Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 5.19.2020

Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Today's News for New Jersey Business:
N.J. Chamber calls for a "Buy NJ" campaign to elevate the state's economic curve. Gov. Murphy unveils “multi-stage approach” to reopening businesses. Sen. Menendez's bill would send federal aid to states that need it most.

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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.

Elevate the Economic Curve: 'Buy NJ' - "New Jerseyans showed impressive solidarity in flattening the health crisis curve. Now let's show the same solidarity and 'Buy NJ' to elevate our economic recovery curve," said Tom Bracken, president of the N.J. Chamber of Commerce. "I encourage business leaders, as they review vendor and supplier lists, to buy from New Jersey companies and especially remember to support minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned and LGBT businesses. I urge consumers to shop and dine at New Jersey establishments, and, when possible, visit the state’s many downtowns to support the businesses there." To read Tom’s guest column in ROI-NJ newspaper, click here.

The Road Back - Gov. Murphy yesterday announced a more detailed reopening plan and said New Jersey is still "weeks away" from milestones such as the further opening of retail, allowing restaurants to offer outdoor and some indoor dining, and limited opportunities for personal care establishments such as hair salons. (ROI-NJ)

The Fine Print - To see the details of Gov. Murphy’s “multi-stage approach” to reopening businesses and activities, click here. For a one-page summary, click here.

The Slow Opening Continues - "Nonessential businesses" started to reopen yesterday. Phone orders, curbside deliveries and window shopping began as store owners enter the first phase of New Jersey's reopening. (NJTV)

Opening Later This Week - New Jersey will reopen more outdoor recreation starting Friday.On the list are outdoor batting cages, golf ranges, shooting and archery ranges and horseback riding. Golfers can tee-off in foursomes. Outdoor tennis clubs and community gardens can reopen, Gov. Murphy said. (

Sending More Federal Aid to States That Need It Most - A nearly $500 billion federal aid bill co-sponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), with some GOP support, would send aid to New Jersey and other states based on specific COVID-19 factors. This would provide more money to states hardest hit by the pandemic. (NJ Spotlight)

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: 10,435, up from 10,356 yesterday.

Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 148,039, up from 146,334 yesterday.

For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.


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

For information on applying for loan forgiveness on Paycheck Protection Program loans, 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.