Town specific guidance will be posted. Please use the links to the State of NJ reopening guidance for general information and requirements.
Indoor Occupancy & Operations Updates for Businesses
Restaurants and Other Venues Can Increase to 50% Capacity Next Week
Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that restaurants, personal care, and recreation and amusement businesses can increase their indoor customer capacity limits to 50% on March 19. These businesses were previously limited to 35% indoor capacity for customers.
The Town of Morristown will follow the Governor’s Executive Order regarding closing time for food and beverage establishments and does not intend to impose any new local restrictions on the hours of operation. However, they will continue to monitor compliance and if the Town notices violations by establishments of the Executive Order, they reserve the right to revisit whether local restrictions are necessary.
Beginning Friday, February 5th at 8 a.m., indoor capacity limits will increase to 35% of stated capacity for food and beverage establishments, personal care businesses, and recreational and entertainment businesses, including gyms, fitness centers, and casinos. Certain indoor gatherings, including religious services and wedding ceremonies, will be limited to 35% of the room’s capacity up to 150 people. Learn more about detailed changes for your specific industry.
Starting Friday, February 5th, the State requirement to end service in bars and restaurants at 10 p.m. will be lifted. However, municipalities or counties may continue to regulate hours of operation after 8 p.m., giving local officials the ability to respond to unique situations where they notice non-compliance. Read about these changes for Food and Beverage Establishments.
The Town of Morristown has waived the $250 Sidewalk Cafe Fee for 2020
A café may extend in front of adjacent business(es) with the permission of the property owner and the affected business(es). This is especially effective when hours are complementary.
A café may be placed in front of your establishment from your storefront to the curb
A café may be placed in front of your establishment into the parking stall(s) immediately in front that are not otherwise occupied or dedicated for loading, curbside pick-up or handicapped parking. Should this be approved, the Town will provide safety barriers to be placed on the street side of the parking space. Barriers are available on a first come first served basis while supplies last. We will do our best to accommodate requests.
A café may be placed on adjacent private vacant property (like a parking lot or lawn) with the permission of the property owner.
Capacity of an expansion area will be limited to the number of seats approved as part of a socially distanced layout
No standing patrons will be permitted; everyone must be seated to be served
No patrons are permitted self-service of alcohol unless served to go in compliance with the State’s guidelines; all on-premise alcohol service must be done by wait staff to seated patrons
Capacity for any outside dining area or expansion will be limited to no more than the indoor capacity of the associated business
Each business who wants to have a sidewalk café in the public right-of-way and/or is seeking a COVID 19 Expansion of Premises Permit from the State ABC must submit an application (forms linked) for a permit through the Clerk’s Office that includes:
Certificate of Liability Insurance
Diagram of proposed café including dimensions and placement of furnishings
Signed affidavit(s) from each property owner and affected business for any café that expands to another property giving permission for the café placement.
COVID 19 Expansion of Premises Permit: ABC has created a new permit to allow licensees to expand their licensed premises onto nearby property to accommodate reasonable seating capacity while observing social distancing guidelines. This permit will be available to all licensees with retail consumption privileges and will allow expansion privileges subject to local approval.
Office of the Town Clerk
Morristown Town Hall
200 South Street,1st Floor
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Office Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm
To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, New Jersey businesses, organizations, employees, and customers can participate in the One Jersey Pledge, committing to follow health and safety guidelines during New Jersey’s economic and social restart and recovery.
Note that this pledge provides no liability protection.
Businesses and organizations can download posters with their commitment to customers and to employees.
As part of the One Jersey Pledge:
Businesses and organizations pledge to:
Wear face coverings and gloves for contact with their customers and goods
Ensure social distancing to the greatest extent possible
Follow hygiene guidelines, including regular hand-washing
Clean high-touch surfaces frequently
Train their employees on all health and sanitization protocols
Conduct employee health screenings
Support contact tracing initiatives in the interest of public health
Require employees with symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home
Customers pledge to:
Stay home if they’re not feeling well
Keep their distance (6 feet)
Employers pledge to:
Provide appropriate PPE for employees’ jobs
Provide sanitization materials, training, and time to practice safe hygiene as recommended by CDC
Support contact tracing efforts, while respecting employees’ privacy
Require that employees with COVID-19 symptoms stay home
Employees pledge to:
Follow hygiene guidelines, including regular hand-washing
Wear face coverings at all times and gloves for certain activities
PPP2 loans will be available to first-time qualified borrowers and, for the first time, to businesses that previously received a PPP loan. Specifically, previous PPP recipients may apply for another loan of up to $2 million, provided they:
Have 300 or fewer employees.
Have used or will use the full amount of their first PPP loan.
Can show a 25% gross revenue decline in any 2020 quarter compared with the same quarter in 2019.
Maximum Loan Amounts for the Hospitality IndustryBorrowers that have NAICS Code 72 (typically restaurants and hotels) are permitted to use a 3.5x multiplier of their average monthly payroll costs to calculate their maximum loan amount, subject to the $2 million cap.
Choose Your Own Covered Period
Borrowers are able to choose the length of their covered period so long as it is at least eight weeks and is not longer than 24 weeks
Use of PPP Funds
Use of Covered Operations Expenditures: payments for business software or cloud computing service that facilitates business operations, product or service delivery, the processing, payment or tracking of payroll expenses, HR and billing functions, or account or tracking of supplies, inventory, records and expenses
Covered Property Damage Costs: costs related to property damaged and vandalism or looting due to public disturbances that occurred during 2020 that was not covered by insurance or other compensation
Covered Supplier Costs: expenditures to a supplier of goods that are essential to the operations of the entity at the time at which the expenditure was made and is made pursuant to a contract or order in effect at any time before the covered period or, with respect to perishable goods, in effect at any time during the covered period
Covered Worker Protection Expenditures: operating or capital expenditures that allow a business to comply with requirements or guidance issued by the CDC, HHS, OSHA or any state or local government during the period beginning March 1, 2020 and ending on the date which the national emergency declared by the president expires related to the maintenance of standards for sanitation, social distancing or any other worker or customer safety requirement related to COVID-19. These expenses appear to include PPE, physical barriers that were put in place, expansion of indoor/outdoor space, ventilation or filtration systems and drive-through windows.
PPP loans will not be included as taxable income. Expenses paid with the proceeds of a PPP loan that is forgiven are now tax-deductible.