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Casinos and Restaurants Are Reopening at the Jersey Shore

Indoor dining is permitted in New Jersey starting next week

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Amada at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Thomas Hart Shelby

Starting Thursday, July 2, casinos can reopen in Atlantic City, New Jersey, a summertime destination for many Philadelphians. Indoor dining at restaurants in the state can start up the same day, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.

Casinos and restaurants will both be limited to 25 percent capacity in an effort to follow social distancing guidelines and slow the spread of COVID-19. In a tweet, Murphy promised more specific guidance this week.

Several other types of businesses reopened in New Jersey Monday, including outdoor pools, beauty salons, barbershops, tanning salons, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, spas, and state campgrounds.

Outdoor dining, with restrictions, started in New Jersey June 15, a few days after it began in Philadelphia.

Indoor dining at Philly restaurants, also with occupancy limits, is expected to start early July.

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