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TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — Some New Jersey restaurant owners who planned to welcome indoor diners this week will have to wait. And that is hitting some hard.

Gov. Phil Murphy says his goal is to stay ahead of the virus.

And after seeing the increase in COVID-19 cases over the weekend, he decided it was important to push back the date indoor dining can resume.

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That decision is costing restauranteurs thousands of dollars.

In preparation for Thursday’s grand reopening, the owner at Shana’s Wild Fig restaurant, who’d only been in business a few weeks before COVID-19 hit, went all in for anticipated guests.

News indoor dining is now postponed indefinitely hit hard.

Right now she says even with outdoor dining and takeout, revenue for the high-end dining restaurant is down 93%.

The fear is that the establishment won’t be able to survive with no funding from the state or clientele for much longer. Gov. Murphy says although frustrating, his decision is to help save lives.

“Indoors, lacking ventilation, sedentary, close proximity that’s a lethal combination. Why would I want restaurants not to reopen other than to save lives? We want to get there. I have enormous sympathy for restauranteurs and the thousands of dollars, I don’t take lightly for a second,” Murphy said. “There’s also 15,000 lives that we’ve lost where we’re trying, and we’re trying to save every single one going forward and that’s job No. 1.”

The governor says this isn’t a life sentence and hopes to give more of a heads up when indoor dining can resume.

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Yolo County Preemtively Closing Bars, Indoor Dining At Restaurants Ahead Of Holiday Weekend

YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) — Citing rising increases in coronavirus cases, Yolo County announced it will close bars and indoor dine-in restaurants ahead of the holiday weekend for at least three weeks.

This comes hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered Sacramento and 18 other counties to halt indoor dining. The governor announced on Wednesday he was directing several sectors to close their indoor operations as coronavirus cases continue to spread at “alarming” rates. The action will only impact businesses in the 19 counties already on the state’s watch list, which includes Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano and Stanislaus counties.

Yolo County is not included on that list, but the county public health officials said in a press release, the county is “likely to exceed the elevated disease transmission criteria on the State of California’s County Data Monitoring.”

The closures will align Yolo County with the counties on the County Monitoring List and hopefully slow the spread of the virus, according to a press release.

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The following businesses will have to close effective July 3 at 12:01 a.m. for at least three weeks:

  • All bars and breweries (indoor and outdoor)
  • Indoor dine-in restaurants
  • Indoor wineries and tasting rooms
  • Indoor movie theaters
  • Indoor family entertainment centers (for examples: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Indoor oos and museums
  • Cardrooms (except those on tribal land)

As of Wednesday, Yolo County reported a case rate of 87 per 100,00 residents over a two-week period and a positivity rate of 7.1%.

Per the state’s guidelines, counties will be flagged for elevated disease transmission if they have a case rate of more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents in a two-week period, or have a case rate of more than 25 cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period AND a testing positivity rate of greater than 8% of test results over a 7-day period.

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