Reopening Our Businesses

Business Reopening Resources

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau are actively monitoring developments surrounding the coronavirus and reopening the State. 

The links below offer the most up to date information will keep you apprised of any significant new developments.


Governor Murphy Announces Indoor Dining to Resume Friday, September 4, 2020

“Indoor dining will be allowed to resume at 25 percent capacity, just before the start of Labor Day weekend, which typically marks the end of the summer season. Face coverings will be required and tables will be spaced 6-feet apart.

“[G]iven the progress we continue to see statewide, and with the proper precautions and limitations in place, I am proud to say that our restaurants will soon be able to open their doors to customers for indoor dining with limited capacity,” Murphy said in a statement….” (NJ

Learn More Here


Resources by County:

The Road to Recovery – New Jersey is close to Stage 2 of the recovery plan, Gov. Phil Murphy said. It could include expanding openings of retail, allowing restaurants to open outdoor seating, permitting personal care businesses like hair salons to operate on a limited basis and maybe indoor dining, museums and libraries. The governor said he will make an “important announcement” during his 2:30 p.m. briefing. (ROI-NJ) 

New Rules for Eating OutNew Jersey’s outdoor dining rules have been released: No more than eight people to a table. Plastic shields between you and the bartender. Servers bring food on a cart. Guests wait in the car for a table to open. Entry into the physical establishment is not allowed, except to access outdoor dining areas or a restroom. (NJBIZ) 

Restaurants Can Get Creative – Local authorities can decide whether eateries and bars that don’t already have outdoor space can “get creative“and use parking lots, sidewalks, streets, and other areas for seating. The state will allow any establishment with a liquor license to apply for a one-time, special permit to serve alcohol outside. ( 

The Details on Dining – The rules for restaurants are contained in this executive directive from the state Department of Health. 

Act Fast on Grants for Small Businesses – The NJEDA will begin accepting applications for its new grant program on June 9 – on a first-come, first-served basis. The $45 million program will provide grants up to $10,000 to small businesses impacted by the pandemic. For more details and a sample application, click here.

A Return-to-Work Playbook for Employers – Here you can find sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

The U.S. Senate passed the House version of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) legislation, tripling the time allotted for small businesses and other PPP loan recipients to spend the funds and still qualify for forgiveness of the loans. The Payroll Protection Program will allow Borrowers to extend from 8 to 24 weeks for easier forgiveness. Full details here. (JOP)

Child Daycare Guidelines – When child daycare centers in New Jersey reopen on June 15, they’ll be required to conduct temperature checks on both kids and staff, and limit class sizes. Children will be encouraged – though not required – to wear masks. Here are the new guidelines. ( 

Summer Activities – Summer camps and organized youth sports are scheduled to resume, with restrictions. ( 

New From the CDC – The CDC recently issued recommendations for employers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when they reopen their offices. Among them: temperature and symptom checks for employees; place desks six feet apart or consider erecting plastic shields; remove seats in common areas; and wear face coverings at all times.

Emergency Borrowing Under the Microscope – Emergency borrowing legislation that Gov. Murphy wants lawmakers to enact so the state can deal with revenue losses caused by the pandemic is scheduled to get its first committee review in the Assembly today. The legislation allows for $5 billion in state bonds, which would make it one of the largest debt issues in New Jersey history. (NJ Spotlight) 

Great Adventure – Six Flags Safari Adventure has reopened. And you can drive your own car through the Safari, like guests used to before vehicles were phased out in 2012. ( 

Buy From New Jersey Businesses – To promote the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Buy NJ’ campaign, put this ‘postcard’ on your website and share it on social media with the hashtags #BuyNJ and #BuyLocalNJ.

Tell the State What You Think – The state is requesting your input to better understand how to help businesses get back to work safely and productively. By filling out this online survey, you will help guide the state’s reopening strategy and upcoming business assistance opportunities. 

Get Counted – New Jersey residents can respond to the 2020 Census to ensure the state gets its fair share of federal funding. The Census provides valuable data for businesses, including population trends, growth projections and demographic information. Spread the word! Respond to the Census.

The state’s PPE Supplier Registry connects suppliers of personal protective equipment with potential buyers. (Notice from the state: Parties are strongly advised to exercise due diligence when selecting vendors and are responsible for ensuring the quality and regulatory compliance of all goods/services purchased).

Chamber PPE Directory for Chamber Members– Shop Local, Shop with a Chamber Member 

Add your business to the Chamber PPE Directory here

Want More Info on Grants? Join a Webinar with NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan and Sen. Cory Booker – Among the topics of the webinar on June 5 at 1 p.m. will be the NJEDA’s upcoming grant program.
Webinar with Senate President Steve Sweeney – Join the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and NJBIA for a virtual town hall with State Senate President Steve Sweeney on June 9 at 9 a.m. Sweeney will share his views on issues affecting New Jersey businesses during the pandemic, followed by a Q&A session. If you would like to submit a question for the senate president, please send it here.

General Resources

For the U.S. Chamber’s return-to-work playbook for employers, click here.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s report on reopening and preparing workplaces for COVID-19.

The state’s PPE Supplier Registry connects suppliers of personal protective equipment with potential buyers. (Notice from the state: Parties are strongly advised to exercise due diligence when selecting vendors and are responsible for ensuring the quality and regulatory compliance of all goods/services purchased).

Return to Work Guidelines

FAQs for Employers

General FAQs:

For information on applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan, click here.

The U.S. Chamber’s guide to applying for loan forgiveness under the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Survival Guide has a complete listing of all of the coronavirus resources for small businesses.

The N.J. Economic Development Authority is offering assistance programs for New Jersey businesses. Information and applications can be found here.

The IRS posted information on ‘stimulus checks’ here.

The state’s jobs and hiring portal matches employers and candidates.

For employers to participate, click here.

New Jersey’s website for information on all of the state’s business resources during the pandemic.

New Jersey’s website for up-to-date information about COVID-19.

Have Questions about the Status of an Unemployment Claim? – You can send a message to the state Labor Department through its website – Then follow these instructions:

  • On the top of the page, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop-down menu
  • Choose Send an Email
  • Choose Email: Submit a message through the new online form.
  • Follow the prompts