SPRING LAKE, New Jersey (WABC) – 16 years ago, John Nagel made an investment that has paid off. He turned a restaurant and nightclub into the now famous and elegant Spring Lake Manor, a world-class catering venue for weddings, showers, and charity fundraisers.

As COVID restrictions relax, Nagel looks forward to getting business back to normal.

“We’re trying to keep up with the demands, but it’s a challenge,” says Nagel.

Venues across New Jersey have felt the rush of COVID.

“A few days before the ceremony the whole family had COVID, so we had to postpone,” said the newly married Gina Vitale.

Vitale had plans for their big wedding in January, which ended up being downsized to 19 guests at the Voorhees, New Jersey venue after COVID kept bringing bad news.

With millions of people in the state now vaccinated, Governor Murphy has increased the indoor gathering capacity to 35 percent. However, Nagel says the real numbers come from what happens to the groups that post.

“Many events are still being postponed – at least they will fall before people feel good again,” said Nagel.

Spring Lake Manor has booked several events – the highest hopes are for 2022, when the venues keep their fingers crossed that COVID restrictions of any kind could possibly be a distant memory and full capacity will again fill the elegant rooms.

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