There is more relief on the way for the roughly 1 million residents in New Jersey who’ve lost their jobs due to COVID-19, but it won’t be easy getting that money into their pockets.
Today Governor Murphy announced his administration will apply for federally expanded unemployment benefits, known as the FEMA Lost Wages Supplemental Assistance Program. The initial grant will likely be paid as a retroactive one-time lump sum for eligible residents. That’ll cover the first half of August, but the state would have to apply for funding each week after. Murphy is still calling on the Trump Administration to renew the $600 dollar weekly benefit that expired in July. That news was coupled with the first plans to move forward with reopening in weeks.
As of September 1st indoor amusement parks like the one at the American Dream mega mall will be allowed to reopen with restrictions. So will all gyms, at 25 percent indoor capacity. Group classes will be limited to 1 person for every 200 square feet of space and equipment will need to be kept 6 feet apart.