Assistance and Winter Events
Rahway, NJ – November 10, 2020 — In a time of pandemic uncertainty with the colder months approaching, Mayor Raymond Giacobbe and the City of Rahway are taking measures to ensure that its businesses and residents can still maintain a sense of normalcy by providing safe, structured and heated elements to the outdoor dining and recreation spaces implemented during the summer months. These structures will allow bars and restaurants to continue their operations regardless of any additional restrictions brought on regarding COVID-19 safety, including Governor Murphy’s latest restrictions on indoor dining.
These structures will be located on Main and Lewis St. and E. Cherry St., where the main outdoor public spaces are currently located. For businesses who may want to construct their own pavilions, drawings will be made available of these structures and all inspection fees and zoning permit fees will be waived (permits will still be required). This assistance comes with the hopes that these structures can be found throughout the City offering patrons safe and warm dining throughout the winter months. Options for propane, gas and electric heaters will also be shared with guidance from the Rahway Fire Department and Building Division on fire safety protocols for each type of heater.
In addition to the heaters and structures, the City of Rahway will also be offering events throughout the downtown every Friday and Saturday from November 28th – December 26th
What was once a one-time Winter Wonderland will now transform into a weekly series of events offering live jazz music and carolers, outdoor winter craft markets, fire pits, cider stations, visits from Santa and giveaways that include Rahway branded PPE, hand warmers, lip balm, and vouchers redeemable at local dining establishments.
The City of Rahway and the Rahway Arts and Business Partnership have developed this Rahway Warmer Together campaign, which is a sub campaign under the Rahway Stronger campaign aimed to bring businesses and residents together to combat the economic effects of COVID19, to provide safe and warm accommodations throughout Rahway. The goal is to continue to offer opportunities for affected businesses to continue operations as well as give residents a sense of community, normalcy, and positivity during an uncertain winter.