At its meeting on July 15, the Bayonne City Council passed a resolution allowing merchants citywide to sell merchandise on the sidewalks in front of their stores every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from July through Saturday, September 5, 2020, or until the Coronavirus emergency is terminated, whichever is sooner. The new policy allows all stores in Bayonne to have sidewalk sales in all commercial zones.
The purpose of the new policy is to boost the local retail trade, which has been curtailed by New Jersey’s Coronavirus emergency restrictions, which have limited indoor business activities. The resolution passed in June stated, “The COVID-19 crisis has severely restricted Bayonne’s merchants from conducting business in their normal fashion.” City officials wanted to find additional means to improve local economic activity. The new resolution was passed for that reason.
Mayor Jimmy Davis said, “I would like to thank the City Council for supporting the Administration’s proposal for expanding sidewalk sales. These sales will boost business for local merchants and provide additional choices for Bayonne shoppers.” Mayor Davis continued, “I would like to encourage Bayonne consumers to support local businesses by patronizing the sidewalk sales, and by ordering take-out food and eating outdoors at local restaurants.”