For Businesses

May 31 update

Learn what you can do to support the nannies, home attendants and house cleaners who work for you during the coronavirus crisis.

May 8, 12:30 update — business guidelines

Operational toolkit for businesses considering opening or expanding operations from the Center for Health Security of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

 May 7, 3 p.m., press release from the Princeton Health Dept.

Business COVID-19 Prevention Plan Checklist

Directions:

  • Review the Governor’s Executive Orders and the New Jersey Department of Health Guidance Materials for essential businesses operations during the COVID-19 Outbreak.
  • Develop a plan of operations specific to your work flow which addresses the control measures necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Statement of Certification

The business owner/event organizer has reviewed the Governor’s Executive Orders and New Jersey Department of Health guidance documents and has developed a COVID protection plan for the above noted establishment/event which complies with all applicable measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 illness. Strategies have been identified to prevent the spread of COVID-19; these measures include protections for employees and customers.

The following COVID-19 transmission strategies must be implemented and remain in place while business is open to the public.

  • Employees are screened for Covid-19 symptoms on arrival to work. Symptoms monitored include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, shivering, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, and new loss of taste and smell.
  • Employees have been properly trained on COVID-19 prevention measures and infection control strategies.
  • All frequently-touched surfaces used by employee and/or customers are regularly disinfected with an EPA disinfectant approved for use on COVID-19. The product is:
  • Strategies are in place to encourage employees to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet for social distancing.
  • Masks and gloves are provided to all employees. (for shortages of equipment, contact the local health department)
  • Strategies are in place to encourage social distancing among customers.
  • Methods are established to create 6-foot spacing requirements in areas where lines are expected.
  • Customers are required to mask prior to entry and while on the premises.
  • Provisions are in place to serve senior citizens and other high risk populations that include added protections.
  • Protections, such as physical barriers, are provided between cashiers and customers.
  • Handwashing, hand sanitizer and/or hand wipes are provided for employees and customers at high touch points, such as check-outs.
  • Conspicuous signage is posted at the entrance and at key visual points to alert the public and employees of COVID-19 risks and prevention requirements.
  • Self-service foods, samples, and open condiments items are NOT provided.
  • Food products on display, that cannot be washed prior to consumption, are wrapped or otherwise secured in individual containers.
  • Contactless pay options are encouraged.

For additional information or resources, please contact the Princeton Health Department at (609)497-7608 or jgrosser@princetonnj.gov

Resources Utilized:

World Health Organization:  https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf

Centers for Disease Control:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

April 29 11 a.m. update — construction businesses

Construction businesses must complete this form to conduct Essential Construction Projects that are approved through Executive Order 122.

April 28, 10 a.m. update — executive order changes

Executive Order changes announced yesterday by Gov. Murphy related to businesses

  • Pet grooming businesses, pet daycare, and pet boarding businesses shall be considered essential retail businesses.
  • Stores that principally sell items necessary for religious observation or worship shall be considered essential retail businesses.
  • Car dealerships may permit customers that have ordered and/or purchased a vehicle online or by phone to test drive the vehicle at the time of pick-up or prior to delivery, provided the dealership adopts social distancing policies.
    • The individual is given access to the vehicle alone, and the dealership appropriately cleans and sanitizes the vehicle after the test drive if the customer does not purchase the vehicle.
  • Licensees, owners, operators, employees or independent contractors of personal care services facilities are not permitted to provide personal care services in their own homes, the homes of others, or in any facility or business setting.
  • The exception to that would be if the personal care service provider is providing the service to their household members, immediate family or other individuals with whom they have a close personal relationship, such as a caretaker or romantic partner. A prior business relationship alone does not qualify as a close personal relationship.

April 27, 8 p.m. update — local business survey

Mayor Lempert asks owners of local businesses to fill out this survey about their experiences applying for federal and state COVID-19 grants.

April 9, 8 p.m. update

A variety of resources for businesses compiled by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker

April 1, 11:30 a.m. update

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority will be launched its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program application Friday, April 3 at 9 a.m. Grants will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Application live Friday here.

March 31, 10:15 p.m. update

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Developmentis urging employers to keep employees on the payroll throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and to take advantage of a 100%, dollar-for-dollar, payroll tax credit provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. More information

The House passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Information for Small Businesses here.

March 28, 9 p.m. update

Use the Eligibility Wizard to find out which new State financial support programs your business is eligible for.

Food establishments are advised to see new regulations regarding general hygiene, social distancing and food waste guidance

COVID-19 Hiring Portal

New Jersey is offering centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak.

New Jersey Executive Order No. 107, announced on Saturday, March 21, with new standards for businesses, will supersede previous announcements.  More information 

The New Jersey Business Action Center’s Helpline is now available from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. seven days a week. Call 1-800- JERSEY-7 to address any concerns you or your employees have. 

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority  has a portfolio of loan, financing, and technical assistance programs available to support small and medium-sized businesses during this crisis. More information on existing products and programs can be found on the NJEDA website for small and midsize business and the services for those businesses. More information 

 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. More information

The U.S. Small Business Administration coronavirus resource page provides a list of relief programs, as well as offering guidance to small business owners during this crisis.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
As part of its disaster assistance program, the SBA is providing low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus in presidential and SBA-declared disaster areas. These loans carry an interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. Loan repayment terms vary by applicant, up to a maximum of 30 years. You can use the loan to cover accounts payable, debts, payroll and other bills the coronavirus has affected your ability to pay.
How to Apply
  • Apply online and select “Economic Injury” as the reason you’re seeking assistance.
  • You’ll need to supply required supporting documentation that could include the business’s most recent tax returns, a personal financial statement and a schedule of liabilities that lists all your current debts.
  • Call the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 for help with your application.
Federal Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extension
The federal tax return filing deadline is now July 15, 2020. For tax payments of up to $10 million, the IRS has also extended the deadline for both individuals and businesses to July 15, 2020. Estimated tax payments for 2020 originally due on April 15 will now be due on July 15.
Check with your state tax agency to find out if your business has more time to file or more time to pay state and local taxes this year as a result of the coronavirus. Several states have already aligned their tax filing and payment deadlines with the new federal deadline. States also may waive or reduce penalties on late tax payments.

FAQ on COVID-19 and its impact on businesses from Business.nj.gov; questions answered via chat.

Disaster assistance loan information from the Small Business Association

Latest guidance for businesses and employers from the CDC

Updated information for businesses from the New Jersey Department of Labor.

Business resources form the Princeton Mercer Chamber of Commerce.

Small-business resources from Google