Reopening Berkeley Heights

Reopening BH

Berkeley Heights is starting to reopen!!!


June 30, 2020

Dear Berkeley Heights Restaurants,

Although you might have heard yesterday, June 29, that the Governor postponed indoor dining; here is Executive Order No. 158 for your review, which temporarily prohibits the resumption of indoor dining until further notice. As soon as we hear any more information, we will communicate it.  Please continue with outdoor dining and please keep following the protocols such as hand washing, wearing masks, changing gloves, using hand sanitizer, taking employees temperatures, sanitizing, etc. If any of you currently do not have permits for outdoor seating and wish to apply for such a permit, please see requirements to submit to our Restaurant Review Committee below.

The following restaurants in town are open for outdoor seating: DiMaio’s, Delicious Heights, Trap Rock, Sub Zone, Strega, Marcello’s and Grain & Cain. More restaurants coming with outdoor seating; meanwhile, please remember to order Outdoor Seating for Restaurants Opens in new windowTAKEOUT and pick up curbside from all of our other restaurants! And be sure to patronize our other local businesses as much as possible and support them as we work to help them all reopen soon!

For Berkeley Heights Business Owners:

If you already have some outdoor seating, a recently-passed local ordinance allows you to expand that space; if you do not already have outdoor seating, it allows you to create that space, with the guidance of our Township zoning, fire and public safety officials. This is to ensure you have adequate social distancing among your patrons. Food establishments will need to submit their outdoor seating plans with proper COVID-19 hygiene protocols to the Township for review and approval to

Here is all of the relevant information you need to apply for outdoor seating:

Please note: The Township is here to help you with this process! Our public safety, health, zoning and other officials will help to ensure your plans are sufficient, and will give you guidance, if needed, on how to best set up your outdoor space in a safe yet effective manner. Please utilize us as resource, and do not hesitate to contact our Board of Health Secretary Linda Palumbo with any questions or if you need assistance. She can be reached at If you are a restaurant that currently hold a liquor license but have questions about the recently announced temporary liquor license extension to apply to outdoor seating, please contact our Clerk Ana Minkoff at

Thank you for your patience as we all work together to reopen Berkeley Heights together – safely, and for being part of our wonderful community. We are here to help you succeed!

Copy of Executive Order No. 150

Copy of DOH Executive Directive on Outdoor Dining

Copy of NJ ABC Special Ruling

Personal Care Businesses

Governor Phil Murphy on June 13 signed Executive Order No. 154, allowing personal care service facilities to reopen to Able to open June 22the public on June 22, provided the facilities comply with standards issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs and Department of Health.  

Under the Executive Order, personal care service facilities include:  

  1. Cosmetology shops;
  2. Barber shops;
  3. Beauty salons;
  4. Hair braiding shops;
  5. Nail salons;
  6. Electrology facilities;
  7. Spas, including day spas and medical spas, at which solely elective and cosmetic medical procedures are performed;
  8. Massage parlors;
  9. Tanning salons; and
  10. Tattoo parlors.  

The Division of Consumer Affairs issued an Administrative Order that includes comprehensive health and safety standards that personal care services who are licensees of the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling and the New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy must abide by. Safeguards include:  

  1. Limiting services to appointment-only;
  2. Performing health screening, including temperature checks, on clients and staff prior to entry to the facility;
  3. Requiring use of personal protective equipment, and requiring clients to wear face coverings at all times, regardless of the service they are receiving, unless face down on a massage table or where doing so would inhibit an individual’s health;
  4. Ensuring that all staff-client pairs maintain at least six feet distance between other staff-client pairs, unless separated by physical barriers;
  5. Adopting enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices; and
  6. Staying informed about new developments and guidance related to COVID-19. 

The Order further directs the Commissioner of the DOH to issue health and safety standards for use by tattoo parlors, tanning salons and other locations in which personal care services are offered by individuals  who are not acting within the scope of a license issued by a professional board within the Division of Consumer Affairs.

  • For a copy of Executive Order No. 154, please click here.
  • For a copy of the Division of Consumer Affairs’ Administrative Order, please click here.
  • For a copy of the Department of Health’s Executive Directive, please click here.

Back-to-Work Guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Labor

The DOL released guidance for employers or employees on returning to work. Please check out the following links below:

New resources:
Download the “Return to Work Guidelines” here

New webpage w/FAQs

Updated webpage for employers w/FAQs