Details on Non Essential Construction and Essential Retail safeguards

Clarification to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 122:

 1.   The physical operations of all non-essential construction projects shall cease at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10. “Essential construction projects” include the following:

  • Projects necessary for the delivery of health care services, including but not limited to hospitals, other health care facilities, and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.
  • Transportation projects, including roads, bridges, and mass transit facilities or physical infrastructure, including work done at airports or seaports.
  • Utility projects, including those necessary for energy and electricity production and transmission, and any decommissioning of facilities used for electricity generation.
  • Residential projects that are exclusively designated as affordable housing.
  • Projects involving pre-K-12 schools, including but not limited to projects in Schools Development Authority districts, and projects involving higher education facilities.
  • Projects already underway involving individual single-family homes, or an individual apartment unit where an individual already resides, with a construction crew of 5 or fewer individuals. This includes additions to single-family homes such as solar panels.
  • Projects already underway involving a residential unit for which a tenant or buyer has already entered into a legally binding agreement to occupy the unit by a certain date, and construction is necessary to ensure the unit’s availability by that date.
  • Projects involving facilities at which any one or more of the following takes place: the manufacture, distribution, storage, or servicing of goods or products that are sold by online retail businesses or essential retail businesses, as defined by Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and subsequent Administrative Orders adopted pursuant to that Order.
  • Projects involving data centers or facilities that are critical to a business’s ability to function.
  • Projects necessary for the delivery of essential social services, including homeless shelters.
  • Any project necessary to support law enforcement agencies or first responder units in their response to the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Any project that is ordered or contracted for by Federal, State, county, or municipal government, or any project that must be completed to meet a deadline established by the Federal government.
  • Any work on a non-essential construction project that is required to physically secure the site of the project, ensure the structural integrity of any buildings on the site, abate any hazards that would exist on the site if the construction were to remain in its current condition, remediate a site, or otherwise ensure that the site and any buildings therein are appropriately protected and safe during the suspension of the project.
  • Any emergency repairs necessary to ensure the health and safety of residents.

2.   Manufacturing businesses, warehousing businesses, and businesses engaged in essential construction projects must adopt policies that include, at minimum, the following requirements:

  • Prohibit non-essential visitors from entering the worksite;
  • Limit worksite meetings, inductions, and workgroups to groups of fewer than ten individuals;
  • Require individuals to maintain six feet or more distance between them wherever possible;
  • Stagger work start and stop times where practicable to limit the number of individuals entering and leaving the worksite concurrently;
  • Stagger lunch breaks and work times where practicable to enable operations to safely continue while utilizing the least number of individuals possible at the site;
  • Restrict the number of individuals who can access common areas, such as restrooms and breakrooms, concurrently;
  • Require workers and visitors to wear cloth face coverings, in accordance with CDC recommendations, while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or the individual is under two years of age, and require workers to wear gloves while on the premises. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings and gloves for their employees. If a visitor refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the business at the point of entry, then businesses must decline entry to the individual. Nothing in the stated policy should prevent workers or visitors from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other more protective face covering if the individual is already in possession of such equipment, or if the businesses is otherwise required to provide such worker with more protective equipment due to the nature of the work involved. Where an individual declines to wear a face covering on the premises due to a medical condition that inhibits such usage, neither the business nor its staff shall require the individual to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.
  • Require infection control practices, such as regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage and disposal;
  • Limit sharing of tools, equipment, and machinery;
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to workers and visitors; and
  • Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas like restrooms, breakrooms, equipment, and machinery.

3.   All essential retail businesses, warehousing businesses, manufacturing businesses, and businesses performing essential construction projects must also adopt policies that include, at minimum, the following requirements:

  • Immediately separate and send home workers who appear to have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 illness upon arrival at work or who become sick during the day; and
  • Promptly notify workers of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite, consistent with the confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and any other applicable laws;
  • Clean and disinfect the worksite in accordance with CDC guidelines when a worker at the site has been diagnosed with COVID-19 illness;
  • Continue to follow guidelines and directives issued by the New Jersey Department of Health, the CDC and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, as applicable, for maintaining a clean, safe and healthy work environment.

4.   Where a business is authorized to maintain in-person operations, owners of buildings used for commercial, industrial or other enterprises, including but not limited to facilities for warehousing, manufacturing, commercial offices, airports, grocery stores, universities, colleges, government, hotels, and residential buildings with at least 50 units, shall adopt policies that, at minimum, implement the following cleaning protocols in areas where operations are conducted:

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch areas routinely in accordance with CDC guidelines, particularly in spaces that are accessible to staff, customers, tenants, or other individuals, and ensure cleaning procedures following a known or potential exposure in a facility are in compliance with CDC recommendations;
  • Otherwise maintain cleaning procedures in all other areas of the facility; and
  • Ensure that the facility has a sufficient number of workers to perform the above protocols effectively and in a manner that ensures the safety of occupants, visitors, and workers.

5.   Essential retail businesses that are still permitted to operate under Executive Order No. 107 (2020) must adopt the following policies:

  • Limit occupancy at 50 percent of the stated maximum store capacity, if applicable, at one time;
  • Establish hours of operation, wherever possible, that permit access solely to high-risk individuals, as defined by the CDC;
  • Install a physical barrier, such as a shield guard, between customers and cashiers/baggers wherever feasible or otherwise ensure six feet of distance between those individuals, except at the moment of payment and/or exchange of goods;
  • Require infection control practices, such as regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage and disposal;
  • Provide employees break time for repeated handwashing throughout the workday;
  • Arrange for contactless pay options, pickup, and/or delivery of goods wherever feasible. Such policies shall, wherever possible, consider populations that do not have access to internet service;
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to staff and customers;
  • Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas like restrooms, credit card machines, keypads, counters and shopping carts;
  • Place conspicuous signage at entrances and throughout the store, if applicable, alerting staff and customers to the required six feet of physical distance;
  • Demarcate six feet of spacing in check-out lines to demonstrate appropriate spacing for social distancing;
  • Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age, and require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings and gloves for their employees. If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the business at the point of entry, then the business must decline entry to the individual, unless if the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business policy should provide alternate methods of pickup and/or delivery of such goods. Nothing in the stated policy should prevent workers or customers from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other more protective face covering if the individual is already in possession of such equipment, or if the business is otherwise required to provide such worker with more protective equipment due to the nature of the work involved. Where an individual declines to wear a face covering on store premises due to a medical condition that inhibits such usage, neither the essential retail business nor its staff shall require the individual to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition. 

Play by Play Week Three: Reopening Safely


Let us know about your reopening plans! Fill out the Reopening Form below!

Step 1: Communicating with Employees

There are rules, and there are rules. Every business may have its own program in mind for safety guidelines. Posting signage to remind employees of what your management team is expecting. Every business has the obligation to keep their staff informed of their responsibilities to keep the workplace safe. See Internal Signage Download options in Step 3.

Step 2: Alerting Patrons, Clients and Guests

Welcome all who enter with what they need to know before they get inside or at curbside. Post easy to read signs with clear directions on policies, maximum capacity, or payment process. See Visitor Signage Downloads in Step 3.

Step 3: Signage

These signs are to provide guidance to help you enforce your reopening plan and stay in compliance with local and state orders. Please review and print as needed.

Printable Signs:

  • Face Mask
  • Max capacity
  • 6 feet apart
  • Practice social distance
  • Please wait here

Customizable Signs:

  • Our Curbside Pick up Policy
  • Our Check-Out Policy
  • Our COVID 19 Safety Policy (for Public)
  • Our COVID 19 Safety Policy (for Staff)
  • Please remember to (for Staff)

Play By Play Week Two: Making A Clean Restart

PLAY BY PLAY – WEEK TWO: Making a Clean Restart

STEP 1: Sending a healthy message

Tourism trends for this summer are making both employees and patrons feel comfortable and confident. We will be sharing our community safety messages from our local EMS and municipalities as the news of reopening is confirmed along with up to date beach and town ordinances on how we as a destination is responding to putting community health into all we do.

Our paid advertising will be driving visitors to our visitLBIregion website and social media channels will be refreshing what information is available or has changed. This week we are referencing key statewide recommended reopening lists for you to evaluate with your own needs:

STEP 2: Access To Supplies

All the plans and checklist revolve around providing additional sanitizing stations and personal use items. Does your workplace have needed items? 

There is interest in our chamber coordinating a Hand Sanitizer/Cleaning product preferred pricing directory for our members can have access to products. We are looking to gauge interest, please fill out the Week 2 Survey below.

Providing patron and employee access to sanitizer products should be part of every reopening plan.

STEP 3: Reopening the workplace for staff

Best practice when businesses may begin to reopen for offices and workspaces have been considered. Below are some suggestions on how to share new policies and prepare our staff for a new return to work

1. Return to Work Guide list:

Crafting emails, signage and digital workbook:

  • What you are doing to help keep the workplace safe and to support you- health protocols including masks, work schedule, business plan, social distancing measures.
  • What new policies you expect to implement to help keep the workplace safe: remote work options, proper handwashing, social distancing, and fewer in-person meetings.

2. Review and Update Current Sick Leave and PTO Policy with your HR professional or advisor.

3. Health and Safety Guidelines- consider several levels of screening to ensure a safe workplace— self-screening, coworkers’ observations at work, and employer monitoring of symptoms.

Self-monitoring: Discuss with HR
Employer monitoring: Employers have the authority to set up a monitoring station at the entrance.

Workplace Guidelines:

  • Maintain 6 feet apart from other individuals
  • Supply employees with proper gloves and facemasks, especially if social distancing is not an option
  • Routinely disinfect high-touch surfaces
  • If possible, implement one-way walking paths
  • Respect others and maintain an understanding of one another’s’ issues.
  • If the timeclock requires touching by hands, provide sanitizing wipes, and employees must wipe down after touching.
  • Having policies in place for employers and employees to follow is important:
  • Self-Screening at home
  • Monitoring of symptoms (including fever) by an employee

Play By Play Week One: Getting Prepped

Get involved in the campaign

We are with you play by play this summer, with new chapters being written to keep our campaign relevant and your feedback going. Get on board with our first play of the season.

Understanding that Federal and State Guidelines will play an important role in consumer confidence. We will be launching our REFRESH 2020 campaign that prioritizes our Welcome messaging to all consumers.  As both personally and professionally we move through the various phases of reopening, this initiative will allow us the opportunity to encourage those who live, invest and visit our community to reconnect with us.

Our goal is to capture the conversation that allows us to bring our destination and unique assets to returning and new consumers. This integrated marketing approach that includes  visual and vibrant resource material that will be tied into larger networks that will allow us to compete effectively in the summer travel marketplace and into 2021.


STEP 1: Review Best Practices For Consumers

Prepare and Keep your Patrons Safe

While reopening regulations have not been set, use this time to view best practices that are in line within current  CDC Guidelines and state ordinances, here are the most common social distancing ideas that are fueling reopening in resort areas:

  • Tape marking of 6 feet apart in service, attraction and pick up queues
  • Staff to regularly wipe down surfaces in timed intervals
  • Allowing vulnerable staff to work remotely or in a restricted exposure capacity
  • All employees required to wear facemasks
  • Hand sanitizer at each at entry/exit
  • Temperature checks for staff prior to shift (temp above 100.4 must not enter premises)
  • Wipe down of all railing and door surfaces regularly
  • Contactless Check-in
  • Seamless order and pick up/delivery system
  • Electronic Check-Out
  • Self-Parking
  • No Wait Scheduling for on-premises activity
  • Phase 1:  recommends 50% capacity
  • Phase 2: recommends 75% capacity

STEP 2: Identify Your Business Preliminary Plans 

We interact with consumers on various levels, from social media to direct conversation. Our marketing efforts will rely on knowing the answers about your business.How have you adapted social distancing? Please submit your completed survey below.

STEP 3: Going Digital With The Details 

Prepare for the upcoming launch of our new blog and consumer-centric website, as well as branded Summer Refresh Campaign on all social platforms, digitally promoted at all Tri State Travel Plazas and live linked to various travel site banner ads throughout the summer and fall. This year is all about the details. Consumers will be looking for details, so there are no surprises regarding policies and procedures from shopping, dining, check-in practices, and services. Our ongoing campaign will be focused on providing information to help keep comfort zones in place.

Spanish in the Workplace Workshop Feb 13

Local businesses have the opportunity to attend a free program presented by Ocean County College at our second floor conference center at 265 W Ninth Street Ship Bottom on Thursday Feb 13 from 9am to noon. Created to assist non Spanish speakers to communicate effectively with Spanish speaking staff and customers and will engage participants in different activities.

The session will provide basic skills to assist in everyday routine work environments. It will also give information about additional business services and classes available to those looking to bring this program directly to their workplace at no cost. The Southern Ocean Chamber is dedicated to providing programs that will benefit those doing business in the Long Beach Island Region.

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is offering this free program through Ocean County College, which includes instruction and Chocolate Week inspired refreshments. To attend, interested business people must RSVP to the chamber office at 609 494 7211 or by emailing [email protected] . As always, our members get priority seating.

Join us Feb 25 for a Designing Women in Business

Feb 25- Women in Business Roundtable – 10am Join us at Cindy Kelly Kitchen Design at 325 9th Street Schooner Wharf Beach Haven to learn all about design from kitchen trends with Cindy Kelly to the importance of branding with Swing Graphic’s Dawn Simon both presenting for a morning of discussion, networking and refreshments.

Cindy Kelly is committed to creating beautiful spaces, providing over 20 experience in the design industry, specializing in kitchen and bath. Dawn Simon is co owner of Swing Graphics working as a fine artists and graphic designer.

This popular series is part of our Open for Business program and was designed for women doing business in our community at all chapters of their career.

Free with RSVP to Chamber office [email protected] or by calling 609 494 7211

Feb 26- Winter Non Profit Forum

Calling all Non Profits! Join us for this informative, need to know session! Happening Feb 26 at 10am Stockton Manahawkin Campus 712 East Bay Avenue.

Non Profits can benefit from latest tips, regulation rule changes and resources needed to keep their organization in compliance. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce brings their next Non Profit forum on Wednesday, February 26 to Stockton Manahawkin Campus located at 712 East Bay Avenue. Beginning at 10am, this free presentation includes networking, program and refreshments. These forums were created over a decade ago to provide local non profit groups with collaborative connections and current information.

In time for tax season, this presentation will help local organizations learn how to educate donors and understand the latest challenges for charities as Frank F. Monetti, CPA, MAcct of MonettiStandard PC brings his expertise on non profit sustainability. The session will walk you through new tools available as well as traps that non profits must avoid.

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Stockton University Manahawkin Campus on these informative series; as well as Ocean County Culture and Heritage. All groups who receive grants from Ocean County Culture and Heritage will receive credits for attending. Join us for this informative, need to know session. Free with RSVP to Chamber Office. [email protected] or 609 494 7211.

Innovate and Caffeinate March 11 features Homeland Cyber Security

We invite those doing business in the Long Beach Island Region to take part in understanding current threats and solutions to mobile and office operations. Theresa Misuraca, Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst with the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) will be the keynote for the organization’s Wednesday, March 11 Innovate & Caffeinate Breakfast meeting held at the Mainland Manahawkin Conference Room.
Theresa is noted for security and IT infrastructure operations and management, and will present an overview of top challenges, best practices and a clear understanding of the risk that personal and professional data face in cyberspace. In addition to the program, the keynote will make time for Q&A. Misuraca has merged the fields of technology and criminal justice with attaining a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice (Forensic Computer Investigation) from the University of New Haven. She also holds CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) certification, GCFE (GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner) certification, and multiple IT certifications. Theresa serves on the ISACA New Jersey Chapter Board of Directors.

The meeting will also include upcoming chamber campaigns and programs, buffet breakfast and networking. The cost is $25 with RSVP or $30 at the door. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609 494 7211, email [email protected] , sign up online at or stop into their visitor center at 265 West Ninth St in Ship Bottom. Stay connected during the chamber’s 106th year by following on social as @southernoceanchamber or @LBIregion.

Listen to the interview with Mike Geraghty, Director of the NJ Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell on WBNJ’s LBI Region Report Radio Show.

Delightfully Virtual Women in Business held April 7

With COVID-19 restrictions, the Southern Ocean County Chamber is keeping close to their members regarding programming and relief updates. The business organization also recognizes the need to connect even if they cannot do it in person. The chamber has rescheduled their next Women in Business Roundtable to become a virtual event for April 7. The meetings will be co hosted by Natercia Clanton of Delights Artisan Café in Barnegat, as well as Chamber staff Lori Pepenella, Kate Krier and Samantha Cisternas. Blending a traditional morning meeting, members can log on for discussion and updates. This popular series is part of the Open for Business program and was designed for women doing business in our community at all chapters of their career.

Delights Artisan Café is a unique coffee house and tea room is the heart of Barnegat. Under restrictions, it is offering delivery, take out and catering that highlight quality teas, gourmet coffees and espresso based drinks, delicious baked goods, breakfast and lunch items, and desserts.

There is no fee to attend, however online attendance is limited to current Southern Ocean County Chamber members. RSVP to [email protected] for more information.

Non-Profit Grant Maker Information Resources

The Community Foundation of New Jersey is partnering with First Lady Tammy Murphy and other civic leaders to host the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.

The Community Foundation of South Jersey established the South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund.

For nonprofits concerned about violating their own bylaws, this bill passed 4/13 and moved to Governor for signature. S2342/A3915 – permits nonprofit corporations to allow members to participate in meetings by way of remote communication, and permits nonprofit corporations to hold meetings in part or solely by means of remote communication during state of emergency.

Download the PDF for the loans available for non-profits in the CARES Act.