With many of us deprived of true, in-person music events, and those who work the shows unemployed since the mid-March lockdown, residents of New Jersey are looking forward to Labor Day weekend and the opening of select indoor entertainment venues.

Per a new order from Governor Phil Murphy, indoor performance hot spots, including theaters, select nightclubs, concert venues and more can begin reopening as of September 4th with limited capacity capped at 150 people or 25% of each venue’s legal space, along with social distancing practices and required face masks. Unfortunately, however, clubs with dance floors will not be included in this weekend’s plans.

In a statement Governor Murphy said: “We have been working hard for several months now to get to this point and after the pullback from our initial early July target date we committed that we would not put ourselves in a similar position again and that we would not allow for indoor dining to resume until we had confidence that we would move forward. I am proud that we are doing this today so that our restaurants can welcome patrons to their dining rooms for the long holiday weekend.”

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