BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - TAPinto Berkeley Heights has launched a "Weekly Catch-up with Mayor Angie Devanney" series. This week's topic is focused on the business community during this time of combating the COVID-19 crisis.
"We are evolving hour by hour and day by day," said Mayor Angie Devanney in an interview with TAPinto Berkeley Heights. "We have really focused on our local businesses because we can not forget them. -- I love that a lot of our businesses have done things creatively like 'call us and we will come out curbside and we will bring it out to you'." Other businesses are offering online sessions by live streaming classes or connecting with clients via Zoom. Click here for business directory with up-to-date list of services, hours and closures. [Businesses should email updates to BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.]
As restrictions are tightened, businesses are adapting and making the difficult decision to close. The following are tips to support a small business without leaving the house: shop locally online; schedule online therapy and exercise sessions; buy a gift card to use at a later date; rate and review your favorite businesses; order from local restaurants; like and share posts on Facebook and Instagram; call or email to ask the business how they can assist you --- and don't ask for a refund. Make sure to re-visit the "working" business directory for up-to-date information on how to support the businesses.
COVID-19 Resources and Updates
- The Berkeley Heights Township website provides updates on local, state and federal legislature combating the COVID-19 crisis.
- Governor Murphy issued an executive order establishing a 2-1-1 hotline for the latest up to the minute details on the COVID-19 crisis.
- Click here for Berkeley Heights Directory of Businesses and their changes in service and hours during the state of emergency and how you can support them during their time of need.
- The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee and Township administration are working on a directory of services offered to residents and children during this public health emergency. This will include accessing books or programs remotely from our public library, programs offered by the YMCA, local craft delivery and more.
- All playgrounds in Berkeley Heights are now closed until further notice; residents are encouraged to use the walking and hiking trails and tracks in town, go running and otherwise get outside and be active. Please just avoid congregating, per social distancing guidelines.
- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced today that Tax Day will be moved to July 15 from April 15 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
- NJ Transit (RAIL ONLY) has moved to weekend schedule; bus schedules remain the same for now.
- From NJ Chamber
- More Closures - Gov. Murphy ordered the indefinite closure of all personal care businesses which cannot comply with social distancing guidelines, including barber shops, hair salons, spas, nail and eyelash salons, tattoo parlors, among others – and social clubs.
- Low-Interest Disaster Loans - U.S. Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans to small businesses in New Jersey.
- To apply for an SBA loan, click here.
- For guidance on SBA loans, click here.
- Note from the SBA about completing disaster loan applications:
- If you are having trouble first getting in after you put in business type, make sure you have entered your type of business AND clicked on EIDL and only EIDL under type of assistance seeking.
- Previous Executive Orders
- Business Closures - Gov. Murphy mandated the indefinite closure across New Jersey of 1) all indoor portions of retail shopping malls and 2) all indoor and outdoor places of public amusement. This supplements the list of facilities currently closed to members of the public, which includes casino gaming floors, racetracks, gyms and entertainment centers.
- Restaurants and Bars Can Partially Operate - Takeout and delivery are still an option at restaurants and bars (including those in malls that have a separate entrance)
- No Groups of 50 or More - The governor teamed with governors of New York and Connecticut to recommend the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.