WAYNE, NJ — Wayne Township has yet to announce guidance for outdoor dining, but as other municipalities across the state roll out plans, a few rules have been consistent.
So what could outdoor dining in Wayne look like?
Gov. Phil Murphy said earlier this month bars and restaurants can open for outdoor dining beginning Monday at 6 a.m.
Employees of the establishments will have to wear masks, as will patrons who wish to go inside at any point. Tables will be placed 6-feet apart, and parties will be limited to a maximum of eight people.
To read more on what to expect when you're dining out, click here: Here's What To Do At NJ Bars, Restaurants Under Coronavirus Rule
In most municipalities, restaurants were given guidance that they could expand their outdoor tables to the sidewalks outside their restaurant, and, in some cases, into the street.
Glen Rock has announced there would be an outdoor dining room set up to for patrons to eat their take-out meals, and even indulge in BYOB drinks.
In reopening for outdoor dining, Ridgewood has rethought their downtown experience. On the weekends an open air pedestrian mall will be created but shutting down some downtown streets.
Tables from local restaurants will be placed where cars usually drive, providing those businesses with additional space to serve customers.
Wyckoff has relaxed their application demands, allowing restaurants a more streamlined approach to approval, in an effort to help local business get back on track.
Mahwah, perhaps, has taken the most conservative approach to outdoor dining.
Mahwah's ordinance does not include language allowing businesses to occupy space on city sidewalks or city streets, contrary to what some other communities are doing. Township Attorney Brian Campion said despite other municipalities choosing to go in this direction, the idea doesn't fit in Mahwah.
Though Wayne hasn't released specific guidance, given state regulations and the decisions made by other communities, community members should have a general idea of what to expect.
In the meantime, the township has been keeping a fairly up-to-date list of restaurants open for carry-out and delivery. View the list here: https://www.waynetownship.com/public-notice.html?task=document.viewdoc&id=6409
And if that doesn't fill your need for local food, the Wayne Farmer's Market will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning this week until Oct. 31.