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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Governor Murphy Lawsuit Results in Temporary Injunction Halting Indoor Dining in Asbury Park

A Message from Mayor & Council 6/12/20:

Governor Murphy Lawsuit Results in Temporary Injunction Halting Indoor Dining in Asbury Park

Last Wednesday, we passed a resolution to allow indoor food and beverage service with the same capacity limits, safety and social distancing requirements as outlined in Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 152 which allows indoor gatherings to begin on June 15, 2020.

Today, Governor Murphy filed a lawsuit against the City, which has resulted in the Superior Court entering an Order which temporarily halts Asbury Park from allowing indoor food and beverage service per the resolution.

Due to this action, we are advising Asbury Park businesses not to open indoors as we had announced earlier this week, as opening indoors would violate the Court Order and could jeopardize your business’s liquor licenses and subject violators to fines and other penalties from the State of New Jersey.

Please note, this in no way affects outdoor dining, which will commence as planned starting on June 15, 2020. For information on the Asbury Park ReOPEN plan and permit information, visit

We hope our position will encourage the State of New Jersey to outline guidelines for indoor dining in the upcoming weeks. We invite Governor Murphy to our City next week to meet with the local restaurant community and discuss alternate opportunities to support these businesses who rely heavily on the summer months.

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