Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
A good summary from the Governor's Office regarding which business can remain open, how they can operate, and which businesses must close. Details Here
Governor Murphy’s Executive Order directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:
- Grocery stores, farmer's markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
- Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
- Medical supply stores;
- Gas stations;
- Convenience stores;
- Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
- Hardware and home improvement stores;
- Banks and other financial institutions;
- Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
- Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
- Pet stores;
- Liquor stores;
- Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
- Printing and office supply shops;
- Mail and delivery stores.
Additionally, the order mandates that all businesses or non-profits, wherever practicable, must accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements. To the extent a business or non-profit has employees that cannot perform their functions via telework or work-from-home arrangements, the business or non-profit should make best efforts to reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue.
Governor Phil Murphy today announced the opening of a COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Site at Bergen Community College in Paramus. The testing site, established in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be staffed by the New Jersey Department of Health, the New Jersey State Police, and the New Jersey National Guard. Beginning on Friday, March 20th, the drive-thru testing center will be open seven days per week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In order to be eligible for testing, individuals must be current New Jersey residents and experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Priority will be given to symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, fever (99.6F or above) and shortness of breath.
Testing is free and will be covered by the federal government or personal insurance company. Please bring your insurance card if you have one.
The specimen collections will be transmitted to the contracted laboratory twice per day and results will be reported within 2-5 business days.
Yesterday evening, the U.S. Small Business Administration approved Governor Murphy’s application for assistance and will now offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital up to $2 million to New Jersey small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
Please click here to see the PowerPoint presentation on How to apply for and SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. In addition to the PowerPoint there is a news release, as well as a one page fact sheet. Business counseling is available from our resource partners at the New Jersey Small Business Centers, SCORE and the Women Business Centers who are available to assist and counsel small business owners via Skype and conference calling if you need assistance throughout the application process.
Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has rescinded the county's State of Emergency at the request of the Governor.
New Jersey has among the most comprehensive Earned Sick Leave, Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance laws in the country, which cover all employees – full time, part-time, temporary and seasonal.