NEW JERSEY — On Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy provided a pair of coronavirus updates related to travel and small business aid.
New Jersey’s travel advisory list has grown to 36 locations — the newest including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Illinois, Kentucky, and Minnesota.
Anyone considering a trip to any of those areas, or on their way back to an NJ airport, are advised to stay indoors for return days if they’re landing in the Garden State.
The state’s listed (more of which are available below) have had noteworthy spikes in cases, officials said.
“New Jersey’s restart and recovery process relies on our collective effort and commitment to beating COVID-19 and driving down rates of transmission across our state,” said Murphy. “Individuals traveling from these states must remain vigilant in their actions and proactively get a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine to prevent additional outbreaks from spreading throughout New Jersey.”
In New Jersey, an additional 24 coronavirus deaths and 565 new positive cases were announced Tuesday afternoon. That brings the total to 180,295 known cases and 15,825 deaths.
More aid for small businesses
Small business hit by the pandemic will have access to an additional $15 million in CARES Act funds, Murphy said Tuesday.
“COVID-19 is first and foremost a health crisis, but also a severe economic crisis, and nowhere is that more evident than in the State’s small business community,” said Governor Murphy. “Throughout this crisis, small business owners have worked incredibly hard to adapt and protect public health while supporting their employees and families. We are committed to ensuring New Jersey’s vibrant small business community weathers this storm and emerges stronger. The additional funding announced today will support businesses as they continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’ we are living with now and lay the groundwork for a speedy and complete recovery.”
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is currently also dispersing $100 million through various COVID-19 relief programs.
The NJEDA initially began helping local economies through $10 million it announced in April - making up to $5,000 grants available to restaurants and in-person retail establishments,
Business owners with no more than 25 employees are eligible for a grant of up to $10,000. More than 10,600 businesses have been approved for grants totaling more than $44 million, state officials said.
“Supporting small businesses has been the centerpiece of the NJEDA’s COVID-19 response efforts. We are committed to doing all we can to help them adapt to the challenges posed by COVID-19 and prepare for a strong recovery,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Using additional CARES Act funding to expand our programs will provide much-needed relief for businesses who have been struggling and for employees whose jobs have been at risk.”
A video of the governor and others addressing the programs at A-List Hair Studio in North Brunswick can be viewed here.
As of Tuesday, the list of states on the state’s travel advisory include:
- District of Columbia
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina