NJ Chamber of Commerce: Economic Recovery and Reopening Update 05.25.2021

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
May 25, 2021
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • Mask and social distancing mandates in stores and restaurants end Friday. Businesses can choose to continue a mask policy. 
  • There will still be places masks must be worn, including schools and summer camps.  

  • Unvaccinated people are encouraged to keep wearing masks and socially distance.
Mask and Social Distancing Mandates in Stores and Restaurants End Friday. Businesses can Choose to Continue a Mask Policy. 
The indoor mask policy will be lifted as of Friday, as will the 6-foot social distancing requirement, Gov. Phil Murphy announced yesterday. Businesses can continue to have their own mask-wearing policies, the governor said. (ROI-NJ) 
There will Still Be Places Masks Must be Worn  
There will still be places in New Jersey where masks must be worn, like indoor worksites that are not open to the public, elementary and secondary schools, summer camps, and in child care and health care facilities. Read the details here. (N.J. Governor’s Office) 
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Unvaccinated People are Encouraged to Keep Wearing Masks and Socially Distance. Employers Cannot Require People to Take Off Masks.  
Gov. Phil Murphy said unvaccinated people are strongly encouraged to keep wearing face coverings and socially distance. Businesses will be allowed, but not mandated, to keep requiring employees and customers to wear face coverings. The governor’s administration said businesses would not violate laws if they ask employees or patrons to prove their vaccination status. Conversely, Murphy said the state would punish any business that requires people to remove masks before entering, though he didn’t say what the penalties would be. (nj.com
N.J. to Drop 6-Foot Distancing Rule for Restaurants, Businesses and Other Venues. Indoor Gathering Limits will be Lifted.  
New Jersey will no longer require restaurants, retail stores, gyms and other businesses to keep 6 feet of distance between patrons beginning Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. Under the new executive order, dance floors at bars and restaurants can also reopen Friday, and patrons will no longer be required to stay in their seats while ordering and eating or drinking. Large outdoor venues, such as MetLife Stadium and minor league baseball parks, will be allowed to have full crowds starting the same day. (nj.com
It's Good News for Concerts and Pro Sports: All N.J. Live Entertainment can Resume at Full Capacity on Friday
It’s the announcement New Jersey’s performing arts communities have waited 15 months to hear: All state-mandated capacity and social distancing limits for both indoor and outdoor entertainment venues will soon be lifted. Outdoor restrictions disappear Friday, May 28, indoor goes away June 4. The news comes as New Jersey’s entertainment venues have suffered tens of millions of dollars in lost box office revenue since shutdowns took place in March 2020. (nj.com
Moderna says its COVID-19 Vaccine Works in Kids as Young as 12 
Moderna said Tuesday its COVID-19 vaccine strongly protects kids as young as 12, a step that could put the shot on track to become the second option for that age group in the U.S. (The Associated Press) 
Toms River Closes Streets for High School’s Outdoor Prom  
Toms River High School South's prom was outdoors this year. Students in tuxes and dresses gathered in downtown Toms River with dinner tables outside town hall, a Ferris wheel near a softball field and Washington Street transformed into a dance floor. (nj.com
New Online Resource: The NJ Chamber Legislative Roster
An up-to-date, mobile friendly, single source for office and contact information for New Jersey’s Governor and every N.J. legislator 
Try it out here - NJCCGovGuide.com
The State is Planning to Set Up Vaccine Clinics Hosted by Employers  
The state Health Department is pairing vaccine providers with employers to create on-site vaccine pop-up clinics. The Health Department is asking employers interested in hosting a clinic at no cost to take this survey. (The New Jersey Department of Health)
New Jersey Released an Employers Guide to the COVID-19 Vaccine 
The guide recommends actions employers can take to promote COVID-19 vaccines. The guide calls the vaccines "a key enabler of the new normal and New Jersey’s economic recovery from the pandemic." To read the report, click here.  (The New Jersey Department of Health)
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Business Resources
Federal Grants for Restaurants and Bars (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
State & Federal Financial Assistance (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Pandemic Resources for Small Businesses (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: 23,440
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 885,987
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