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February 3, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

 2/3/2021 1:29 PM

Gov. Murphy said he will relax restrictions on restaurants starting Friday. Limits on many public gatherings will also be relaxed, including in gyms and entertainment venues. Paycheck Protection Program loans keep flowing.

Breaking News: Gov. Murphy to Relax Restrictions on Restaurants Starting Friday – Gov. Phil Murphy announced this morning that he will sign an executive order that will relax dining capacity restrictions for restaurants and lift the post-10 p.m. indoor dining ban. The move comes days before the Super Bowl, typically a booming business day for restaurants and bars. Beginning Friday, at 6 a.m., indoor dining capacity will increase to 35%, up from 25% of maximum capacity. (nj.com) 
Limits for Many Public Indoor Gatherings Will Also be Relaxed, including at Gyms and Entertainment Venues – Gov. Murphy also said New Jersey will increase the capacity limits for many public indoor gatherings – such as religious ceremonies or services, wedding ceremonies, political activities, and funerals – from 25% to 35%. The maximum number of people allowed at indoor gatherings will remain at 150. Gyms and indoor entertainment venues also will get 10% increases. The new restrictions go into effect on Friday at 6 a.m. (nj.com) 
Paycheck Protection Program Loans Keep Flowing – More than 20,000 New Jersey businesses have been approved for Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling more than $2 billion as of Feb. 1, the U.S. Small Business Administration reported. The average loan to New Jersey businesses and organizations is $100,220 – well above the national average of approximately $82,000. (ROI-NJ) 
COVID-19 Vaccines to be Given Out at Some N.J. Houses of Worship and Community Centers – Gov. Murphy said New Jersey will be expanding its COVID-19 vaccine distribution program to include some houses of worship and community centers. Murphy said the move will help New Jersey reach more people in communities of color. He said FEMA will help execute the plan. (nj.com)
Trenton Watch – See a list of some of the bills that the N.J. Chamber is monitoring – and where we stand on them – as they advance in the Legislature or move to the governor’s desk. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce) 
A Capitol Police Officer from New Jersey is Honored – President Biden joined congressional leaders and Capitol Police at the U.S. Capitol to honor Police Officer Brian Sicknick, of South River, who lost his life in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. His remains were brought to the U.S. Capitol Tuesday to lay in honor overnight. (nj.com)
Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon CEO and Become its Executive Chairman – Amazon is based in Seattle but it is New Jersey’s largest corporate employer, with more than 40,000 employees at 15 fulfillment centers and more than a dozen delivery stations. Bezos is a graduate of Princeton University. Bezos, who indicated the transition will come in the third quarter of this year, said the move will enable him to spend more time on Bezos Earth Fund, the Amazon Day 1 Fund, the Blue Origin spaceship company and the Washington Post. Andy Jassy, the current head of Amazon Web Services, will succeed him in the role of CEO. (ROI-NJ) 
Don't Have a Car? Here’s How to Get to a Vaccination Site – Here is information, produced by Rutgers University, on how to get to vaccination sites using NJ Transit. (Rutgers University) 
Looking at Employee Health Insurance for 2021? – N.J. Chamber of Commerce member companies can enroll in the Members Health Plan that gives you – and your employees – the power of a big employer when it comes to health insurance service and stability of rates. Find out how you can save.


N.J. Coronavirus Cases - New Jersey Residents
Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 19,506
Total Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported: 631,309
For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.
For data on vaccinations, click here.
* Resources From NJ Chamber of Commerce

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