SOMERS POINT — This weekend’s OceanFirst Bank Foundation Jazz at the Point Festival, featuring Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker, has been postponed until next October.
The festival was postponed mainly due to new restrictions placed on bars and restaurants by Gov. Phil Murphy that take effect Thursday, said Joseph Donofrio, artistic director and vice president for the South Jersey Jazz Society, which puts on the festival.
Brecker was scheduled to perform at the Gateway Playhouse on Bay Avenue, but the Nicole Glover Quartet was originally scheduled to play past 10 p.m. Friday at Gregory’s Restaurant & Bar on Shore Road. Murphy said Monday bars and restaurants must close inside by 10 p.m.
Another Jazz at the Point venue, Fitzpatrick’s Deli & Steakhouse on New Road, closed Monday because someone was exposed to COVID-19. Fitzpatrick’s was supposed to host the E. Shawn Qaissaunee Duo at 11 a.m. Sunday.
“All of the venues were concerned,” Donofrio said.
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Besides the 10 p.m. closing time indoors, bar seating also has been prohibited.
The Brecker concert was impacted by the 25% indoor capacity seating rule, Donofrio said. Only 59 seats were available inside the Gateway Playhouse for each planned show, but some people purchased tickets to attend by themselves. They could not be seated near strangers, so the first show’s capacity shrunk from 59 seats to 40 seats, Donofrio said.