Media Advisory Virtual Press Conference

Press Releases,

Marilou Halvorsen, President/CEO, NJ Restaurant & Hospitality Association (NJRHA)
Marilyn Schlossbach, 2020 NJRHA Chairwoman & owner Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park
Jeanne Cretella, Landmark Hospitality
Bob Wagner, Ott’s Tavern and Braddock’s
Tom Daidone, The Estate at Florentine Gardens

Safe Dining Plan and sanitation protocols
Industry contributions to community & economy
Financial impact
Predictions for fall
#IServeJersey Campaign

“Virtual” Press Conference (media only)
Register in advance at:
Note: All other individuals may participate via NJRHA Facebook Live

WHEN: Monday, August 3rd
10:00am – 11:00am

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated New Jersey’s hospitality industry, our state’s largest private sector
employer. As of now, current estimates suggest 30% of restaurants that make up the culture and
personality of our state will close. Hit even harder, are the state’s largest wedding venues. Their closure
has led to a ripple effect in the industry, where professionals like photographers, videographers, florists,
and musicians, to name a few, are all out of work.
The governor’s indefinite reversal of indoor dining in late June has resulted in more economic and
emotional hardships as we pass the midway point of summer – this industry’s most robust time for partial
economic recovery.

The NJRHA president and chairwoman, along with several large venue and restaurant owners from around
the state will discuss the latest indoor dining proposal (with new restrictions), the battles of outdoor dining
and celebrations, fall predictions, economic fears and the launch of a #IServeJersey 30-day social media
campaign to highlight those struggling in the industry.

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