State Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for Costs of Stalled Reopening

Route Fifty: Some lawmakers in New Jersey hope to use federal coronavirus relief funds to reimburse restaurant owners for preparations made to resume indoor dining before Gov. Phil Murphy canceled the reopening, citing public health concerns.

The bipartisan legislation, introduced Monday in the state legislature, would allocate $30 million from the state’s share of the federal CARES Act “to provide financial support, by way of loans or grants, to food establishments for costs associated with business operation interruptions caused by Executive Order No. 158.”

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