I hope this email finds you healthy and well. The spread of the novel Coronavirus is a crisis unlike the state and nation has ever faced before. This is a fluid situation and I am working around the clock advocating for our residents and small businesses.
This week’s total number of cases has reached: 890, we must not underestimate the severity of this situation. Of that number, the total number of cases in Hudson County has reached: 64.
Together, through collective effort, we can slow the spread of the virus and come out of this crisis better than before.
Please stay home!
Remember to wash your hands!
Practice social distancing and self quarantine if necessary!
Below is a list of resources relevant to Bayonne, Jersey City, and Statewide. Feel free to reach out to my office by calling 201-471-2347 or emailing [email protected].
- Jersey City has established special hours for grocery shopping for the frail, people with special needs, pregnant women, and Senior
- Bayonne's Public Schools will be closed through April 20th .
- Bayonne Student Meals information for the upcoming week (Monday, March 23rd & Thursday, March 26th)
- If you believe you are sick with the novel Coronavirus, please call the 24 hour hotline currently operated by the state of New Jersey 1-800-222-1222, or the Jersey City Hotline 201-547-5208. Bayonne 24-hour COVID-19 Hotline for our Senior Community is 2018586105 and 24- hour Bayonne COVID-19 General resident line is 2018586705.
- Restaurants statewide are limited to take out and delivery
- The following non-essential businesses have been closed indefinitely
- Gyms and fitness centers and classes
- Indoor malls and amusement parks
- Entertainment centers, including but not limited to, movie theaters, performing arts centers, other concert venues, and nightclubs.
- Barber Shops, Hair Salons, Nail Salons, Spas, Tattoo Parlors, Eyelash/Threading Salons
- Parking meters, Pay Stations (lots), and Residential Zone Regulations are suspended
- Other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m..
- If you are in quarantine with an abuser there are resources to help you. Periods of isolation can lead to increases in abuse, dial either hotline below to be connected with resources:
- New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline 1 (800) 572-SAFE (7233)
- New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) Hotline 1 (800) 601-7200
- Senator Menendez has this week introduced legislation that would help small businesses recover from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
- “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and society and we must work to protect the owners and their employees,” said Sen. Menendez. “It’s unfortunate that we must take these aggressive measures of social distancing but it’s the only way we can flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. This bill would provide much needed relief and financial stability to the mom and pop shops along our country’s Main Streets. From the restaurants in Hoboken’s bustling downtown to the novelty stores along Ocean City’s boardwalk, we must ensure these businesses have the resources to recover from this economic downturn.”
- Under the “Small Business Relief from Communicable Disease Induced Economic Hardship Act”, small businesses would be able to access up $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses. Under current law, EIDLs are only available to businesses that are located in a declared disaster area and the spread of a communicable disease is not considered a disaster. Additionally, the bill specifies that the loans would be interest free.
- The bill would allow small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak to take advantage of EIDLs by:
- Expanding the definition of a disaster to include a communicable disease, such as COVID-19, for which the federal government has issued a travel alert or warning,
- Adding a triggering event for which the EIDL may be used and;
- Makes the EIDL loans interest free.
- Senator Menendez also introduced the Municipal Bonds Emergency Relief Act (MBERA), which would allow the Federal Reserve to buy municipal debt to help local and state governments finance the delivery of key public services due to the COVID-19 health emergency. In the past week, borrowing costs for municipalities have skyrocketed, making it more difficult to finance the coronavirus response.
- “States and localities are on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 and need assistance from the federal government to be able to finance the increasing costs of the response to this health emergency,” said Sen. Menendez. “The Municipal Bonds Emergency Relief Act would do that by allowing the Federal Reserve to provide support to state and local governments for this crisis and similar future emergencies.”
- The MBERA would amend Section 14(b) of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 355) to allow the Federal Reserve to buy municipal bonds under unusual and exigent circumstances.
The Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families, Paul Aronsohn does fantastic work and can be a valuable resource for you and your families!