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NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka told a Senate special committee this week that urgency is needed in establishing guidelines for businesses in the state to reopen following its response to COVID-19.

Siekerka spoke remotely at the first meeting of the Senate Fiscal Recovery Strategists, a bipartisan group dedicated to working with the Murphy administration and the Legislature to develop plans to restart New Jersey’s economy.

As reported by Michael Symons from NJ101.5 News and David Levinsky from the Burlington County Times, Siekerka told the legislative strategy group that the state shouldn’t keep low-risk businesses closed while waiting for conditions to be safe for high-risk ones.

“We know the pain that’s out there. So now when business is going to go in and retool their facility or their business model, every penny that they spend is cherished and precious,” Siekerka said.

“And they can’t spend it one time for someone to come back like the regulator and say, ‘You did a really good job but, by the way, now the prescriptive guidance is this.’”

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