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Return to Work Guidelines from NJDOL

We just received the below information from the NJ Department of Labor regarding guidance for returning to work. The Commissioner will be unveiling this at the Governor’s press conference today. Return to Work Guidelines https://www.nj.gov/labor/assets/PDFs/returntowork_guidelines.pdf FAQs for Employers https://www.nj.gov/labor/employer-services/business/covid.shtml General FAQs: https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/covid_returntowork.shtml... Read More

Governor Murphy – Open Our Businesses

Please Help Us Urge Governor Phil Murphy to Fully Open Boardwalk Businesses! We are working with Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Association to urge the Governor to fully open Ocean City businesses. Strength comes in numbers! Please take a few seconds to support this petition. Thank you! Sign the Petition ... Read More

Update on Reopening and Recovery Plan

The Chamber previously released the Ocean City, NJ Reopening and Recovery Plan, which was derived from the comprehensive feedback of more than 100 Ocean City business owners. The plan has been updated with survey results. Please click the button below to read the plan. Click Here to Read the OCNJ Reopening and Recovery Plan... Read More

Governor Murphy – Open our Attractions!

Help us persuade Governor Murphy to open our amusements and attractions. Please share on your social media pages and tag Governor Murphy. When you post, please use the following to get the attention out there: Twitter: @govmurphy FB - Governor Phil Murphy Instagram- #guvmurphy or @govmurphy ... Read More

Help us urge Governor Murphy to Open Swimming Pools

Please Help Us Urge Governor Phil Murphy to Open Swimming Pools! Hello, We are working with Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce to urge the Governor to open public swimming pools. Strength comes in numbers! Please take a few seconds to support this petition. Thank you! Sign the Petition ... Read More

Update on PPP

We are very pleased to report that by unanimous consent (no debate, no roll-call vote), the Senate just approved H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act. As you know, this bill will make a number of retroactive improvements to the PPP, including: 24-week covered period (instead of 8) 60/40 split (instead of 75/25) Loan forgiveness still possible if FTEs won’t come back, or if revenue in December is below Feb 2020 levels. Five year loan-repayment terms for future PPP loans Payroll tax deferment restored An analysis of how the bill would change PPP for current users can be found here. We expect it will be signed into law by the president very soon. As noted last week, getting the Senate to agree to anything unanimously is a challenge these days – and the unrest of this week raised the bar significantly. The... Read More

A Note from the Chamber

We are all eagerly waiting to return to regular business and realize it will not be a “normal” summer season. Our business community is strong, and working together, we will get through this. As we move forward to Stage II of opening, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce maintains a strong working relationship with NJBIA and the NJ State Chamber of Commerce. We have been, and continue to, participate in more than a dozen meetings a week to lobby for a safe reopening for our members and all small businesses. We will continue to push for the support our businesses need. On Wednesday, June 3rd, Michele Gillian, Executive Director of Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, testified for a hearing on New Jersey's reopening process hosted by Assembly Minority Leader Jon... Read More

NJ’s “Safe Play” Reopening Guidelines for Amusement and Attractions

NJ's "Safe Play" Reopening Guidelines for Amusements and Attractions For the Amusement/Attractions Industry, safety has always been and will continue be our #1 priority. It is the foundation upon which our businesses are built. While COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge with regard to both guest and employee safety, we believe our historic focus on safety positions us well to deal with and execute protocols to create and maintain a safe environment for all.  Please Click Her to Read  NJ's "Safe Play" Reopening Guidelilnes for Amusements and Attractions  ... Read More

Restaurants and retail owners struggled with PPP loans. But a fix may be on the way.

Restaurants and retail owners struggled with PPP loans. But a fix may be on the way.  By Andy Medici – Senior Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal May 27, 2020, 1:59pm EDT Updated May 28, 2020, 2:46pm EDT Legislation to overhaul the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program — and make its numerous provisions friendlier to restaurants and retail shops in particular — passed the House of Representatives Thursday. The bipartisan Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, introduced last week by Reps. Chip Roy, R-Texas, and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., would extend the eight-week period under which loan recipients could spend the PPP money while helping fix other details that continue to bedevil small businesses in the hospitality realm. Some of those businesses, which often entail higher overhead costs and lower salaries, have struggled to rehire employees because their operations... Read More