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Legislative Updates

Today, September 1, gyms and fitness centers may reopen under new guidelines including social distancing, masks and other safety protocols.

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On August 31, Governor Murphy announced restaurants statewide will be able to resume indoor dining beginning this Friday, September 4th, at 25% capacity. The guidelines will include social distancing between tables and masks required for anyone not eating

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Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey gyms are permitted to reopen, operating under new guidelines, at 25 percent capacity. The new rules that gyms must comply with will be released on September 1 and are expected to include safety guidelines tha

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On August 20, the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) testified before the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee on the impact of the pandemic on the economies of the State's regions and the consideration of a regional reopening

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On August 13, Senator Troy Singleton of the 7th legislative district renewed his call for a regionalized reopening strategy for all of New Jersey. The Senator's statement follows the NJ Business Coalition's...

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On August 12, the NJ Supreme Court ruled that the “New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act,” which authorized issuance of State bonds totaling up to $9.9 billion is constitutional.

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On August 11, the NJ Business Coalition, which the CCSNJ is a participant of, submitted to Governor Murphy the Recovery and Reinvention Framework 2.0. This comprehensive update to the original framework issued in early May strongly encourages a regional r

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On Tuesday, July 14, Governor Phil Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver presided over the first meeting of the Atlantic City Restart and Recovery Working Group.

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On July 8, Governor Murphy announced he will be signing an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn outside in public when social distancing isn’t possible.

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Governor Murphy announced the reopening of indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, previously scheduled for July 2, has been postponed indefinitely. In his remarks, the Governor stated that this decision is primarily based on spikes in other states across t

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On June 26, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 157, which contains requirements for indoor dining, which can resume on July 2.

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On June 24, Governor Murphy announced that on July 2 museums, aquariums and libraries may reopen at 25 percent limited capacity. The Governor also announced that indoor recreation facilities may reopen – including indoor bowling alleys, batting cages, sho

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On June 23, Governor Murphy announced that on July 2 amusement and water parks, including boardwalk rides, may reopen with 50 percent limited capacity.

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On June 22, Governor Murphy announced that on July 2 casinos will reopen operating at 25 percent capacity and indoor dining may resume, also limited to 25 percent capacity.

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Governor Murphy previously signed Executive Order 154, which permits additional businesses to reopen today, June 22, including...

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Today, on June 15, Stage Two of the state’s reopening plan begins. The reopening plan, as established by Governor Murphy, is welcome news to many amid a myriad of complaints that the Administration is taking too long to ease restrictions as COVID-19 healt

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Please see the following statement issued by the New Jersey Business Coalition, which the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) is proud to be a part of, on the slow and at times, confusing timelines and guidelines for business reopening in New

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On June 11, Governor Murphy unveiled the "One Jersey Pledge,” which lays out a series of safety protocols that businesses should agree to when reopening to demonstrate they have taken steps to keep employees, customers and their premises safe.

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On June 9, Governor Murphy announced he will be signing an Executive Order lifting the stay-at-home order effective immediately.

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On June 5, President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA). This measure gives business owners more time and flexibility to use loan money and still have it forgiven as part of the Paycheck Protection Program

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On June 1, Governor Phil Murphy announced the state is entering "Stage 2" of the reopening plan he laid out last month. The Governor stated he will be allowing outdoor dining, hair salons, gyms and nonessential retail stores to reopen, but with staggered

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On May 29, Governor Phil Murphy announced he will be signing an Executive Order outlining when childcare services, organized sports and youth day camps can resume:

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On May 26, the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) testified before the Senate Fiscal Recovery Strategists Committee on the significant challenges small businesses are facing as the state enters the third full month of business shutdowns. The

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Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald released the following Opinion editorial featured in New Jersey Globe which urges for a regional approach to reopening New Jersey’s economy, specifically noting the health data provided in the CCSNJ’s “South Jer

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On May 21, Governor Murphy announced the Administration will be sending in an email to every business and non-profit organization in the state a short survey to inform the Administration's efforts on next steps for reopening the economy.

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On May 18, Governor Murphy announced the three stage approach the Administration will take to allow businesses and activities to reopen.

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On May 18, Governor Murphy will sign an Executive Order to allow some additional outdoor recreational areas and businesses to restart their operations. This Executive Order will be effective May 22. Also included is an increased number of individuals who

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Today, on June 15, Stage Two of the state’s reopening plan begins. The reopening plan, as established by Governor Murphy, is welcome news to many amid a myriad of complaints that the Administration is taking too long to ease restrictions as COVID-19 healt

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On May 14, Governor Murphy announced the Jersey Shore will be open effective on May 22nd. Opening the Shore was among the suggestions made in CCSNJ’s Economic Reopening and Recovery Plan for South Jersey.

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On May 8, Governor Phil Murphy unveiled the Restart and Recovery Advisory Council, a New Jersey specific Advisory Council comprised of industry leaders to advise the administration on be immediate questions surrounding the safe restart

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On May 4, The NJ Business Coalition submitted to the Governor and Legislature "The New Jersey Recovery and Reinvention Framework."

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On May 7, The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development and Senate Budget and Appropriations will meet via teleconference. The agenda's for the committees are as follows:

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On April 29, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 133, which allows golf courses and county parks to reopen. It also directs all state parks to open.

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Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 131, creating the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission, a commission charged with advising the administration on the timing and preparation for New Jersey’s recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown.

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On April 27, Governor Phil Murphy announced his plan to reopen New Jersey's economy.

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Governor Phil Murphy announced extensive measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, which mandated the closure of all physical retail businesses deemed to be nonessential.

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On April 17, Senate President Steve Sweeney announced Budget Chair Senator Paul Sarlo and Senate Republican Budget Officer Senator Steve Oroho as the Senate's bipartisan fiscal strategists.

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On April 14, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a new package of bills passed by the legislature yesterday to address the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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On April 14th, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 127, extending various deadlines associated with rulemaking for state agencies until 90 days following the end of the public health emergency.

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On April 11th, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 125, requiring specific policies on restaurants that have remained open for takeout orders.

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On April 13, Governor Murphy with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Governor Ned Lamont, Governor Tom Wolf, Governor John Carney and Governor Gina Raimondo announced New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island will be...

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On April 13th, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 126 which prohibits Internet and phone services from being shut off until 30 days after the public health emergency.

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On April 13, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly is slated to take up a package of bills to help provide relief to businesses during the COVID19 crisis.

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On April 9, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 123, extending grace periods.

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On April 8, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 122, ceasing all non-essential construction projects and imposing additional mitigation requirements on essential retail businesses and essential industries to limit the spread of COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) is proud to participate in the “New Jersey Business Coalition,” a group of more than 40 major business and nonprofit associations representing employers

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On March 30, Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan announced an Administrative Order amending which businesses are permitted to operate and clarifying the ways in which some businesses may operate

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Governor Phil Murphy announced that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board approved a package of emergency assistance programs that will drive $75M of public and private funding to help small businesses and non-profits

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Please see the links for several helpful resource guides that businesses and nonprofits can use to understand the CARES Act.

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On March 27, President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion aid package in responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

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