June 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

 6/30/2020 1:44 PM

Dining in is out. Governor Murphy signs $7.7B stopgap budget. Number of New Jerseyans hospitalized for COVID-19 just dropped below 1,000.

Dining In Is Out – Governor Murphy announced Monday New Jersey will not reopen indoor dining this week in the first major reversal of the state’s Phase 2 reopening plan. Murphy cited “knucklehead behavior” of people who did not social distance or wear face coverings at outdoor bars over the weekend. The canceled reopening also includes wedding venues and banquet halls. Other planned reopenings are still on for Thursday — amusement parks, water parks, indoor arcades and casinos, playgrounds, museums, libraries aquariums, bowling alleys and indoor batting ranges. (nj.com)

Murphy Signs Stopgap Budget - Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a stopgap budget that spends $7.7 billion between now and the end of September to ensure the state can operate after tax collections dropped and unemployment soared. The spending bill easily cleared both houses of the Legislature on Monday as lawmakers returned to the State House for in-person voting for the first time since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Updated from NJ Spotlight story)

Directionally Correct - For the first time since the state began releasing this data on April 4, the number of New Jerseyans hospitalized for COVID-19 dropped below 1,000. The number of hospitalizations as of 10 p.m. Sunday was 978. At the beginning of June, the number was 2,344. (ROI-NJ)

State and Union Agreement on Furloughs - Governor Murphy and the Communications Workers of America reached an agreement Monday regarding furloughs and deferred cost-of-living adjustments for state employees. Read the Governor’s statement.

The List Grows – New Jersey’s list of states with surging coronavirus outbreaks that meet the criteria for a 14-day quarantine has increased to 16, as cases continue to increase rapidly in the southern United States where local officials were quicker to reopen businesses. The new additions from the original eight states are California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Lousiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee. (nj.com)

Governor Takes Action on Legislation - Among interest to the business community, the Governor conditionally vetoed a bill that would extend the term of permits and approvals during the course of the pandemic, as well as a bill that would permit public, private and non-profit sector employers to offer a Job-Sharing Furlough Program. Additionally, the Governor absolute vetoed a bill that would appropriate $100 million to EDA from federal funds in order to provide no-interest loans to qualified small hospitality businesses.You can view information on the specific bills here.

Legislation in Trenton - See our roundup of coronavirus-related legislation advancing in Trenton, and where the N.J. Chamber of Commerce’s lobbying department stands on them.

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 Confirmed Deaths Reported: 13,138, up from 13,121 yesterday.
Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 171,272, up from 171,182 yesterday.
For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.


* Resources from NJ Chamber of Commerce