Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Today's News for New Jersey Business:
There is no evidence of in-classroom transmission of COVID-19. The Trump administration sends N.J. schools 2.4 million face coverings. The pandemic hits economies four times harder than the 2009 financial crisis. As of now, Halloween is on in N.J.

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

No Evidence of In-Classroom Transmission of COVID-19 – Though at least six New Jersey school districts have reported positive COVID-19 cases in the first two weeks of in-person classes, none of the cases are believed to be incidents where students or teachers contracted the virus in the classroom, state officials said. (

The Trump Administration Sends N.J. Schools Face Coverings, But is That the End of Federal Support? – The Trump administration is sending New Jersey schools 2.4 million cloth face coverings. However, Congress members fear school districts won’t get reimbursed for other costs designed to address the pandemic going forward. (

State Grants Essential Workers Job Protections – "Essential workers"– such as first responders and health care, transit, grocery, retail and gas station workers – who fall ill with COVID-19 have been granted a wide degree of job protections under a bill signed by Gov. Murphy yesterday. Under the new law, essential workers with COVID-19 are automatically eligible for workers’ compensation – they do not need to prove they contracted it on the job. (NJBIZ)

Trenton Watch – See a list of some of the bills that N.J. Chamber lobbyists are monitoring - and where we stand on them - as they advance in the Legislature.

Long Lines, Frustrated Drivers and (Maybe) Higher Fees – Lawmakers challenged the New Jersey motor vehicle agency at a legislative hearing yesterday. The agency has faced criticism as it works through a backlog of demand caused in part by a roughly four-month closure that occurred due to the pandemic. (NJ Spotlight News)

COVID-19 Hits Economies Four Times Harder Than the 2009 Financial Crisis – The countries in the Group of 20, which account for about 90% of the global economy, saw a collective 6.9% drop in their GDP in the second quarter, worse than the 1.6% drop they saw in the first quarter of 2009, when the financial crisis was at its worst. (The Hill)

Six States Come Off the Travel Advisory List – New Jersey took six states – including California, removed for the first time since June – off a list of states from which travelers into the tri-state area should self-quarantine for 14 days. That brings the list to 30 states, down from 35 last week. (NJBIZ)

As of Now, Halloween is On in New Jersey – New York won’t cancel Halloween trick-or-treating, Gov. Cuomo says. It’s still on for New Jersey, too. “Obviously, it’s not gonna be a normal Halloween,” Gov. Murphy said last week. (

Looking at Your Employee Benefit Plans for Next Year? – Find out how you can save with the Members Health Plan. The N.J. Chamber changed to this health plan in 2020 and saved 25%.

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.