MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – As uncertainty and questions grow with a lack of a structured economic reopening plan, Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger has composed a set of protocols small businesses could implement to start reopening the state economy.
“Without a doubt, the impact which Covid-19 has had on New Jersey’s health and economic well-being has been overwhelming,” said Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) “However, by Trenton failing to offer residents a detailed reopening plan and delays continuing with unemployment claims, it only grows their heavy concerns. They deserve to have clarity in a strategy for the future.”
Scharfenberger has authored what he calls a set of “common sense recommendations” for many businesses in the state to operate safely, while protecting vulnerable customers.
“People are in danger of losing their homes, their livelihood, and their way of life,” continued Scharfenberger. “This has to end, we need to show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
He emphasizes that the economic burdens will only continue to increase with each day reopening is delayed.
“New Jerseyans have endured unprecedented job losses, business closings, mandatory lockdowns, and have nobly sacrificed freedoms in the name of public health,” said Scharfenberger. “We owe it to them to offer a plan that seeks to reopen the economy and allow them to get back to work for their own financial health.”
Scharfenberger added that government should seek to work with small businesses and residents to implement these and other procedures. He noted that residents have acted faithfully to “flatten the curve” and he believes that the state should have faith in them to keep to protective measures.
“When owners and employees are dependent upon a business for their livelihood and to put food on the table for their families, there is no such thing as a non-essential business,” Scharfenberger concluded. “As such, it is imperative that we begin the steady process of reopening New Jersey’s economy.”