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Multiple state, local and national agencies are aimed at helping businesses in New Jersey deal with the impact of COVID-19/Coronavirus. Whether the impact is on your employees or your bottom-line, below are resources to help support the business community during this challenging time.

On this page you'll find:


Legal COVID-19 Resource Page – Wilentz Attorneys at Law 


CRITICAL RESOURCES FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY 


NJ Programs/Resources

The State of Jersey website devoted to business concerns during the coronavirus emergency. The site, cv.business.nj.gov, will be updated as new information becomes available. We encourage you to check the site periodically for updates. 

The New Jersey Business Action Center's Helpline is now available from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, seven days a week. Call 1-800-JERSEY-7 to address any concerns you or your employees have or visit nj.gov/njbusiness.

The NJEDA has created a webpage that directs business owners to various resources to assist in coping financially with the COVID-19 public health crisis. This site will be updated with any new programs or support that becomes available. 

NJEDA Micro Loans makes financing of up to $50,000 available to NJ businesses with annual revenues of no more than $1,5000,000 and 10 full-time employees or less. 

COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses

New Jersey Department of Labor -- Temporary Disability & Family Leave

There are many questions about the appropriate leave an employee should take if they have been exposed to the virus, contract the virus or cannot work because their place of employment has been forced to close. The NJDOL has created a Website Here to answer questions related to leave. 

NJ Department of Labor Employers, Employees rights and resources 

NJ Department of Labor’s employer services page, “What Employers & Businesses Should Know.” 

Earned Sick Leave 

Department of Labor & Workforce Development benefits 


Federal Resources

The USSBA has approved New Jersey for SBA lending programs for the current crisis and will be opening their website for new applications. Please visit SBA.gov/disaster for information on how to apply.

The new federal legislation and appropriations has opened up the possibility for small businesses to receive assistance for economic loss due to COVID-19. Details of eligibility and administration of this assistance from SBA are still being addressed. However, some information from the traditional SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program may still apply for COVID-19.


Please refer to the SBA's coronavirus website for up-to-date information.

  • The USSBA Small Business Guidance & Loan resources 
  • USSBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%
  • For information visit disasterloan.sba.gov, or contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.


Links to visit

Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Emergency Loan Loss Reserve Fund – (Grant applications open April 8, 2020 at 9am) - A $10 million capital reserve fund to take a first loss position on CDFI loans that provide low-interest working capital to micro-businesses. 


CDFI Emergency Assistance Grant Program (added 4/3/20) – A $1.25 million program that will provide grants of up to $250,000 to CDFIs to scale operations or reduce interest rates for the duration of the outbreak. 

NJ Entrepreneur Support Program (added 4/3/20)– A $5 million program that will encourage continued capital flows to new companies, often in the innovation economy, and temporarily support a shaky market by providing 80 percent loan guarantees for working capital loans to entrepreneurs.

Small Business Emergency Assistance Guarantee Program  (added 4/3/20) – A $10 million program that will provide 50 percent guarantees on working capital loans and waive fees on loans made through institutions participating in the NJEDA’s existing Premier Lender or Premier CDFI programs.  

Emergency Technical Assistance Program (added 4/3/20) – A $150,000 program that will support technical assistance to New Jersey-based companies applying for State and US Small Business Administration programs. The organizations contracted will be paid based on SBA application submissions supported by the technical assistance they provide.  

https://www.njeda.com/about/Public-Information/Coronavirus-Information 

 https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/articles/3838662-what-new-state-financial-support-programs-are-available-to-businesses-impacted-by-the-covid-19-outbreak 


Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program (added 4/3/20) - In response to the economic challenges being faced by New Jersey Small and Medium sized businesses and non-profits (collectively “SMEs”), the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has created the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. 

Apply now to the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant at: forms.business.nj.gov/grant 

Applications are open now and will close April 10, 2020, at 9 a.m. Completed applications will be considered on a first come, first serve rolling basis. Businesses can now access the full Notice of Funding Availability.

To see whether you might qualify for this program, use the NJ COVID-19 Business Support Eligibility Wizard. Explore how how NJEDA determines grant size with the Grant Size Calculator. You may also access a copy of the grant application now, to assist you with preparing your submission. More information is available below on the grant scope, eligibility, and the materials that will be required for application submissions.


Your organization is eligible for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Grant if you…

  • Have between 1 and 10 FTEs. This means companies non-employee companies (holding), companies that have between 1-10 FTE utilizing 1099 employees, and larger firms are not eligible for this round of grant funding.
  • Have a physical commercial location in the State of New Jersey. Home-based businesses are not eligible for this round of grant funding. A home-based business is a business operated out of a residential property where commercial activity is not zoned to take place.
  • Are classified in one of the following industries: Retail (NAICS codes starting with 44… or 45…); Accommodation & food services (NAICS codes starting with 72…); Arts, entertainment & recreation (NAICS codes starting with 71…); Other services (only those with NAICS codes starting with 811… and 812). You can look up your NAICS code at naics.com/search
  • Are registered to do business in the State of New Jersey.
  • Must certify that the company is in good tax standing with the State
  • Are in good standing with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, with all decisions of good standing at the discretion of the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
  • The CEO of the business must certify that the business:

                1. Will make a best effort not to furlough or lay off any individuals from the time of application through six months after the end of the declared state of emergency. SMEs that have already furloughed or laid off workers must make a best-effort pledge to re-hire those workers as soon as possible. Any material breach of its best efforts certification may result in the NJEDA seeking repayment of the grant.

                2. Has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 declared state of emergency in Executive Order 103 (e.g., has been temporarily shut down, has been required to reduce hours, has had at least a 20% drop in revenue, has been materially impacted by employees who cannot work due to the outbreak, or has a supply chain that has materially been disrupted and therefore slowed firm-level production).

                3. Has a material financial need that cannot be overcome without the grant of emergency relief funds at this time (e.g., does not have significant cash reserves that can support the SME during this period of economic disruption

  • Non-profit organizations are eligible for this program. Eligible non-profits must have status of 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(7)

Types of businesses not eligible:

  • Related to gambling or gaming activities 
  • Related to the purveyance of “adult” (i.e., pornographic, lewd, prurient, obscene) activities, services, products or materials (including nude or semi-nude performances or the sale of sexual aids or devices)
  • Auction or bankruptcy or fire or “lost-our-lease” or “going-out-of-business” or similar sale
  • Traveling merchants
  • Christmas tree sales or other outdoor storage
  • Any other activity constituting a nuisance
  • Illegal under the laws of the State of New Jersey
  • No fees will be collected by the authority for this program and funding will be fully disbursed as quickly as possible upon approval of grant application.

In order to apply for the grant, businesses will need to provide the following…


Contact information for someone who is authorized to speak on behalf of your company. For example: an owner or an executive such as a CEO or Executive Director 

Basic information about your company.

  1. Registered legal name and “Doing Business As” name. To confirm your organization’s registered legal name, visit Business Name Search
  2. Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  3. Year your company was established
  4. Full-time employees as of December 31, 2019 and Part-Time Employees as of December 31, 2019

Your organization’s industry as defined by your NAICS code. To confirm your NAICS code, check your federal tax filing or use this site to look up your NAICS code: naics.com/search.

Be able to answer the State’s basic debarment question. To see the full application and read the State debarment questions, you may access a copy of the loan application now,

Be able to affirmatively answer and/or certify that:

  1. You are not a home-based business. A home-based business is a business operated out of a residential property where commercial activity is not zoned to take place. 
  2. You are not a prohibited business.
  3. You have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  4. You have a material financial need that cannot be overcome without the grant funds.
  5. You will make a best effort not to lay off any additional employees and re-hire any whom you have already laid off.
  6. Information you are providing is correct.
  7. You will allow the NJEDA to check your entries against other State sources of data.


Business Resources

SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (added 4/2/20)

The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) are assisting small businesses throughout New Jersey concerning financing and other forms of technical assistance. We wish to provide you with information on the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

General Program Description 

The PPP is intended to provide business loans to enable small businesses to maintain their workers on payroll. The program extends through June 30, 2020 but you are encouraged to apply very soon.  

Loans will be forgiven if the small business retains its employees for an eight week period; loan funds may be used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, utilities. 

Small Business Eligibility 

A small business with fewer than 500 employees, private non-profits or 501(c )(19) veteran organizations affected by COVID-19 are eligible for such loans; includes sole proprietorships, independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and small businesses in hospitality/food sector with more than one location. Businesses in certain industries which have more than 500 employees can be eligible, if they meet the SBA’s size standards criteria for those industries.  

Loan Applications

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has set up a web site.

The SBA anticipates that it will take a substantial time commitment to complete the application. 

Businesses can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through participating federally insured depository institutions, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution.  

Business applicants are encouraged to contact their SBA 7(a)local lender.  

Additional Assistance

NJSBDC list of resources

Please note that we appreciate your patience as we are receiving a high volume of calls, inquiries, and email messages. Due to the crisis, the network is working remotely. Please contact the regional SBDC nearest to you.


State of New Jersey Website Devoted to COVID-19 Business Concerns

The State of New Jersey has established a special website devoted to business concerns during the coronavirus emergency. The site, will be updated as new information becomes available. We encourage you to communicate this with the appropriate individuals within your organization.  

In addition, the New Jersey Business Action Center’s Helpline is now available from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm, seven days a week. Call 1-800- JERSEY-7 to address any concerns you or your employees have.

US Small Business Administration Business Information 

The USSBA has approved lending programs for the current crisis and will be opening up their website for new applications! A good source of information:  

Small Business Guidance Loan Resources

 SBA hotline number 800-659-2955. 

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications.

  Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.  

Additional funding for business has been approved by the US Congress. Please note brief summary below: 


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)(Updated)

Paycheck Protection Program Applications Opens on April 3, 2020

The Treasury has just announced the start date of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that is designed to provide the necessary cash flow to give employers the ability to maintain their payroll during this current crisis.  

  • The interest rate on the PPP is 1%.  
  • Can borrow up to $10,000,000.
  • Amortization Period: 2 years
  • Does not need to demonstrate ability to repay or have collateral.

How to find an SBA PPP Lender.

When to Apply 

  • Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply.
  • Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply.

We encourage you to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap. 

Additional Resources

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply starting April 3. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply starting April 10.

The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. 

Small businesses employing 500 or less and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards. 

Under this program: 

  • Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount.
  • Loan payments will be deferred for six months.
  • If you maintain your workforce, SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and certain other expenses following loan origination.

Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees. 

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. All loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. 


FAQ - Full List (added 3/30/20)

Other Resources


CARES Act Provide COVID-19 Relief for Private Sector Business (added 4/3/20)

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the “Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act), allocating $2.2 trillion in spending and tax breaks to increase liquidity in the economy, provide relief for individuals and businesses, as well as specific industries most seriously harmed by this pandemic.

Important tax provisions include deferrals of employer payroll tax liabilities coupled with an employee retention tax credit, rollbacks of TCJA limitations on net operating losses (NOLs), deferral of the business interest limitation under Section 163(j), and a technical correction on qualified improvement property (QIP) that benefits taxpayers.


Here are the key business tax provisions in the CARES Act:

Payroll Tax Delay
Employers and self‐employed individuals can defer payment of the 6.2% employer share of Social Security taxes on employee wages from 3/27/2020 to 12/31/2020, with 50% deferral required to be paid by the end of 2021 and the remaining 50% by the end of 2022. Employers, who have indebtedness forgiven under the paycheck protection program will not qualify for this deferral.
During the payroll tax deferral period, all employment tax payments made by the applicable dates above will be treated as having been timely made.
Employee Retention Credit
Eligible employers could receive a 50% payroll tax credit on qualified wages each quarter to encourage the retention of employees who cannot work due to a COVID-19 related circumstance. If the requirements of qualified wages, qualified employees and qualified employers are met, the credit would be for wages paid or incurred from 3/13/2020 to 12/31/2020.

Eligible employers including non-profits are employers:
1. Whose operations have been fully or partially suspended as a result of a government order limiting commerce, travel, or group meetings, or
2. Who have experienced a greater than 50% reduction in quarterly receipts, measured on a year-over-year basis
Eligible wages:
• For employers who had an average of 100 or fewer full-time employees in 2019, all employee wages are eligible, regardless of whether the employee is furloughed.
• For employers who had more than 100 full-time employees in 2019, only the wages of employees who are furloughed or face reduced hours as a result of their employers’ closure or reduced gross receipts are eligible for the credit.

Wages are capped at the first $10,000 and includes health benefits. Wages do not include amounts taken into account for purposes of the payroll credits, for required paid sick leave or required paid family leave in the Families First Coronavirus Act, nor for wages taken into account for the employer credit for paid family and medical leave.

The credit is not available to employers receiving Small Business Interruption Loans. No credit is also available with respect to an employee for any period for which the employer is allowed a Work Opportunity Credit.
Net Operating Losses (NOLs)
The law temporarily suspends the 80% taxable income limitation on utilizing NOLs through taxable years beginning before January 1, 2021.
Additionally, the law also allows for a 5-year carryback of NOLs arising in years 2018, 2019 and 2020. These provisions apply to individuals, estates and trusts as well.
Limitation on Business Interest 163 (j)
The new law relaxes the limitation on the deduction of business interest from 30% of adjusted taxable income (ATI) to 50% ATI, for taxable years beginning in 2019 or 2020.

In anticipation that the 2020 income will be lower than 2019, the CARES Act also provides for an election whereby the taxpayer can use their 2019 ATI to calculate the 2020 limitation. In the case of a taxpayer who had 2019 as a short year, income should be annualized to 12 months.

Considering that most partnership returns for 2019 have already been filed, the law provides for a special rule for them. The increase in the ATI limitation to 50% will apply to the 2020 tax year.

For partners that don’t elect out, any excess business interest disallowed in 2019 will be treated as follows:
1. 50% of the excess business interest will be treated as paid or accrued by the partner in the partner’s first tax year beginning in 2020 and will not be subject to Section 163(j) limitation.
2. The balance of 50% of the excess business interest will be subject to the limitations of Section 163(j). In other words, it will remain suspended until the partnership allocates excess taxable income or excess interest income to the partner.

Taxpayers may elect out of the increase, for any tax year. Once made, the election can be revoked only with IRS consent. For partnerships, the election must be made by the partnership and can be made only for tax years beginning in 2020.
Technical Correction: Qualified Improvement Property (QIP)
A correction to a drafting error in the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) now allows Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) to be treated as 15-year property. This will allow taxpayers to apply 100% bonus depreciation to eligible QIP retroactively for assets acquired and placed in service after 12/31/17.
Qualified improvement property includes any improvement made by the taxpayer, to a building’s interior, provided such improvement was placed in service after the building itself was placed in service. However, improvements do not qualify if they are attributable to:
• the enlargement of the building;
• any elevator or escalator; or
• the internal structural framework of the building.
Charitable Contributions
The law increases the limitation of qualifying charitable contributions (QCC) made in 2020 from 10% to 25% of corporation’s taxable income. QCC are contributions made in the form of cash and not made to donor advisor funds or non-operating private foundations.
Also Included in the CARES Act for Businesses:
• The taxable income limitation on the deduction for food inventory has also been increased from 15% to 25%.


For loan incentive programs available for businesses through the CARES Act, click here. Or note below:

New Loan Incentive Programs Available to Businesses Through the CARES Act
Due to the unfortunate Coronavirus pandemic, bi-partisan Congressional efforts have been in full force to support and encourage economic relief for individuals and businesses hard hit during this ongoing crisis. There have been a number of benefits passed via the Phase 1, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Phase 2, Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

However, the most significant benefits package to date, the Phase 3 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act or Act”) has recently been passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. The Act delivers over $2 trillion in economic stimulus aimed at providing relief for individuals and businesses, as well as specific industries most seriously harmed by this pandemic.

TAX REPORTING

New Jersey Delays Reporting Requirements for 1094/1095

Yesterday New Jersey postponed the deadline for their new reporting requirement. Employers now have until May 15, 2020 to file electronically with New Jersey as indicated below in our original communication.



NJ Legislation

  • A3845/S2284: Authorizes EDA to make grants during periods of emergency declared by Governor and for duration of economic disruptions due to emergency; allows EDA to grant certain business documentation submission deadline extensions. This bill authorizes the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to provide grants during periods of emergency declared by the Governor for the planning, designing, acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, improving, equipping, and furnishing of a project, including, but not limited to, grants for working capital and meeting payroll requirements. The bill also extends the uses of the economic growth account in the Economic Recovery Fund to small and medium-size businesses and not-for-profit corporations. Finally, the bill extends the deadline for Grow NJ projects. The legislation passed both houses on March 19, 2020.
  • A3841/S2300: Automatically extends time to file gross income tax or corporation business tax return if federal government extends filing or payment due date for federal returns. The legislation passed both houses on March 19, 2020.
  • A3846/S2293: Creates “Temporary Lost Wage Unemployment Program;” allows persons to claim for lost wages due to coronavirus disease 2019, and employers to pay wages to workers ordered under quarantine by licensed healthcare practitioner; appropriates $20,000,000. The bill provides provide, to the extent funds are available, monetary relief to individuals for actual lost wages in an amount that is equivalent to the individual’s average weekly rate of compensation from the past calendar year, if the individuals do not have fully paid leave and to employers who pay wages to workers who are ordered under quarantine by a licensed healthcare practitioner as a result of coronavirus disease 2019. There will also be moneys, not to exceed $10,000,000, to pay the lost wages of individuals due to (1) the individual’s absence from work due to the need to care for a family member; (2) the individual’s absence from work due to the illness of the individual; (3) the individual’s absence from work due to school or childcare facility being closed; and (4) for such other purposes as determined by the commissioner. The legislation passed both houses on March 19, 2020.
  • A3848/S2301: Concerns time off from work in connection with infectious disease. The bill prohibits an employer, during the Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020, from terminating or refusing to reinstate an employee if the employee requests or takes time off from work based on the recommendation from a medical professional that the employee take time off work because the employee has, or is likely to have, an infectious disease. The legislation passed both houses on March 19, 2020.
  • A3865/S2291: Limits return of items purchased from retail food stores under certain circumstances. The bill prohibits retail food store to accept the return, with limited exceptions, of any groceries and other foodstuffs purchased during, and for 30 days following, a state of emergency declared in response to COVID-19. The legislation passed both houses on March 19, 2020.
  • A3844: Concerns business interruption insurance during coronavirus disease 2019 state of emergency. The resolution indemnifies the insured of businesses with less than 100 eligible full-time employees for any loss of business or business interruption for the duration of a declared State of Emergency. The insurer may apply to the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance for relief and reimbursement of such claims. The Emergency Resolution was introduced and passed by the Assembly on March 16, 2020


State of New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal

(Updated 3/26/20)


The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak.

Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 at Jobs Intake.


Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses

(UPDATED 3/26/20)

FULL ARTICLE

ABRIDGED 
To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey's health care system for the state's most vulnerable, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 107 on March 21, 2020, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice

The order provides for certain exceptions, such as:

  • obtaining essential goods or services
  • seeking medical attention
  • visiting family or close friends
  • reporting to work
  • engaging in outdoor activities

In an 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;
  •  Mobile phone retail and repair shops (added 3/24/20);
  •  Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair (added 3/24/20);
  •  Livestock feed stores (added 3/24/20);
  •  Nurseries and garden centers (added 3/24/20);
  •  Farming equipment stores (added 3/24/20);
  • Mobile phone retail and repair shops (added 3/26/20);
  • Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair (added 3/26/20);
  • Livestock feed stores (added 3/26/20);
  • Nurseries and garden centers (added 3/26/20);
  • Farming equipment stores (added 3/26/20).


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
  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 worksite in order to perform their job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • law enforcement officers
  • firefighters
  • other first responders
  • cashiers or store clerks
  • construction workers
  • utility workers
  • repair workers
  • warehouse workers
  • lab researchers
  • IT maintenance workers
  • janitorial and custodial staff
  • 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.


For additional information on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus and its impact on businesses, visit the State of New Jersey business portal. (Updated: 3/24/20)

Sources:


New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub


Mental Health Telephone Support Available During COVID-19 Outbreak 

State Helpline Offers Support to Individuals Experiencing Anxiety and Worry Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic 

New Jerseyans feeling the emotional and mental toll of COVID-19 can now get support from a special helpline. NJ Mental Health Cares, the state’s behavioral health information and referral service, will now also offer help to people dealing with anxiety and worry related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Residents can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. This hotline will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week by live trained specialists.

For regular updates, follow the New Brunswick City Market on Facebook and Twitter.

As additional resources are made available, we will share them with our members and keep everyone up-to-date with the ever changing landscape.

DNJ Forums

Downtown New Jersey is providing a series of virtual opportunities for downtown managers, economic development professionals, and public officials to exchange ideas about best practices related to downtown economic development in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Exchanges are occurring both via a Facebook Group and a series of scheduled live online web forums. 

Additional Resources (added 4/9/20)

Main Street America Resources

Other Informational Resources 

Funding Resources (Private & Non-profit) 


New Brunswick, New Jersey Food Pantries

Call in advance to confirm hours & resources.

  • Elijah's Promise - (732) 545-9002  - 18 Neilson St, New Brunswick 
  • Family and Children's Services Of Central New Jersey - (732) 545-0366 x13 - 2 Kirkpatrick & New St , New Brunswick
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church Food Pantry - (732) 247-2459 - 126 Lee Ave, New Brunswick
  • Christ Episcopal Church - (732) 545-6262  - 5 Paterson St, New Brunswick
  • Five Loaves Food Pantry / Cinco Panes Pantry Mercado - (732) 545-0581  - 100 College Ave, New Brunswick -  Open: Mon - Fri 4p - 8p. Also provide info & referrals on Social Services to Middlesex, like, TANF, SNAP, SSI, Medicare/Medicaid. USA citizenship not required.  No se requiere ciudadanía estadounidense.