Bayonne continues efforts to help local businesses during COVID-19 closures

"No Parking" zones will be established to help social distancing efforts

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Bayonne continues efforts to help local businesses during COVID-19 closures
"No Parking" areas now available by request to small businesses.

As Bayonne copes with COVID-19 repercussions, the city is trying to help local businesses survive the pandemic by any means possible, from advertising what business are still open, to parking regulation changes.

Mayor James Davis has announced a new initiative to help local food businesses maintain social distancing.

“In an effort to increase our ability to abide by social distancing directives, I want to offer an idea to help residents that are going out for food pickups,” Mayor Davis stated. “We will designate a parking spot in front of a willing and qualifying eatery as a ‘No Parking’ area, so our residents can pull up directly in front and get their food and pull away.”

As of March 25, food establishments can call the Bayonne Parking Authority at 201-858-6135 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to apply for the “No Parking” area designation. If there is no answer, interested residents are advised to leave a message.

The Parking Authority will require the business name, address, contact person, and phone number of those interested.

Once posted, the “No Parking” signs will remain up for the remainder of the emergency.

These “No Parking” areas are for customers picking up take out only. These areas will not be designated for delivery drivers, only for residents to pick up food quickly and return home.

By doing this, it will help people abide better by the social distancing guidelines and help prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

“I am committed to the safety and well-being of every Bayonne resident, and I am also committed to following these directives so that we can get out of this emergency sooner,” Mayor Davis stated. “Thank you all for your incredible cooperation during this crisis. We are Bayonne Strong!”

This is just another aspect of the ongoing efforts to help local businesses during the State of Emergency.

Is your business still open?

The 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 its 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.

In lieu of all restrictions, businesses still open to the public include grocery stores, pharmacies, medical marijuana dispensaries, medical supply stores, gas stations, convenience stores, ancillary stores within healthcare facilities, hardware stores, banks, and restaurants for take-out and delivery only.

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 bayonneuez@baynj.org.

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