Economic Recovery & Reopening Update: 12/22/2021

NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
December 22, 2021
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • Thousands flock to get COVID-19 tests as part of holiday safety plans.
  • COVID-19 uptick prompts Newark Schools to prepare for potential shift to remote learning after winter break.
  • A modern guide to recruiting job candidates.
Thousands Flock to Get COVID Tests as Part of Holiday Safety Plans
There was an 8% increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide this week. In New Jersey, people are flocking to get tested for the disease as they decide whether it’s safe to see relatives for the holidays. President Joe Biden said people should be “concerned” but not “panic.” He addressed the nation on plans for curbing the spread of omicron, the most transmissible coronavirus variant yet. (NJ Spotlight News)
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COVID-19 Uptick Prompts Newark Schools to Prepare for Potential Shift to Remote Learning After Winter Break
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Newark schools are preparing to potentially switch to remote learning after winter break. Some classrooms and grades in Newark have already switched to remote learning ahead of the break. Schools throughout New Jersey have seen a sharp rise in positive cases among staff and students in the weeks after Thanksgiving. (NJ Spotlight News)
CityMD Temporarily Closes Some NY, NJ Clinics as COVID-19 Rises
CityMD, the chain of urgent care clinics drawing long lines for COVID-19 testing, is temporarily closing locations in New York City and New Jersey, saying it’s doing so “to preserve our ability to staff our sites.” Privately run CityMD locations have seen lines wrapping around city blocks and wait times of several hours for COVID-19 testing. (The Associated Press)
Meanwhile, in Boston, Mayor is Lining up Vaccine Mandates
Patrons and staff at certain indoor spaces – restaurants, bars and nightclubs; gyms and fitness centers; and entertainment venues such as theaters and sports arenas – will have to show proof of at least one vaccine dose by Jan. 15 and two by Feb. 15. Mayor Michelle Wu is also requiring all city employees to get vaccinated along the same timeline unless granted an exemption – a departure from the previous policy that gave workers the option of weekly testing. (Politico)
A Modern Guide to Recruiting Job Candidates
Traditional recruiting methods may not attract the applicants you need. Try taking a unique approach that fits your brand and extends your reach. Here's a guide. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
The N.J. Chamber's Walk to Washington Next Year is Cancelled — to be Recast as 'ReNew Jersey Business Summit' in Atlantic City
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced that its Walk to Washington networking train trip will be recast as the ReNew Jersey Business Summit, to be held April 13-14 at Borgata in Atlantic City, due to lingering concerns about COVID-19. The announcement marks the second consecutive year that the Walk to Washington, the state’s largest business networking event, has been canceled due to the pandemic. Chamber officials said they intend to resume the annual train trip in 2023. (ROI-NJ)
Looking to Get Vaccinated? Here's an Easy Way to Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You.
Just punch in your area code. You can even search for a specific vaccine. (
The Economic Recovery & Reopening update will be on hiatus Dec. 24 through Dec. 31, and will resume daily publication on Monday, Jan. 3. We will send updates if a major news story warrants it.
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Business Resources
State & Federal Financial Assistance (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Reopening Playbook for Employers (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Vaccine Guide for Businesses (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Jobs and Hiring Portal Job Seekers | Employers (State of N.J.)
Guide to Starting a Business in N.J. (New Jersey Business Action Center)
The Best Tool for Your Business - Membership in the N.J. Chamber
The N.J. Chamber provides members with guest speakers, webinars, networking opportunities and discount programs that help businesses grow. The N.J. Chamber also advocates for pro-growth and pro-business legislation.
N.J. Coronavirus Cases
Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 25,948
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 1,186,847
Fully Vaccinated People in N.J.: 6,361,877
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