Back to Business New Jersey: Essential FAQs for Return-to-Work Planning

Genova Burns Guide for Back to Business Planning - By: Dina M. Mastellone, Brigette N. Eagan, Sharina Rodriguez Now is the time for employers to formulate action plans for returning employees to the workplace. We have developed the following FAQ’s to guide the development of your return to work plan. REQUIRING EMPLOYEES TO RETURN TO WORK 1. Can employees decline reinstatement from a furlough? If an employee has no reason protected by law from returning to work, then that employee may be disqualified from unemployment benefits. Following are some common COVID-19 based protected reasons that would delay an employee’s active return to work. New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act If an employee has not exhausted their sick leave, they can use their accrued earned sick time for the following reasons: (1) their own COVID-19 related illness, (2) a family... Read More

Mayor’s Update, May 9, 2020

May 9, 2020 Dear Friends, I want to wish all the moms in town a happy Mother’s Day tomorrow. I also want to provide a quick update. Today, we opened the shared-use path on the Route 52 causeway, and we began permitting beach access for exercising and active recreation. We will continue to take a measured approach and work with the governor’s office on a plan to safely reopen different parts of the city. Please continue to take personal responsibility for following social distancing guidelines and other safe practices. Warm regards, Jay A. Gillian Mayor ... Read More

Mayor’s Update, May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020 Dear Friends, I had another week of conference calls with doctors, hospital officials, the governor's office and local leaders as we continue to plan for reopening Ocean City. I am encouraged to report that our local hospitals remain below capacity, and the trends in COVID-19 cases appear to be flattening. So far, we have done well in Ocean City to prevent the worst outcomes of this pandemic by following all of the directives issued to slow the spread of the virus. I anticipate that very soon I will be able to share information on beach access for exercising. We will take a measured approach to reopening different parts of the city. As your mayor, my first priority is your health and welfare, and I am particularly concerned for our senior population.... Read More

Cape May County Recovery Initiative

Below is a link to the Cape May County Recovery Initiative proposal to reopening our county. The plan was submitted to Governor Murphy. We encourage all business owners and residents to read the plan. Click here to read the Cape May County Recovery Initiative Proposal... Read More

Cape May County Reopening Resolution

Please click here to read the resolution adopted by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders today in regards to supporting the proposal for safe, thoughtful and progressive reopening of Cape May County in the time of Covid-19.... Read More

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility (CDC Recommendations)

Everyday Steps, Steps When Someone is Sick, and Considerations for Employers How to clean and disinfect Clean Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect. Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use. Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use. High touch surfaces include: Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc. Disinfect Recommend use of EPA-registered household disinfectant Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend: Keeping surface wet... Read More

Ocean City Businesses Open!

On a regular basis we are updating our list of businesses that are open during the coronavirus outbreak. We are sharing this information through: Social media posts Blast e-mails Blog posts Let us help promote your business! Click here for a list of businesses open in OCNJ!... Read More

Office of Emergency Management Special Statement

City of Ocean City, NJ - Office of Emergency Management Special Statement: 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2020   All of New Jersey remains under a State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency due to the spread of COVID-19. Please remember that Ocean City’s beaches and boardwalk are closed to all users. Social distancing is required to be practiced except with immediate family members, caretakers, household members or romantic partners. It is also recommended that people wear a cloth face covering while in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Gatherings of any kind are prohibited. Please do not place an unnecessary burden on our first responders by failing to comply with these very clear and simple guidelines.​ ... Read More

Mayor’s Letter May 1, 2020

Date: May 1, 2020 Dear Friends, We all took shelter as COVID-19 approached. Now the forecast calls for a beautiful weekend, and we’re anxious to get back out, back to work and back to normal. But I want to caution that this is just the eye of the storm. As we know at the shore, the second half of a hurricane can be the deadliest. I have had a busy week of talks with doctors, hospital officials, the governor's office, mayors of other shore towns, the county's Recovery Initiative, public health experts and others. It’s very clear to me that we need to be patient. At this time, we are just not ready to see a dramatic increase in our population with guests traveling from near and far. No decision has been made about when... Read More