June 25, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

 6/25/2020 1:51 PM

Arcades, bowling alleys, museums and shooting ranges to reopen. Movie theaters, concert venues and nightclubs remain closed. Gyms can offer 'individualized' trainings sessions. The state faces the prospect of tax hikes and spending cuts.

The Road to Recovery – New Jersey arcades, bowling alleys, museums, aquariums and some other recreational activities can reopen July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced yesterday. The entertainment options, which include shooting ranges and batting cages, can reopen at 25% capacity. (nj.com) 

Great Adventure to Open at Half Capacity – Six Flags Great Adventure said it will reopen to season pass holders and members on July 3, and to the general public on July 4. Guests will have to get their temperature taken, maintain social distancing and wear masks. Capacity at the park is limited to 50%, under state restrictions. (nj.com) 

Here are Businesses Still Waiting for the Green Light – New Jersey gyms and fitness centers may start offering “individualized training sessions by appointment” on July 2, but must remain closed along with other indoor venues like movie theaters, concert venues and nightclubs, Gov. Murphy announced yesterday. (nj.com) 

On Gov. Murphy’s Menu: Tax Increases and Spending Cuts – In the coming months, Gov. Murphy will consider tax increases and spending cuts to fend off what he calls “financial Armageddon” – a $10.1 billion revenue shortfall through June 2021 that may grow if the coronavirus resurges. (Bloomberg) 

Coming Here From a COVID-19 'Hot Spot'? – Travelers are being asked to quarantine themselves for two weeks upon arrival in New Jersey, New York or Connecticut if they're coming from a state with high COVID-19 rates, the governors of the three states said. The governors acknowledged enforcement will be tricky. (NJ Spotlight) 

The List of 'Hot Spot' States – If you travel to New Jersey from one of these states, the governor wants you to quarantine for 14 days. (nj.com) 

Who is Tracing Those that Have Been Exposed to Coronavirus? – New Jersey has trained and brought on 230 new contact tracers, but they're not always welcome. Some communities are saying 'no thanks' to the statewide workforce, preferring to work with local contact tracers who know the territory and have already delivered results. (NJTV News) 

Two Big Testing Sites to Close – Coronavirus testing sites at Bergen Community College in Paramus and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel will close June 30 as federal support ends. FEMA and the U.S. Health Department will continue to support testing at local pharmacies at least through the end of August. (nj.com) 

Game Off – An independent baseball league that recently added two New Jersey teams has called off its season due to the coronavirus pandemic. (nj.com) 

New Federal Loan Program Is Coming – The federal government’s soon-to-open Main Street Lending Program will provide a total of $600 billion in financing for small and medium-sized businesses. See this guide for the latest info. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) 

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.

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.


N.J. Coronavirus Cases - New Jersey Residents
(Source: N.J. Health Department)

Total Deaths Reported: 12,995, up from 12,949 yesterday.
Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 169,892, up from 169,734 yesterday.
For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.


* Resources from NJ Chamber of Commerce