Things are changing on Atlantic City Boardwalk this summer.
How, you ask?
Open alcohol containers are permitted beginning June 12. Legally, that is.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. held a Monday press conference announcing the executive order.
Official: open containers are now legally permitted on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. pic.twitter.com/YRNe1BmEUZ
— David Danzis (@ACPressDanzis) June 8, 2020
According to an article published on NJ.com, the policy will be active for several months. It will continue until restrictions on bars and restaurants are lifted or seven months after the state of emergency concludes, whichever is later.
Here are other general guidelines of where you can drink outside:
- Between Sovereign and Rhode Island avenues on the Boardwalk
- Non-residential areas of Gardner’s Basin
- The area can be expanded for special events
However, the executive order does not apply to self-supplied alcoholic beverages.
Atlantic City prepares for phase 2
June’s arrival means Atlantic City’s summer season is fast approaching. And this means bigger crowds.
Of course this summer will be different than any other. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Atlantic City casinos have been closed since March 16.
The hope is that they will be able to reopen by Fourth of July weekend.
The Garden State, however, is entering phase 2 of its Road Back plan. And this includes the return of outdoor dining.
NEW: Today, I will sign an Executive Order that will allow restaurants and bars to begin offering in-person, outdoor dining on Monday, June 15th. 🍽️
Tables seating individual groups must be six feet apart, and other safety and sanitization protocols must be followed. pic.twitter.com/oRyRqhUJWd
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 3, 2020
Hope is Atlantic City restaurants will benefit
Several Atlantic City restaurants offer outdoor seating on the Boardwalk. This includes the Landshark Restaurant, which is part of Resorts Atlantic City.
Takeout service is currently available.
This executive order could be exactly what restaurants needs as customers return. And many of them will be welcoming back guests for the first time in three months. Small is extending a helping hand.
“We want to help out the people who are in business,” Small said during Monday’s press conference. “We want to use our judgment and issue an executive order to help out our bars and restaurants, so we took the aggressive approach, doing things we can do within our jurisdiction.”