NJ Chamber of Commerce Economic Recovery & Reopening Update 05.24.2021

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
May 24, 2021
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • Report: N.J. to lift the indoor mask mandate in time for Memorial Day weekend. 
  • COVID-19 booster shots are being tested.  

  • The deadline to apply for grants under the Restaurant Revitalization Fund is today at 8 p.m. But the Restaurant Revitalization Fund is low on funds.
Report: N.J. to Lift the Indoor Mask Mandate in Time for Memorial Day Weekend  
Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce today that fully vaccinated people no longer will be required to wear a mask indoors in time for Memorial Day, according to a report by New Jersey Advance Media. The new rules would go into effect this Friday, May 28, according to the report. (ROI-NJ) 
Helping businesses get back on track, together.
COVID-19 Booster Shots are Being Tested  
Drugmakers are developing COVID-19 booster shots, with clinical trials underway to develop safe and effective shots that help strengthen people’s immunity to new and possibly more deadly variants of the virus. The shots could become available in September. (NJ Spotlight News) 
The Deadline to Apply for Grants under the Restaurant Revitalization Fund is Today at 8 p.m.  
The federal, $28.6 billion program offers grants of up to $5 million to restaurants and $10 million to restaurant groups. Apply here. (U.S. Small Business Administration) 
...but the Restaurant Revitalization Fund is Low on Funds 
The U.S. Small Business Administration, which administers the program, reported earlier this month that restaurants, bars, and other businesses that provide on-site food and drink have submitted 266,000 applications seeking a total of $65 billion, far more than the $28.6 billion Congress allocated for the program. (Journal of Accountancy) 
What's the Secret Behind N.J.'s Good Fiscal Condition During the COVID-19 Pandemic?  
The state treasurer and other experts detail the good moves and good luck that have helped the state navigate what could have been an unprecedented financial disaster. (NJ Spotlight News) 
Crowds Flocked to the Jersey Shore this Weekend, as Temperatures Soared 
Jersey Shore beaches were dotted with colorful umbrellas, sunbathers and beachgoers Sunday, making some towns look like it's the Fourth of July weekend. Daytrippers caused traffic on the Garden State Parkway, as temps soared above 90 in some parts of the state. (nj.com
N.J. Unemployment Agents would be Assigned to State Offices under Bill Approved by the Legislature
Unemployment claims handlers would be assigned to each legislative district and partisan office to aid constituents facing issues with their benefits, under a bill headed to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk. It also appropriates $1.8 million in CARES Act funds. (nj.com
June 4: Treasurer's Symposium on COVID, Women, & the Economy  
Hear from state and national experts on how COVID-19 highlighted challenges already faced by women, and what policy solutions are needed to prevent the next "She-cession." Register here free of charge. (N.J. Treasury Department) 
Kim Hanemann will become President of PSE&G, the First Woman to Lead the State’s Largest Utility
Kim Hanemann will take over as president of PSE&G on June 30, becoming the first woman to run the state’s largest utility in its 118-year history, the company announced today. Hanemann will succeed Dave Daly, who is retiring after 35 years with the company. Hanemann joined PSE&G as an associate engineer in 1986 and has held leadership positions in both electric and gas field operations. (ROI-NJ) 
Redeveloping and Re-Greening Vacant and Underutilized Retail or Office Properties  
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is opening the 21st Century Redevelopment Program, which offers grants of up to $50,000 to help communities redevelop, repurpose, or regreen vacant and underutilized retail or office properties. Municipalities, counties, and redevelopment agencies can apply here. (The NJEDA)  
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
Small Businesses and Nonprofits Can Get Big Discounts on PPE Products
Small businesses and nonprofits can get big discounts on personal protective equipment through the state’s PPE Access Program. For more information, click here. (State of N.J.)
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 Promoting 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: 23,431
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 885,907
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