We at Borough Hall understand that this pandemic is affecting our local businesses. We have compiled a list of resources to help out some of our local business owners (Please see this update to see if your business is considered essential). We will remain in contact with health care professionals to determine any and all actions moving forward and will update the community accordingly. Remember to practice proper hygiene and safe social distancing (6 feet!)
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, are permitted to operate their normal business hours, but are limited to offering only food delivery and/or take-out services in accordance with their existing liquor licenses. If alcoholic beverages are to be sold from a restaurant, dining establishment or bar with a liquor license, such sales shall be limited to original containers sold from the principal public barroom. The on-premises consumption of alcohol is prohibited. All retail sales of alcoholic beverages by limited brewery licensees, restricted brewery licensees, plenary and farm winery licensees (and associated salesrooms), craft distillery licensees and cidery and meadery licensees must be in original containers and must be sold through customer pick up and/or delivered by licensees in accordance with their existing licenses.
Gloucester County is Open for Business
During these unprecedented times, we want to assure our community that Gloucester County small businesses are still here and available. The County has launched a new program that will allow local business to input their name, location, website, business type, hour of operations and any take out, curbside pickup or delivery options they have available for the public. We call this dashboard Gloucester County is Open for Business. Please visit the site, and add your business and the accompanying information. We want your business to be involved. If you need any help please contact Gloucester County Department of Economic Development at 856-384-6930.
Small Business Loans (EIDL)/Unemployment
The State of New Jersey (Click link for State's information hub) has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a declared disaster state for COVID-19. Small businesses can now start to apply for Disaster Loans on SBA’s website. The SBA has funded new release programs as well. Please visit the following page covid19relief.sba.gov for more information or here to learn about the EIDL. The New Jersey Department of Labor has released more resources regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Work-related questions and answers regarding COVID-19 can be found by visiting www.nj.gov/labor/covid. To file and unemployment claim please go online or call Unemployment Insurance at contact information below:
- South New Jersey: 856-507-2340
- Out-of-state claims: 888-795-6672 (you must call from a phone with an out-of-state area code)
- Website: https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority have prepared a flyer noting all the economic relief resources they have. The initiatives are for small businesses, mid-size business and startups or other early-stage companies who are looking for financial stability and revitalization. Please visit cv.business.nj.gov for detailed information and eligibility requirements for the new programs.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities! Please see the attached flyer for more information. (Overview, Fact Sheet, Application)
Program Eligibility Wizard
The NJEDA wants to make it easy for organizations to understand what support programs are available to you to help stabilize your operations and get back on a pathway to growth. Here (https://assistance.business.nj.gov/) you can find beta version of the Eligibility Wizard that focuses on newly announced State Emergency Assistance programs and the SBA disaster loan program. It will be updated regularly as new federal, state, local, and philanthropic programs become available.
Self-Employed Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
We know the unemployment process can be overwhelming. The Department of Labor created a new web portal that allows New Jersey residents to contact the Department of Labor directly. This is a helpful tool for residents who have questions about their applications. To submit a message, residents must go to www.myunemployment.nj.gov and follow the instructions below:
- On the top navigation, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop down menu
- Choose "Send an Email"
- Choose Email: Submit a message through our new online form.
- Follow the prompts