indoor dining but allowing bars and restaurants to serve food outside while also allowing groups of no more than 50 people to gather. Customers will also be limited to three drinks and using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, isn’t allowed.

Faced with a surge in coronavirus cases, the county moved quickly last week to shutdown in-person operations and indoor seating at restaurants and bars. Now, as potential lifeline to those businesses, they are loosening those restrictions.

This new order rescinds the one on June 28 and July 2 and takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

“Outdoor dining isn’t as dangerous,” says Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

The county health department says mostly younger vacationers returning from hotspot beaches spread the virus in crowded bars.

“What we’re tying to do is be strategic in stopping activities that spread the virus and allowing activities that seem to be safe,” says Fitzgerald.

After being closed for the past week, Joe Tambellini is throwing out food and is now preparing to reopen, but while he may soon able to serve people on his six tables outside, his 24 indoor table must remain off limits to the public.

“I call this takeout on steroids,” he says. “You get to serve a couple of people outside. It’s not enough to survive.”

Tambellini says without indoor dining, restaurant like his can’t make it. And while he gives the county credit for trying, he says restaurants need more help.

“We’re at the end of the rope. We don’t figure this out and quickly, it’s going to be annihilation for everybody, and I’m saying everybody,” he says.

“I mean it’s the best they can do right now. It’s a strange world we live in right now.”

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