Update from Senator Bucco

Hello everyone and wishing you an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.  We thought a few excerpts from Senator Bucco’s newsletter would be helpful to share:

Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25)

As New Jersey continues under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, please know that our district office remains available to serve constituents by phone and email. Included below are links to information that you may find helpful, along with important state and national news updates related to COVID-19.

Important State & Federal News:

  • Daily Briefing: Gov. Murphy will deliver a coronavirus briefing at 1 p.m. in Trenton. Click here to watch the livestream.
  • Senator Bucco & Morris Business Leaders Release Economic Reopening Recommendations: I worked with the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Task Force featuring business, health, and government leaders on its recommended reopening plan to save businesses and jobs, with safe, risk-based mitigation measures. I have shared our plan with legislative leaders and the governor.
  • Certain Outdoor Recreational Businesses & Community Gardens May Open Tomorrow: An executive order has been signed allowing certain outdoor activities at recreational businesses, including archery ranges, batting cages, golf driving ranges, horseback riding, shooting ranges, and tennis clubs as well as community gardens to open with required social distancing measures in place. The order takes effect on Friday, May 22 at 6:00 a.m.

    • Outdoor Recreational Businesses: To limit physical interactions, the order requires outdoor recreational businesses that reopen to limit capacity to 10 people at one time and implement reasonable restrictions.
    • Community Gardens: Community gardens may reopen so long as they comply with the same restrictions implemented at parks.
    • All-Terrain Vehicle and Dirt Bike Rental Businesses: All-terrain vehicle and dirt bike rental businesses to reopen to the public for “curb-side” pickup.
    • Golf Courses: The order relaxes four of the restrictions on golf courses, allowing them to expand tee-times to four players, allow the use of forecaddies, offer club and equipment rentals, and reopen restrooms with disinfecting and hygiene protocols in place.
    • Mask Recommendation: The order also recommends, but does not order, that people wear a face covering while in public settings at outdoor recreational businesses and community gardens when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Amusement Parks & Arcades: The order further clarifies that amusements parks and arcades, and other places of public amusement located at these businesses remain closed, including places of public amusement that are located at a place otherwise authorized to be open by any executive order issued after March 21, 2020, such as a boardwalk.
  • In-Person Sales Begin at Car, Boat & Motorcycle Dealerships, Bike Shops: An administrative order was signed authorizing in-person sales to start yesterday at car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, boat dealerships, and bike shops, by appointment only and with social distancing measures in place. Dealerships and bike shops that resume in-person sales must abide by the social distancing, safety, and sanitization requirements that are described in detail in the order.
  • Guidelines Released on Resuming Elective Surgeries: The New Jersey Department of Health has issued guidelines on the conditions for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to begin resuming elective surgeries, pursuant to an executive order signed last week allowing elective surgeries and invasive procedures, both medical and dental, to resume on Tuesday, May 26.
  • Pharmacists Allowed to Administer COVID-19 tests: The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has authorized licensed pharmacists to widely administer COVID-19 tests to customers, paving the way for thousands of pharmacies statewide to serve as testing sites. There are 2,239 pharmacies in New Jersey, including retail chains and independent businesses.
  • NJ to Launch Online Grocery Shopping for SNAP Recipients: New Jerseyans enrolled in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use their benefits to order groceries online starting next week. Online shopping will be available through Amazon and participating Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers. NJ SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits card to order groceries from Amazon starting on May 27. Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers that that provide online shopping will also accept online ordering with SNAP benefits starting on May 28.

Important Resources:

  • The latest data on coronavirus infections in New Jersey are available on the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard has been updated to provide more information on long-term care facilities, State psychiatric hospitals, and overall demographics on COVID-19 deaths.
  • New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub includes valuable resources and information for families, workers, and employers who have questions or needs arising from the current crisis.
  • Testing Sites: There are currently 135 COVID-19 testing sites across the state. Many, but not all, are now accepting asymptomatic individuals for testing. To locate a testing location, specifics on how to get a test, and the hours of operation, click here.
  • Information for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Questions or need assistance? Call or email our legislative office.

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