The Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone has a plan to promote local businesses still open to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UEZ coordinates the use of Community Block Grant funds, Special Improvement District funds, Clean Communities funds, Zone Assistance funds, and other grants and donations to undertake various projects to create jobs and to add to the economic vitality of the community.
As part of its efforts, the UEZ is asking local businesses that are still open to make residents aware of their continuing operation.
“In these difficult times, this would be an excellent opportunity for Bayonne merchants to provide words of comfort to their local customers,” the UEZ announced in a statement.
Currently in Bayonne and throughout many cities in Hudson County, many restrictions have been placed on businesses to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
All bars and restaurants in Bayonne are closed for in-house seating. Bars and restaurants may continue to do business and sell food and or alcohol in accordance with alcoholic beverage control and health laws, operating during their normal business hours on a takeout or delivery basis only.
All casino gaming floors, including retail sports wagering lounges, and casino concert and entertainment venues are closed. Racetracks, including stabling facilities and retail sports wagering lounges are closed.
All barber shops and beauty salons, nail salons, and tattoo parlors are closed. Gyms, fitness centers and classes are closed, as are entertainment centers including performing arts centers, other concert venues, nightclubs, shopping malls and indoor amusement centers.
Other retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses may operate from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Supermarkets, grocery stores, food stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, gas stations, healthcare facilities, and ancillary stores within healthcare facilities are not subject to the time restrictions and may operate 24 hours.
These businesses are not subject to occupancy restrictions. Currently, the City of Bayonne is enforcing a limit of no more than 25 persons in any business at one time, as part of social distancing.
Despite the restrictions, a number of stores will continue to operate under business-as-usual circumstances in Bayonne.
The UEZ wants these resilient businesses that are still open to make themselves known by sending in photos of their stores and letting the public know if they are open.
“Your business serves the residents throughout the City of Bayonne,” the UEZ said in a statement. “Many residents would appreciate knowing what places are open and offer curbside pick-ups and delivery options, or where you can order an item on a website and then pick it up.”
Before being promoted by the UEZ, businesses will have to take some obvious precautions. After the business has been cleaned and sanitized, the UEZ would post on social media platforms that the business has a highly sanitized environment to keep Bayonne healthy.
For more information, interested businesses are advised to email any and all information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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