HAWTHORNE, NJ - June 15 marks the commencement of Phase 2 for non-essential business re-openings and guidance for Hawthorne businesses has been provided by the Borough of Hawthorne on the municipal website.
"This past Saturday I walked around Hawthorne and passed along a packet to businesses helping them with navigating the processes and guidelines," Councilman Mike Sciarra told TAPinto Hawthorne.
Sciarra said that a wealth of information was available for Hawthorne businesses with respect to COVID-19 related issues, and said those interested should go to the borough website's COVID-19 section.
According to Sciarra, the packet given out included a letter from the Mayor, a print-out of the borough's coronavirus website section "where businesses can find all the information they need to begin reopening their business" as well as a copy of a Chamber of Commerce brochure.
Publicly available information includes:
- Health guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting
- PPE resources
- State executive orders
- County resources
- NJEDA COVID-19 Economic Response Package Second Round Grant Application
A copy of Mayor Goldberg's letter from June 12 is provided here:
To Our Business Community:
As you may have heard, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 150 last week which permits the reopening of brick-and-mortar premises of non-essential retail businesses, provided that such businesses adopt policies that include, at minimum, the requirements that were applied to essential retail businesses in Executive Order 122. The rules for non-essential retail are the same as for essential retail. Patrons must wear masks, aisles should be one-way, check-out spaces should be marked, occupancy is limited to 50% capacity and protective shields need to be installed at cashier stations. This is effective 6:00 am on Monday, June 15, 2020. We have all, unfortunately, become all too familiar with these measures but they remain important.
Employees must be checked daily for illness including temperature testing. They must wear masks and gloves. They must be sent home if showing signs of illness. There must be a hand-sanitizing station for patrons. There must be signs placed reminding patrons that if they are sick, they may not enter, and they must adhere to social distancing.
As your Mayor, I am committed to the success of our local businesses. You are our friends and our neighbors. You are an essential part of our community. I have instructed our staff to make every effort to accommodate your efforts to reopen. I have instructed them to consider relaxing local standards where needed and where safely.
We entered this difficult time together and we will emerge from it together. While the Municipal Building is closed to visitors, my door, at least my virtual door, remains open. I can be reached by phone and email and pledge to do what I can to help you reopen.
Mayor Richard S. Goldberg
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