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NJNLA COVID-19 Resource Page

Be well.  Be prepared.  We're here to help.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is important to create an infectious disease outbreak response plan.  All New Jersey employers must implement  strategies to address public health and social distancing that protect their employees and customers from COVID-19 while making  sure their businesses continue to operate.    Communication to your employees and customers on the steps being taken is required.  Doing so will reassure your employees, customers and clients.

 

Protecting & Advocating For Your Business

 

The New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association (NJNLA) is coordinating with state & national agencies to advocate for your business.  If further restrictions are applied that define non essential vs essential, it is our goal to ensure the green industry is deemed essential, and for  individual businesses to be able to exercise the option to remain open and support their communities during these challenging times.

 

The NJNLA continues to monitor the situation and guidelines coming from the state of New Jersey and will continue to keep you informed. Find helpful links on this special COVID-19 page, which will be updated regularly.


At a time filled with stress and unknown, our industry is uniquely poised to offer plants, products and services that deliver positive benefits to physical and mental health. We've been advocating that "gardening is not cancelled" and have promoted the health benefits (both physical and emotional) that plants and gardening offer.  It provides abundant learning activities for students, and ideas for adults to get out of the house and into the yard, patio or balcony while keeping safe and practicing social distancing.  

Growers, garden centers and landscape professionals are adapting policies and procedures to keep employees and customers safe and healthy. Garden centers are transitioning business models to online or call in orders with curbside and delivery services. Many are sharing the messaging around the mental and physical health benefits of gardening, plants, trees and engaging with nature. Continuing to share this message is something we ALL can do to support our industry!  

To support idea sharing, please post on the NJNLA Facebook Page 
about what your businesses is doing.  We are also updating the PlantSomethingNJ.org website to include a list of retail garden centers that are remaining open with a list of services they provide to allow customers to safely visit.

 

Please share your experiences and business needs with NJNLA, so we know how to best support you. #weareallinthistogether

 

Click here to contact NJNLA.

 The following link will help guide the development of your comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan:

 Federal Resources

 

 State Resources

 

 What To Do If Your Sick?
If you believe that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms,  please click HERE for resources.   Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical  emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If  possible, put on a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth to protect other people.


 Resources for Businesses

COVID-19 Resources/Updates for Your Business: Emails from the NJNLA (most recent first):

USDA Announces More Eligible Commodities for CFAP Relief Funding - Nursery & Cut Flowers are Included - click here for more details.

Clarification on Executive Order 122 and what it means for landscape construction & maintenance & new social distancing rules that affect retail garden centers.

Email regarding Executive Order closing non-essential construction, what it means for garden retailers & AmericanHort webinar on Paycheck Protection Program application process.

COVID-19 Green Industry - Additional Resources - i ncludes business webinars, landscaper safety flyer in English & Spanish, lighting webinars, turf management video and IGC webinar.

COVID-19 Green Industry Educational Resources - includes webinars by Marty Grunder, Penn State Extension FREE continuing education thru 4/30, CNLP opportunity and pesticide training manuals via mail.

COVID-19 Business Relief Resources - includes links to various websites that offer explanations on the various financial relief packages that are available, Allan Armitage's app for retail garden centers, & supplemental visa update from FEWA.

Email with COVID-19 CARES Act info & Garden Retailers Survey for listing on public-facing website.

COVID-19 Support for Garden Centers & Floriculture Industry - includes "Gardening Isn't Canceled" message and NJDA letter of support for Floriculture Industry.

Email with COVID-19 CARES Act Info, AmericanHort webinar & PPE Reporting Requirements.

NJNLA mention in Philadelphia Inquirer article, click HERE.

 Tax Relief 

  • IRS Extends 2020 Tax Filing Date: The tax-filing deadline will remain July 15, but the IRS will waive penalties and interest on tax payments for 90 days. Click here for more information.
  • NJ Extends 2020 Tax Filing Date: The new New Jersey tax filing and tax payment deadline has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020 (due to COVID-19 pandemic).   Click here for more information.

 Financial Relief

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans up to $2 million (flyer), with an interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere. Nonprofits can apply too, at a 2.75% interest rate.  Click here for more information.   Click here to apply.
  • Other Small Business Administration loans. Click here for more information.
  • The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has several resources available to help.  A package of new initiatives from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority includes a grant program for small businesses, a zero-interest loan program for mid-size companies, support for private-sector lenders and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), funding for entrepreneurs, and a variety of resources providing technical support and marketplace information.  Click here for more information.
  • Amazon has created a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to help small companies located within a few blocks of its Seattle headquarters. Click here to learn more and apply for the  Amazon neighborhood small business relief fund.

 
 Employees/Employment

  • State of New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal - Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community. Click here for more information.

    Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 at jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake.

  • New Jersey Unemployment Insurance - expanded benefits are explained by clicking here.
  • The US Department of Labor (DOL): More information will be coming out with further guidance for granting small business exemptions from the Response Act that require employer-paid sick and medical leave. Learn more »
  • Workers' Compensation: For questions about Workers' Compensation and Coronavirus (COVID-19), click here.
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave: If you are sick with COVID-19, as with any other illness, a healthcare provider must certify that you are unable to work in order to qualify for Paid Family and Medical Leave. Quarantine (and school closures) are not qualifying events under this program. It is recommended that you use employer-provided paid sick leave if available.  Learn more.
  • Printable guides outlining COVID-19–related benefits for NJ employees:  Download an easy to read flyer for COVD-19 Scenario & Benefits Chart.   Download flyer in English.  Download flyer in Spanish.

 Foreign Worker Processing Updates

 AmericanHort is advocating for our industry. They have created a special page to keep you up to date as developments occur.  Click here.

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