NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto New Providence is here to be the source the community relies upon to get the most up-to-date information. More than ever, we are here for the community -- providing boots on the ground coverage of the latest legislature passing on the local, county and state level.

As restrictions have 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 [most are providing take-out service]; 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.

COVID-19 Resources and Updates

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  • The New Providence Borough 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. Visit: www.njcovid
  • Businesses, Click here to update us on your new hours of operations and how customers can support you during this time of crisis. We will publish press release and include you in our Business Chatter column.
  • Treasury Secretary announced 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
    • 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
  • Effective on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 9:00 p.m., the new standards for businesses are: (Thank you New Providence Business for supplying this information.)
    • Gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled unless explicitly authorized by Executive Order 107 (CDC guidance defines a gathering to include conferences, large meetings, parties, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies).

    • Non-essential retail businesses must close storefront and/or brick-and-mortar premises operations until further notice.

    • All recreational and entertainment businesses must close to the public, including: Casinos; Racetracks; Gyms and fitness centers;  Entertainment centers (movie theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, and nightclubs)  Indoor portions of retail shopping malls and places of public amusement.

    • Please note that business may continue any on-line operations.

    •  Personal-care businesses that by their very nature result in noncompliance with social distance must remain closed, including: Barbershops; Hair salons; Spas; Nail and eyelash salons; Tattoo parlors; Massage parlors; Tanning salons; Public and private social clubs.

    • Bars and restaurants in New Jersey must be closed for on-premise service. They  may provide take-out and delivery service only. Drive-throughs, take-out, and delivery offered by restaurants, and other delivery services can continue to operate.

    • Certain essential businesses and facilities are considered exempt from these closures: Grocery stores; Pharmacies; Medical marijuana dispensaries; Medical supply stores;  Gas stations; Convenience stores; Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities; Hardware and home improvement stores; Vehicle rental locations;  Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions; Laundromats and dry-cleaning services; Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years; Pet stores and veterinary service locations;  Car dealerships (**only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics**); Printing and office supply shops; Mail and delivery stores;  Liquor stores.

    • All businesses or non-profits must accommodate their workforce for telework or work from home arrangements wherever practicable.

    • To the extent businesses have employees who need to be on-site, they should operate with the minimal number of on-site employees as possible. That includes: Cashiers or store clerks; Construction workers, utility workers, or repair workers; Warehouse workers; Lab researchers; IT maintenance workers; Janitorial and custodial staff; Certain administrative staff

    • Manufacturing, industrial, logistics, ports, heavy construction, shipping, food production, food delivery, and other commercial operations may continue operating, but should limit staff on-site to the minimal number for continuing essential operations.

    • Medical facilities may continue to operate, including any facility where a sick or injured person is given care or treatment, such as: Doctor's offices; Hospitals; Dentist offices; Long-term care facilities; Other medical offices.

    • Employees reporting to work are permitted to travel to and from their place of business.

    • Businesses are encouraged to give each employee a letter indicating that the employee works in an industry permitted to continue operation.

Email Bobbie Peer at bpeer@tapinto.net.