Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 4.27.2020

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2020

Today's News for New Jersey Business:
A plan for returning to the new normal. Containing the virus once restrictions are lifted. Lenders resume accepting applications for PPP loans.

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An intelligence briefing for N.J. Chamber of Commerce members on how coronavirus is impacting your business, the economy and health in New Jersey.

Returning to a New Normal - More than five weeks after putting a stay-at-home order in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy today is expected to unveil a broad plan to begin rolling back restrictions.

The plan would not contain firm dates, Murphy said. Instead, it is expected to outline specific benchmarks that would lead to a gradual reopening, such as declines in cases or hospitalizations, and expanded capacity for testing and contact tracing. (nj.com)

A New Committee Will Advise Murphy - Under the plan, Gov. Murphy said there would be a council formed to advise him, and he suggested the reopening can be different in various regions of the state. (nj.com)

Three Keys to an Economic Recovery: Capital, Capital and Capital - How do small businesses in New Jersey move successfully from survival mode to recovery mode? The answer is access to working capital. (NJ Spotlight)

PPP Loans are Back - The federal Paycheck Protection Program, armed with new funds for loans to small businesses, resumes accepting applications today. Those that already applied in the first round do not need to apply again. (NJBIZ)

For information on applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan, click here.

For insider information on PPP loans, check out this N.J. Chamber Webinar with Neil Bradley, chief policy officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Containing the Virus - New Jersey is considering a major contact-tracing program to prevent a second surge of COVID-19 cases. New Jersey would need to assemble an army to trace the contacts of those who test positive. (NJ Spotlight)

School Calendar - Could New Jersey schools reopen as coronavirus restrictions are lifted? ‘Yeah, there is a chance,' Gov. Murphy said. (nj.com)

Good Sign - The number of New Jersey residents hospitalized for the coronavirus has seen a decline for five straight days, bringing it to its lowest level in three weeks, according to weekend figures from the state Health Department. (nj.com)

Doing Whatever They're Asked - The EMS Task Force is a ‘hidden gem’ of New Jersey’s coronavirus response. (NJ Spotlight)

Dining in the New Normal - The National Restaurant Association released a COVID-19 reopening guide for the industry to ensure a safe and secure environment for employees and guests. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

Get Counted - New Jersey residents can respond to the 2020 Census to help ensure the state gets its fair share of federal funding, including money for hospitals and first responders.

N.J. Coronavirus Cases - New Jersey Residents
(Source: N.J. Health Department)

Total Deaths Reported: 5,938, up from 5,368 on Friday.

Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 109,038, up from 99,989 on Friday.

For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.


Resources

The N.J. Chamber of Commerce Webinar with Neil Bradley, chief policy officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, provides valuable details on the federal loan programs designed to help businesses navigate the pandemic.(April 23)

The N.J. Chamber of Commerce webinar with state Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo provides vital information on the state unemployment insurance program and tips for applying. (April 16)

The N.J. Chamber of Commerce webinar with Al Titone, SBA district director of New Jersey provides vital information on SBA coronavirus relief loan programs. (April 14).

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Survival Guide has a complete listing of all of the coronavirus resources for small businesses.

The N.J. Economic Development Authority is offering assistance programs for New Jersey businesses. Information and applications can be found here.

The IRS posted information on 'stimulus checks' 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.

Have Questions About the Status of an Unemployment Claim? - You can send a message to the state Labor Department through its website – www.myunemployment.nj.gov. Then follow these instructions:

· On the top of the page, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop-down menu
· Choose Send an Email
· Choose Email: Submit a message through the new online form.
· Follow the prompts


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.