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The latest on the COVID-19 outbreak

It is important to PIA that you are updated on developments pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak regularly.

To find the latest information about COVID-19, please review this news posting daily. Postings include topics such as:

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General Information

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Latest news about COVID-19 in New Jersey:

Business & Development:

July 6: U.S. Census Bureau Small Business Pulse Survey (updated weekly)

June 30: Governor signs Bare Bones State Spending Plan into law for extended fiscal year to help weather continued fallout from COVID-19

June 29: Gov. Murphy signs executive order temporarily pausing the resumption of indoor dining

June 26: Gov. Murphy signs executive order establishing rules for indoor dining, indoor recreational facilities and individualized instruction at gyms and fitness centers

June 26: Gov. Murphy signs legislation to limit excessive third-party delivery service fees during COVID-19 state of emergencies

June 22: Gov. Murphy announces increased indoor and outdoor gathering capacity limits

June 18: Murphy and Superintendent Callahan announce indoor portions of retail shopping malls may reopen on June 29

June 14: Gov. Murphy and Superintendent Callahan announce curbside pickup at libraries and clarifications regarding certain business activities

June 13: Gov. Murphy signs executive order allowing personal care service facilities to open effective June 22

June 11: Survey finds business owners eager to reopen, but concerned about consumer confidence

June 10: Guidance released for nonessential retail to reopen to the public

June 9: Gov. Murphy signs executive orders lifting limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings, opening pools effective June 22, and opening additional outdoor recreational businesses

June 5: Paycheck Protection Program requirements amended

June 4: Applications for $45 million NJEDA grant program to open June 9

June 3: Gov. Murphy announces outdoor dining protocols and process to expand premises for liquor license holders

June 1: Gov. Murphy announces New Jersey to enter stage two of restart and recovery on June 15

May 30: Gov. Murphy signs executive order allowing resumption of child care services, youth day camps, and organized sports over the

May 28: Gov. Murphy signs legislation temporarily extending deadlines for property tax appeals and decisions

May 22: NJEDA announces $50 million expansion of grant program for businesses impacted by COVID-19

May 21: Murphy administration outlines COVID-19 guidance for seasonal farm workers and employers

May 19: Gov. Murphy and Superintendent Callahan announce administrative order authorizing in-person sales at car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, boat dealerships and bike shops

May 18: Gov. Murphy unveils multi-stage approach to execute a responsible and strategic restart of New Jersey’s economy

May 18: Gov. Murphy signs executive order allowing certain outdoor recreational businesses and community gardens to open with social distancing measures in place

May 16: Gov. Murphy signs executive order to reopen charter fishing and watercraft rental businesses

May 6: Gov. Murphy extends stay-at-home order for another 30 days

May 6: Gov. Murphy and Superintendent Callahan announce clarifications on recreational and entertainment activity at essential retail businesses and schools

May 4: Gov. Murphy signs executive order to recognize new fiscal realities due to COVID-19 pandemic

April 24: Gov. Murphy signs executive order providing critical short-term support for renters

April 19: Gov. Murphy, Gov. Cuomo, Gov. Lamont, Gov. Wolf, Gov. Carney, Gov. Raimondo and Gov. Baker announce appointees to multi-state council to get people back to work and restore the economy

April 18: Amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Murphy, Gov. Cuomo, Gov. Lamont announce alignment of state policies for marinas and boatyards

April 16: Gov. Murphy announces suspension of rent increases at all NJHMFA-regulated properties

April 14: Gov. Murphy signs legislation to expand family leave protections during COVID-19 outbreak

April 11: Gov. Murphy signs executive order to implement additional mitigation requirements on N.J. transit, private carriers, and restaurants to limit the spread of COVID-19

April 8: Gov. Murphy signs executive order to cease all nonessential construction projects and imposes additional mitigation requirements on essential retail businesses and industries to limit the spread of COVID-19

April 4: Gov. Murphy and Superintendent Callahan authorize municipalities and counties to restrict short-term rentals

April 3: New Jersey businesses may apply for additional support through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

April 2: Looking for more information on paid medical, family and sick leave? PIA members can access QS91012FFCRA paid medical and family leave, and QS91013Additional information about paid medical, family and sick leave questions in the PIA QuickSource library.

April 2: Start applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan Friday, April 3

April 1: NJEDA relief programs for small- to mid-sized businesses

April 1: How to prepare for an SBA Paycheck Protection Program loan

April 1: N.J. labor department urges businesses to keep employees on the payroll through COVID-19

April 1: Questions remain about whether Gov. Murphy will delay primary, use mail-in balloting

March 27: President signs federal stimulus package; includes loans for small businesses

March 26: NJEDA announces new initiatives to support businesses impacted by COVID-19

March 26: Gov. Murphy signs legislation to prohibit employers from terminating or refusing to reinstate an employee who misses work due to an infectious disease

March 26: Oxford United offers resources for you and your clients about COVID-19: Employer FAQ and Broker FAQ and UHC COVID-19 updates.

March 26: Who qualifies for paid leave under the new coronavirus law

March 24: Gov. Murphy orders all nonessential retail businesses to close to the public

March 23: One of PIANJ’s long-time partners Special Olympics New Jersey has joined a coalition of charities that is asking the federal government to support the Charitable Sector: COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package. Special Olympics New Jersey is asking PIANJ members to contact their elected officials to support this financial package.

March 23: Treasury, IRS, and Labor announce tax credits for small- and mid-sized businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing coronavirus-related leave

March 23: Mass. governor orders all nonessential businesses to cease in-person operation, directs the Department of Public Health to issue stay-at-home advisory for two weeks

March 23: New Jersey governor issues executive order requiring all businesses to reduce in-office workforce

March 20: N.J. Department of Banking & Insurance encourages regulated entities to assist residents and businesses affected by disruptions due to COVID-19

March 20: Governors from Conn., N.J., N.Y., and Pa., advocate for federal assistance for residents and businesses

March 20: U.S. Treasury extends tax-filing deadline for taxpayers and businesses

March 20: Director of emergency management orders personal-care facilities closure

March 19: Gov. Murphy announces mandatory closure of all personal care businesses

March 19: Gov. Murphy enacts a moratorium on removals of individuals due to evictions or foreclosures

March 19: Paid sick leave signed by president

March 18: Treasury and IRS to delay tax payment deadline by 90 days

March 18: N.J. Human Services works to protect and help maintain continued benefits for residents amid COVID-19 outbreak

March 18: Pennsylvania joins New Jersey, New York and Connecticut’s regional coalition to combat COVID-19

March 18: New Jersey Department of?Labor issues general picture of benefits and rights available in certain COVID-19 work-related situations

March 17: COVID-19 business-interruption insurance bill reported out of Assembly committee

March 17: If you do business in New York: Cyber security certification of compliance filing deadline extended to May 30 due to COVID-19

March 17: The Division of Workers’ Compensation announced—in a Notice To The Bar—a three-week suspension of all workers’ compensation court calendars as part of the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This suspension of workers’ court proceedings will begin Tuesday, March 17, and continue through Friday, April 3, 2020.

March 17: The New Jersey Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau announced in Advisory Bulletin #71, that due to the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Rating Bureau has closed its office in Newark until further notice.

March 17: New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton has announced that all agency and road testing facilities will be closed effective immediately as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It anticipates re-opening in two weeks, on Monday, March 30, 2020.

March 17: Gov. Murphy announces aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey

March 16: Gov. Murphy announces aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey

March 16: Amid lack of federal direction, Gov. Murphy, Gov. Cuomo, and Gov. Lamont announce regional approach to combatting COVID-19

March 15: New Jersey Juvenile Commission suspends visits at secure care facilities and residential community homes

March 15: Gov. Murphy requests federal government re-open Affordable Care Act enrollment in New Jersey in response to COVID-19

March 14: Sweeney identifies actions to provide economic relief from coronavirus impact

March 13: Trump declares a national emergency in response to coronavirus

March 13: U.S. House plans to vote on virus bill soon

March 11: COVID-19 update for consumers and businesses: Combatting price gouging and consumer fraud?

March 10: ICYMI: Civil Service Commission issues guidelines and FAQs for state employees after Gov. Murphy’s announcement of state of emergency for New Jersey

March 10: Utica National offers coronavirus guidance for employers, and educational institutions

March 9: Coronavirus will cost businesses billions. Insurance may not help.

Insurance Industry:

July 7: ‘Graduation’ bill now law

June 30: ’Graduation’ bill passes state Legislature

June 22: U.S. insurers eye Legionnaires’ disease safeguards as buildings reopen from pandemic shutdowns

June 9: Agencies permitted to reopen to the public on June 15

May 19: N.J. Department of Banking and Insurance launches ’Get Covered New Jersey’ public awareness campaign to promote health insurance options available to residents amid COVID-19

May 13: DOBI bulletin requires insurers to provide premium relief

May 12: N.J. Department of Banking and Insurance directs insurance companies to provide premium reductions to drivers and businesses amid COVID-19

May 4: N.J. Department of Banking and Insurance implements temporary license process for insurance producers during COVID-19

April 28: Timely, accurate and complete claim reporting: Ensure that your agency is prepared to handle incoming COVID-19-related claims

April 24: DOBI issues guidance on premium finance company bulletin

April 24: PIA National praises House passage of bill to add funds to CARES act programs

April 16: PIA National opposes business interruption legislation

April 15: DOBI issues bulletin on emergency grace period; producers required to permit ’remote payment’

April 14: AAIS COVID-19 pandemic resource center

April 10: N.J. Department of Banking and Insurance directs insurers to provide emergency grace period for payment of insurance premiums for residents, businesses amid COVID-19

April 10: N.J. governor issues emergency grace period on nonpayment cancellations

April 3: Travelers’ ’Distribution Support Plan’ to provide financial assistance to agents and brokers

April 3: Insurance producers required to provide notice to N.Y. policyholders by April 13, 2020

March 31: Executive order requires insurance agencies to reduce in-office workforce

March 31: PIA National proposes COVID-19 recovery fund

March 27: PIA National statement on House passage of COVID-19 relief bill

March 27: PIA National statement on Senate passage of COVID-19 relief bill

March 20: Utica National offers advice on the COVID-19 pandemic: How agents and producers should respond to coverage questions

March 19: Even during challenging times, we are committed to our members

March 17: The New Jersey Insurance Underwriting Association urges customers to use the association’s website (, and producer portal when applicable to conduct their day-to-day business with the association. Its goal is to limit the amount of paper coming into the office and to utilize the website’s online capabilities to submit new business, endorsements and make payments.

March 16: ICYMI: NJ Labor Department suspends in-person unemployment insurance services at one-stop career centers due to COVID-19

March 13: Coughlin and Bramnick announce legislation, policy initiatives in response to coronavirus pandemic

March 12: COVID-19 and what it means to you (PIA QuickSource document)

March 12: Insurers impacted by coronavirus twice over

March 10: DOBI issues bulletin in response to COVID-19

March 6: Update from PIA: COVID-19 outbreak

March 3: Endorsements: COVID-19 risk management

Feb. 4: Many coverages exclusions with coronavirus

General Information:

July 15: Update from New Jersey Department of Health

July 14: Gov. Murphy and Lt. Gov. Oliver convene Atlantic City Restart and Recovery Working Group

July 14: Updated quarantine advisory issued for individuals traveling to New Jersey from Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin, bringing total to 22 states

July 13: Gov. Murphy signs executive order lifting 50% capacity limits on N.J. TRANSIT and private-carrier vehicles

July 8: Gov. Murphy signs executive order requiring individuals to wear masks in outdoor public spaces when they cannot social distance

July 7: Updated quarantine advisory issued for individuals traveling to New Jersey from Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma, bringing total to 19 states

July 2: Gov. Murphy signs executive order extending public health emergency in New Jersey

July 2: Gov. Murphy announces increased outdoor gathering capacity limit

June 30: Updated quarantine advisory issued for individuals traveling to New Jersey from 16 states

June 26: Murphy administration announces reopening guidance for New Jersey schools

June 26: In-person license and vehicle transactions delayed to July 7

June 24: Gov. Murhpy, Gov. Cuomo and Gov. Lamont announce joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for 14 days

June 19: Outdoor visitation with long-term care residents can begin Sunday, June 21

June 18: Office of the secretary of higher education releases restart standards for New Jersey colleges and universities

June 18: Gov. Murphy signs executive order allowing for limited in-person instruction at institutions of higher education and trade and training schools beginning July 1

June 15: N.J. Department of Health issues guidance for outdoor organized sports

June 12: Department of Education announces guidelines for in-person summer learning and extended school year

June 8: State health department issues COVID-19 guidelines for summer youth camps

May 30: Gov. Murphy and Superintendent Callahan announce health and safety protocols for horse racing

May 29: Gov. Murphy and Lt. Gov. Oliver announce short-term rental assistance program to help residents affected by COVID-19 pandemic

May 22: Gov. Murphy signs executive order increasing capacity limit on outdoor gatherings

May 15: Gov. Murphy signs executive order allowing elective surgeries and invasive procedures to resume on May 26

May 15: Gov. Murphy, Gov. Cuomo, Gov. Lamont, Gov. Carney announce multi-state agreement on beaches ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

May 14: Gov. Murphy signs executive order allowing beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores to remain open with social distancing measures in place

May 8: Gov. Murphy names restart and recovery advisory council

May 2: Gov. Murphy announces that schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year

April 17: Gov. Murphy and Attorney General Grewal announce first-in-the-nation program to enlist foreign-licensed physicians in fight against COVID-19

April 10: Attorney General Grewal issues alert as new wave of scams aims to profit off people’s fears and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19

April 8: Gov. Murphy announces postponement of June 2 primary elections until July 7

April 2: Murphy administration launches emergency child care assistance program

March 26: President Donald J. Trump approves major disaster declaration for New Jersey

March 26: A coronavirus checklist to help keep N.J. residents informed

March 23: Gov. Murphy suspends all elective surgeries, invasive procedures to preserve essential equipment and hospital capacity

March 22: Gov. Murphy announces departmental actions to expand access to telehealth and tele-mental health services in response to COVID-19

March 22: Gov. Murphy announces opening of COVID-19 testing site for New Jerseyans at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel

March 21: New Jersey launches new COVID-19 website

March 20: NJ MVC close until Monday, March 30, 2020; two-month extension for licenses, registrations and inspections

March 20: N.J. MVC COVID-19 FAQs

March 20: Gov. Murphy issues executive order to postpone N.J. elections

March 19: Gov. Murphy signs legislation to expand telehealth access and expedite licensure of out-of-state professionals

March 19: Gov. Murphy announces changes to upcoming New Jersey elections in response to COVID-19

March 19: AG Grewal: COVID-19 is no excuse for discrimination and harassment

March 18: Gov. Murphy, Commissioner Johnson announce new amendments to child care subsidy program in response to spread of COVID-19

March 17: In letter to President Trump, Gov. Murphy requests support of U.S. military and Army Corps of Engineers to assist New Jersey’s efforts to expand hospital and intensive care unit capacity

March 17: Congress begins to address COVID-19 pandemic

March 17: One dangerous coronavirus "self-check test" is circulating on social media. Here’s why you should avoid it.

March 16: Attorney General Grewal issues guidance to law enforcement to protect public and meet challenges of COVID-19 pandemic

March 13: Federal government’s response to coronavirus, COVID-19

March 12: Gov. Murphy recommends cancellation of all public gatherings of more than 250 individuals

March 11: N.J. higher education secretary announces coronavirus guidance for colleges, universities; urges institutions to prepare amid outbreak

March 11: COVID-19 is now officially a pandemic, the World Health Organization says

March 10: Joint statement from Gov. Murphy and Lt. Gov. Oliver

March 10: Gov. Murphy announces efforts to support consumer access to COVID-19 screening, testing, and testing-related services

March 9: Gov. Murphy declares state of emergency, public health emergency to strengthen state preparedness to contain the spread of COVID-19

March 7: ICYMI: Statement regarding potential COVID-19 exposure risk at Conservative Political Action Conference

March 6: Joint statement from Gov. Murphy, acting Gov. Oliver, and Commissioner Persichilli on fourth presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus in New Jersey

March 6: ICYMI: Department of Education issues guidance for school districts on COVID-19

March 2: Gov. Murhphy updates the public on the status of coronavirus in the state and highlights New Jersey’s preparedness measures amid global outbreak

Feb. 3: N.J. Department of Health issues updated guidance on 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak in China

Webinars & Videos:

June 16: The Break: New Jersey Phase Two Reopening

June 4: The Break: New York’s Phase Two of Reopening

May 26: The Break: Safely Returning to Business

May 19: The Break: The Process of Reopening

May 15: The Break: The Liability of Re-Opening

May 13: The Break: Workers’ Compensation and the Coronavirus

May 1: COVID-19 and the Construction Site

April 27: Register to join a PIA member-exclusive Zoom call to discuss COVID-19 with construction, labor and real estate lawyer Tom Tripodianos, Esq.

April 21: The Break: The New Jersey Grace Period

April 16: The Break: Vacancy Clauses

April 13: The Break: The Connecticut Grace Period

April 7: The Break: Business Interruption

April 7: The Break: New York Moratorium

April 2: The Break: Paycheck Protection Loan

April 1: The Break: Paid Medical and Family Leave

April 1: PIA Northeast Director of Government & Industry Affairs Bradford J. Lachut, Esq., to lead PIA webinar, Coronavirus and Commercial Coverage on Monday, April 13, and Wednesday, May 6, from 10-11 a.m.

March 31: The Break: PIA explains what small businesses need to know about the federal stimulus

March 23: Did you miss the free-to-PIA-members Webinar: Coronavirus: What You Need to Know Right Now? You can access it on-demand now.