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TRENTON – New Jersey funeral properties can serve meals and refreshments on their premises underneath a brand new legislation.

Beforehand, New Jersey was one among just a few states to ban the apply.

Meeting Democrats Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex), Paul Moriarty (D-Camden, Gloucester) and Andrew Zwicker (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) sponsored laws to amend the restriction, which Gov. Phil Murphy signed into legislation Friday.

In accordance with a launch from New Jersey Meeting Democrats, underneath the brand new legislation (previously A-4323), funeral properties will have the ability to serve meals and non-alcoholic drinks on website given distribution, storage and consumption stay separate from areas used for the storage and preparation of a physique. The legislation is not going to allow preparation of meals on website.

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Sponsors of the brand new legislation launched the next joint assertion:

“That is about neighborhood, consolation and comfort. It’s about serving to funeral properties within the State to broaden their enterprise and companies to raised present for the households they serve.

“For individuals of many religions and cultures with the ability to collect round meals to have a good time the life and reminiscence of a cherished one who has handed is essential. And infrequently, the power to serve one thing so simple as a cup of espresso or a pastry throughout a wake or service can present nice consolation.

“With this legislation, mortuary service suppliers will have the ability to higher cater memorial companies to fulfill their buyer’s wants and in a method that greatest honors those that have handed on.”

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