NJ Chamber of Commerce: Economic Recovery and Reopening Update 05.27.2021

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
May 27, 2021
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • Masks will be optional for vaccinated workers in offices and businesses, starting June 4, Gov. Murphy said. Further, employers can bring remote workers back to the workplace.
  • The state lifts capacity limits at child care facilities, but masks must be worn.  

  • A shot at Memorial Day: There will be all kinds of places to get vaccinated this holiday weekend, from churches to casinos. 
Masks will be Optional for Vaccinated Workers in N.J. Offices and Businesses, Starting June 4, Gov. Murphy said. Further, Employers Can Bring Remote Workers Back to the Workplace. 
New Jersey businesses, starting June 4, can let their employees work maskless if they’ve been vaccinated for the coronavirus, while people who have been working remotely can now be called back to the office under a pair of new orders yesterday from Gov. Phil Murphy. The announcement came two days after the state announced that mask mandates in most places will end Friday. That order specifically said that businesses that aren’t open to the public needed to require workers to wear masks when they couldn’t social distance. Wednesday’s update tweaks that. (nj.com
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The State Lifts Capacity Limits at Child Care Facilities, but Masks Must Be Worn 
New Jersey is lifting capacity limits on child care classes, but masks are still required both inside and outside at child care facilities, Gov. Murphy announced yesterday. Child care facilities were closed at the start of the pandemic except for kids of essential workers. Since a limited reopening in June, class sizes have been capped at 15. (nj.com
New Federal Report: COVID-19 Pounded Nursing Homes in a Series of Deadly Outbreaks 
A new federal report analyzing CDC data found that nursing homes were hit with the coronavirus again and again, with an average of about three outbreaks in many facilities from May 2020 through January 2021. Many of the cases were brought in by staff. In New Jersey, the virus struck particularly hard. Nearly eight in ten nursing homes had outbreaks lasting five weeks or more. At least 8,045 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to Department of Health data. Today, there are currently 169 active outbreaks in the nearly 700 long-term care facilities in New Jersey, the Department of Health is reporting. (nj.com
A Shot at Memorial Day: There Will Be All Kinds of Places to Get Vaccinated this Holiday Weekend 
There will be celebratory immunization events over the next few days, including a half-dozen “block-party” style street festivals hosted by churches in communities where vaccination rates continue to lag. The NY Red Bulls will host a vaccination clinic at their Harrison stadium — open to ticketholders and members of the public — before their Saturday match. And there will be three Jersey Shore sites over the weekend, including an event on the Asbury Park boardwalk. (NJ Spotlight News) 
Shots with Your Slots 
The Casino Association of New Jersey, in partnership with health care provider AtlantiCare, is hosting COVID-19 vaccination events at casinos across Atlantic City. The pop-up clinics are available to those 12 and older. No appointments are necessary. (ROI-NJ) 
N.J.’s Public Employee Pension Funds are On Track for Record High
New Jersey's public employee pension funds, now totaling over $90 billion, are on track for a record high return this fiscal year. The returns, running above 22%, are easily surpassing the fund’s long-term assumptions. The strong investment earnings could ease pressure on the state’s annual budget since taxpayers help fund promised retirement benefits over the long run. (NJ Spotlight News) 
Don’t Want to Vote in Person for N.J.’s Primaries on June 8? Here are Your Options.  
For the June 8 primaries, New Jersey isn’t doing what it did last year by sending out mail-in ballots to all registered Democrats and Republicans. Still, if you requested a mail-in ballot in 2019 or earlier, a mail-in ballot is automatically sent to you for life via state law. Here are some other ways to vote by mail. (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 Setting 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: 23,489
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 886,585
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