Heaters to the rescue

North Bergen to extend outdoor dining into winter

Residents enjoyed outdoor dining in the street during "Eat andShop Local" in North Bergen. Photo by Art Schwartz.
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Residents enjoyed outdoor dining in the street during "Eat andShop Local" in North Bergen. Photo by Art Schwartz.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance at the Nov. 4 meeting extending the period during which restaurants can serve customers outdoors.

A public hearing is scheduled for the next Board of Commissioners meeting on Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. The meetings are conducted virtually via Zoom.

For more information, visit northbergen.org, and click on the event calendar.

Some small restaurants have been relying on outdoor dining to stay afloat amid the pandemic.

The township has held a series of outdoor dining events in hopes of drawing residents to these struggling local businesses through the “Eat and Shop Local” program which culminated at the end of September.

Outdoor heaters

As temperatures cool down, North Bergen is working with restaurants, bars, and other establishments to assist them in serving customers safely.

Restaurants will be allowed to use propane or electric heaters for outdoor dining.

The heaters must adhere to regulations outlined by the North Bergen Department of Public Safety’s Fire Prevention Bureau.

The township’s Fire Prevention Department will conduct inspections.

If an investigator determines that a heating device does not meet requirements, and owners do not not comply, the township reserves the right to revoke the restaurant’s outdoor seating permit and ability to participate in street closure events.

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