Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 4.28.2020

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Today's News for New Jersey Business:
The plan for reopening New Jersey could take weeks. Memorial Day is one target. Small businesses need more help.

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


The Six-Point Plan to Reopening - Gov. Murphy’s plan to lift restrictions on New Jersey businesses and public spaces doesn't have a timeline. It seeks a two-week decline in COVID-19 cases, and expanded testing capacity to double the current level before a re-opening. That’s according to the broad six-point plan Gov. Phil Murphy outlined yesterday. (NJ Spotlight)

Building an Army to Trace Infected Residents - Once testing is ramped up, the state will need to engage in “robust” contact tracing, employing an “army” of people to trace the contacts of infected residents, Murphy said. It could take anywhere from 1,300 to over 7,000 people to conduct the work, he added. (Politico)

Memorial Day is One Target - The stay-at-home order will remain in place until further notice, Murphy said. He expects the timeline for reopening to be measured in weeks, not months. When pressed on the timing of a phased-in reopening, he was noncommittal, but suggested it could come by Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer at the Jersey Shore. Still, social distancing is likely to be the norm for months to come, including on beaches, he said. A commission whose members are expected to be announced today will be responsible for guiding decision-making. (The New York Times)

Cash Shortage - The latest infusion of federal money for small business loans may not last the week, a New Jersey banking group executive said. (nj.com)

Small Businesses Are Endangered - From the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, there have been concerns about the cost of indefinite closures to small businesses, which typically operate on thin margins and little in reserve. By the time they’re finally allowed to reopen their doors, they may not be able to. (nj.com)

Don't Expect a Professional Haircut Soon - Gov. Murphy clarified rules on certain New Jersey businesses, including car dealerships, hairdressers, pet care and shops that sell items for religious observance. (nj.com)

Gun Laws - Gov. Murphy signed an order extending retired officer handgun carry permits by 90 days. The order also creates a process for individuals seeking to obtain or renew a carry permit.

The New Abnormal - With more coronavirus cases than any other state but New York, New Jersey residents are less optimistic about life returning to normal than is the nation as a whole, according to a Monmouth University poll. (nj.com)

A Time to Mourn - During the pandemic, funeral traditions have changed, making the grieving process for families more complex and the work of funeral directors more challenging. (NJ Spotlight)

Heads Up – The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds are flying over parts of New Jersey today to salute frontline coronavirus workers. Here are the times and flight paths. (nj.com)

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: 6,044, up from 5,938 the previous day.

Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 111,188, up from 109,038 the previous day.

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).

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

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.