NJBIA Releases New Reopening of NJ Infographic Identifying State's Pain Points
Friday, May 29, 2020
The infographic, found here, follows a business coalition letter sent to Gov. Phil Murphy last week detailing and expressing the immediate need of the administration to take industry best practices and create prescriptive guidance for businesses to reopen.
"If these solutions found in the Reopening New Jersey infographic are followed, it will give businesses and nonprofits the predictability and certainty they desperately need now to reopen," NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka said.
- Metrics with specific targets that will determine when a business can safely reopen
- Prescriptive guidance from the state to safely operate with ongoing CDC guidelines
- Specific risk levels (industry, size, capacity, geography) versus one-size-fits-all solutions
"When it comes to risk assessment, there should be different levels based on industry types, the size of a business and the location of a facility, especially as it relates to hot spots," Siekerka added. "Not everyone should be held to the highest risk level, nor should every business need to wait for the most vulnerable region to hit a threshold target. As such, a one-size-fits-all approach in not appropriate."
The infographic also details five essential actions needed to allow proper planning leading to a safe and sustainable reopening. They include:
- Access to PPE, sanitizing materials and other supplies and operating capital
- The operation of child care facilities to facilitate a return to the workforce for many parents
- Flexibility in requirements for rules, regulations and mandates to help business and governments transition to reopening
- No new burdens or mandates on business
- A good faith safe harbor from liability for employers who reopen in accordance with proper guidance and do their best to protect employees and patrons