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NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka issued the following statement regarding Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement today allowing full capacity for all New Jersey businesses by May 19, with masking and other safety protocols.

Michele Siekerka

NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka, Esq.

“This is very welcome news by Governor Murphy today. With health numbers heading in the right direction, the state’s vaccination goals well in sight, coupled with increased unemployment numbers and workforce challenges for our small and seasonal businesses, it is beyond time that New Jersey is fully reopened.

“For our New Jersey businesses that have been able to hold on during closures and restrictions, we must do all we can to help them rebound quickly. We must get their workforce back, halt any additional mandates, and continue to assist with capital investments to address how they deliver their products and services into the future. We must be mindful that, with the losses they have sustained and the inflationary costs they are realizing today, we cannot put any new mandates on them.

“Today is a huge move in the right direction, but there remain many issues that need immediate attention in order to ensure a swift and sustainable recovery. We look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and our policymakers to make this happen.”