Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 5.18.2020

Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020

Today's News for New Jersey Business:
The boating industry is back in the water. Elective surgeries are resuming on May 26. Rule revisions for PPP loans are expected. What the post-pandemic workplace will look like.

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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.

Time for That Surgery - The temporary ban placed on elective procedures — both medical and dental — two months ago will be lifted on May 26, Gov. Murphy announced. Details are expected today on which medical facilities are eligible, which procedures must be prioritized and protocols for keeping COVID-19 at bay. (NJ Spotlight)

The Boating Industry Gets Back in the Water - Charter fishing services, for-hire vessel activities and watercraft rental businesses were permitted to reopen yesterday with required social distancing measures, according to an executive order Gov. Murphy signed. To read specifics on how these businesses must operate, click here.

Cocktails Can Be Delivered - Bars and restaurants are permitted to deliver alcoholic beverages, including cocktails, during the COVID-19 state of emergency, according to a bill Gov. Murphy signed. It also allows craft distilleries to sell alcoholic beverages in original containers to be used by consumers to prepare mixed drinks. For specifics, click here.

Revising Rules for Small Business Loans - There is a call in Congress to quickly revise the federal coronavirus aid program for small businesses — the Paycheck Protection Program — to extend the eight-week period in which companies are required to spend the money. The Wall Street Journal reported that other revisions are expected to include more flexibility to spend funds. (Reuters)

Loan Forgiveness – On Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration unveiled the application for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program. To view the instructions and application, click here.

Small Business Grants - The state is committing $50 million in federal CARES Act funding to directly support small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Gov. Murphy said. The funds primarily will be used to provide grants, the governor said. (ROI-NJ)

Bad Luck in Atlantic City - The shutdown of Atlantic City’s casinos as the summer dawns is particularly bitter, given the rare moments of good news lately. Last year, the casinos’ operating profits rose by 5.8% and their employment numbers grew by 5,749 positions compared to 2018. (NJ Spotlight)

Many Beaches Are Open Now - Most beaches across the state are already open. Here’s what the scene was like at the Jersey Shore on Saturday. (

The Jersey Shore - New York City is not yet reopening beaches during the coronavirus emergency. Will that send more people to the Jersey Shore? (

Good Milestone - The number of New Jerseyans in critical or intensive care is dropping closer to 1,000 — a mark that the state has not been under since it began releasing the statistic during the COVID-19 crisis. The state was down to 1,030 such patients, Gov. Murphy said yesterday. (ROI-NJ)

On the Farm - The state has begun testing seasonal farm workers in South Jersey for COVID-19, state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. So far, 507 have been tested across 11 farms, and 58 have tested positive and are in isolation, Persichilli said. (

The Post-Pandemic Office Will Look Like This - We asked N.J. Chamber of Commerce members to imagine what the post-pandemic workplace will look like. The future, they said, will include face coverings, staggered work hours, more working from home, less traveling, a lot more video calls, a lot less handshaking and perhaps a new tradition – Work-from-Home Fridays. (NJ ChamberEdge)

Mailing in the New Jersey Primary - New Jersey’s July 7 primary election will be conducted primarily by mail, with most registered Democrats and Republicans automatically getting a mail-in ballot, and other registered voters receiving an application for a mail-in ballot, Gov. Murphy announced. (NJ Spotlight)

People are Cooking - The average bill on a single grocery store trip is up $34, or 55% since pre-coronavirus times, according to Earnest Research, which tracks millions of credit and debit card transactions. (

Safely and Successfully: A Return-to-Work Playbook for Employers - Here is sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Get Counted - New Jersey residents can respond to the 2020 Census to ensure the state gets its fair share of federal funding. The Census provides valuable data for businesses, including population trends, growth projections and demographic information. Spread the word! Respond to the Census.

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

Total Deaths Reported: 10,356, up from 9,946 on Friday.

Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 146,334, up from 142,704 on Friday.

For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.


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 – 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

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.