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5/15/2020 NJ Update COVID-19 Important Updates!!! NJ Relaxing Some Regulations

By Blair C. Lane, Sr.
Earp Cohn P.C.
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Ready to Hit the Beach or Boardwalk?
What You Need to Know

As the situation evolves, I want to ensure that you that I am here to assist you with any legal matter or questions you may have.

As the coronavirus situation continues to play out, I want to assure you that my law firm, Earp Cohn, P.C., is fully functional and continuing to advocate for you.

I remain available to speak with you by telephone, or to correspond with you by email, should feel free to contact us.

Our receptionist continues to answer the firm’s main lines personally from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can always reach me on my cell phone.

Important NJ Updates and Executive Orders:

Ready to hit the Boardwalk and beaches? Here are a few points you need to know and what the towns are required to do:

Impose non-discriminatory capacity restrictions including, but not limited to: Limiting the number of available seasonal and daily beach tags;

Require that members of the public practice social distancing while present at all public and private beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lake shores, including staying six feet apart whenever practicable, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.

Remove, tape-off, or otherwise block access to all benches and tables to discourage gatherings;

Prohibit the tying together or “rafting up” of boats to discourage group gatherings;

Prohibit impermissible gatherings of individuals, including special events such as festivals, concerts, fireworks, and movies,

Limit occupancy in public restrooms that remain open to avoid over-crowding and maintain social distancing

All employees and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when present on the public and private beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lake shores in any settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age,

All restaurants, cafeterias, dining establishments, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, all bars, and all other holders of a liquor license with retail consumption privileges located on the public and private beaches, boardwalks, and lake shores, including concessions, snack bars, and food trucks, shall remain limited to offering only food delivery and/or take-out services

Amusement parks and arcades, as well as other places of public amusement located on the public and private beaches, boardwalks, and lake shores, shall remain closed

The restrictions shall also apply to all public piers, docks, wharfs, boat ramps, and boat landings throughout the State,

5/14/2020 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing Beaches, Boardwalks, Lakes, and Lakeshores to Remain Open with Social Distancing Measures in Place

5/13/2020 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order #142 Permitting Resumption of Non-Essential Construction, Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses, and Gatherings in Cars

5/6/202 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order #138 Extending Public Health Emergency in New Jersey

5/1/2020 Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 135, suspending in-person requirements for receipt of a marriage license and marriage ceremonies, and for the receipt of working papers for minors.

4/29/2020 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order #133 Reopening State Parks and Golf Courses

4/28/2020 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order #130 Allowing Municipalities to Extend Grace Period for May 1st Property Tax Payments until June 1st

4/27/2020 Governor Murphy Announces “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health”

4/27/2020 NJ The Road Back Road Map

4/24/2020 Tenants can use and Landlords can accept and apply security deposits toward the payment of rent in a residential unit – click below

4/24/2020 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order #128 Providing Critical Short-Term Support for Renters

4/14/2020 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order #127 Extending Certain Deadlines Associated with Rulemaking

No cable or telecommunications provider that provides residential internet and voice services to New Jersey residents shall terminate such internet and voice service due to nonpayment – click below

4/13/2020 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order #126 Prohibiting Cable and Telecommunications Providers from Terminating Internet and Voice Service

4/11/2020 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order #125 to Implement Additional Mitigation Requirements on NJ TRANSIT, Private Carriers, and Restaurants to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

4/10/2020 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order #124 to Establish a Process to Grant Temporary Reprieve to Certain At-Risk Inmates

4/9/2002 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order #123 Extending Insurance Premium Grace Periods

4/8/20 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order #122 to Cease All Non-Essential Construction Projects and Imposes Additional Mitigation Requirements on Essential Retail Businesses and Industries to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

Read NJ Executive Order 122 Does Your Business have to shut down or modify operations?

4/7/20 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Closing State and County Parks to Further Social Distancing

4/4/20 Governor Murphy and Superintendent Callahan Authorize Municipalities and Counties to Restrict Short-Term Rentals

4/2/20 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Authorizing Commandeering of Property Such as Medical Supplies

3/30/20 AG Announces New Rules to Protect Elderly and Disabled New Jerseyans During COVID-19 Pandemic

3/28/20 Governor Murphy Announces Mortgage Payment Relief, Financial Protections for New Jerseyans Facing Economic Hardship as a Result of COVID-19

3/28/20 Governor Murphy Announces New Funding Sources to Assist Health Care Providers with COVID-19-Related Expenses

3/26/20 NJEDA Announces New Initiatives to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

3/25/20 Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Modify Family Leave and Disability Benefits In Response to COVID-19

3/25/20 Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Requiring Child Care Centers Close on April 1 Unless Serving Children of Essential Workers

3/24/20 Governor Murphy Announces Additions to Essential Retail Businesses Permitted to Operate

3/24/20 New Jersey Launches Job Portal to Connect Out-of-Work Residents to Opportunities in Critical Industries

Important Announcements:

New Jersey tax filing deadline is extended from April 15th to July 15th to match the Federal Tax Deadline

PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS MAY BE DELAYED – Any governing body of a municipality with a calendar year budget cycle may adopt a resolution instituting a grace period concluding on a date no later than June 1, 2020 for the payment of second-quarter property taxes – click below

Our nation’s small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.

Beginning Friday, April 3, 2020, small businesses, including nonprofits and sole proprietorships, can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and certain other expenses through existing SBA lenders. 

Starting Friday, April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders. 

See important Federal Links below

Contact me if you or your company need assistance in applying for funds available under the CARES Act.

Important Links

Federal Government

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Assistance for Small Businesses


Centers for Disease Control CDC

US Department of Treasury

New Jersey

Office of the Governor – NJ

NJ Department of Health

How do Executive Orders No. 107 and 108 on closures and social distancing affect my business?

I’m not sure if my business needs to close or not due to the NJ’s COVID-19 directives—what additional information or guidance is there?

If I have immediate staffing needs, can the State help me find workers?

What financial assistance is available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)?

What should I do if an employee becomes sick or tests positive for COVID-19?

What are my obligations to employees regarding telework and other situations that arise from the outbreak?


Office of the Governor – PA

Pennsylvania Resources

The general information contained herein is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances.

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