Are you open for business? Let us know!
Somerset County GIS has developed an Open for Business Web Map to connect important information to residents regarding the reopening status of local businesses during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Somerset County business owners can provide information about their availability and services by filling out a simple online survey by accessing the Open for Business website and clicking on the 'Business Survey' Tab to fill out the survey and be included on the map. They can also access the survey directly with this link: https://arcg.is/9WurX.
This Web Map will help in promoting and supporting various businesses during these difficult times. Since the data is crowd-sourced directly from the businesses this is an efficient way for residents to browse pertinent details regarding the status of Somerset County businesses. Lastly, as restrictions continue to ease, businesses can submit updates to reflect changes in their services. After submission of the survey and subsequent verification, the information populates on the map where residents can locate and view the business information.
If you have any questions about this effort, please reach out to us here.
OUTDOOR DINING ALLOWED BEGINNING JUNE 15TH
The Franklin Township Council has by Resolution permitted outdoor dining and the Governor’s Executive Order has allowed such dining to commence on June 15th
Please contact the County Health Department at 908-541-5751 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how you can comply with the applicable health and social distances regulations and safely have outdoor dining.
Please contact Vincent Dominach the Franklin Township Economic Development Director at 973-907-3447 or Vincent.Dominach@franklinnj.gov to discuss where you can safely locate your outdoor dining.
Franklin Township's Reopening Schedule
based on Governor Murphy's Executive Orders
On May 18, Governor Phil Murphy unveiled a multi-stage approach to execute the responsible and strategic economic restart to put New Jersey on the road back to recovery from COVID-19. New Jersey's process for lifting restrictions is guided by six principles and key metrics.
New Jersey will enter new stages based on data that demonstrates improvements in public health and the capacity to safeguard the public. The restart will be phased-in within each stage, rather than opening all businesses and activities at once within a stage.
New Jersey entered Stage 2 on Monday, June 15.
Multi-Stage Approach to Execute a Responsible and Strategic Economic Restart
Under maximum restrictions, New Jerseyans stayed at home as much possible and activity was limited to essential tasks.
Permitted activities and businesses included emergency health care, essential construction, manufacturing, and essential retail, including grocery stores and pharmacies.
In Stage One, restrictions are relaxed on low-risk activities.
- May 2: State Parks and Forests reopen for passive recreation.
- May 2: Golf courses reopen.
- May 17: Charter fishing and watercraft rental businesses reopen.
- May 18: Non-essential construction resumes.
- May 18: Non-essential retail reopens for curbside pickup.
- May 20: In-person sales at car and motorcycle dealerships and at bicycle shops resumes.
- May 22: Public and private beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores reopen.
- May 22: Campgrounds reopen.
- May 22: Some outdoor recreational businesses, including batting cages and golf ranges, shooting and archery ranges, horseback riding, private tennis clubs, and community gardens, restart their operations.
- May 22: The limit on outdoor gatherings, including the capacity limit for some outdoor recreational businesses, increases from 10 to 25 individuals.
- May 22: Professional sports teams can practice and engage in games or matches, if their leagues resume competition.
- May 26: Elective surgeries and invasive procedures, both medical and dental, resume.
- June 1: Horse racetracks reopen, with no spectators allowed.
- June 9: Stay-at-home order lifted and limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings increased.
- June 9: Outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses reopen, with the exception of amusement parks, water parks, and arcades.
Stage Two (New Jersey is currently in Stage Two)
In Stage Two, moderate-risk activities restart. When leaving home, New Jerseyans should wear a face covering and keep a social distance from others. All workers who can work from home should continue to work from home.
- June 15: Child care centers reopen their doors to all clients.
- June 15: Outdoor dining reopens.
- June 15: Non-essential retail stores reopen for indoor shopping.
- June 15: Motor Vehicle Commission agencies reopen for pick-up and drop-off services.
- June 15: Libraries reopen for curbside pickup.
- June 22: Organized sports activities resume.
- June 22: Personal care businesses, including barber shops and hair salons, reopen.
- June 22: Swimming pools reopen.
- June 22: Limit on outdoor gatherings increases to 250 people.
- June 29: Motor Vehicle Commission agencies begin to offer behind-the-wheel road tests.
- June 29: Indoor portions of retail shopping malls reopen.
- July 2: Casinos reopen.
- July 2: Outdoor playgrounds, outdoor amusement parks, and outdoor water parks reopen.
- July 2: Museums, libraries, aquariums, and indoor recreational facilities reopen at limited capacity.
- July 2: Gyms and fitness centers may reopen outdoor spaces and offer limited individualized indoor instruction by appointment only.
- July 2: Indoor pools reopen.
- July 3: Limit on outdoor gatherings increases to 500 people
- July 6: Youth day camps and summer programs can operate.
- July 6: Modified outdoor graduation ceremonies begin.
- July 6: NJ TRANSIT rail and light rail service resumes to full weekday schedule.
- July 7: Motor Vehicle Commission agencies resume in-person transactions, including issuing new licenses and permits.
In Stage Three, higher-contact activities restart with significant safeguarding. New Jerseyans follow all safety guidelines and respect social distancing.
Phased-in businesses and activities, with adherence to safeguarding and modification guidelines, may include:
- Expanded dining,
- Critical in-office work,
- Limited entertainment,
- Expanded personal care,
- Bars with limited capacity.
Precautions that apply across all stages include:
- Work that can be done from home should continue to be done from home.
- Clinically high-risk individuals who can stay at home should continue to do so.
- All residents and businesses should follow state and federal safeguarding guidelines: wash hands; wear masks in public; respect social distancing; minimize gatherings; disinfect workplace and businesses; and no mass gatherings
For additional information on COVID-19, its impact on businesses, and mitigation requirements for businesses, please visit the State of New Jersey's COVID-19 Business Information Hub.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small business owners in New Jersey are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses
Search for information on COVID-19 and its impact on businesses. Submit a question via the site chat function, and the Business.NJ.gov team will get back to you ASAP.
Business Information Hub - Information for NJ Businesses
New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub - Up to date information from the State of NJ about COVID-19
The State is building a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The first crucial step is to gather details on employers’ immediate hiring needs. They’ve built an intake tool for employers to share this information which can be directly accessed below.
Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Permitting Resumption of Non-Essential Construction, Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses, and Gatherings in Cars
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has a portfolio of loan, financing, and technical assistance programs available to support small and medium-sized businesses. In addition, if you would like to speak with a representative about your specific situation, please call 609-858-6767; or provide information using this form and a member of the NJEDA will contact you promptly: https://contactus.njeda.com/.
The NJEDA and the Office of the Governor of NJ, want to understand how it can best support your small-to-medium sized enterprise during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you own or manage a business in NJ, we appreciate you taking this short survey to provide information that will help State agencies to design and implement new programs to help businesses in the State navigate challenges in the weeks and months ahead. This is a first step in a larger effort to support the long-term health of New Jersey businesses.
All responses will be kept confidential. The information you share will not impact any current or future interactions that your business has with the State of New Jersey. We kindly ask that you please take the survey only one time.
Philanthropic partners interested in donating to support the NJEDA’s small business grant program should reach out to email@example.com.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019. Review these recommended strategies for employers to use now. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) is committed to building a prosperous and sustainable future for our business community, particularly in challenging times. Our experience in economic recovery from unplanned events tells us that, as federal and state entities take action, available resources will become better defined. We are committed to keeping you informed to ensure your business has practical, appropriate, and accurate information.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will launch an application for its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 9:00 am. The grant program is part of a package of initiatives announced last week to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Please note: this application is first-come, first-served.
You can access that link beginning at 9:00 on April 3 here:
The information above was presented during the NJEDA's webinar yesterday afternoon. If you missed the webinar, you can check out a recording here. You will be taken to a registration page and upon completing the registration you will be able to view the video recording.
At the Business Partnership, we are still offering a variety of webinars. We encourage you to take advantage of these. Additionally, if there are any topics you have not seen covered and would like to learn more about, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development
NJDOL Benefits and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out which benefits and protections you may be eligible for.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) is urging employers to keep employees on the payroll throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and to take advantage of a 100 percent, dollar for dollar, payroll tax credit provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
Coronavirus Tax Relief
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused hardships, financial strain, and disruptions for many New Jerseyans and New Jersey businesses. As part of our response, we have reached agreement that the state income tax filing deadline and the corporation business tax filing deadline will be extended from April 15th to July 15th.
Resources for HOA's and Condos:
Coronavirus & Communities
Condominiums, homeowners associations, and housing cooperatives are facing unique challenges related to COVID-19. Community Associations Institute (CAI) has established a resource center to help community association boards and residents navigate the issues their communities are encountering: www.caionline.org/coronavirus.
FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU & YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CONSTITUENTS:
FAQs about community associations and COVID-19, including common area restrictions (gyms, pools, playgrounds, etc.), board meetings and elections, guest restrictions, etc.
COVID-19 sample forms and templates for association boards.
Government Action Regarding Community Associations & COVID-19. CAI is closely monitoring the latest policy and health updates related to COVID-19 and its impact on the 73.5 million Americans living in community associations.