4.9.2020 Today's Coronavirus News for New Jersey Business

Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2020

Today's Coronavirus News for New Jersey Business

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The latest information collected by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce about how the outbreak is affecting New Jersey and your business.

Breaking News - Nearly 215,000 New Jersey workers applied for unemployment during the week that ended Saturday, raising the number of new jobless claims to 576,904 for three weeks starting March 15.

Construction Projects Limited, Retail Employees Must Wear Face Coverings and Occupancy at Stores is Limited to 50% Capacity - Gov. Phil Murphy ordered stoppage of all non-essential construction projects and imposed additional requirements on essential retail businesses and industries to limit the spread of COVID-19. The order goes into effect Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m.

Essential Construction Projects Include:

· Projects necessary for the delivery of health care services;
· Transportation projects;
· Utility projects;
· Projects involving pre-K-12 schools.

For a complete list, click here.

Among the Requirements for Retail Businesses:

· Workers and customers must wear cloth face coverings while on the premises, except when doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age;
· Limit occupancy to 50 percent of maximum store capacity;
· Install a physical barrier, such as a shield guard, between customers and cashiers/baggers wherever feasible;
· Require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods;
· Establish hours of operation, when possible, that permit access solely to high-risk individuals.

For a complete list, click here.

Manufacturing Businesses, Warehousing Businesses, and Businesses Engaged in Essential Construction Must:

· Require workers and visitors to wear cloth face coverings and gloves;
· Prohibit non-essential visitors from entering the worksite;
· Limit worksite meetings to fewer than ten individuals;
· Require individuals to maintain six feet or more distance between them wherever possible;
· Limit sharing of tools, equipment and machinery.

For a complete list, click here.

Big Rigs - Gov. Phil Murphy is permitting an increase in the maximum weight limit on certain interstate highways and toll roads from 80,000 pounds (40 tons) tons to 92,000 pounds (46 tons) for vehicles transporting COVID-19 relief supplies. Vehicle operators must obtain a permit.

Nursing Homes - N.J. looks to transfer residents from hardest hit nursing homes as 48 more die from coronavirus. (nj.com)

Health Care Workers - Hotel chains open their doors to medical workers from in and out of state to help keep them and their families safe during the pandemic. (NJ Spotlight)

N.J. Coronavirus Cases
(Sources: N.J. Health Department and statistics provided at yesterday's press briefing)

Total Deaths: 1,504, up from 1,232 on the previous day.

Confirmed Cases: 47,437, up from 44,416 the previous day.

Hospitalized: 7,026, up from 7,017 the previous day.

In Critical Care: 1,651, up from 1,505 the previous day.

On Ventilators: 1,576, up from 1,540 the previous day.

Testing - There have been about 100,416 coronavirus tests performed on New Jersey residents, of which 47,437 have tested positive, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. This brings the positivity rate to 47.2 percent.

More Info on Paycheck Protection Loans - The U.S. Department of Treasury updated its 'Frequently Asked Questions' on Paycheck Protection Program loans.

New Business Loans to Become Available - The N.J. Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will begin accepting applications for its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loans on Monday, April 13, but the application is already available. The $10 million program will provide working capital loans of up to $100,000 to small and mid-size businesses.

The application is posted here.
For more information on the loans, click here.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce put out guides to help understand the federal relief offerings for business:
The Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL)
The Employee Retention Tax Credit
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Other federal relief programs to help small businesses include SBA Debt Relief and SBA Express Bridge Loans.

The N.J. Economic Development Authority has introduced grants, loans and other relief offerings for New Jersey businesses. Information and applications can be found here.

The state's jobs and hiring portal matches employers and candidates.
For employers to participate, click here.

New Jersey's website for information on all of the state's business resources during the pandemic.

New Jersey's website for up-to-date information about COVID-19.

To report a scammer or suspected price gouging, alert the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6240 or at http://njconsumeraffairs.gov.

The state set up a 24-hour hotline where health care professionals are answering questions about coronavirus. The toll-free number is 1-800-222-1222. From outside the state, call 1-800-962-1253.

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is staying on top of Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments. For news media requests, please email Scott Goldstein.

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