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New Jersey Gov. Bans Casino Food And Beverage Sale Overnight

The Move Comes Shortly After Casino Executive And Local AC Government Officials Asked Gov. Phil Murphy For The Opposite

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Atlantic City casinos will no longer be allowed to serve food and beverages after 10 p.m. as part of new COVID-19 restrictions announced by Gov. Phil Murphy Monday.

Murphy prohibited indoor dining of any sort between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., as well as any barside seating any establishment. These mandates go into effect Nov. 12.

Casinos were already operating at reduced capacity and these new mandates are coming less than two weeks after a report from The Press of Atlantic City stated that casino executives and local government officials were asking the governor to increase capacity to make up for the falling revenue.

According to the report, Democratic Assemblymen from Atlantic City wrote a letter to Murphy claiming that the area needs conventions to return if the business will be revitalized. Local unions also supported increasing capacity since it would increase business for their members.

“Without the convention and meeting industry, the negative economic impact to both large and small businesses, including lost wages, will be devastating to the market and residents of Atlantic City and Atlantic County,” wrote Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato.

In September, the most recent month with data, saw a small increase in New Jersey’s gross gaming revenue, but that stemmed from the uptick in online gambling. The brick-and-mortar market has struggled since Murphy allowed them to reopen July 2.

Just a few days after Murphy reopened the state’s casino market, he banned food and beverage sales completely. This move prompted the state’s largest casino, Borgata, to delay its opening until it could adjust its business plan or until the environment was more favorable to its reopening.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker is taking Murphy’s mandate a step further and banned casinos from operating overnight.