Cherry Hill business using thermal imaging system with return of indoor dining

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Friday, September 4, 2020
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Indoor dining in New Jersey returns Friday and some businesses already have high-tech safety measures in place.

CHERRY HILL, New Jersey (WPVI) -- Indoor dining in New Jersey returns Friday. One of the added safety measures at Caffe Aldo Lamberti is a new thermal imaging system -- a contactless temperature check for guests and employees.

"This camera is measuring the ambient temperature of the space. And then you turn around, that camera is actually taking our temperature," said Rosita Lamberti, director of restaurants for Aldo Lamberti Family restaurants.

Guests at the popular Cherry Hill restaurant must have a temperature below 100 degrees for admission.

New Jersey is requiring employees to mask up, as well as patrons, unless seated. Restaurants operate at 25% capacity, with a maximum of eight people per table, unless from the same household. And all must socially distance.

READ MORE: Gov. Phil Murphy announces indoor dining can resume in New Jersey on Friday, with restrictions

"The tape measurer is out 24-7 just measuring everything," said Remo Croce, general manger of P.J Whelihan's in Haddonfield.

P.J Whelihan's will seat every other booth and has markers for flow of foot traffic.

"When someone comes in, we want them to go pass the bar. And when they go to the bathroom or exiting, they go the other way. This way we're keeping six feet from each other."

Foodies are also eager for a slice of the traditional dining. And while the weather for this weekend will be great for outdoors, a lot of places are filling up for a seat inside.