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Jersey City is Open for Business

We are helping local small businesses prepare to re-open their doors once the Governor's Office lifts restrictions. The plan includes testing for all employees of local businesses, providing each local business a re-opening package that will include PPE and sanitizer once the business is tested, and a process for restaurants to easily expand outdoor seating to offset loss of indoor seating.

  • Temporary Curbside Pick-up Form for Businesses

  • Jersey City COVID-19 Financial Relief Program Grant Application

  • Updated Number of COVID-19 Cases in Jersey City

  • Sidewalk Cafe/Outdoor Seating Rules and Regulations

  • As per Governor Murphy's executive order number 150 and Mayor Fulop's Executive order 2020-007, effective 8:00AM on June 15 the City of Jersey City will permit sidewalk cafes and other outdoor seating at restaurants with the following additional rules and limitations:


    • Any business seeking to utilize outdoor space for restaurant use, even if that business has or has had a sidewalk cafe license previously, must fill out the Sidewalk Café application form
    • All fees are waived, and historic and/or zoning approval are not required until further notice
    • Sidewalk cafe licenses will be automatically and conditionally approved upon submission, meaning businesses do not have to wait for an inspection or review before opening on June 15
    • The City will be reviewing all applications over the coming weeks and months to ensure safety and compliance, particularly with social distancing protocols
    • Partitions are required around the outside of the sidewalk café in accordance with standard Sidewalk Café regulations
    • The hours of operation of sidewalk cafés shall remain as:
      • Sunday through Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
      • Thursday: 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
      • Friday and Saturday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 Midnight
    • Seating in any outdoor space must be 6 feet apart in all directions
    • Dogs are still prohibited in sidewalk cafés
    • Smoking is prohibited in any outdoor space
    • Alcoholic beverages may be served in outdoor space (or to go) however an ABC permit is required beforehand
    • Face coverings are required for any patrons or employees inside premises
    • We will allow sidewalk cafes to expand beyond the normal boundaries and limits set forth in the regular sidewalk cafe rules and regulations, including:
      • Use of parking spaces directly in front of the business
      • sidewalk areas of adjacent properties not already in use by other businesses (written permission is required from the adjacent property owners)
      • Areas with Pedestrian Malls/other temporary street closures (up to 18 feet from the curb)
    • ADA rules still apply, specifically that a café must also provide 5 feet of clearance for access and mobility
    • Sidewalk cafes do not have to be contiguous with the front of the store and we are no longer limiting the amount of sidewalk that can be used, except for the ADA clearance described above
    • Tents and other overhead coverings are permitted but sidewalk cafes may not be enclosed on the sides at this time
    • Backyards, patios, roofdecks, and other outdoor areas may be used with similar rules as sidewalk cafes
    • Businesses are free to build platforms and other parklet style areas in parking spaces as desired, but please be advised the City has limited resources to provide these for businesses directly; please see our Jersey City Parklet Manual  for guidelines on construction
    • If you are interested in exploring the use of a parking lot adjacent to your business, please email with a proposal to discuss as we would like to allow this but will be reviewing on a case by case basis.


While the City has resumed normal operations, we are taking the safety of our employees and residents seriously. Please be advised that face coverings are required to be worn at all times in municipal facilities, body temperatures will be checked upon entry, and additional cleaning and sanitizing of common areas will occur on a daily basis. We have also installed a variety protective barriers in any areas with possible close contact between people. All offices are appointment only until further notice and some employees may be working remotely or in modified work environments; please call or email to schedule a time to meet if necessary. For more information, please visit

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