Restaurants will soon seat guests outdoors. Nearly all retailers will have customers inside.

Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Today's News for New Jersey Business:
Restaurants will soon seat guests outdoors. Nearly all retailers will have customers inside. Hair cuts to begin June 22. Details on 'Stage Two' of Gov. Murphy's reopening plan.



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 Road to Reopening the Economy Moves Forward - Gov. Phil Murphy announced yesterday that outdoor dining and 'nonessential' retail stores in New Jersey will be allowed to reopen with restrictions on June 15 as the state prepares to enter 'Stage 2' of its recovery from the pandemic. Personal care services, such as hair salons and barbershops, will follow a week later, on June 22. Nail salons could reopen later in the stage, the governor’s office said. (nj.com)

Restaurants Will Seat Guests Outside - When restaurants reopen outdoor dining on June 15, expect temperature checks, staff in masks and paper menus. Indoor dining will remain off limits indefinitely, with no timetable yet for when it may return. Details on the restrictions that restaurants will face are due later this week, Murphy said. (nj.com)

Most Retail Stores Will Have Customers Inside - While shoppers will be allowed to go back inside most retail stores in New Jersey, starting June 15, capacity limits have not yet been announced by the governor. (nj.com)

Salons are Coming Back to Cut Hair - Salons and barbershops will be allowed to reopen with restrictions on June 22. Expect limited capacity, social distancing requirements, markers on the ground, and plexiglass dividers. Gyms are included in ‘Phase Two,' but no date is set yet, Murphy said. (nj.com)

When the Stores Reopen, Will People Come? - While Gov. Murphy announced that additional businesses will reopen, he acknowledged that unless most residents feel comfortable that they won't get sick by going out in public, businesses and the state’s economy will continue to suffer. (NJ Spotlight)

Details on the 'Stage Two' Reopenings - Here is the fine print on “Stage Two” of Gov. Murphy’s re-opening plan.

Details on the State's Full Plan for Recovery - Here is a one-page summary of the complete reopening plan.

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

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness: A Step-By-Step Explainer for Employers - In this video, Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, walks you through all the essential steps, including forgiveness calculations and repayment terms. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Our Webinar with NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan and Sen. Cory Booker - Join us for a webinar with NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on June 5 at 1 p.m. Among the topics will be the NJEDA's upcoming grant program providing grants of up to $10,000 to pandemic-impacted businesses including home-based businesses and sole proprietorships.

Our Webinar with the Senate President Steve Sweeney - Join the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and NJBIA for a virtual town hall with State Senate President Steve Sweeney on June 9 at 9 a.m. Sweeney will share his views on issues affecting New Jersey businesses during the pandemic, followed by a Q&A session. If you would like to submit a question for the senate president, please send it here.

State Budget Goes Under the Microscope - Legislative committees grilled state Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio yesterday on the Murphy administration’s health-crisis spending plan. Lawmakers scrutinized an emergency borrowing proposal and other spending adjustments that Gov. Murphy proposed in response to the pandemic. (NJ Spotlight)

The State Plans to Borrow Billions - New Jersey is one step closer to borrowing billions of dollars to make up for an anticipated $10 billion loss in projected tax revenues in this fiscal year and next. (nj.com)

Street Protests During a Pandemic - Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of the department of African American Studies at Princeton University: We need to focus on why people are choosing to participate in street protests.Is the U.S. in the midst of a reckoning? (NJTV News)

Buy From New Jersey Businesses - To promote the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's ‘Buy NJ’ campaign, put this 'postcard' on your website and share it on social media with the hashtags #BuyNJ and #BuyLocalNJ.

Tell the State What You Think - The state is requesting your input to better understand how to help businesses get back to work safely and productively. By filling out this online survey, you will help guide the state’s reopening strategy and upcoming business assistance opportunities.

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: 11,721, up from 11,698 yesterday.

Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 160,918, up from 160,445 yesterday.

For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.


Resources

For the U.S. Chamber's return-to-work playbook for employers, click here.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's report on reopening and preparing workplaces for COVID-19.

The CDC's recommendations for employers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when they reopen their offices.

The state's PPE Supplier Registry connects suppliers of personal protective equipment with potential buyers. (Notice from the state: Parties are strongly advised to exercise due diligence when selecting vendors and are responsible for ensuring the quality and regulatory compliance of all goods/services purchased).

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

The U.S. Chamber's guide to applying for loan forgiveness under the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

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.

You are welcome to share the information in this newsletter with your members via email, your website or on social media. If you do, please credit the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce with a link to www.njchamber.com.