Economic & Recovery Update: News Release: 8/3/2022

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
August 3, 2022
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • Outdoor tents for N.J. bars and restaurants allowed during the pandemic can stay under new law.
  • New Gateway Tunnel boss digs in to build an organization the feds could invest billions in.
  • Should CDC recommend more tests, longer isolation for COVID-19 patients?
Outdoor Tents for N.J. Bars and Restaurants that Have Been Allowed During the Pandemic Can Stay Under New Law
Outdoor dining options used to keep bars and restaurants in business during the coronavirus crisis won’t fall by the wayside in New Jersey even as people have long returned to pre-pandemic routines. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law Wednesday that extends outdoor dining until November 2024. The ability to serve customers outside was slated to end later this year. According to the bill, restaurants, bars, distilleries and breweries will be allowed to utilize tents, canopies, umbrellas, tables, chairs, and other fixtures on the properties on which their establishments are located. (
New Gateway Tunnel Boss Digs in to Build an Organization the Feds Could Invest Billions In
Former New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri was recently named CEO of the bi-state agency charged with building a $12.3 billion set of Hudson River rail tunnels. Now he must build an organization that federal officials see as capable of overseeing construction of a project that could receive billions of dollars in funding. His hiring is just the beginning. (
Should CDC Recommend More Tests, Longer Isolation for COVID-19 Patients?
When President Biden announced he had suffered a “COVID rebound” and tested positive again for COVID-19 after isolating for five days and taking the anti-viral drug Paxlovid, some people are asking whether guidelines from the CDC need an upgrade. New studies show that many people with COVID-19 remain contagious for up to eight days, especially when they have been infected by the omicron variant. (NJ Spotlight News)
OPEC Boosts Oil Output by Slower Pace than Previous Months
OPEC and its allies decided Wednesday to boost oil production in September by a much slower pace than in previous months at a time of high gasoline prices and unstable energy supplies exacerbated by Russia’s war in Ukraine. Read about the financial and political consequences. (The Associated Press)
N.J. State Bar Association: New Jersey's Judicial Vacancies now 'Catastrophic’
Three open seats on the New Jersey Supreme Court less than a month before it begins its new term is both “historic” and “catastrophic,” the president of the New Jersey State Bar Association said. There also are 63 openings in the state courts. Criminal cases have been delayed, keeping some defendants in jail without bail for longer than the five-year-old criminal justice reform envisioned. Most personal injury cases are postponed indefinitely. Divorce trials are also on hold in most counties. (NJ Spotlight News)
New Jersey Hall of Fame: Business Leaders Ralph Izzo, Roy Vagelos and Unanue Family are Among the Honorees
Ralph Izzo, chair and CEO of Public Service Enterprise Group, Dr. Roy Vagelos, former chair and CEO of Merck, and the Unanue family, founders of Goya Foods, are business leaders who will be inducted into the N.J. Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday. The inductees showcase the wide-ranging talent of the Garden State as the 10-member class includes a number of well-known athletes, entertainers and political figures. (ROI-NJ)
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