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Coronavirus/ COVID-19

A benefit of having the Special Improvement District (SID) program in place is giving its members a means to share information, network, make collective decisions, and take action. This support system for our main street community has been in place since 1992 and it continues to meet the challenges Central Avenue faces which, as of March 2020, now includes worldwide pandemics.

The safety of our residents, shoppers, visitors, and area employees are of paramount importance. This page was created to help decimate information regarding local efforts surrounding the outbreak.


Vaccine

Nearly 1 in 7 adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in NJ. NJ restaurant, grocery, hospitality workers among large group now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine.The list of those currently eligible to be vaccinated in New Jersey includes:
  • Health care workers
  • People who live and work at long-term care and high-risk congregate facilities
  • First responders
  • K-12 educators and staff
  • Day care workers
  • People 65 and older
  • People 16 to 64 who have certain medical conditions

You can reserve your spot to get a vaccine now by pre-registering here:https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/

To see if you are eligible please visit here.

To view all the Vaccine locations click here

Businesses Keep It Clean

Central Avenue stakeholders, via their SID program, are coordinating with partners to limit the spread of the coronavirus/ COVID-19. One of our partners, Commercial District Services LLC (CDS), is repeatedly disinfecting and cleaning all touch surfaces in the district since March 16th. This includes parking meters, crosswalk buttons, benches, litter receptacles, and bike racks. These services supplement the efforts by the Jersey City DPW litter patrol who continue to hand sweep public areas within the district. By increasing efforts to better sanitize the district, Central Avenue stakeholders are working together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Government Actions

The CASID thanks New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop for their courage and leadership during the pandemic. Local government response to the crisis has been outstanding. The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced it's "Buy NJ" campaign, a push to urge compoanies and consumers to shop local busineses.

What Businesses Are Open

Business Resources

Central Avenue Businesses Doing Their Part

Every business allowed to remain open is asked to do their part to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If you cannot get disinfectant solutions, please note, soap and water alone is extremely effective to combat coronavirus.

Small Business Loans and Grants

  • Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businessesowned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans.
  • GoFundMe.com has launched a Small Business Relief Initiative to help support small businesses and local entrepreneurs facing financial challenges due to COVID19. As part of the initiative, GoFundMe's Small Business Relief Fund will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on the #crowdfunding platform.
  • NJ Economic Recovery Act 2020-A package of tax incentive, financing, and grant programs that will address the ongoing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and build a stronger, fairer New Jersey economy. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is asking businesses for feedback to inform the design of these programs. Share your feedback, and improve the structure of these state-led business programs at https://www.njeda.com/economicrecoveryact.
  • NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program (Phase 2)– The pre-registration for Phase 2 of the NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program was deferred. The NJEDA has not announced a new date for the program. The launch of the program is being deferred to accommodate the rollout of additional federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) financing for small businesses, which had not been announced when the NJEDA was preparing to launch the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program.

What you can do to help