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The Chamber is committed to sharing as much information with all of you as possible.
The following resources have been aggregated in order for employers to navigate changes in the wake of the pandemic. As more and more businesses are starting to open back up there are so many of your staff members just traveled. Should they stay home? What should you do if an employee gets sick while at work? Are there any special recommendations for cleaning?
What programs are being developed by the state to support businesses being impacted by the outbreak? We're here to help as much as we can!

Check the County’s site for daily updates on COVID-19.

You may also sign up to receive direct communication on the Local Information Network Communication System that connects public health departments with hospitals, laboratories, emergency responders, medical providers, schools, and other community organizations.

Somerset County Department of Health

The Somerset County Department of Health is dedicated to fostering healthy lifestyles and a safe environment through effective leadership in public health, comprehensive planning, development of proactive community partnerships and a continued commitment to public health service.  Additionally, SCDOH is the lead agency responsible for countywide Public Health emergency planning and response activities.


The NJEDA is making tools available to New Jersey businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.

*Update: As of 3/26/2020, the NJEDA has announced a series of programs aimed at helping area businesses. Access them here.

For an easy way to to see if your business is eligible, please see this eligibility wizard on the NJEDA’s website.

By Telephone: 609-858-6767

Web Resource:

The Paycheck Protection Program will reopen its portal on 4/27/2020. This program was designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses. If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, the Small Business Association will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable.  For more information, please see the SBA website here. Or for some quick facts on the program, click here.

NJ Business Action Center (NJBAC) is answering these questions and more as they relate to the business community. Check them outThe SCBP has also compiled a list of bills that have been introduced into legislation. For a list of these bills and to keep track of their progress please click here.

By Telephone: 1-800-Jersey7Chat:

CoVID-19 Specific:

Snapshot of resources:

  • Somerset County Department of Health

  • Somerset County Tourism

  • NJ Business Action Center

  • Small Business Administration

  • New Jersey Economic Development Authority

  • Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

  • World Health Organization

Hospitality and tourism industries.

Get more resources and answers!

Hotels, restaurants, event planners, and meeting professionals all have unique needs. Somerset County Tourism has created a toolkit for hospitality and tourism industries to provide answers to their questions.


This continually evolving resource also has a list of open and temporarily closed businesses, as well as postponed and canceled events.