MARCH 21, 2020 PLEASE READ NEW STATE REGULATIONS IN PLACE
From the Governor’s Executive Order:
In effort to strengthen the existing social distancing measures in place, the order also prohibits all gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, unless otherwise authorized by the Order. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay at least six feet apart whenever possible, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.
Governor Murphy’s Executive Order further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:
• Grocery stores, farmer's markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store; • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries; • Medical supply stores; • Gas stations; • Convenience stores; • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities; • Hardware and home improvement stores; • Banks and other financial institutions; • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services; • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years; • Pet stores; • Liquor stores; • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics; • Printing and office supply shops; • Mail and delivery stores.
Nothing in the Order shall limit 1) the provision of health care or medical services; 2) access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; 3) the operations of the media; 4) law enforcement agencies, or 5) the operations of the federal government.
Additionally, the order mandates that all businesses or non-profits, wherever practicable, must accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements. To the extent a business or non-profit has employees that cannot perform their functions via telework or work-from-home arrangements, the business or non-profit should make best efforts to reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue.
Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site in order to perform their job duties include, but are not limited to, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, IT maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.
The Order continues existing bans on recreational and entertainment businesses, requirements that all restaurants operate by delivery and takeout only, and the directive that all pre-K, elementary, and secondary schools close and all institutions of higher education cease in-person instruction.
This is a message for our small businesses in Moonachie:
There are 2 avenues of help for struggling businesses, Federal and State.
The federal Small Business Administration put out guidelines for businesses looking to apply for funds from the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program established by the CARES Act:
The application process will begin Friday, April 3 for small businesses and sole proprietorships that can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders. On April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders. For additional information, please see the fact sheet for borrowers, fact sheet for lenders, overview of program and borrowers loan application.
For small businesses:
THE NJEDA put up a site to see how you qualify for economic assistance.
Go to: assistance.business.nj.gov where you will learn which programs you are eligible for. You will have to fill out a short and easy survey