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NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka issued the following statement Monday after Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement of the scheduled reopening dates for more nonessential New Jersey businesses.

Michele Siekerka

NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka, Esq.

“Today’s announcement by Governor Murphy in setting more specific dates for the reopening of additional businesses, with guidance to follow, is providing more of the certainty and predictability that NJBIA has called for as part of New Jersey’s economic recovery plan.

“Once the guidance is received, businesses can make needed changes to their facilities and business models as they move toward their target reopening date. So many of our New Jersey Main Street businesses, who are in dire economic straits, are desperate to reopen and are prepared to do so in a safe manner. Further, getting our workforce back to work is critical given the unprecedented demands on our unemployment insurance fund.

“While we recognize that the pace of the reopenings cannot come quick enough for many businesses, today’s movement forward is a needed step toward a safe and sustainable reopening that emphasizes the health, safety and welfare of our workforce, customers and vendors.”