Our Chamber office will begin working remotely as of Wednesday, March 17.
In cooperation with the guidelines and mandates, all Suburban Chamber of Commerce networking events have been postponed. We will not be hosting March Wine Down Wednesday, we have postponed our Hat Tavern event to April 22. We will also not hold our monthly First Friday Networking Breakfast in April, as of now we are planning on resuming May 1st. Both dates, of course, are in the hopes that our world returns back to normal soon! We will continue to follow guidelines and protocol as provided to us.
Our Annual “Tying The Communities Together” Awards Dinner has been postponed from our April 1st until this fall- we will be sending an email announcing the new date once all awardees are notified and agree on the proposed date.
I know you probably have been bombarded with information from many sources, sometimes hourly it seems, as the “rules” seem to change constantly. The State of New Jersey has established a special website devoted to business concerns during the coronavirus emergency. The site, cv.business.nj.gov, will be updated as new information becomes available. In addition, the New Jersey Business Action Center’s Helpline is now available from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm, seven days a week. Call 1-800-JERSEY-7 to address any concerns you or your employees have.
Our latest information received is this from Governor Murphy’s Office:
- All gatherings of persons in the State of New Jersey shall be limited to 50 persons or fewer, with limited exceptions;
- All public, private, and parochial preschool programs, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, will be closed beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and remain closed as long as the Order remains in effect;
- Institutions of higher education will cease all in-person instruction beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and shall cease such in-person instruction as long as the Order remains in effect;
- The Commissioner of Education shall continue working with each public, private and parochial school to ensure students are able to continue their education through appropriate home instruction;
- The Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Education shall take all necessary actions to ensure all students eligible for free or reduced meals will continue to receive the services necessary to meet nutritional needs during closures;
- All casinos, concert venues, nightclubs, racetracks, gyms, fitness centers and classes, movie theaters, and performing arts centers will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. and remain closed as long as the Order remains in effect;
- All other non-essential retail, recreational and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.; (Murphy added that not more than 50 people are to gather in an establishment at one time, and they must adhere to social distancing).
- All restaurant establishments, with or without a liquor or limited brewery license, are limited to offering delivery and/or take out-services only.
And while it is not a statewide curfew, Governor Murphy directed all residents to avoid non-essential travel between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., each day.
We are headed into difficult and uncharted times ahead. Please remember to try to support your local businesses as best you can. We are all in this together, and the Chamber is here to help as best we can. That being said, I am offering to send individual emails to our Membership with your Member business information, how you will be operating etc. Send me the information (in a jpeg if possible, it can then be added to our Facebook Page) with all the information you would like customers to know, hours, offerings, discounts on products or services, pickup/ delivery, website, email, Facebook, phone (whatever the best way for people to get your information).
Please continue to be safe and follow guidelines and precautions as provided.
Our Staff and Directors look forward to networking again soon!