Lavallette Borough Hall (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Lavallette Borough Hall (Photo: Daniel Nee)

As restaurants struggle to survive occupancy restrictions as well as a turn to colder weather amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Lavallette officials voted this week to extend outdoor dining permits for the borough’s restaurants.

The council voted unanimously to extend the outdoor dining plan adopted over the summer to March 30, 2021. Under that resolution, restaurants can apply through the municipal government for a permit which would allow the utilization of outdoor areas for dining, including areas where dining is not normally permitted, such as portions of sidewalks or streets. The borough is setting aside its normal $75 application fee this year.

“That is for all non-liquor license establishments,” said Borough Administrator Robert Brice.

Restaurants that have liquor licenses must apply for new outdoor permits through the state since liquor licenses cover specific metes and bounds in which alcohol can be served.

“Licensed establishment need to apply through the ABC,” said Brice. “It’s a modest fee they have to pay to extend that.”

Officials said they would re-evaluate the plan in the spring and make decisions based on the status of the pandemic at the time as well as executive orders put in place by the governor’s office.